Caitlin Gets Baking

I am so proud of myself, I couldn’t wait until Monday to share. I came up with a pancake recipe all on my own! There are probably other versions similar to this one because honestly there always are, but I came up with this idea without following a recipe. It’s all about my intuition.

This morning, I woke up craving apples and cinnamon. Good news! I can eat apples again without worrying about allergy symptoms, so I’ve been inhaling them like crazy. Apples in the fall are like peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, or Caitlin and chocolate. They just work and taste incredible.

At first, I thought I would heat up the waffle iron I kind of forgot about in my excitement over the new kitchen. Once it was all mixed together in the bowl, I realized it may have been too much liquid for the iron to contain, so I made pancakes instead. Huge sacrifice, I know.

It’s interesting with cooking because you have a little more lee-way with creativity to toss things together and see what you make. I’m not saying that cooking is easy, but I have better instincts when it comes to these kinds of meals. Baking proves to be more complicated for me and it’s rare that I can come up with any quality dish without following a recipe. The more practice and experience I’ve gotten, the better I’ve become at learning how things work, especially when it comes to healthy baking.

Without further ado, here are my apple cinnamon pancakes! My recipe serves one, but I assume you could double or triple or work any magic you have up your sleeve.

Dry Ingredients:
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
3 tbsp old-fashioned oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
generous sprinkling of cinnamon

Wet Ingredients:
1 egg white or egg
1/4 cup almond milk
2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce

Extra:
1 tbsp chopped walnuts or however much you want!

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I learned that I don’t have to heat my stove very far in advance or otherwise my cakes will burn. After throwing them on the griddle, I was happy that they looked edible and was even more surprised when they were delicious!

After taking a bite, the only thing that sprung to mind was that it needed some maple. As I discussed yesterday, I’m not a huge fan of maple syrup on pancakes, however I had my maple PEANUT BUTTER and the combination was divine. Served with an assortment of fruit and I had myself a delightful breakfast on a rainy day.

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Hope you try it out and enjoy!

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