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Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes December 16, 2010

Posted by frizzybaker in Breakfast, Recipes.

I have been obsessed with lavish breakfasts for the past few days. Whole wheat buttermilk pancakes, pumpkin coconut almond granola, and now this! Whole wheat oatmeal pancakes. YUM.

I decided to go all out this breakfast by making the pancakes with scrambled eggs and turkey bacon! Why? Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Breakfast breaks the night-time fast, boosts your metabolism, and regulates serum glucose which means better concentration and more energy throughout the day (1).

The point of regulating serum glucose is very important. During sleep, your body and brain use a lot of glucose to repair and restore the body and when you wake, your body has experienced a “fast.” Breakfast breaks this fast which increases your metabolism so you can think and be active! Studies have shown that what you eat is just as important to maintain steady glucose levels. Eating sugary or high-carbohydrate meals such as sugary cereals, donuts, white toast with jam, ect, causes a sudden spike in glucose levels but then drop quickly. The consequence is fuzzy thinking, decreased activity, and a false sense of hunger. 

The intake of healthy fats and proteins (ie: an egg) correlated to a better rise and leveling out of serum glucose vs. carbohydrates or sugar (2, 3). Some research has also suggested that your metabolism is set by what you eat in the morning – so if you consume carbohydrates, your body will metabolize carbs; if you consume fat, your metabolism will burn fat (4).  But, I have read other sources that say whole-grains are just as good at leveling out blood sugar as fats and protein (5).

Take what you will! But since I’ve been a little “under the weather” and Kevin has a butt-load of exams this week, I opted for a breakfast full of whole grains, protein, and a little fat (hence turkey bacon and NOT pork).

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes


– 1/2 Cup plain low-fat organic yogurt
– 1/4 Cup low-fat organic milk
– 1 egg
– 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
– 1 Tbsp Honey
– 1 Tbsp brown sugar

– 3/4 Cup whole wheat flour
– 1/2 cup oats
– 1/4 tsp baking powder
– pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
– pinch of salt


1. Whisk yogurt, milk, oil, honey and egg

2. Stir brown sugar, whole wheat flour, oats, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. I prepared the dry ingredients the night before = easy prep in the AM.

3. Mix wet and dry ingredients together.

Put ’em on the griddle

When I start my day with a breakfast like this, I really DO feel more satisfied throughout my day. I have a LOT more energy too. You should try it and see what you think/how you feel!

1. http://www.clinicalcorrelations.org/?p=1525

2. Thorn G W, Quinby J T, Clinton M Jr. A comparison of the metabolic effects of isocaloric meals of varying compositions with special reference to the prevention of postprandial hypoglcemic symptoms. Ann Int Med 1943; XVIII: 913.

3. Lloyd H M, Rogers P J, Hedderley D I, Walker A F. Acute effects on mood and cognitive performance of breakfasts differing in fat and carbohydrate content. Appetite 1996; 27: 151.

4. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100330161751.htm

5. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2824987.stm



1. Gigi - December 17, 2010

Looks tasty!

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