Delicious, low fat and low calories pancakes flavored with molasses, cinnamon and ginger. Make a batch for your family this Christmas.
I think I should call Low Fat Gingerbread Pancakes, Lyla’s pancakes. Lyla, my 8-year-old daughter, just adores these. She can even make the batter and flip the pancakes on her own now. We have eaten these all year long, since I first saw a recipe on EA Stewart’s blog. I knew I would love them. I discovered a serious love of all things gingerbread a few years ago. What I was shocked about, was how much my daughter loved them. She has a very sophisticated pallet already,but still I didn’t know she would adore these. She will happily eat raw quail eggs at sushi, caviar, foie gras, tofu, dal and so much more. Of course, all of that is subject to change at a moment’s notice. I always hated molasses as a kid, so I just presumed she would too. Wrong! The key is to add enough molasses to flavor the pancakes without overpowering them.
It took me about 40 years to fall in love with gingerbread. Better late than never, right? It was all due to a sample of gingerbread at a local grocery store. Oh, this cake was moist and delicious. I could taste the warm spices and just a hint of molasses. The molasses wasn’t “pow” in your face. That’s when I went home and made Chocolate Gingerbread Tea Cakes. It is a magically concoction of spices that makes them so loveable. Every recipe I see that has Gingerbread in it, calls my name. Make me Christie, make me. I hear it call.
Pancakes can surprisingly be loaded with fat. Most have quite a bit of oil in the batter. Did you know 1 tablespoon of oil has 14 grams of fat? Most recipes call for at least 6 tablespoons; which would be 128 grams of fat. Plus most people put butter on their pancakes and syrup. That is a whole lot of fat. While we prefer not to eat non-fat food, we do try to reduce the fat to keep my husband’s heart healthy. With the reduction in fat in the pancakes, I can still have a little pat of butter. It is the perfect trade-off to me.
So go ahead and make a batch of pancakes. Get the family involved. Pancakes are a great starter recipe for kids to learn to cook. They also freeze well! We never eat them all, so I cover them in foil and pop them in the freezer. Then I can put them in the microwave or toaster to heat them back up. Pancakes on a school morning are totally doable this way.
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Adapted from EA Stewart
Happy Healthy Eating,
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