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Oatmeal Nutella Swirl Pancakes

These days I have been waking earlier to make breakfast for hubby, and I consider that my "me-time" away from the baby. Haha.

I find it quite good, in the sense that it does take my mind off from the baby for a while. And hubby seems to enjoy his breakfast everyday. Better than McDonald's and all those bad fats and artificial stuff right? ;p

I started surfing around for breakfast ideas, and thought of making pancakes. One link led to another, and soon I was searching for oatmeal and Nutella pancakes recipe.

Then I came to see so many yummy pancakes photos. Like this Nutella Espresso Pancakes, Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes or this Banana Nutella & Oatmeal Pancakes.

I decided to sort of combine the recipes from Sally's Baking Addiction and Picky Palate because they both look so fluffy and yum! Thankfully I have most of the ingredients at home.

This is a very easy recipe. Basically just measure out the ingredients, mix and cook :) Quite flexible as to what other optional add-ins you want. For eg, chocolate chips, fruits, etc.

I chose Nutella hehe.

The pancakes turned out slightly chewy - might be I overcooked them, or because I substituted some ingredients like the flour, oats and sugar. But still, yummy!

I topped it with strawberries and honey!
You could add more Nutella (about 2 tbsp - 3 tbsp) and do without the honey.

Oatmeal Nutella Swirl Pancakes - Recipe Adapted from SBA + Picky Palate
-1 cup (123g) whole wheat flour (or white whole-wheat)
- 1/2 cup (40g) quick oats
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 large egg (or 2 egg whites)
- 1 cup (240ml) milk
- 2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar (or light brown)
- 1/4 cup (63g) Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup add-ins like chocolate chips or fruit, optional *I used 1.5 tbsp of Nutella

1. Toss the flour, oats, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Set aside.

2. In a separate medium bowl, whisk the egg and milk together. Whisk in the brown sugar and yogurt until no lumps remain. Whisk in the vanilla until combined.

3. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients in. Stir gently until just combined. Do not overmix the batter or your pancakes will be tough and very dense.

4. Add any mix-ins you prefer, but again - do not overmix the batter. *I dropped about 1.5 tbsp of Nutella onto the batter, and used 1 chopstick to swirl the Nutella gently into the batter. You might want to add 2 or 3 tbsp of Nutella for stronger taste, and reduce the sugar amount to be added on top.

5. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Coat generously with cooking spray, oil, or butter. Once hot, drop about 1/4 cup of batter on the griddle. Cook until the edges look dry and bubbles begin to form on the center or sides, about 1 minute. Flip and cook on the other side until cooked through, about 2 more minutes. Coat griddle/skillet again with nonstick spray for each pancake or batch of pancakes.

6. Keep pancakes warm in a preheated 200F degree oven until all pancakes are cooked. Serve immediately.

 Oatmeal Nutella Swirl Pancakes :)

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