Tuesday Housework

No snail legs in my oatmeal pancake!


I said it yesterday and I’m not afraid to say it again—-these are awesome! Long ago in high school (too long ago), I had a personal trainer who gave me the recipe how to make plain oatmeal pancakes. She said to just combine egg whites and oats overnight and then in the morning, add chopped apple and cook like a pancake. Those were good, but then I believe it was Kath, way back in….2007?!, who said to add mashed banana to the batter….so much better.
Those of you who asked yesterday if the pancake is mushy inside….negative. It’s actually quite nice inside; you should try it. Again today, all I did was take my concoction I set in the fridge last night (1/2 cup oats + 1/2 cup liquid egg whites, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp vanilla, pinch of salt) and add half a mashed banana. This morning I cooked this puppy on a hot skillet and then topped with the other half of the mashed banana and some peanut butter, of course. The pancake brings in about 19 grams of protein and is very filling, even for ravenous beasts like myself.
Where would we be without peanut butter?
The answer is no where.
Have you all been reading? For those of you that are following along with my summer reading list, shall we have our first book discussion soon? Next week? The book set to be discussed in My Antonia and I’ll put up a separate post for that book and all you good students who have read it can post in your comments/discussion questions and reviews. Sound good? I’ve secretly always wanted to be an English teacher.
Please check out my latest True/Slant article if you haven’t already…its a quick read on goat cheese. This brings me to my next topic for discussion, which is I definitely take reader requests for my True/Slant articles. If you want me to write about a certain subject, email me and I’ll see what I can do. As long as I don’t have 10,000 emails telling me to write about foods that increase your sex drive or something, we’re good. Uhhh yeah.
And keep on donating!!!!!!!! I believe in my heart and soul we are going to hit $5,000 today and I’m pretty much bursting at the seams. KEEP IT UP! You have 48 hours left to buy a ticket!
I just wrote a ton and I haven’t even had any caffeine yet this morning. Whewwwwwww

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  • M(a different M than the other M!!)
    May 18, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Do you grease the skillet somehow re oatmeal pancake?

    • jenna
      May 18, 2010 at 8:19 am


      Yep—just with some Pam!

  • Rachel
    May 18, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Mmmmmm oatmeal pancakes are so good…I haven’t had one in forever. Do your articles have to be food related? Maybe you could do a favorites list of things in California. Favorite wineries, favorite restaurants, etc. I’m sure you get asked a million times where to go and what to do while someone is visiting.

  • Ashley
    May 18, 2010 at 8:21 am

    I used to make those oatmeal pancakes a long time ago and you just reminded me how much I love them. Tomorrows breakfast has been planned!

  • sallyanne
    May 18, 2010 at 8:43 am

    so i might be a little slow but do you mix cooked oats with the egg whites or uncooked? Also do you happen to know roughly the calorie content? also amen on the peanut butter comment…lol I am obsessed with it lately!! 😉

    • jenna
      May 18, 2010 at 8:44 am


      I don’t know the exact calories..and you mix the egg whites with uncooked oats the night before and let it sit in the fridge until morning.

  • Carrie (Love Healthy Living)
    May 18, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I love that you’re encouraging people to read quality literature. I was an English major and I need inspiration sometimes to read something other than blogs, newspapers and papers for school. Your such an inspiration for young women, keep up the good work!

  • Mastering Public Health
    May 18, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Oatmeal pancake looks pretty simple, yet extremely satisfying. Wouldn’t be nearly as sweet-tasting (or pretty) without the mashed banana topping. Then again, I’m a sucker for soggy food. It’s always fun to tell unsuspecting folk how much protein is in something they’ve been made to believe has very little or none. Good luck reaching $5K with the bike!

  • Camille
    May 18, 2010 at 8:54 am

    I just finished American Wife (thanks to your suggestion) yesterday and I loooved it!
    I ordered Curtis Sittenfeld’s other book, “Man of My Dreams” off amazon, so hopefully it will come soon! I also saw you mention the book… I think it is called “I Am Charlotte Simmons”, so I ordered that one too!
    I love your taste in books!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    May 18, 2010 at 8:55 am

    I make oatmeal pancakes the same way! Very delicious. I have also added greek yog before, too.

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    May 18, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Oatmeal pancakes are just amazing. This one sounds awesome.

  • Katie
    May 18, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Just bought my ticket… pick me! 😉

  • Sarah
    May 18, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I really think I am going to make one of those pancakes for breakfast tomorrow- or dinner today:-).

  • Erin
    May 18, 2010 at 9:03 am

    I definitely want to make these pancakes–just need to pick up some more egg whites at the store. They look so tasty but easy to make!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    May 18, 2010 at 9:08 am

    I loooooove pancakes. Ever tried adding chia seeds to your mix?

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    May 18, 2010 at 9:18 am

    i need to make this pancake soon…i’m starting to get into a smoothie rut and need a way to break out!

  • Katerina
    May 18, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I have found mini slugs in my lettuce several times. But as you say, I usually just try and feel thankful that no pesticides were used. Then I wash the lettuce like 50 times. 🙂

  • Corinne (breathe and savor)
    May 18, 2010 at 9:22 am

    19 grams of protein! you will never be hungry again! ha. welllllll at least for a few more hrs! ha. The cakes look delicious and will DEFINITELY help with those extra 7 miles during your race 🙂

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    May 18, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Oh that pancake looks so good…I wonder if I could veganize it!?

    • Lisa
      May 18, 2010 at 9:30 am

      I think Mama Pea has a vegan protein pancake recipe you might wanna try 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    May 18, 2010 at 9:24 am

    As an English teacher, I have to say– it’s never too late!!! Go for it! I love it!

  • Lisa
    May 18, 2010 at 9:30 am

    These are my weekend treat! Love them 🙂

  • Deborah
    May 18, 2010 at 9:31 am

    19 grams of protein?! Sounds healthy and tasty. I am going to try this out tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    May 18, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Yum to the pancakes! I’ll bet they’d be awesome with pumpkin and spices as well. 😀

    • MMiller
      May 18, 2010 at 12:01 pm

      Wow, Sarah…now I can’t wait to add some pumpkin butter to mine!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    May 18, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Aha! So you let it sit overnight. This will be the step that catapults me from oatmeal pancake failure to success.

    May 18, 2010 at 10:03 am

    oh mashed banana ontop! now thats a fun little twist!

  • eatmovelove
    May 18, 2010 at 10:11 am

    …uh can you tell me HOW to get on with T/S to write FOR them 😉 …seriously…
    I am ready to cry at every possible job opportunity I have because I just don’t think I can do it anymore…I don’t know what to do…
    Will somebody take me in ?

    • Annie
      May 18, 2010 at 10:49 am

      Be positive! Think of all the people who don’t have any job opportunities. Don’t ask others to take you in… do it for yourself!!! You can do it!

  • Jenny
    May 18, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I loved your true slant article!

  • Jess
    May 18, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I’m so hungry and jealous of your delicious pancake! I just donated too! My hubby would be so super excited if I won a road bike. Then he would finally have me as a riding partner…though he’d leave me in the dust.

  • Lauren
    May 18, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I started reading American Wife, per your suggestion (and that of one other person). It is great! Such great writing and so detailed. Thanks for the summer reading suggestions, keep them coming!
    -Lauren in Tampa

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog
    May 18, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I’m about 10 pages away from being done with “The Namesake”. Not on your reading list but soo good. American Wife just came in the mail today. Can’t wait!

  • theemptynutjar
    May 18, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Havne’t read that book.
    WILL be making those oatmeal pancakes very soon for sure. Sounds excellent. Can add jam and maple syrup for additional toppings too.

  • Kim
    May 18, 2010 at 10:39 am

    My aunt saw an episode on some show where egg whites or egg substitutes come from…supposedly they come from rejected eggs. I would like to learn more about where they come from and their nutritional benefits.

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    May 18, 2010 at 11:04 am

    19 g of protein? Impressive. I’ll have to give this a try on the weekends as my office just isn’t equipped for anything that cannot be eaten cold or microwaved.

  • OK Chick
    May 18, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I’m trying the pancakes tomorrow AM. Also, I’m checking out your recommended book at the library. I will be ready for our first book club discussion.

  • Tracy
    May 18, 2010 at 11:38 am

    You had a personal trainer in high school???????? americans are so rich!

  • Diana (mymarblerye)
    May 18, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I’m going grocery shopping tomorrow so I can make these! It looks so easy and you canmake the batter the night before!

  • cara
    May 18, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Those pancakes remind me a lot of what my mom used to make, but without oats. It would be whole wheat mix with wheat germ and flax seeds with mushed bananas insides. So good. Mmmm.

  • Emily B
    May 18, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I just finished “The Souvenir” after I saw it on your list – and it was fabbbbbbbulous!!! Keep the recommendations coming.

  • Marina
    May 18, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Hm, now I don’t know what to eat for breakfast, oatmeal pancake or to make your waffle recipe…
    huge dilemma :))

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    May 18, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Love the structure and content of your True Slant articles. Love goat cheese, too, although didn’t know all of those factoids. I don’t drink milk either (but organic/non-GMO vanilla soy milk or rice milk instead) after seeing documentaries like ‘The Corporations’ and exposes on Monsanto–am careful about what I buy.

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing
    May 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I just donated $40 and that only leaves $72 until the $5000 mark!!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    May 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    All this talk about pancakes makes me really want to make one of those! Seems pretty simple. Do you think it would work the same if you used one whole egg rather than just egg whites? I don’t buy the cartons of them and hate to waste a yolk unless it’s for a cake or something 🙂

  • Lindsey B
    May 18, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    I’ve been reading American Wife since you suggested it… I am loving it 😀

  • Lori @ All About Me
    May 18, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Hi! 1 tsp of baking powder seems like a lot for one pancake. Are you sure you can’t taste it? Yesterday it was a splash of vanilla, today 1 tsp, I think. Which is it? I’m not a chef here, lol! I am definitely making this tomorrow, it might even entice my son!

  • Andrea (Sweet N Green)
    May 18, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I don’t know where I’d be without peanut butter either. I don’t think I could survive a day without it! I love the pancake recipe, I’ll be trying that soon!

  • Kath
    May 18, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    mmmmmmm banana

  • Helen
    May 18, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    The oatmeal pancake looks good. 19g of protein though, wow!! Good Luck with the bike raffle.

  • kate
    May 18, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Thanks goodness there was no animal parts today! Have a great day 🙂

  • Katalina @ GreenLivingNY
    May 18, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    19 g protein sound so good to me, I will give it a try!! 🙂
    why are some people amazed that you had a personal trainer in high school?! that is ok, and it is not so expensive ! you give your body the best and see great results!
    Anyway, I love pancakes, and this one sounds perfect to me!! 🙂

  • Lisa @ bakebikeblog
    May 18, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    oh aren’t these pancakes just awesome!!!!

  • Stacey
    May 18, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I’m on such a pancake kick lately and experimenting. Thanks for this one.

  • Kellie
    May 18, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Now I know what I was doing wrong. I never let my “batter” soak overnight. I am going to have to try this again.

  • Rika
    May 18, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    you’re awesome, jenna 😀

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    May 18, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I have to make oatmeal pancakes for sure! It sounds super easy!

  • Rachel
    May 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Really enjoyed your latest True/Slant article. I love goat cheese, and always heard inklings here and there that it was better for you than cow’s milk, but never knew why! Your article was right to the point, and I got from it all that I wanted to know. Well done! As for future articles…hmmm, you may have already done these already, but off the top of my head:
    – pizza* (combos, the greatness of all that is)
    – wine* (mainly the greatness of all that is)
    – avoiding/healing the “I missed a workout” guilt
    – listening to your body in general
    – chia seeds (random, I know)
    – seeds in general (I’m just learning, and experiencing some of the amazing benefits of pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, flax)
    – ways of encouraging others who we love to “get off the couch”, shall we say, and start exercising for their good
    – and well, travel – I always love hearing about travel, regardless of the take/theme of it.
    So…this was quite the lengthy comment, but thx for the opportunity to provide input! 😉 Keep it up!
    *I swear I didn’t put these on b/c I just had the most amazing homemade margarita pizza while sippin’ my wine

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    May 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    I loooove oatmeal pancakes!!! I was actually surprised at how filling they are and not to mention, delicious!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    May 18, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    What an awesome simple recipe! Sounds like it tastes amazing! 🙂

  • Megan@maintainingthathealthybalance
    May 18, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I have got to try this oatmeal pancake ASAP! Looks delish! Keep up the great work!

  • SallyH @
    May 18, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Ok, so I’ve got my oats soaking! Will be very excited to make a pancake tomorrow morning.

    Jenna, just after I read your post today I saw these: and thought of you. Literary t-shirts!

  • Natalie
    May 19, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Wow! Incredible! I tried the pancake this morning and I will definitely make it again and again. I really liked the mashed banana/peanut butter mix on top. For the person who asked about the calories–I entered mine into my nutrition calculator and it was roughly 411 calories–used 1/2 tablespoon of creamy peanut butter and the other measurments were according to your recipe. Next time, I think I might add blueberries or strawberries. Good stuff. Thx.

  • Kristina
    May 19, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Jenna!! I swear you’ve changed my life forever with this recipe! I had it this morning with a strawberry/yogurt topping and I just about died and went to heaven!!! Loving that it has 19 grams of protein! Thank you so much for the recipe! =)

  • Heather Pierce
    May 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I tried one of these last night prep and this morning! It held me much longer than my egg white omelettes and SOOOO tasty! yea protein!

  • Tania
    May 20, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Hi Jenna! I just started my own blog and made this pancake….it was dlish!!! I’ve always been “afraid” of pancakes b/c I’m never satisfied with just ONE but this was so filling! I love your blog!

  • Lauren
    July 7, 2011 at 12:44 am

    can you subsitute bananas for another fuit instead? or is is becauuse of the bananas texture why it doesn’t fall apart?bananas consist of unneeded sugar….