I live outside Boston in the town of Lexington, MA where the first battle of the Revolutionary War took place. Every Patriot’s Day (which was today), the town explodes with tradition: Revolutionary War re-enactments, church-run pancake breakfasts, a 5K road race, and several parades. It’s like taking a giant step back in time, and I love it.
The Minuteman Statue.
Simon (left) and his friends get ready for the Lexington Lion’s Club 98th annual 5K road race.
My son Josh turned 17 today. Oh my: time sure flies by. In years past, he and Simon (now 13) would wake up early, and we’d all head into town for pancakes. This year, my teenagers opted to sleep in. Sad … but no surprise. Being the nice mom that I am, I cooked up a batch of my new Silver Dollar Blueberry Pancakes for them instead. These pancakes are cute, hearty, nutritious, and have a subtle sweetness.
- Serves: 4 to 5
- Serving size: 5 to 6 pancakes
- Calories: 380
- Fat: 9g
- Saturated fat: 2g
- Carbohydrates: 61g
- Sodium: 460mg
- Fiber: 4g
- Protein: 14g
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup wheat germ
- ⅓ cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1½ cups 1% low-fat milk
- 1 ripe banana, mashed (about ½ cup)
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (plus more for topping)
- 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries (I used frozen wild blueberries)
- Whisk together the flour, wheat germ, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, banana, and maple syrup until blended. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until just moistened. Stir in the blueberries.
- Lightly oil or coat a large nonstick skillet or griddle with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Pour the batter onto the skillet using a ⅛-cup measuring cup (equal to 2 tablespoons), forming 2-inch pancakes. Adjust the heat if the skillet gets too hot.
- Cook until bubbles begin to appear on the surface of the pancakes and the bottoms turn golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and cook until the other side is golden, an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with the remaining cooking spray and batter. Top with additional maple syrup as desired.
It was 90 degrees in Boston today. I feel sorry for all the people who had to dress up in woolen costumes. Yikes!