Eat Skinny Be Skinny: Pomegranate White Chocolate Pancakes

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I haven’t had a pancake I didn’t like. Banana, whole wheat, oatmeal, apple, raisin, pumpkin, spinach, you name it, I love it. Growing up, my family used to make pancakes every weekend. Well, by we I mean my dad. I would just stir in the chocolate chips and eat the batter ūüôā Some of my favorite memories of my childhood take place in the kitchen on Saturday morning, making pancakes from scratch with my dad. And even to this day, I can’t make mine as good as his.

But alas, I try. And I think I’ve finally scratched the surface with this recipe, which I’ve deemed “Christmas Morning Pancakes.”

Oatmeal pomegranate white chocolate chip pancakes. What’s more Christmas than that? When I was whipping up this concoction, I had no idea how it was going to turn out. Not because the ingredients aren’t amazing, but because I’ve never used a fresh pomegranate before! I’ve read horror stories on how hard it is to de-seed these fruits so I was a little apprehensive. But honestly? Seeding was easy. The hard part was the clean up. These pretty little fruits are REALLY FREAKIN’ MESSY. I can’t tell you how many times this fruit squirted me in the eye, leaving me temporarily blind. Plus, it stained every clean kitchen towel we own a bright pink color. But, they are pretty to look at, dontcha think?

As messy as they were to clean up, the pomegranate seeds were my favorite part of this recipe! They gave each soft, chewy pancake a delightfully tart, bitter crunch!

These pancakes are also really good for you! They are made with no butter or oil, whole wheat flour, oatmeal and nonfat milk! A healthy and pretty breakfast! Make this on Christmas morning and enjoy with a delicious cup of nog (spiked, of course).

Pomegranate White Chocolate Pancakes

Yields: 6 large pancakes
Prep time: >10 minutes
Cook time: About 5-8 minutes per pancake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup¬†oatmeal
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon¬†baking powder
  • 1¬†pinch¬†salt
  • 2¬†eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 – 2/3 cup¬†low-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon fresh pomegranate juice
  • 2 – 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup¬†pomegranate seeds
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • Cooking spray

Directions: 

  1. Mix oatmeal, flour, baking powder, brown sugar and salt in a large bowl.
  2. In a smaller bowl, beat eggs, milk, pomegranate juice and vanilla extract. Make a well in the oatmeal mixture and pour egg mixture in gradually. Mix in with flour mixture between each addition. If mixture is too dry, add additional milk. Stir in white chocolate and pomegranate seeds.
  3. Coat a medium pan in cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Scoop about 1/3 cup of batter into the pan and cook until pancakes are browned on each side, about 5-6 minutes. Serve with extra seeds and enjoy!
Once my left eye heals and I’m able to see out of it again, I’m going to re-create these. Maybe next time I’ll wear¬†goggles¬†or, you know, cut the fruit over the sink or something.
Nutritional information per pancake: 200 calories, 4 grams of fat, 32 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber and 9.2 grams of protein. 

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  1. Posted by Kiri W. on
    Thursday, December 1st, 2011
    WOW! That sounds beyond amazing! I bet I'd adore these. Great, great twist on regular pancakes :)
  2. Posted by Lauren on
    Thursday, December 1st, 2011
    How festive! Love it :)
  3. Posted by Kathy Gori on
    Thursday, December 1st, 2011
    Yummy!
  4. Posted by Grubarazzi on
    Thursday, December 1st, 2011
    How lovely! I bet the creamy white chocolate is the perfect balance to the tart pomegranate seeds. Yummy! 
  5. Posted by Jennifer on
    Thursday, December 1st, 2011
    I LOVE POMEGRANATES! 
  6. Posted by Anonymous on
    Thursday, December 1st, 2011
    These look so good!
  7. Posted by Bake Your Day on
    Thursday, December 1st, 2011
    Awesome pancakes Claire! I love, love, love white chocolate chips!
  8. Posted by Ruth @ Spring of a Curiouseed on
    Thursday, December 1st, 2011
    I love all kinds of pancakes also! They look beautiful and delicious! I'll gladly archive this recipe.
  9. Posted by Happy When Not Hungry on
    Thursday, December 1st, 2011
    WOW!  These pancakes look amazing!  What a creative way to use the pomegranate too!
  10. Posted by Baking Serendipity on
    Thursday, December 1st, 2011
    I don't think I've met a pancake I didn't like either! I have to say...when I first saw your photos and post, I thought about how awesome you made that pomegranate look. I've heard they are messy, but never tried a whole one myself. 
    • Posted by claire on
      Friday, December 2nd, 2011
      Well thank you!!!
  11. Posted by Kimberly Fujitaki on
    Thursday, December 1st, 2011
    lovely. what a combination of flavors. pancakes just speak so much comfort! beautiful photos
  12. Posted by Carolyn on
    Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    Those really look amazing, Claire!
  13. Posted by Kelly Hunt on
    Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    Ah your pancakes look gorgeous Claire, love the flavors!!!  If you haven't already, feel free to stop by my blog and check out the $50 Williams-Sonoma gift card giveaway going on right now! xoxo
  14. Posted by jules on
    Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
    Really great combination...I'm always looking for new recipes for pomegranates.
  15. Posted by Kookin' at Home on
    Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
    These look delicious and my fiance and I want to try the recipe soon!  To deseed the pomegranate without making a mess, try submerging it in a large bowl of water as you deseed it.  The seeds will fall to the bottome of the bowl while the white pith will float to the top.  Also, if any burst it will be in the water so it won't get all over your kitchen or in your eye! Hope this helps!
  16. Posted by Erin on
    Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
    I think I am in love!!  These pancakes look so good!  Pomegranets are one of my favorites, and with white chocolate....yum!
  17. Posted by Roxana GreenGirl on
    Monday, December 12th, 2011
    these pancakes look so Christmas-y. I love using pomegranate but I make such a big mess trying to get the  seeds out. Your pancakes sound like a delicious way to start a cold December day.
  18. Sunday, April 1st, 2012
    These look SO delicious! I am craving pancakes right now.. :)