My life has been moving so fast lately I feel like I’m watching it go by on a speeding train. The trees, hillsides and towns blur by me as I race onto my next stop, my next fleeting destination. As much as I love every aspect of my crazed life, I also wish it would slow down. I wish I could stop the train and stare at the beauty around me without worrying what I’m going to miss next or what/who I’m late meeting. I can’t stop time nor do I want to stop living this dream life, but I can give myself a few moments of peace. And in those moments I don’t want complicated food with fancy ingredients. I want simple. I want low-fat fluffy buttermilk pancakes. I want food that reminds me of those times I wasn’t living in the future or past, but the here and now.
The funny thing is when I made these on Saturday morning, I was feeling rushed. I had to get the recipe done and photographed, had to shower and get ready for my part time job, had to spend just a few seconds with a husband who barely knows me anymore. As I rushed to perfect the recipe and the shot, I spilled about a cup of syrup all over me. Now, after a few curse words and aggressive strokes to remove said syrup from the floor, I just started laughing. I sat down, sticky and sweet, and laughed.
Nothing like a syrup mishap to really bring you back to life. Life is weird, in the strangest, most unplanned moments do you feel the most alive. After that, I washed myself up and sat down to enjoy these pancakes. I didn’t rush through them because I knew I’d be late to work. I sat down and savored every bite. I let my mind vacation back to those uncomplicated saturday mornings of my youth when I had not a care in the world. That’s what I spent my few minutes of peace remembering.
It’s so easy in our incredibly busy lives to take these simple moments for granted, trust me, I know this. But it’s those moments that keep us grounded, keep our heads above water, keep us from crashing or fast forwarding through life. So guys, just take them. Let those moments give you the peace and tranquility you need to keep going.
Low-fat Buttermilk Pancakes
Yields about 8 pancakes. Recipe slightly adapted from Cooking Light.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Dash of salt
- 1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Dash of oil for cooking
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda together. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk the applesauce, buttermilk, vanilla and eggs together. Carefully add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients with a whisk (this will make the pancakes fluffy, do not stir with a spoon). Mixture will be chunky and lumpy (which is a good thing).
- Heat about 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Add about 1/4 cup of batter into the pan. Cook pancake on one side until the batter starts to bubble. Then, using a nonstick spatula, flip the pancake. Cook another 3 – 4 minutes, or until both sides are golden brown.
Nutritional information per pancake:
Fat: 4 grams
Carbohydrates: 26.5 grams
Fiber: 1 gram
Protein: 3.2 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 4