Recipe Redux: Heart-Healthy Hotcakes

21 Feb Recipe Redux: Heart-Healthy Hotcakes

Heart-Healthy Hotcakes

Recipe Redux:
Still Delicious, Now More Nutritious
A Better Breakfast in Bed
featuring Heart-Healthy Hotcakes

It’s February, and love is in the air. Show your special someone some tender loving care with this month’s Recipe Redux: A Better Breakfast in Bed featuring Heart-Healthy Hotcakes.

What’s better than breakfast in bed?  It’s a little-known luxury sure to warm the heart of your loved one. And not just warm the heart, but perhaps protect it, too. Heart-Healthy, in this case, refers to the specific ingredients used in the recipe that actually protect the heart from disease.

Healthy highlights of this month’s Recipe Redux: Heart-Healthy Hotcakes include:

  • Oats- have been shown to lower cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease
  • Almonds- a healthy fat, rich in vitamin E and fiber
  • Dark, sweet cherries- contain anthocyanines, an antioxidant that protects blood vessels
  • Greek yogurt- less fat and more protein that buttermilk
  • Half as much sugar than the traditional pancake recipe
  • Almond milk- more calcium than regular milk, a good source of Vitamins D and E, less calories and fat than regular milk
  • Safflower oil-no cholesterol and low in saturated fat

Recipe and food photography by Sydne George.

 Recipe Redux: Heart-Healthy Hotcakes
(serves eight)               
6 ounces plain Greek yogurt         
¾ cup almond milk             
¼ cup safflower oil             
1 egg              
¼ cup oatmeal             
¾ cup flour             
¼ cup slivered almonds, ground in food processor or spice grinder             
2 tablespoons sugar           
1 teaspoon baking soda             
1 teaspoon baking powder             
1/8 teaspoon salt             
1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries, thawed and cut in half, patted dry with paper towel              
Combine all ingredients except cherries in blender and mix until thoroughly combined.          
Meanwhile, heat electric griddle to 325 degrees.           
Pour pancake batter onto preheated griddle into 3-inch circles.             
Top pancakes with cherries.             
When bubbles form and pop, carefully turn pancakes.             
Cook other side until golden brown.          
Serve hot with additional almonds and cherries, if desired.              

*Comparison of Heart-Healthy Hotcakes with a traditional pancake recipe shows a dramatic decrease in saturated fat content.

(While the calories remain equal, substituting heart-healthy ingredients makes a marked difference in saturated fat content. The recipes contain the same number of calories, but you’re getting more bang for the buck eating Heart-Healthy Pancakes with the additions of Greek yogurt, oatmeal, almonds and sweet cherries, too.

Sydne George is a food journalist specializing in recipe development, food writing and food photography. She can be reached at . Sydne’s recipes from “Recipe Redux: Still Delicious, Now More Nutritious” are archived at



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