* Note – blue notes are new on June 4, 2011 *


Ok, so I have been reading this book called the GI Diet…I actually have the clinic workbook and they have some recipes in the back that I finally tried! You can find out more about the diet at
www.gidiet.com

So the first one is for wonderfu Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes and the other is for Apple Bran Muffins. You know how sometimes you eat something that has the word oatmeal or bran in it and it is so dry and just tastes way to healthy!? Well, these taste healthy, but they actually taste really good! I have made the pancakes a few times and make them a nice size so that I can freeze them and then pop them in the toaster for breakfast. Let me tell you, two of these pancakes and some fruit for breakfast and you won’t be hungry until lunch time!! The muffins are pretty filling as well. I highly recommend you try at least one of these recipes out!

Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

3/4 cup large flake oats
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup wheat bran or ground flaxseed (I make them with wheat bran) * I only use ground flaxseed now
1 tbsp splenda or sugar alternative * I use honey instead of splenda or sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup liquid egg (or one large egg -I use O3 eggs) * I use 2 eggs of any colour and size
2 tbsp canola oil * I use olive oil
1 tsp vanilla * I ran out and tried with 1/2 tsp of almond extract – very tasty

1 – Soak oats in buttermilk for 20 min in a bowl
2 – In anther bowl, combine dry ingrediants
3- In another bowl, combine oil, vanilla, and egg
4 – mix oats and wet ingrediants together
5 – Pour oat mixture over dry ingrediants and mix * if you let the mix sit for a few minutes before you make them they tend to be a bit fluffier.  
6 – Heat non-stick griddle or pan over medium heat. When warm laddle 1/4 cup batter in pan
7 – Spray pan with cooking spray after each pancakes is cooked so they won’t stick (added by me)
8 – Cook until bubles on top approx. 2 min on both sides or golden.

Makes 16 pancakes – 4 – 6 servings.

Tips: Ok, you do need to spray the pan with cooking oil or they tend to stick. Do not make them too big, especially if you want to heat them up in the toaster later. They are not intended to make big pancakes. I’ve only ever gotten about 14 pancakes. I eat them with unsweetened apple sauce or peanut butter and honey. Pure maple syrup would also be all right.  * If you are using a non-stick griddle you do not need anything on the pan first.  If you follow the recipe with the changes that are in blue you will get a wonderful pancake!  I’ve made them for others many times and they love them.  I make them on the weekend and then toast them throughout the week for breakfast.  Lately I have been eating them with pure maple syrup since I have it in the house!  Delicious!  

 Mmmmm……



Apple Bran Muffins 
* I haven’t made these in so long!  I forgot the recipe was on here!  
3/4 cup all-bran cereal
1 cup skim milk
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup splenda or other sugar allternative
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 1/4 cups oat bran or wheat bran (I have only tried with wheat bran)
2/3 cup raisins
1 large apple
1 Omega 3 egg
2 tsp canola oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 – pre-heat ovent to 350 – place large paper cups in muffin tin
2 – combine cerial and milk and let stand for a few min
3 – combine dry ingrediants and apple (cut into 1/4 or smaller pieces)
4 – combine wet ingredians with ceral mix, then combine with dry ingrediants
5 – spoon into paper cups
6 – bake until lightly browned, about 20 min.

Tips: It is a thick mixture when you are ready to put into paper cups. You can fill them 3/4 way because they do not rise very high. That’s all!

Well, I hope you like the recipes. Let me know what you think of them if you make them! I’d be glad to hear about it. Or if you have recipes that you love, please feel free to share them! I love cooking and I love recipes! If you send me a recipe let me know if I can post it on my blog for others to enjoy!

Happy Cooking,
Jackman 

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