Blog: MY MUSE BOX - Diet Pancakes!?!?!

You win some… then ya gotta lose some…

OK – the eating season is over. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been eating and drinking everything that wasn’t nailed down and out of reach since November 22, 2012.  Enough! It’s a new year! A lucky 13 year at that. It’s time for me to start my very own NuAtkins/South Beach/Weight Watchers cross-diet (I’m what is known as an “equal opportunity” dieter).

No pizza!  No chardonnay! No vodka martinis (but I can have the olives)! No cheeseburgers or hot dogs in a roll! No pastrami or corned beef sandwiches! (Thank god I'm not a chocolate or sweet lover.) So, I look for my food "rewards" where I can get them... Hence, diet pancakes! Pancakes that are high in protein with fiber thrown in.

What are these diet pancakes, you're probably asking? Well, they're not exactly lo-cal, but they are in the South Beach diet cookbook (page 201) – so they are “diet” pancakes, right? And, my husband and I do some finagling of our own, so the calorie count (or point count if you’re doing the Weight Watchers thing) is negligible. This recipe’s oatmeal pancake batter is enough for two people even though it says "serves 1," which makes breakfast only about 150 very tasty calories (2-3 points)… and healthful, too. 

Now if only I can get back on-track... literally... and hit the quarter-mile track at Beeman Park with some power walking and upper/lower body machine workouts. But, I will…

After all, tomorrow is another day.

Happy 2013, everyone!!!


                                      OATMEAL PANCAKES



1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal

1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese (or tofu)

4 egg whites

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg



Process the oatmeal, cottage cheese, egg whites, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a blender until smooth.  My husband has also been know to add some fresh blueberries to the batter (yum!).

Spray a nonstick skillet w/ cooking spray.  Add the batter and cook over medium heat until both sides are lightly browned.

You can top the pancake with a low-sugar or non-sugar syrup of your choice.  Or a low sugar jam.


Per serving:  288 calories, 28 grams of protein, 32 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams fat,  1 gram saturated fat, 451 mg sodium, 5mg cholesterol, 5 grams of fiber...

But remember, if you're like us and share the pancake (we divide the batter between two 8" skillets), all the numbers above are halved.

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Irene DeBlasio January 04, 2013 at 04:35 PM
@IlonaSaari Oatmeal pancakes? Diet food? This sounds too good to be true but delicious. I'm going to make them soon. You always manage to hit one out of the park when it comes to mouth-watering columns. Thank you! BTW, talk about Hi-Cal foods -- did you ever make french toast using Greenlee's raisin-cinnamon bread? The bread is sold at Whole Foods. Serving is one slice at 220 calories. I need to put on blinders or stop visiting Whole Foods.
Ilona Saari January 04, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Thanx, Irene. I think I've appointed myself one of Patch's food writers <g>... I do love writing about food and putting that food into an everyday "living" context. When I leave my "NuAtkins/South Beach/Weight Watchers diet, I'll have to try that French toast -- Another delish, hi-cal ;o( French toast is made from Squaw bread. Sooooo good.
Bob Blanchard January 05, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Ilona, With all the no's in paragraph 2, they might as well close the lid and throw sand in my face. But I do have something constructive for the cause. I buy sugar free pancake syrup. It works and tastes the same. That combination is kinda like my rationalization of drinking a diet soda when I have pie. I pat myself for the sugar free part. Ms. DeBlasio didn't tell you that in all likelyhood, she slathers 200 caleries of butter on her toast. (Poet Laureates are like that you know) I have had some of that Whole Food bread and she is right about it being good but only petite people can eat one slice, So much for resolutions.
Irene DeBlasio January 05, 2013 at 12:22 AM
@BobBlanchard @IlonaSaari The subject was pancakes! As a matter of fact, that Greenlee's raisin-cinnamon bread has enough texture and moistness that I never use any butter on my French toast, just REAL maple syrup. I once thought about making an Elvis fried peanut butter/banana sandwich with it but decided that would be gilding the lily and stopped myself. Still the thought has crossed my mind. It's comforting to know that we "foodies" have a lot of company.
Irene DeBlasio January 05, 2013 at 12:24 AM
@IlonaSaari I love your soup tureen!
Ilona Saari January 05, 2013 at 06:44 AM
Bob, I'm the same way -- too many no's in life, then what's the point of living <g> -- But, since vodka has no carbs - I'm here to diet on... And, thanx, Irene, I love that soup tureen, too - I collect old iron stone and that is part of my collection - I even use it from time to time. ;o)
Ilona Saari January 05, 2013 at 06:48 AM
LOL - yes, gilding the lily is definitely what that would have been... And yes, foodies rock!!!
Deb Agnew January 05, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Ilona. I am planning my big weight lose this year. One pound a week. Slow and steady. I am excited to try your oatmeal pancakes. Thanks for the recipe. Deb
Ilona Saari January 06, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Good for you, Deb. There are some great recipes in the So Beach cookbook and in the Weight Watchers and New Atkins cook books you should check out online.
Bob Blanchard January 06, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Ilona, from all your past notes, I can only assume that you are an excellent cook. I have seen beer pancakes on menus, why not combine two of your favorite ingredients, vodka and oatmeal and create a real service for dieters with a recipe for Blue Goose Flapjacks? That would have to be a winner.
Bob Blanchard January 06, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Oops, Ilona. My Bad, It is Grey Goose Vodka. (Blue is for little old ladies with blue hair). Grey Goose comes in Orange, Pear, Peach, Lemon and Cherry Noir. In your Grey Goose Flapjacks, any of those would be good except the lemon. That just doesn't sound right. Let me know how it works out.
Ilona Saari January 06, 2013 at 04:51 PM
LOL - you might have something there, Bob. Tho, as a good a cook as I am, it's my husband who really 'sings' in the kitchen. Most of the meals I write about are meals he's made - as are the ones on my food/wine/travel/musing blog. ;o)
Dave Gray January 06, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Please RIP Gloria Pal, a community activist, her Obituary is in North Hollywood Patch.
Bob Blanchard January 07, 2013 at 02:02 AM
Gosh, Ilona. I was hoping you would make me a partner in a plan that would not "upset a vast eternal plan" and make us wealthy and provide a needed service at the same time. You know how churches and synagogues are trying to get more people to attend services? At the risk of being politically incorrect, suppose we took your recipe and made some Grey Goose/Oatmeal communion wafers or Matzos? People would be standing in line to get into their houses of worship.
Ilona Saari January 07, 2013 at 03:40 PM
LOL - works for me, Bob. Let's do it!
Geraldo Cruz January 07, 2013 at 07:16 PM
If anyone ever needs a taste tester I'm available. You people are making me hungry!


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