Saturday, October 1, 2016

HMR Pancakes - official version, and oh so much more

HMR Pancakes, in multiple options

The "official recipe" is good, and fits in with the no decision diet well, so long as you take their advice and make it an occasional item.  I have tweaked both the ingredients and the recipe, and I think it improves on the original.

1 HMR 70 Plus Vanilla Shake
1 HMR Multigrain Hot Cereal
1/8 th Teaspoon Baking Soda (this is less than 1 calorie)
½ cup Water
1 Non-Stick Cooking spray

Method to Madness
  • Mix the Shake with Cereal and Baking Powder.  DON'T Blend both packets in a blender until you have a flour consistency. Instead, use the cereal as is, or just pulse one second the cereal after you have taken out the fruit.  If you are cooking for two, pulse one and leave the other as is.  I think this gives a better texture.  And the baking powder gives the pancakes some lift.
  • Add water until a pancake batter is reached
  • Allow to sit for 3-5 minutes (batter will thicken; add more water if needed)
  • Spray skillet with non-stick cooking spray
  • Pour ¼ cup batter for each pancake
  • Cook until bubbles form, pop and stay open, then flip to brown the other side
If your cooking for two, I use three cereals and two 70 plus shake (thus a 1/2 batch is equal to two shakes).  I would also add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda for a double recipe.  And of course you have to increase the water amount.  I add about 2 cups, but vary based on thickness.  The mix should be thick.

Once you start adding fruits and vegetables to your HMR diet, things get really interesting

Favorite things we add include:

  • Finely diced apple, not pre-cooked.  I use one apple for a double recipe
  • Blueberries.  1 cup for a double recipe
  • Mashed Banana (mash ripe banana and mix with water, then add to the pancake mix.  1 Banana for a double
  • Zucchini, finely diced (I spiralize, then chop into rice size pieces).  I also do not precook.  Half a zuchini (med) per double recipe
  • Sweet potato, sprilized, chopped and microwaved with a little water until soft (1/2 cup per double)
  • Apple pie or pumpkin pie spice
  • Pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) (1/2 cup per double
  • Cooked carrot, diced fine or shredded

There are lots of things you can add and stay in the box - get creative and experiment!

This is our Saturday morning breakfast - that's how we keep it "occasional"

And these freeze pretty well - if you wanted to make them as a treat, just reheat in toaster or microwave.  Pretty good a work when others bring in treats or a pot luck - gives you an in the box option.

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