Sunday, September 2, 2012

Mango Lime Pancakes with Maple Syrup

This is breakfast, day one of the 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart and my "vegan adventure," as one friend put it.

Pancakes seem quite decadent to me, so I was thrilled to see them on the menu for today. I was a little nervous about the fact that they are whole wheat (that usually means they taste like cardboard), and I hadn't had real maple syrup since I was a kid--I absolutely hated it back then. But tastes change over time, so I decided to give it a try regardless.

Mango Lime Pancakes with Maple Syrup

The recipe for these pancakes called for equal parts whole wheat flour and soy milk (a serving size was a third of a cup of each), a tablespoon of baking powder, and a pinch of salt.

Ingredients and supplies.
Once the batter was stirred together, I added some diced mango and lime juice. The recipe called for only a eighth of a cup of mango, but I used a quarter cup. Also, the recipe called for just half a tablespoon of lime juice. I felt like that wasn't very much lime flavor, so I also added a quarter teaspoon of lime zest.
Diced mango, lime juice, and lime zest gave this recipe lots of really good flavor.

The batter looked appetizing, but was very, very thick.

The measurements I provided above were for a single serving. The actual recipe was for two, and I just because I didn't pay close enough attention I ended up making the entire batch. It was supposed to yield four large pancakes, but I ended up getting one small, one medium, and one large sized pancake. By the end I was getting the hang of the batter, which is so thick that I had to kind of spread it around on the pan with a spatula. You also need less batter per pancake than you think due to the fact that it puffs up a lot.

This was the first one. They got prettier as time went on...
The pancakes turned out wonderful! They took much longer to cook than normal pancakes, probably about 8 minutes a piece. The outside got quite thick, so that they were difficult to cut through with a fork. The inside was very soft and fluffy though, and not cardboardy at all. I found them to be quite on par enjoyably with your average buttermilk pancakes.

Bon Appetit!
Turns out that I actually really loved the maple syrup as well, which I was delighted with. I've had a similar experience recently with honey, which I never liked before now either. The only thing I didn't like about the pure maple syrup was that it was almost $10 for that bottle. It will last a long while, I'm sure, but it was more than I am used to spending.

All in all, I would consider this recipe a winner and a bangin' start to my new diet!

1 comment:

  1. Looks & sounds great! Glad your first meal was a hit! :)