Oats have a tendency to get gummy in pancakes, but when they're blended with the whole wheat flour, they stay light in the batter while adding a nice nuttiness. Lowfat milk saves calories and leaves room for melted butter in the batter. The apple compote takes the place of syrup and is sweetened by unrefined natural sugars.
- 1 1/2 cups apple cider
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 Golden Delicious apples, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 1 cup lowfat (1-percent) milk
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
Bring the cider to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat; lower the heat and simmer until reduced by half, 15 to 18 minutes. Stir in the honey and apples, reduce the heat to low and simmer until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a blender until the oats are finely ground. Add the milk, butter and egg and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender occasionally.
Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. With a paper towel, wipe the oil on the surface of the heated skillet. Ladle 1 tablespoon of the batter onto the skillet to make a pancake. Make 4 to 5 more pancakes, taking care to keep them evenly spaced apart. Cook until bubbles break the surface of the pancakes and the undersides are golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip with a spatula and cook for 1 minute more.