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Oatmeal #78: Brownie Pancakes July 30, 2008

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For some reason I’ve been craving brownies these past few days, so I decided to bake some–pancake style!

I tried two different versions, playing around with measurements and ingredients, and ended up with two different, but equally tasty pancakes 😀

Yesterday’s version:

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It came out drier and less fudgy/sweet than I’d like, but still chewy and great! I think there wasn’t enough liquid or something…

Here’re the contents of the batter:

  • 0.5 cup + 1 tsp oats
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 0.5 tsp baking powder
  • 0.25 medium banana, mashed
  • 0.25 cup raspberries, mashed
  • 0.25 cup water

Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix everything together. Bake for 15 minutes, flip pancake and bake 2 more minutes.

The nutritional profile is great though–10g fiber, 9g protein! I think I have successfully created the most fibrous brownie ever! :mrgreen:

Anywhoo, to continue the excitement, here’s today’s version of the pancake:


Lighting’s not so great in my room, so unfortunately the texture is lost in the pictures! 😦


Anyway, I thought I was going to go running today, so I threw together the batter last night and stored it in the fridge to cut down prep time. When I took it out of the fridge, the batter had a pudding-like consistency–awesome! I contemplated just nuking the batter in the microwave and see if I could get a pudding pancake that way, but decided to save that for another time and just play it save today!

Anywhoo, I stuck the thing in the oven–and this batter turned out a little too moist…although the shape still held so it wasn’t a big deal.

Tastewise–the texture is definitely a lot more brownie-like, but still not as sweet as a real brownie! [although definitely sweeter than yesterday]

Here’re the contents–not that much different, but baking time wasn’t the same:

  • 0.5 cup + 1 tsp oats
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 0.5 tsp baking powder
  • 0.25 medium banana, mashed
  • 5 raspberries, mashed
  • 2 tsp Ed Smith’s triple berry jam
  • 0.25 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake 15 minutes, then flip pancake over and bake 3 more minutes.

Interesting! I’ll definitely be playing around with this recipe a little more, and maybe also try the microwave method next time 😀

Anyway, yesterday I made black bean butter to go in my tortilla:


It really does taste like butter! I subbed rice vinegar for balsamic vinegar since that was the only thing I had–but yeah, it was deeeeelicious!

Dinner was a classic–spaghetti & bean balls!


Used up the last of my adzuki-lentil balls and cauliflower–it was awesome! I felt so kiddish digging into this dish 😛


Experiment #20: pumpkin May 15, 2008

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I finally tried the pumpkin-oatmeal combo on Monday:

pumpkin, cinnamon, ground ginger, bean brownies, corn

The oatmeal looks like mashed potatoes ’cause I was in a hurry to get to the lab [at 7 a.m.! Hence the reason I packed my breakfast in a box~] so I microwaved :p Ended up not adding a lot of water–it was enough, but less than the amount I usually add.
But yeah–chocolate & pumpkin definitely go well together! The pumpkin has a very refreshing taste and took my attention away the slightly out-of-place flavor of the black beans [I ditched the chickpeas–much better!]–guess bean brownies take a bit of getting used to 😛 And notice that I have corn with my oatmeal again! I’m addicted~


whole wheat tortilla, cheddar cheese, chicken breast

Here’s the rest of my lunch–packed in a yogurt container ’cause it’s fun 😀

tortilla, gala apple, baby carrots, grape tomatoes

I ended up eating the apple after I ate my oatmeal breakfast…and started snacking on the tomatoes & carrots at 10 to 10: 30 ish~since the tortilla obviously wouldn’t be enough to get me through til dinner time [I didn’t have time to pack a snack! :(], I rushed home for about 2 minutes to grab a mug of coffee to bring to the lab~guess I need to pack a lot more next time!

Got home that day at around6: 30 p.m.–that’s 11.5 hours in a place with no windows! Was rather tired and grumpy at that point, but then mom made soup:

mashed potatoes, mushrooms, pork[?]

It was GOOD. Don’t remember what else I had for dinner that day ’cause didn’t take pictures 😛

Experiment #19: Corny – Part II May 13, 2008

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Had this the day before yesterday:

Apples, corn, un-baked bean brownies

For the beans, I used chickpeas and black beans ’cause I wanted to see what the brownies would taste like with other types of beans…the results weren’t so good with the chickpeas 😦 Its savory-ness clashed horribly with the sweetness of the brown sugar&applesauce…I threw in a tiny bit of vanilla extract in hopes of masking the flavor of the chickpeas…the brownies were still good…just tasted a little odd~I think kidney beans would have worked better…they have a less distinct taste~

But yeah! I’m really liking the corn with the oatmeal–the flavors actually go together quite well–it’s kinda like eating rice, really~so good! Having it with nuts or PB may be even better

Experiment #13&14: Strawberry Buns & Brownies May 1, 2008

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Today’s post is a two-in-one special! XD

I attempted to do something with the strawberries in my fridge today…

Before baking:

I made a huge mess XD

During the baking, I did an experiment within an experiment using the leftover strawberry-oatmeal filling!

Brownie [from yesterday] + strawberry oatmeal. I ate them together–using the strawberry oatmeal as topping–best thing I’ve ever tasted! [Yes, I’m aware the bowl looks pretty gross in that picture :-P]

After baking:

I was kinda horrified when I took them out of the oven ’cause I thought I burnt them…8O But I think that’s just the coloring of the strawberries staining the surrounding areas?? I have no clue. I definitely added too much flour…’cause they’re so white! They’d probably look less scary if the dough was at least a golden-ish color 😛

Nonetheless–they tasted great!

Recipe! – the amount of flour has been adjusted.
Makes 10 servings. 77 kcal each

  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 0.25 cup plain yogurt
  • 0.25 cup soymilk
  • 0.5 tbsp applesauce
  • 0.5 small mashed banana
  • 1 cup flour
  • 0.5 cup Kellogg’s All-Bran Original cereal [optional]


  • 7 medium-size or small strawberries, mashed
  • 0.25 cup quick oats

1. Mix all wet ingredients together in a bowl, leave out the lemon juice.
2. In another bowl, mix the flour and bran cereal together, chop up the cereal a bit.
3. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together.
4. Preheat oven to 350F.
5. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or baking mat.
6. With a wooden spoon, scoop 10 separate spoonfuls of the batter and drop them onto the tray.
7. Mix the mashed strawberries and oats together and use a spoon or your fingers to drop the filling onto the scoops of batter. Press downwards gently as you apply the filling so that they’ll stick to the flour.
8. Bake for 20 minutes.

Experiment #7 April 20, 2008

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I wish the caf had more colorful fruits…
Consists of:

  • 1/2 ring of canned pineapple
  • 1 tsp strawberry jam
  • 0.125 cup Cheerios
  • 0.125 cup Kashi GoLean cereal
  • cafeteria oatmeal

Had this yesterday!
Not much to say about this one–it’s a rather boring combo, in my opinon…but the cafeteria has boring food :p I do like jam&fruits in oatmeal though! Oatmeal tastes great when it’s only a little sweet, but not too sweet as to completely overwhelm the flavor. And the cereal provides a crunchy factor, which is nice 🙂

Oh, and guess what I had as a part of my breakfast yesterday:

Le brownie!

Definitely wasn’t sweet enough by itself, so I kinda chopped up a banana and ate it with the brownie. It’s not bad! Way better than adding some more sugar. I think next time I’m going to use banana when I make this, instead of the dried dates, which apparently, wasn’t even the right kind of dates to use! [thanks, VeggieGirl! :)] That’s too bad, ’cause I still have a whole bag of dried dates lying around T__T

Heh, and something really stupid happened to me yesterday. At around 2: 00 I burst into my exam hall and was all “LET THERE BE EXAM WRITINGZZZ!” and nearly freaked when I saw that there was no room assignment for the exam I’m supposed to be writing..x_X So I frantically ran around asking the proctors and eventually found out that I was at the right place for my exam….except the exam wasn’t until 7: 00 p.m.. -.-” You can imagine how smart I felt then

Going insane! But only 2 more exams to write on Monday and Wednesday, and then it’s baking & cooking everyday! I have a million ideas I’ve been dying to try. In fact, I’m going grocery shopping [tons and tons of oats!] after my last exam this Wednesday. I’ll hopefully be posting some oatmeal recipes soon!