Saturday, March 5, 2011

Strawberry Mango Wheat & Oat Pancakes

I live for the maƱana! A great early morning workout (running with the sunrise, a sweat packed spin sesh, a shot of Crossfit), followed by a great breakfast makes for a happy Courtney. I'm ready for whatever else the day throws my way.

Saturday's are no exception. After James has suffered 5 days of plain oatmeal and dry protein bars (he has to pack a breakfast and eat it fast) he is almost as ready as I am for a true breakfast feast. We didn't kid around this morning.

Strawberry Mango Oat & Whole Wheat Pancakes with toasted Pecans

Serves 5-6

1/3 cup egg whites
1 3/4 cup fat free milk (we use Lactaid)
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup light extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup ground oatmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
Dash of sea salt
Dash of cinnamon 

Directions: In a blender of some kind, (I use my awesome coffee burr my soldier bought me for Christmas) grind your cup of oats. I use the coarse setting.

Then, in a large bowl, whisk together the wet ingreeds. Stir in everything else. Mix until just a few lumps remain.

Preheat waffle iron and coat with a spray of Pam. Cook until golden brown.

Cut up strawberries and mangos, toss in microwave safe bowl with a little SF syrup, and microwave for 30-45 seconds, until warm. Spray waffles with a squirt of butter spray, top with berries.

Chop pecans into halves or quarters, and microwave for 1-2 minutes before you sprinkle them on top.

We watched 127 Hours while digesting.

It was pretty incredible. I was choked up there at the end, and not on waffles. It makes me want to go hike or mountain bike or kayak or camp. 
Or all of the above.

I've been googling sites like this: A Guide to Texas: Outside and shopping around for my *one day* road bike at Bikes Direct and looking for trails to run outside ... Not much. Though I did find a 5k to run tomorrow!

Yesterday I finished up my finals! So what a relief, but another set of classes starts Monday, so.

 At Central Texas College, have a Fall and Spring term, as well as a Summer term, but within each term - instead of taking 16 week courses - you can take two 8 week courses. Which is what I do. It means at any given time, I'm taking two incredibly fast paced classes with a heavy work load. They do a pretty good job of kicking my butt.

On Monday starts the second 8-week session, and the countdown until graduation! There are a lot of doors opening for me at the end of graduation, from transferring to Texas A&M, to going to school to become a Nationally Licensed LMT, to joining the Army Reserves. We will just see. I think I'm just planning on taking a breather through the summer to prioritize. 

I wore red to my finals to Support the Troops. Red Shirt Friday's - represent!

On a totally unhealthy but fabulously naughty note:

I made these little bites of sin heaven.

Brownies with pink sprinkles? It is the weekend ... :) 
12 miler tomorrow, yeehaw!


  1. Can you please send me send me the sinful brownie recipe? They look absolutely delicious and need to make them. HA! Good luck on the 12 mile run tomorrow. I'm planning on doing NOTHING! Day off from training, thank goodness. Have a great night! :)

  2. oh wow, what pretty food! I just want to look at it all day!

    You should come to Austin post Grad!

  3. have you ever tried almond milk? unsweetened ofcourse...its my favorite!