A runner’s breakfast

April 21, 2007 on 5:26 pm | By | In Recipes | 4 Comments

Pancakes w/strawberriesI’m set to run almost 13 miles in tomorrow’s Mt. Si Relay (first leg is just under 6 miles, second leg is just over 7), so I wanted to make sure I consumed enough carbs today to keep me energized throughout the race. Pancakes seemed a perfect choice for breakfast; they’re fast and easy to prepare and would pair wonderfully with the fresh strawberries we just picked up at Costco.

I’ve made multigrain pancakes in the past, but this morning I wanted to make things even simpler. There’s nothing easier than my darling’s buttermilk pancakes, but this time I substituted white whole wheat flour and oat bran for the all purpose flour. They truly hit the spot.

Whole Grain Buttermilk Pancakes
(makes 6 4-inch pancakes)

3/4 cup white whole wheat flour (can also use regular whole wheat)
1/4 cup oat bran
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon EACH baking soda and baking powder
Butter or oil for pan

Gently whisk the flour, bran, buttermilk, egg, baking powder and baking soda until relatively smooth (I start with the whisk, then switch to a spatula). Let batter sit for 10 minutes.

Heat a skillet over medium high until hot. Brush with butter or oil and drop in 1/4 cupfuls of batter. Bubbles will start to form on the top of the pancake; cook until they break and do not fill in. Flip over and cook on the second side for about a minute, or until golden brown. Serve with toppings of choice (I tossed the sliced strawberries with some maple syrup and topped with a dollop of plain yogurt).


  1. Hi Betsy!
    I found your blog after seeing you post on The French Laundry at Home blog. I will be stopping by regularly. I saw on the USPCA message board that you also like The Food Whore blog; I love that one, too.

    Comment by Anne Napolitano — April 24, 2007 #

  2. I hope your race went well. You started off with a great breakfast.Looks delicious!

    Comment by Kristen — April 24, 2007 #

  3. Thank you Kristen! Check out my race report here:


    Comment by ovens2betsy — April 24, 2007 #

  4. I was probably at the same costco, buying the same strawberries! I made the shortcake cake from Barefoot Contessa and subbed wheat flour. It turned out pretty good and was quite easy to make…

    Your photo looks delish!

    Comment by janelle — April 26, 2007 #

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