Blueberry Oat and Polenta Pancakes

Blueberry Oat and Polenta Pancakes

Serves 6 - serving size 3-4 pancakes per person

Ingredients:

For the pancakes: 

  • 1 3/4 cup almond milk (or regular milk)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour or  gluten free flour
  • 3/4 cup Colavita Instant Polenta
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • ½ cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • grated zest from 1/2 lemon

Optional healthy add-ins: 

  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 4 teaspoons ground flax seeds

For the syrup:

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Colavita Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • grated zest from 1/2 lemon
  • pinch salt

Instructions:

  1. Whisk together the milk, egg and molasses and vanilla in a medium sized bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, blend together the oats, flour, polenta, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon zest, chia seeds (if using them), baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix to combine. The batter should be thick, but if it’s too much, add a little more milk.
  4. Add in the blueberries and stir to combine.
  5. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Pour some Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil over the griddle (about 1 tablespoon) to coat.
  6. Ladle the batter onto the griddle in 1/4 cup sized scoops. Cook for about 1 1/2 -2 minutes on each side, flipping when bubbles start to appear in the middle of the pancake.
  7. Serve with the blueberry balsamic syrup.

For Blueberry Syrup:

  1. In a small sauce pan, heat the sugar and Colavita Balsamic Vinegar together until the sugar has dissolved. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, until the blueberries pop and become soft.  Set aside.
  2. (Can be made a day in advance; heat slightly or bring to room temperature before serving.)