On such mornings you need to hit the reset button. Fall back onto your bed after your slow run, take a nap and dream about orange muffins. Then wake up and make muffin-inspired pancakes for yourself.
Orange zest/juice, dried cranberries, and oats set these pancakes apart from traditional hotcakes. They have the texture of a muffin and do not need any syrup. They are improved (as most things in life are) with a dusting of confectioners sugar.
These pancakes will not make your hair less frizzy, remove the juice stain from your favorite pants, or make your mile time faster. But I promise the bright citrus flavor will help lift your mental fog and the act of eating pancakes will put you in a better mood.
Cranberry Orange Streusel Pancakes
makes 2-4inch pancakes
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons dried oats
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup whole milk
dash of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon orange zest
dash of fresh oj
handful of dried cranberries
1. In a bowl, mix flour, oats baking powder and soda, salt and sugar
2. Add milk, vanilla, and oil, whisking until just incorporated (it will be a dense batter)
3. Fold in orange juice, zest and cranberries
4. Cook in a frying pan over medium heat until golden, flipping once
5. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar before serving