History was never my best subject. Partly because AP American History was one of my early morning classes (I am unable to process a complete sentence before 9 am), along with the fact that I went to a high school with a very understanding security officer. As long as he received a bagel and coffee upon my return, he’d gladly turn a blind eye when I snuck off campus for breakfast. Which is why I did not miss the irony upon waking up to discover that today is a national holiday celebrating breakfast.
Excuse me if I don’t know the intricate details of the battles fought by our forefathers, but apparently, today we honor the brave breakfast warriors who heroically sacrificed so we could celebrate National Pancake Day. IHOP will be giving away a free shortstack from 7 am until 10 pm today. For the history buffs who would like to recreate the battle of Pancreas (and donate to Children’s Miracle Network), arm yourself with insulin and elastic-waist garments and carpe friggin diem.
For those of you who aren’t very patriotic (I don’t judge), lazy (raising my hand), don’t know where your local IHOP is (HINT: look for 18-wheelers and a nearby WalMart) or merely have an iron-clad noncompete clause with your pancreas or intestines, I created a DIY way to celebrate this monumental day in a less Honey BooBoo-esque manner.
All you need is this:
½ cup cottage cheese, ½ cup oats (gluten free if that’s how you roll), 2 eggs (or four egg whites), ½ tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp oil (I use coconut oil).
And a blender, frying pan and stove. If you don’t have the last three things, you should probably eat most of your meals at IHOP anyway so just stop reading here.
The recipe yields about four pancakes. I added garnish of sliced banana, toasted sliced almonds, whipped cream, a dusting of cinnamon… and way more maple syrup than an adult should ever consume in a month. Don’t judge.
Whether you decide to get out those sweatpants and head on over to your nearest IHOP (and do a good deed by donating to Children’s Miracle Network), or try your hand at this healthier version (minus my whipped cream and maple syrup tsunami), have yourself a fantastic NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY.