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Breakfast For Dinner: Raspberry Ricotta Pancakes

June 17, 2011

Brenna and I decided the other day to have what I call a “Blueberries for Sal” moment, except no bear and swap blueberries for raspberries.  (If you haven’t read it, you should!) My garden has exploded this year, basically with nothing but raspberries and some skinny asparagus, so we brought out our little princess pail and sat down and picked for awhile.  We probably ended up with about half a pail, but someone kept eating them!

Don’t look at me.  The child has a berry tooth.

So I ended up with a lot of raspberries and wasn’t quite sure what to do with them.

I was debating between Raspberry Banana Bread and Raspberry Chocolate Oat Bars when I came across a recipe for Ricotta Pancakes.

Delicious sounding, but needed a little kick.  And what better than raspberries?  Sweet, tart, fresh from the garden raspberries.  Perfect. Especially when paired with some low sodium bacon.

Raspberry Ricotta Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 – 2 cups raspberries (or as many as are left in your pail.)

2 1/2 cups pancake mix 

2 2/3 cups skim milk

15-oz. fat free ricotta cheese

Note – I used Bob’s Red Mill 7 Grain Pancake Mix.  We love it!

Directions:

1. Add the ricotta cheese to a large bowl.  Mash it down and slowly add the milk, stirring to make sure that the ingredients are combining.  Then slowly add in the pancake mix, whisking until the mix is thick and lump free.  Add raspberries and stir slightly.

2. Meanwhile, heat griddle to medium-high, or about 375 F. Pour 1/4 – 1/2 cup of mix onto the griddle.

3. Cook until bubbles form on the pancakes.  Then flip.  Once pancakes are golden brown, remove from the griddle and serve.

These were delicious.  The ricotta cheese makes the pancakes very fluffy, which is odd since the pancakes felt very heavy.  We all enjoyed them very much.  The raspberries added just the right amount of tartness and I think that you could very easily substitute another berry – be it cherry, blackberry, or even blueberry.

Quick, easy, delicious.  My kind of meal!

This post is linked to Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms.

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