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Green Tea-Oatmeal Pancakes
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This makes a big batch of pancakes, which may be more than you’ll need. But prepare the whole recipe anyway and freeze leftovers for a delicious breakfast in a hurry. Simply remove from the freezer and pop into the toaster. Top with fresh fruit and yogurt, and in minutes you’ve got a healthful way to start the day. 


1 ½ cups vanilla soy milk
2 flavored green tea bags, such as pomegranate or acai berry
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon light olive oil
2 eggs
½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt 

1. Bring the milk to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from the heat, add the tea bags, and steep for 3 minutes. Discard the tea bags. Cool the milk to room temperature. Stir in the oats and let stand for 15 minutes.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, oil, and eggs until well blended. Stir in the milk mixture. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir until well blended. 

3. Coat a large nonstick griddle or nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Drop the batter by scant ¼ cups onto the griddle and cook for 3 minutes, or until bubbles appear on the top. Turn and cook for 3 minutes longer, or until lightly browned. 

Serves 6

Heart health ingredients: 5 Per serving: 250 calories, 66 calories from fat, 7 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 3 g monounsaturated fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 74 mg cholesterol, 478 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 11 g protein. 

Source: WomenHeart's ALL Heart Family Cookbook: Featuring the 40 Foods Proven to Promote Heart Health. Rodale Publishing, 2008. 
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