When I was a kid, my dad used to make me heart-shaped pancakes on Valentine's Day. With chocolate chips sprinkled in. It was a sweet gesture, and I always looked forward to Valentine's pancake parties in my PJs. Maybe I'll bring back the tradition this holiday, too, with a healthy upgrade. Or any Saturday will do.
Wholesome pancakes are a food trend right now, and they are easy to make healthful and make your own. There must be thousands of variations floating around on Pinterest boards these days. This version uses oatmeal and whole wheat flour to improve upon the standard carb load. The result is surprisingly fluffy, hearty, and delicious with fresh fruit (either folded in the batter or served on top).
These take a bit longer to cook than basic Bisquick formula, about 4-5 minutes total, but there are no special tricks. Keep your eye on the edges until they dry before flipping, then cook just another 30 seconds or so on the second side. They'll keep warm in the oven until you're ready to serve.
So we can scratch this one off the list: wholesome, golden pancakes for a snow day, Saturday, or Valentine's Day. Check. The recipe follows.