• Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats, ground in food processor
  • 1/2 cup King Arthur whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup King Arthur unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Rumford’s aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup toasted whole pecans, chopped (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond or vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of distilled white vinegar
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons currants
  • Garnish
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Homemade whipped cream
  • Ground cinnamon

The Food Network Blog is kicking off their season long Fall Fest 2011, which welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll help you to enjoy all that this season has to offer. First up is the autumnal favorite: apples.

Here is my contribution: Besides prayer, what could be a better way start to your day? These Wholegrain Apple Oat Pancakes will show your family how very much you love them. As a child, with napkin ready, I loved watching my mother make pancakes. I loved seeing the air bubbles form and knew that I was only moments away from sinking my teeth into her delicious pancakes.

I recently created this recipe for my family and they have requested it several times since! The currants and apples add such a nice sweetness to these delicious and fluffy wholegrain pancakes and the toasted pecans add texture and a nutty flavor.

In a dry skillet, toast your pecans for a few minutes to bring out the flavor. Be sure to cook the pecans on medium heat and stir as not to burn them.

In a large bowl combine, oats, both flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix.

In another bowl whisk together eggs, olive oil, almond or vanilla extract, milk and vinegar.

Add wet ingredients to stir until combined.

Spray your griddle with a non-stick cooking spray. (I like to use my cast iron griddle). Ladle some of the batter for each pancake. Get your spouse or kiddies in the kitchen to help you place some of the chopped apple and currants over top of your pancakes. Kids are great mixers, too! Wait until you see bubbles begin to form, but watch for browning on the bottom-turn your heat up or down accordingly.

Pour over some pure maple syrup and enjoy!

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