Granola Pancakes with Spicy Cherry Compote

I made these amazing granola pancakes with spicy cherry compote this past weekend. These are not your fancy pants homemade pancakes but the good ol’ trusty Bisquick kind! I truly wanted to make some from scratch after seeing this healthier homemade version from the Whole Grain Mornings cookbook on Smitten Kitchen but decided on convenience. I don’t make pancakes that often so that yellow container you easily spot down the pancakes aisle was just too tempting. Besides, I made the spicy cherry compote from scratch and added healthy granola to the mix for some added nutrition.

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I don’t really like sweets early in the morning but this would be great for brunch. Wouldn’t you want to wake up to this on Valentine’s Day after you’ve slept in and rolled out of bed? The spicy cherry compote will add some extra heat to your day and the a scoop or two of  KIND healthy grains clusters will keep you full for a while. You can add your own granola but these clusters contain flax seeds, quinoa, oats for a bit of crunch and wholesomeness.

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I think I’m making these again. Sweet, sour, hot cherries would also be great on ice cream or oatmeal. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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Granola Pancakes with Spicy Cherry Compote

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 3 -4
Author: Maria

Ingredients

  • 5.1 oz container Bisquick
  • 1/4 cup KIND healthy grain clusters
  • 1/2 lb cherries
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 small jalapeno sliced
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • maple syrup

Instructions

  • Crush the cherries and remove the pits. Add to a saucepan on medium heat then add the water, jalapeno, lemon, sugar and cinnamon and stir until well mixed.
  • Let mixture come to a boil and cook down liquid until syrup thickens. Remove from heat, then remove and discard the jalapenos.
  • Make pancakes according to instructions on container but stir in the granola before pouring.
  • Serve pancakes with syrup and top with cherry compote.

 

Scallion Pancakes and Spiced Dipping Sauce

Happy Chinese New Year! The year of the Dragon is said to be the luckiest of all the animal signs and to honor this special year I decided to finally prepare some of my favorite Chinese dishes. I’ve always been intimidated with Chinese cooking because it looks complicated and the ingredients aren’t items I normally keep stocked. I was inspired after seeing so many gorgeous dishes on the web and finding seemingly easy recipes so I pushed forward and just went for it…and very happy with the results.

So this week I’m preparing a few dishes that I always order when I go out for Chinese food. I decided on scallion pancakes, spicy pork dumplings and General Tso chicken. I have a few other favorites but baby steps folks, this is a first for me so don’t want to bite off more than I can chew. I do think I’ll leave the fancy dishes to the experts though. These dishes that I’ll be featuring in the next few days are adaptions of recipes I’ve been collecting. The first is the scallion pancake. I just couldn’t believe how easy it was to make scallion pancakes! Why didn’t I try this sooner?! In the next coming days I’ll post my versions of dumplings, wontons and General Tso. Also, a special thanks to From Away blog for sharing this recipe! So Yummy!!

Scallion Pancakes (makes 4)
recipe adapted from From Away

Ingredients
2 cups of flour
1 cup of boiling water
1 cup of scallions, diced
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1-2 tbsp sesame oil
2-3 tbsp canola oil

1. Add flour to mixing bowl and turn to medium speed while slowing pouring in boiling water until dough starts to form.

2. Flour a board and roll dough in a ball. Flatten dough with palm of hand and cut into 4 pieces. Take each piece and roll into 4 separate balls. *I made half the recipe above to make 2 pancakes.

3. Take one of the balls and flatten again with palm, roll dough out to an 6-8 inch disk. Brush lightly with sesame oil on both sides then roll into a cigar shape. Next roll into a coil shape as shown below.

4. Take coil shaped dough and repeat step #3 above but before rolling into cigar, sprinkle the scallion around and add a pinch of the red pepper flakes.

5. Roll into cigar shape again making sure none of the scallion falls out, then into coil shape as shown below. Flatten down dough and roll out into disk.

6. Fry pancake in 1 tbsp of oil for about 2 minutes on each side on medium heat. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn but it should be a bit crispy.

7. Cut into wedges and serve with spicy dipping sauce.

Spicy Dipping Sauce

1/4 cup of soy sauce
1/4 cup of rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp diced scallions
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp sugar

Mix all ingredients and let sit out so flavor can blend well.