Pancake Luv

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Let’s talk a little about pancakes.


For a long time, I ate whole wheat pancakes at least twice a week.  So much that I earned the nickname Caitlin Pancake in the blogosphere.  What can I say?  Pancakes rule.


Somehow, I burnt out on pancakes.  I don’t think I’ve made them for weeks – maybe even months.  The shame!


I bought a box of mix, so pancakes are officially back.  I prefer Hodgson’s Mills, but this works, too.


There are many ways to enjoy pancakes (Pancake Truffles!), but my favorite is a simple recipe:  pecan pancakes.


You can never go wrong with pecan.




Topped with blackberries and real maple syrup.  Nothing less! 


Now, let’s hope that these pancakes don’t sit like little rocks in my stomach during my workout.  🙂


Question #1:  Are you a pancake fan?  How do you like to make them?


Question #2: For the camera experts out there, can anyone recommend a new lens for me?  As you might have noticed, I think mine is going kaput (guess I’ve slammed it into the kitchen countertop one too many times).  I currently have the stock 15 – 55 MM stock lens that came with my camera, and I hate prime lens.  Oh, and I cannot spend a bajillion $$.  Any suggestions?



  • Erika @ FoodFitnessFun December 5, 2010, 8:51 am

    I love pancakes, but I prefer to get them at a restaurant. I have no patience in the morning. 😕

  • Errign December 5, 2010, 8:55 am

    I like pancakes, but prefer waffles. They’re a more fun shape, I think. I like to eat pancakes when my dad makes them from scratch, silver dollar size with real butter! – best ever!

  • Melissa December 5, 2010, 8:58 am

    I like pancakes, but When I was little I couldn’t stand the syrup. It was just too sweet for my tastebuds. I have grown to accept that sweetness and will make myself pancakes with syrup on occasion.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 5, 2010, 8:59 am

    I was on a pancake-for-lunch kick last winter, but I haven’t had them in ages! I like them best with blueberries.

    Interested to hear what other people say about the lenses- I’ve been thinking of getting a new one too!

  • HTP Dad December 5, 2010, 9:00 am

    I had pancakes today too!!! It was like a psychic b’fast together!
    Here’s an NPR interview with Aunt Jemima’s granddaughter, named Michele Norris – really fascinating –

    • Caitlin December 5, 2010, 11:53 am

      I heard that – awesome!

  • Kelly December 5, 2010, 9:01 am

    I love pancakes but I don’t like syrup. My favorite pancakes are actually from IHOP…the harvest grain and nut ones…yum! Sans syrup of course! My mom used to take me to IHOP at least once a week growing up. Such a good mom. 🙂

  • Rachel @Balance and Blueberries December 5, 2010, 9:02 am

    Pancakes are the best thing ever created on this face of this planet. I, too, haven’t had them in a really long time. I’ll have to change that sometime really soon…

  • Jenny December 5, 2010, 9:02 am

    I’m waiting for my husband to wake up because he is making me homemade whole wheat pancakes from scratch! This post made me so hungry.

  • grocery goddess jen December 5, 2010, 9:09 am

    I love pancakes! I usually use a recipe that uses whole wheat pastry flour and regular or soy yogurt instead of buttermilk – it’s what my boyfriend always requests, even though it’s vegan!

  • VeggieGirl December 5, 2010, 9:10 am

    I love chocolate chip pancakes the best 🙂

  • Rachel @ EatMoreMeatLess December 5, 2010, 9:11 am

    welcome back pancake caitlin 🙂

  • Heather December 5, 2010, 9:11 am

    I love chocolate chip pancakes but waffles are my all time favorite.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) December 5, 2010, 9:12 am

    I made pumpkin pancakes this morning — with real maple syrup, of course. Yum! 😀

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life December 5, 2010, 9:19 am

    I seem to OD on breakfast foods too. I used to eat steel cut oats everyday and now I can’t even consider it.

    However, I’m a HUUUUGE pancake fan. Right now I’m loving peanut flour pancakes.

    Here’s my recipe if you are interested.

  • Amanda December 5, 2010, 9:25 am

    I love pancakes although I don’t make them as much as I would like because it’s just me and recipes always make too much. Although recently I have been halving the recipes and this morning I made cinnamon pancakes topped with applesauce and maple syrup…YUM

  • Amanda (Eating Up) December 5, 2010, 9:28 am

    I used to be a big pancake fan, but like you got kind of burnt out. I still haven’t had the craving, and there’s an unopened box of Quaker Oatmeal Pancake Mix that’s sitting in my pantry!

  • Kjirsten December 5, 2010, 9:29 am

    I like pancakes every now and then. I find them a little too sweet for me in the morning. When I do have them, I like having them with blueberry surup!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 5, 2010, 9:35 am

    Love pancakes!!! I just got the lens which was included (18-55) but I was also looking into a 75-300, but don’t know if that’s good for what I’m taking pictures of.

    • Lauren @ Clean Eats in the Dirty South December 5, 2010, 10:16 am

      i have a 70-300mm lens and it’s great, but i never ever use it for food photography. i’ve found that for pictures of cooking and food, you want to go for a lens with a nice aperture (the lower “f stop” number, the better) and you really don’t need too much of a zoom if you’re just shooting food.
      i shoot with the canon “nifty fifty” 50mm f/1.8 lens. it’s great in low lighting because of the aperture (the smaller the f/stop number, the bigger the opening is. so more light gets let into the lens) and it was pretty cheap. it’s around 100 dollars on amazon.

    • Michelle... December 5, 2010, 11:04 am

      chelsey, if you’re willing to spend a few more bucks, the 55-250 is a much better “budget” zoom lens. You can find it for about $200 on Amazon.

      • Caitlin December 5, 2010, 11:54 am

        I would like a zoom lens as well! I’ll keep the 55-250 in mind.

        • Ashlee (Ash & Lew Plus 2) December 5, 2010, 9:25 pm

          I have a 50 mm f1/4 lens and love it! It does not zoom but makes awesome pictures and I actually prefer it to my zoom lens for my food pictures and most other photos I have been taking.

  • Ali December 5, 2010, 9:37 am

    The pancakes look so delicious!! I don’t normally eat them at school, they are usually a “special treat” for when I come home.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit December 5, 2010, 9:39 am

    I’m making pancakes today too! Sunday is the perfect day for it 🙂

  • Sally December 5, 2010, 9:42 am

    Another “Helper Dog” Cartoon, this time about moving. They really do look like your doggies 🙂

    • Caitlin December 5, 2010, 11:55 am

      hehe it is totally about M&J.

  • Angela December 5, 2010, 9:50 am

    YUMMY! This makes me want to eat corn pancakes.

  • Camille December 5, 2010, 10:03 am

    I was just thinking about making pancakes yesterday 🙂 I love them but I veeeery rarely eat them!

  • Ali @ Ali on the Run December 5, 2010, 10:05 am

    When I started training for my first half-marathon, I would make chocolate chip pancakes after every long run. I earned them! Chocolate chip is my favorite kind. Yum!

  • Baking 'n' Books December 5, 2010, 10:09 am

    The picture on the box looks so dark – I thought they were making Cocoa Pancake Mix now! 🙂

  • Maya December 5, 2010, 10:11 am

    I LOVE pancakes. I used to be a pancake snob and only liked them homemade, but now I totally buy the mix (favorite is Trader Joe’s multigrain!) because I can easily make pancakes just for me. All I do is add water to the mix–no oil, milk, or eggs. Can’t even taste the difference!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 5, 2010, 10:14 am

    Pancakes!!!! I adore them. We go way back! However, Pan Cake and I have had to take a break from each other. I also had a torrid affair with Ben & Jerry recently. It was not good for me at all. But now I’m seeing Mr. Elliptical consistently again, and it’s Egg Beater or Oats in the mornings.

    • Caitlin December 5, 2010, 11:56 am

      hahahha i love it.

  • Emilie December 5, 2010, 10:16 am

    Pancakes are the best! I make the sometimes with cottage cheese for a protein boost–they are absolutely delicious that way. AND I’m going to have to have pancakes for dinner now…those pictures are too tempting!

  • Lauren @ Clean Eats in the Dirty South December 5, 2010, 10:17 am

    now i want pancakes! 🙁
    also: check out my comment in response to chelsey re cameras. hope i can help you out!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal December 5, 2010, 10:23 am

    I love my Cannon 50 mm. I also love the Tamron 18-250mm I have. Very versatile.

  • Pam December 5, 2010, 10:24 am

    I love pancakes!! So easy and fast. We just got the Bob’s Red Mill mix as part of a free pack, but we’re pretty loyal to the 5 minute vegan pancake recipe. It’s stupid easy!

  • Kaitlin December 5, 2010, 10:43 am

    Those pancakes look amazing! I too subscribe to the belief that everything is better with pecans. Thanks again for making cooking so simple and easy!

  • Marissa December 5, 2010, 10:44 am

    I love pancakes! I’ve only ever made plain ones before. Those look super tasty!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 5, 2010, 10:47 am

    I am not huge on pancakes because I am not big on tons of bread. I’ll eat them every once in a while, but they’re typically not my first choice.

    Though, now I want some!! I wanted to try Kath’s pumpkin pancakes.

  • gabriella @ embracement December 5, 2010, 10:48 am

    I like pancakes, but some some reason will only eat them on Sundays every once and a while. I guess cause when I was growing up that’s when we used to go out for breakfast. I love them with fruit cooked in, NOT on top. How do you like your camera in general? I’m looking into SLRs and canon seems to be the best bet.

    • Caitlin December 5, 2010, 11:57 am

      I love my Rebel. So much!!! Great camera.

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 5, 2010, 10:51 am

    The cheapest lens that’s good for food is the 50 mm 1.8. I have it and it’s great. The thing is it can’t take close up shots because there’s a minimum distance. But that’s what you get for $100. It also can’t zoom so sometimes it stinks for walking/traveling.

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) December 5, 2010, 11:00 am

    I love pancakes but I can’t make them. I always overcook them or undercook them. They are never perfect! Ack! Haha

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 5, 2010, 11:01 am

    I’ve been reading the archives of your blog and I noticed you did enjoy pancakes a lot 🙂

  • Michelle... December 5, 2010, 11:14 am

    My favorite pancakes I’ve ever had were at Mo’s Midtown in West Hartford, CT. What I have them at home, I make them with whole wheat, wheat germ, vanilla protein powder and buttermilk, and I like to add cinnamon as well.

    As for lenses: I know you said you hate prime, but I’ll add to the votes for Canon’s 50mm f/1.8. It’s such a useful little lens for the money. As for your current 18-55, I might suggest taking it to a local camera repair shop to see what they say. Aside from replacing it in kind, there isn’t really an affordable alternative. The 17-55 is a much better lens, but it also costs a pretty penny :-). The Tamron suggested above would be a good option too.

    • Caitlin December 5, 2010, 11:59 am

      I used to have the 50 mm but I hated it so much that I resold it. I just cannot stand prime lens.

      I’ll look into the Tamron 17 – 55! Thanks!

  • Amber K December 5, 2010, 11:15 am

    Love them, but I haven’t made any gluten-free ones yet.

    Buying gluten-free bread (Udi’s!!) and making your grilled banana sandwich HAS occured though. Lots of times. 🙂

    • Carrie December 5, 2010, 12:51 pm

      Try Pamela’s Gluten Free pancake/baking mix. It rocks!

      • Amber K December 5, 2010, 5:30 pm

        I saw some at the store just today! I’ll have to give that a try.

  • Chris December 5, 2010, 11:19 am

    I love pancakes so much! My favorite post brick workout snack is two chocolate pancakes (made with .5 cup cottage cheese, 12 g chocolate whey powder, .5 cup oatmeal, 120g egg substitute, 2 packets splenda, and 1 tsp baking powder) and frozen yogurt. SO good. I have never tried aunt J’s pancake mix but it looks promising

  • Heather December 5, 2010, 11:23 am

    I enjoy pancakes now and then, but if I’m going with a sweet breakfast I’ll usually go waffles. Always topped with fruit and syrup though!

  • Sarah December 5, 2010, 11:29 am

    I don’t think those are blueberries… just sayin..

    • Caitlin December 5, 2010, 12:00 pm

      Whoops. LOL.

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) December 5, 2010, 11:31 am

    I woke up craving pancakes this morning in the worst way! Just thought of this for the holidays… gingerbread pancakes!!

  • Lauren December 5, 2010, 11:40 am

    I love blueberry pancakes, but hardly ever make them cause of time. Now I’m craving them though!

  • monicanelsonfitness December 5, 2010, 11:42 am

    Your pictures look great!

    I LOVE Pancakes and I make them different all the time. Loving Pumpkin Pancakes at the moment the most. 🙂

  • Natalia - a side of simple December 5, 2010, 11:44 am

    Pancakes steal my heart 🙂 I must say I’m a fan of a few chocolate chips here and there in them. Your pecan ones look delicious with the drizzled maple syrup!

  • Kristina @ spabettie December 5, 2010, 11:54 am

    if you are wanting a lens for blogging (food), the one I use most often is my 35mm.

    for absolutely everything else, I use my 18-200.. love it. I rarely use my 18-55.

    your pancakes ALWAYS look so good! I like them, but rarely eat them!

    • Caitlin December 5, 2010, 12:00 pm

      What’s the exact 35 mm?

      • Kristina @ spabettie December 5, 2010, 3:01 pm

        AF – S Nikkor 1:1:8G. (Nikon DX). I don’t know what kind of camera you have? some Nikkor lenses can be used with other cameras. This one may not? (G = no aperture ring).


        • Jaya December 5, 2010, 3:54 pm

          I know that you can use a lens mount, but it won’t work for all brands. I have some old, gorgeous lenses from my Dad’s Pentax manual SLR, and I’ve heard that there are some ways to facilitate interchange (I also have a Canon Rebel).

  • Shanna, like Banana December 5, 2010, 11:59 am

    How great that Aunt J has Whole Wheat now too! The heartier the better. And YES I love pancakes =)

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks December 5, 2010, 12:00 pm

    I love pancakes!!

    I tend to make whole wheat pancakes from my friend’s recipe and them dress them up according to my mood. Sometimes I add cocoa powder to the batter. Sometimes blueberries. Sometimes pumpkin.

    I also tend to make a double batch whenever I make them so that I can freeze them in pairs. Then I can grab pancakes out of the freezer and microwave them in 2 minutes when I’m in the need of a quick healthy breakfast.

  • Charlie December 5, 2010, 12:11 pm

    I love pancakes! Plain with lots of maple syrup is my favorite :).

  • Laura December 5, 2010, 12:13 pm

    Amazon has a great deal for anyone looking to order a new SLR. When you order certain SLR’s, you can get $100-$150 off of certain lenses. I got a lens for only $8 that was normally much more! Here’s a link to the listing:

    • Caitlin December 5, 2010, 8:24 pm

      Oh thanks for linking!

  • Amy B (Second City Randomness) December 5, 2010, 12:15 pm

    Pancakes are my fav- and usually happen as least once during the weekend. Ever tried cinnamon bun pancakes? You swirl in the butter/brown sugar goodness while baking it. Heaven…

  • Jen December 5, 2010, 12:17 pm

    I just made some pancakes yesterday, and finished the leftovers off this morning!

    I have a great healthy recipe that involves soaking oats in yogurt and milk to soften them while you’re preparing other things, then adding spices, one tbsp of oil, whole wheat flour and other standard pancake ingredients. Yesterday morning, I substituted canned pumpkin instead of the yogurt and added walnuts, and it was heavenly with real maple syrup.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 5, 2010, 12:17 pm

    Haha I didn’t know that you used to be such a big pancake fan!

    To be honest, I don’t really like them that much. They just don’t satisfy me like a bowl of oatmeal or a yogurt mess does. 😛

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence December 5, 2010, 12:17 pm

    I love pancakes, but I never have them anymore! I love them with strawberries:)

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind December 5, 2010, 12:27 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try/make oatmeal protein pancakes lately…but I’m lazy so I’ll probably just continue to want. 🙂

    I can’t really offer any advice on the camera front. I asked for one for Xmas, and my only requirement is that it’s “teeny tiny.” Ha. As long as it takes pictures, I’m not picky about functionality.

  • Joanna @ Drizzle of Sunshine December 5, 2010, 1:13 pm

    Pancakes are so yummy, but I’m more of a waffle fan! I HAVE had some great pancakes this year though! Particularly Hawaiian brands with Macadamian nuts and bananas! 🙂 I love to add extra bananas on top.

  • Erica December 5, 2010, 1:34 pm

    LOVE pancakes. I like fruit filled ones best….banana is probably my fav. Yours look quite deicious. Hope you had a nice workout 🙂

  • Krista @ Can't Survive on Yarn Alone December 5, 2010, 2:26 pm

    I love pancakes! Today’s breakfast was actually an apple cinnamon version. Hubs is the usually pancake maker in the house since he can make giant ones without burning them. I stick to the smaller ones. The default kind is usually cinnamon.

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef December 5, 2010, 2:31 pm

    mmm i love pancakes! i should make up some mix so i can make them quickly in the morning.

  • Ashley December 5, 2010, 2:49 pm

    I love pancakes. I like plain pancakes with syrup. Can’t go wrong with a classic.

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic December 5, 2010, 3:16 pm

    I’m a huge pancake fan! I love trying different varieties, playing with the ingredients, and just making it delicious! Pecans are one of my faves but just the other day I used some Andes Peppermint pieces ~ to die for!

  • Jaya December 5, 2010, 3:58 pm

    Caitlin, I know you said that $$ was a factor (and I completely understand) but if now or in future you want to snoop around for deals, we’ve been shooting with the Canon 18-200mm lens (f/3.5-5.6) lens and I just can’t say enough. It’s so incredibly versatile and I don’t think we are going to need a second lens for a long, long time. We shoot everything with it. I think ours was a bit pricey ($500 or more), but it might come up much cheaper if you can find it used or get a deal. I know that’s probably a bit more than anyone wants to pay, but I just thought I would throw it out there. And I second the motion to see what’s up with your lens. I have lenses from the mid-1960’s that still look amazing, so might be worth looking into getting it fixed – if you’re interested 🙂

    • Shari December 5, 2010, 6:33 pm

      I have the Sigma 18-200 and it’s much cheaper than the Canon branded one. I’ve tried both and couldn’t tell a noticeable difference between the Sigma and the Canon. Money saved won the battle there.

      • Caitlin December 5, 2010, 8:26 pm

        Ouch – still so expensive.

  • Caroline December 5, 2010, 4:37 pm

    My middle name is pancake. I actually keep batter in my fridge (I use an adapted version from Joy of Cooking). I just cannot get enough chocolate chip whole wheat pancakes in my life!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] December 5, 2010, 4:47 pm

    Heck yes I like pancakes! Made pumpkin ones yesterday – yum!

    Great photos today 🙂

  • Lisa @ Early Morning Run December 5, 2010, 5:21 pm

    I love, love, love pancakes! A diner near our old place made the best maple walnut pancakes. I also love whole wheat and buckwheat pancakes and they really stick with me. Great maple syrup is key.

  • Mabelle December 5, 2010, 7:28 pm

    Those pancakes + Added pecans look nothing less than deliciously amazing. Might try that recipe some time next weekend. I usually have no time for such a breakfast during the week because of work.

  • Lauren December 5, 2010, 7:56 pm

    Wait, there are people on this earth who aren’t lovers of pancakes? LoL. I made pancakes this morning too. Butternut Squash Apple Pancakes. So fantastic!

  • Wei-Wei December 5, 2010, 7:58 pm

    Yummmm, pancakes. I never stay full when I have them, though… I guess I need to try whole wheat 😛

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In December 5, 2010, 10:41 pm

    I loved Angela’s Spelt Pancakes for One. Perfect base to put fun toppings on, and I always go for recipes for one!

  • ezzie December 5, 2010, 11:10 pm

    uh, YUM!! I just made pancakes for me and my family this saturday and they loved it! Even my little brothers, who usually aren’t a big fan of my latest cooking adventures. I used a recipe that I found online, but substituted while whole wheat flour for the all-purpose. It still rose beautifully and tasted fluffy and decadent! mmm, now I want some~ 😛

  • ezzie December 5, 2010, 11:10 pm

    uh, YUM!! I just made pancakes for me and my family this saturday and they loved it! Even my little brothers, who usually aren’t a big fan of my latest cooking adventures. I used a recipe that I found online, but substituted while whole wheat flour for the all-purpose. It still rose beautifully and tasted fluffy and decadent! mmm, now I want some~ 😛

  • Tiffany December 5, 2010, 11:17 pm

    The Sigma 50 1.4 is good for portrait photography, but for food blogging, I would highly suggest the 60 mm 2.8 or 100 mm 2.8 macro lenses. For a zoom, you aren’t going to find a good zoom lens for a very reasonable price. The best standard zoom would be the Canon 24-70, and that is well over 1k. Tamron and Sigma make similar versions, but getting a sharp copy is a crap shoot.

    • Caitlin December 6, 2010, 9:05 am

      Thanks Tiffany!!!

  • Jolene ( December 6, 2010, 1:06 am

    The best pancake I have ever had was an apple, bacon pancake that I made. I love that first photo – great action shot!

    • AllieNic @ Frisky Lemon December 6, 2010, 11:33 am

      um…apple bacon PANCAKE? That sounds ridiculous! HOW did you make it?!

      • Jolene ( December 6, 2010, 3:51 pm

        I shredded apple (with a grater) into the batter, then crumbled bacon into the batter as well. It was AMAZING.

  • Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) December 6, 2010, 1:44 am

    i am SUCH a pancake fan! and you just reminded me how long its been since I’ve had them! I love putting trail mix into the batter- SO GOOD!

  • Lorin December 6, 2010, 2:02 am

    In high school I had chocolate chip pancakes that I made every Saturday, sometimes saturday and sunday. I’ve become a bit healthier now and like more variety, but it is delicious!

  • AllieNic @ Frisky Lemon December 6, 2010, 11:33 am

    I also LOVE pancakes! I’m not a huge fan of waffles…but pancakes… man alive. I could eat them all day!

    I usually make them with some almond meal, an egg, cinnamon, and shredded coconut…topped with berries and some maple syrup…delicious!

  • Karen December 6, 2010, 12:49 pm

    I recommend checking out EBay for camera lenses also. I replaced the kit lens from my Rebel XTi with a kit lens from one of Canon’s EOS D-series cameras at what I felt was a pretty good discount. I think the person had only used the lens once and it’s way better than the kit lens I had been using.

    Whole wheat pancakes with strawberries in them are now my favorite. My friend made some for me over the weekend… yum!

  • Kathryn December 7, 2010, 12:07 pm

    I LOVE putting raspberries in the pancake batter (I use Fiber One). Literally to.die.for. The raspberries melt into the pancake. SO GOOD. I’ll have to try your whole wheat blend mix…I’ve never seen that before!

    I’ve also used Greek vanilla yogurt + blackberries + banana to top my pancakes instead of syrup…also good!

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