Operation: Beautiful Pancakes

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 5, 2010

Good morning!

For those of you who were asking, the Vanilla Bean Paste is from William Sonoma. I bought it when I was using up my gift card the other week. I’m sure you can find it online for cheaper though!

This morning’s breakfast was my treat for working so late last night!


I also snuck in a humid 3 mile run. The humidity was thick!

The run:

Distance: 3.21 miles

Time: 27:59

Avg pace: 8:43 min/mile

It was a good run, but a gross + humid run. Still, I will take humidity over snow and ice any day! My camelbak saved the day as usual.

Breakfast was amazing…



Maple Peanut Butter, Banana & Jam Pancake Stack

Adapted from Healthy Spelt Pancakes for one.


  • 1/2 cup spelt flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • tiny pinch sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder (I use aluminum-free)
  • 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)

Syrup + filling:

  • Pure maple syrup
  • Peanut butter
  • Jam
  • Unsweet. coconut
  • Cacao nibs
  • Sliced banana
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries

Directions: Mix all dry ingredients together the night before and place in container. In the morning, heat a skillet on medium while mixing the batter. Add the milk to dry ingredients and stir well. Spray the skillet with non stick oil and spoon the batter onto the skillet on med-low temperature. Flip pancakes when bubbles pop and cook other side. Layer with sliced banana, peanut butter, jam, and other toppings as you wish!

Makes 4 baby pancakes.


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With blueberries, raspberries, coconut, and banana!


This is what Heaven tastes like.

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Out of control.

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tanyasDailyProductReviews August 5, 2010 at 8:22 am

those are the best pancakes I have seen….they are so colorful!!


Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 5, 2010 at 8:24 am

Wow – I’ve made your spelt pancakes quite a few times now, but your ones today…oh my gosh! They really are drool worthy!
I missed Caitlin today too :( darn England!!! I can’t wait to see it though :)
Have fun with the Glo Bars – I can’t wait to try one!


Julie @SavvyEats August 5, 2010 at 8:33 am

Caitlin’s video is up! It is here:



Kiersten August 5, 2010 at 8:36 am

If I didn’t already eat breakfast I would totally go make those pancakes right now! Maybe I’ll just have breakfast again for dinner. It’s so awesome that you’re going to Paris! I have never been there but would love to go someday.


Marie August 5, 2010 at 8:36 am

Those are the best looking pancakes I’ve ever seen. Woah. Total food p*rn.


Tina August 5, 2010 at 8:37 am

She sure did do amazing!

And those pancakes definitely suit the epic profile. :)


Naomi(oneFF) August 5, 2010 at 8:39 am

my gosh, thhose really are out of control!!!!!!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 5, 2010 at 8:40 am

Those are some absolutely delicious looking pancakes for an absolutely amazing Caitlin! I bet you’d be able to give the restaurants in Paris a run for their money!


Lea @ Healthy Coconut August 5, 2010 at 8:51 am

I’ve been up since 5am, west coast time waiting for Caitlin’s interview’s live stream.

This pancake will be my morning treat for getting out of bed early, working out, do laundry and being so productive. Love the berries galore on the plate too.


Julia August 5, 2010 at 8:51 am

What a coincidence!
My pancakes on Sunday looked quite similar to yours :-)
I used your Healthy Spelt Pancakes Recipe and turned mine into blueberry pancakes. As for toppings, I had peanut butter, homemade strawberry jam, fresh berry mix (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries) and maple syrup. They were beyond delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!


Lizzie August 5, 2010 at 8:53 am

I was able to watch it as I am working for home today – she did a great job! Thanks for the link. I had been waiting for it to come up so I could post it to FB.
Those pancakes look amazing – they might be my Saturday morning project this week if it’s not too hot.


Marina August 5, 2010 at 9:02 am

These really look heavenly!! I wish I could make some right now.


Wei-Wei August 5, 2010 at 9:02 am

LOL. How many pancake photos was THAT? Wait, let me count… Dude. 16. Wow. I’m amazed. But I would make a collage and make it my wallpaper any day. :D But It’s so cool that you dedicated these beautiful pancakes to Caitlin! :D



Little Bookworm August 5, 2010 at 9:04 am

Those pancakes look amazing! Yum!


Sami August 5, 2010 at 9:05 am

Ahh I misssed Cait, too!
Holy Mother Load. Those pancake photos just got me high, I think.
Your creations are uhmaaaazing, Angela!



Jac August 5, 2010 at 9:09 am

Awesome pics! Make me wanna have some though i’m feeling stuffed!


Katherine August 5, 2010 at 9:10 am

Holy smokes! Talk about food porn! Looks delish.


Mimi August 5, 2010 at 9:19 am

I can’t get Caitlin’s video interview in Europe, but the story in Today’s website sounds amazing! What else sounds amazing? Those pancakes!

Quick question: I notice you use a lot of spelt or alternative flours in baking. Do you steer away from wheat intentionally?


AngelaOSG August 9, 2010 at 6:21 pm

I use spelt because it has a high protein content and it is very easily digested in the body.


Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 5, 2010 at 9:23 am

Oh my goodness, those pancakes really do look amazing!!!!


Heather (Heather's Dish) August 5, 2010 at 9:25 am

beautiful pancakes indeed! holy YUM…they really couldn’t be any more gorgeous!


Shanna, Like Banana August 5, 2010 at 9:35 am

Is it legal to post food porn like that? just sayin’… ;)

Can’t wait for the burger recipe…I love veggie/vegan burgers. YUM


Jessica August 5, 2010 at 9:35 am

I know what I am going to be having this weekend!!! :)


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 5, 2010 at 9:36 am

Holy moly those pancakes look delicious. I would spring out of bed for those too!

I can’t wait to read your OB post tomorrow!


Melissa August 5, 2010 at 9:38 am

Thank you for sharing Caitlin’s video:)
And those pancakes are insane!! I’ve never seen anything like them! WOW they are totally out of control:)
Have a great day!!


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 5, 2010 at 9:41 am

Omigosh that looks SOOOO good! I can’t wait to watch Caitlin’s interview! It’s only 7:40 on the West Coast, so I have a little longer to wait.


Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 5, 2010 at 9:45 am

Wow! Your pancakes look like a piece of artwork! They’re beautiful! Nice job on the photography also:)


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 5, 2010 at 9:48 am

Those pancakes are truly beautiful!! I love how high they’re stacked!

Good luck cranking out those glo bars!


Jackie (Peaces of Earth) August 5, 2010 at 9:51 am

Pancakes, you are beautiful!! Don’t ever change!!!!!!

Good luck with the bars! :) I’m so excited to read your post tomorrow.


Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' August 5, 2010 at 9:55 am

Oh, I am totally drooling over those pancakes! I love peanut butter and bananas on my pancakes, too!!

Good luck on finishing those Glo Bars today!! :D


jenna August 5, 2010 at 10:01 am

these pancakes look so easy and delicious!! :)


Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun August 5, 2010 at 10:03 am

Thanks for the info regarding Caitlin’s interview – I missed it too! :-(
PS – Your pancakes look delicious – almost like a picture out of a magazine! :-)



Laura August 5, 2010 at 10:07 am

OMg those pancakes are totally drool-worthy! Definitely on my must-make list!

p.s. I’ve seen that same vanilla bean paste at Home Sense (at least at the one in Whitby) for a fraction of the price Williams and Sonoma charges. FYI for when you’re ready to replenish ;)


Emily August 5, 2010 at 10:14 am

Wow….that’s all I can really say about those pancakes. Lookin real good!! Looks like that will be a weekend treat for me sometime soon :)


rachel August 5, 2010 at 10:14 am

amazing pancakes :O


Run Sarah August 5, 2010 at 10:19 am

Those look delicious! I need to get my hands on some real maple syrup again.


Mikki August 5, 2010 at 10:21 am

Good GRAVY woman! Those pancakes looks delish! I think I know what I am making for lunch for me and the babe! I even have a few berries too :) yum! Happy Baking!


AdiFey August 5, 2010 at 10:23 am

oh my angela, those look out.of.this.world.
Caitlin did great!


Paige @RAN August 5, 2010 at 10:24 am

Makeup for it indeed! And I love the play on words:)
Oh my gosh – I almost fainted it was so humid on my run yesterday. And then today it was cooler, but I was literally running in a cloud it was so foggy!


Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker August 5, 2010 at 10:26 am

Great run, Angela! Today was SO HUMID here, too! Luckily I woke up early and got outside at 6AM. But it was way worse than it was even at the shore when I was there last week. I bet we’re in for some crazy t-storms later. Gorgeous pancake pics, by the way! I love how you pile ’em high with fruit.


Callie August 5, 2010 at 10:35 am

I’m drooling over those pancakes!


Irene August 5, 2010 at 10:42 am

Hi Angela,

After the Acura 10 miler, I have been following your blog. I especially love the posters’ discussion on “negative thoughts”. Many thanks for all of your deligent work on the blog everyday.

Your idea of _enjoying_ healthy cooking & eating – instead of struggling with it for the sake of health – has really inspired me. I used to live on meat and junks (e.g. instand noodles/dinners & pops). Now, I am eating a much more alkaline diet. When I wash vegetables – a process I used to hate – I think about the fun you have when cooking and I try to feel the same. Hey, it works! Now, I am not struggling to stay away from junk food but actually finding good food enjoyable. (And I also feel the same about yoga. It is no longer something I have to do only for health – and I ended up not doing it since I dreaded the process but only desired the result.) Thanks for sharing your own story so openly with us.

While I was in San Francisco last week, I found an Americanized Korean place which serves amazing salads. I especially can’t forget its eggplant, & I have been trying to figure out how to make similar ones at home. I think the eggplants were baked with just a bit of seasoning on top. I need to experiment. If you have know of any great eggplant recipes, please let us know :-)

You & your family will have a wonderful time in Paris. I always run into many nice people & feel revitalized when I’m on a trip. I guess we take off our guard & are more cheerful during a vacation, and this affects how others respond to us.

I ran the San Francisco Half Marathon on July 25. It sounds like crazy :-) Just a couple of months ago, I would have never thought that this was possible. But somehow, I did it. But the most amazing part is that when I reviewed the photos taken along the course by the organizer, I realized that I was actually smiling in every single one of them! I can’t believe it! And it all started with your Acura Race report which inspired me to break the 5km mark. (My original plan was going to just settle for 5km as my limit.) THANKS! (Here is the story: http://fookfook.wordpress.com/ And yes, I just started a blog after seeing the fun you and other bloggers have :-)

Please continue your wondeful work and _enjoy_ your crunch time ;-)



Alyssa August 5, 2010 at 10:44 am

Do you have any advice for cooking with/for a significant other with a COMPLETELY different outlook on food?

I’m trying really hard to eat healthy and want my boyfriend’s support… he doesn’t need to become vegan, vegetarian, or drink green smoothies, I just don’t want food to drive us apart and I would love to make food that we both enjoy and feel good eating.

Any advice or suggestions would be great, I’m guessing more people than me struggle with this :)


Lyndsey August 5, 2010 at 11:03 am

Getting my boyfriend to eat a bit better has been such a struggle! Especially since he is a picky eater and only likes about two different kinds of vegetables, yikes. Getting him to exercise with me is even harder. You are definitely not alone in this…any advice would be fab.


AGS August 5, 2010 at 3:30 pm

If he likes those two vegetables, then get creative with them! Try different things with the things he *already* likes! (example — if he loves burgers, try out turkey burgers, bison burger, venison burger. . . you get the idea). Try to figure out why he likes certain things, then figure out if there are healthy things that are similar to them, and see if he’ll give it a try.

And take it easy. . . food and exercise are lifestyle habits, and can’t be changes overnight.


AGS August 5, 2010 at 3:27 pm

My husband and I started out eating pretty different foods: I ate spaghetti squash, and he was pretty much pizza and burgers. I’d say that in the last 5 years we’ve both changed a good bit. Here is what I discovered:

1. The main thing I found helpful was to be honest about what I was doing. For instance, using brown rice instead of white rice. No sneaky substitutions. He was always upset to try something and know it wasn’t the “real thing”. . . better to just request he try it.

2. If it’s healthy and he likes it: make it. He loves homemade salsa, guacamole, and crunch veggies. Guess what? We eat a lot of that! OK. . . so there are some chips that accompany it, but considering a couple of years ago he would never have eaten an avocado, this is a big deal. He also discovered that lean turkey and fish were pretty good. . . we eat that routinely, too.

3. Adapt your own tastes. . . turns out my husband is a fan of super spicey food. So, instead of really creamy/fatty dressings, we now use a lot of hot sauces/spices in food. I’ve developed a taste for hot sauce myself, and this has ended up making me a bit healthier.

4. Read the recipes in Men’s Health. They are really, really good. My husband swooned over a salmon quinoa salad, likewise a buffalo chicken salad. We eat that a lot now.

Exercise. . . not so much. He does some push-ups now, and plays sports periodically with friends, but it’s not something we share, and I’m OK with that.

Hope that helps some.


Lyndsey August 6, 2010 at 10:17 am

Lol, when I say he is picky, I mean…legit picky. He doesn’t like seafood (my fav food number 1), or cheese (fav food number 2), anything creamy, or any meats other than chicken and steak, and I swear I am SO tired of eating zucchini haha! His problem mainly is that he has already embedded in his head that he hates something, so even if he likes the way it tastes, his brain is telling him he hates it.

He’s getting better with being active. I just think our lifestyles should align, at least sometimes. Mostly, I’m just tired of cooking two different dinners every night, and I really just want him to be a healthy man so he can live a long happy life. I’m not asking him NOT to eat bad things, just to try new stuff. I guess we’ll see! Thanks!


AGS August 6, 2010 at 10:32 am

Take heart. It took my husband 5 years before he’d eat a tomato. . . even now, vegetables and fruit are quite a challenges (as is any sauce that is not completely smooth). People change over time. . . the key is over time.


AngelaOSG August 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Eric used to be like that. He wouldnt eat vegetables barely at all. After 10 years he is trying them out lol. It took a long time. Have patience. It is hard for ppl to change.


Lindsay August 5, 2010 at 10:55 am

Oh holy yum! Those pancakes!!


Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) August 5, 2010 at 11:07 am

Thanks for the link!!!!! I taped “Today” not “The Today Show” – oooops!

Those pancakes look ridiculously good!!!


Angela August 5, 2010 at 11:40 am

OMG those pancakes look out of this world! I think I was drooling while look at those pictures. mmmmm


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Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans August 5, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Umm…hello delicious!! Those pancakes look so freakin’ yummy Mmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!


Nicole @ yuppieyogini.com August 5, 2010 at 12:23 pm

That breakfast is EPIC!! It’s obvious you were excited based on the number of pics you took ;) I love pancakes but seem to crash afterwards. You obviously don’t have this issue now, but have you ever had that experience?

PS: looking forward to your Operation Beautiful tour post!!


[email protected] August 5, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Those pancakes are crazy!! What a treat :-)


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 5, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I think those are the best looking pancakes I’ve seen. Ever! If you ever get sick of your Glo bar business, I think you could open a breakfast place and give Cora’s a run for their money. ;)


Molly @ MollyRunsFresh August 5, 2010 at 12:35 pm

totally drooling over those pancakes right now!


Jenn @ So Very Fit August 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Your pancake stack looks incredible! I’m practically drooling over my keyboard. I need to recreate this soon, I love Spelt pancakes!!


Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 5, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Omg omg omg!! Incredible. I love all your creations, Angela. Host a VOO/pancake/Glo Bar party..please? :P


Valerie August 5, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Wow… those pancakes really are beautiful! I’m allergic to peanut butter but I’ll have to try it with almond butter or something. They look delicious!


Candice @ ChiaSeedMe August 5, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Best pancake pictures ever…hands down!!


Brittany August 5, 2010 at 1:38 pm

okay….which are better the spelt carob or these???


AngelaOSG August 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm

I prefer the regular to the carob ones


Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine August 5, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Mm, pancakes are SO yummy and comforting. :) Can’t wait for your OB tour post!


Lauren @ 40Apples August 5, 2010 at 2:14 pm

I am DYING, Angela. Drooling and dying.
I just posted pb & j food porn yesterday (http://wp.me/pZLfg-6c) because I’m so obsessed. This must be added to my file of mind-blowing foodstuffs.


Cara August 5, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Pancakes look divine as always…almost looks like a berry shortcake.


Ryel August 5, 2010 at 4:56 pm

MY GOD ! It look like sooooooooo amazing !

Here, In France, Pancakes don’t exist, soo i WANT YES I WANT eat this one day !!!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm

oooh must make a batch of pancakes ASAP! Thanks for reminding me that it has been waaaaay too long!


Dani @ Body By Nature August 5, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Gorgeous photos, looks delicious!


[email protected] August 5, 2010 at 6:15 pm

i have never tried spelt flour! i don’t think it would be possible to have bad days with your breakfast creations to start them off. :)


[email protected]://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 5, 2010 at 6:28 pm

That’s pancakes on a whole new level.


Ashley @ Will Run for Food August 5, 2010 at 6:47 pm

I am so jealous of your breakfast!! Looks amazing!


Bianka (bananas for bananas August 5, 2010 at 8:22 pm

that might have been the most beautiful thing i’ve ever seen…congrats! you did it again lol your food always makes me hungry


Marathon Bound Gal aka Grace August 5, 2010 at 8:30 pm

SLURP! I read this at work today and could not reply because I was salivating so bad from such a beautiful sight as this….yummy!!! You literally worked your ass off! You go girl you so deserved that stack of pancakes…can I have some? :D


Jill Spaeth August 5, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Your photos of these pancakes are absolutely beautiful! What type of camera are you using? My mouth is watering just looking at the pics! Nice shots!


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 6, 2010 at 9:25 am

Thanks! I use a Canon 30D :) and a 1.4 macro lens


Taylor August 6, 2010 at 12:20 am

Those pancakes look HEAVENLY! Can’t wait to copy :)
Also can’t wait to pick up Operation Beautiful!


Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear August 6, 2010 at 1:04 am


No words.




Judy August 6, 2010 at 6:58 am

These make me want to eat my monitor. And at the same time, they look too pretty to eat. But that would never happen. I’m glad to have discovered this blog. Great work.


Anna August 6, 2010 at 9:22 am

Can you use regular white or whole-wheat flour instead of spelt flour?


AngelaOSG August 9, 2010 at 6:23 pm



christina August 6, 2010 at 1:42 pm

amazing looking pancakes – and they seem so easy to make!


Katie August 6, 2010 at 2:29 pm

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO hungry right now looking at these pics, I can almost smell these pancakes the pics are so amazzing!!!!!!!!!! Yum!! Need to make these! Or something like it!

WHat camera do you use? And if you dont mind, how much was it, Im looking to get a new camera : ) xoxo


[email protected] La Vida Pura August 6, 2010 at 8:48 pm

A million and a half pictures of the same dish of food… and it didn’t bother me at all, only made me drool a little more with each photo. I think you nailed it!


Casi Leigh August 12, 2010 at 11:13 am

You, madame, are one rad goddess. :)

I am taking a second to thank you for the inspiration before I sit down to my own stack of divinity! We’ve officially nicknamed these the Stairway to Heaven pancakes around here. Keep up the GREAT blogging, we <3 OSG!


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