Very Berry Oatmeal Pancakes and Giveaway – Updated

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One thing I find most challenging about cooking is writing down a recipe. In our home, a typical conversation between me and Don goes something like this…

Don: “How did you make that?”
Me: “Erm, well, I used this and that and that and some of that.”
Don: “How much of each ingredient did you use?”
Me: “Uh, I used a handful of this and a splash of that. Oh! And I shook this jar of spices a few times onto the meat.”

It culminates in Don staring at me and shaking his head. You see, I’m terrible at writing down recipes. After years of watching my mother and grandmother cook, I mostly cook by smell, taste, and sight. Unless I am baking, I rarely ever follow recipes, let alone write measurements on paper. Besides, I thought, “Who would ask me for a recipe?”

Well, this past winter, Dairy Farmers of Canada approached foodiePrints. Would we be willing to take part in their Anyday Magic Recipe Makeover challenge? Of course we would!

The Anyday Magic Recipe Makeover is a year-long competition, each round challenging three different food bloggers to “makeover” a given recipe, use cream instead of milk, and when possible, to use butter rather than oil. Also, the new recipe must contain the main ingredients from the old one. Once the recipes are received, they are posted on the Anyday Magic website and the public is invited to vote for their favourite using facebook.

Selected to participate in the first round, we had to re-make a breakfast dish, a bowl of “hot oatmeal with a spoon of yogurt and a handful of frozen berries from the summer.” After much debate, Don and I settled on a pancake recipe using fresh blueberries, rolled oats, and 10% cream (half-and-half in lieu of yogurt).

Click here for our entry.

Very Berry Oatmeal Pancakes

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 ½ cups (375 ml) rolled oats (not instant)
  • 2 cups (500 ml) 10% half-and-half cream (or 5% light cream)
  • ¾ cup (185 ml) all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) brown sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) baking soda
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) baking powder
  • ½ tsp (2 ml) salt
  • 2 cups (500 ml) blueberries
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp (2 ml) pure vanilla extract
  • Butter for cooking


  1. In a bowl, combine 1 cup of cream with the rolled oats. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the remaining cream, eggs, oil and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients along with the rolled oats mixture. Stir until just combined. Be careful not to over mix. Gently fold the blueberries into the mixture.
  4. Method

  1. In a large non-stick skillet, melt some butter over medium heat. Using a ¼ measuring cup (50 ml), pour in batter for each pancake. Cook until underside is golden (about 1 ½ to 2 minutes) and bubbles break on top.
  2. Using a spatula, flip the pancakes until the underside is golden (about 1 to 1 ½ minutes). Serve hot with maple syrup. Sprinkle fresh blueberries on top and with fresh fruit on the side.

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
Yields: Makes approximately 12 pancakes – 4 to 6 servings

This dish is best served warm. You can also substitute the cream for a lower-fat milk. Finally, add your favourite fruits to accompany the pancakes. I love blueberries, pineapple. cherries, and strawberries.

Blueberry Pancakes with fresh fruit

Finally, drizzle some maple syrup, a pat of butter or a dollop of whip cream on top of the pancakes, and voila! Time to start your morning with a delicious breakfast!

Ready to eat!

After two months of voting, I am excited to reveal that foodiePrints are the winners of Round 1. And to thank our readers for voting, we are delighted to announce that Dairy Farmers of Canada has given us 10 prize packs to give away. Each pack includes a new spatula and whisk.

Anyday Magic Recipe Makeover Giveaway

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below and let us know how you would “makeover” the original recipe of a bowl of oatmeal. A draw for 10 names will be made on Wednesday, May 16th at noon using Random.org.

Addendum: This giveaway is open to Canadian residents, but is void in Quebec.

Update: Winners
The ten winners of the giveaway, courtesy of Dairy Farmers Canada, follow:

  • Richard
  • spydergrrl
  • Jessica
  • Eve Honeywell
  • Heather, Mmm… is for Mommy
  • Kate
  • Katy
  • meg
  • Krista
  • Paula Roy


Many thanks to all those who entered.

Teacher by day and blogger by night, I have always been passionate about food. I grew up watching my mother cook and bake as I sat at the kitchen table doing my homework. In the summers, I happily played in the backyard garden, picking strawberries as my parents tended their crops. A city girl with a love for the outdoors, my goal is to capture the ever-changing Ottawa food scene. When I’m not running, you can find me shopping for ingredients or in the kitchen cooking for my family and friends. Whether you’ve been cooking for a long time or are learning to cook for the first time, I hope you will find something delicious here to inspire you.


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Marie Weston

This looks so delicious, that will definitively be the next recipe I tackle! Having read this blog reminded me of workshops that are available at Algonquin college called "Luxury Experiences Series"...If anyone is interested is learning how to making amazing dishes like the one above...check it out!:) http://www2.algonquincollege.com/pdi/home/landing-luxury-experiences/

Ravi Shanghavi

This looks so delicious! Going to have to give this one a go! Ravi Shanghavi, Ottawa

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

These sound so tasty! I just found your site today and am so happy I did. I'm also an Ottawa food blogger :)


It's good to know that I'm not the only one who makes up things on the fly and then when people ask me for the recipe.... Your recipe has been printed and will be made this weekend. I will need to substitute strawberries for the blueberries in order to accommodate everyone. Nice job with the blog.

Mike Strong

I like to keep it simple....hot oatmeal, brown sugar on top and when it turns to liquid, i pour cold milk on top. A little cold milk and a little hot oatmeal and brown sugar....awesomenous in a spoon.


Honestly, those look so good, I would only substitute Lactaid and lactose-free margarine to make them tummy friendly. Rumour has it that Natrel is coming out with Lactose-free creams although I haven't seen them in Ottawa yet. I can only imagine how much more rich they would taste with cream instead of milk. #nomnomnom Can't wait to try out the recipe!


Blueberry oatmeal squares

Eve Honeywell

I would transform it into a snack bar with some nuts and dried fruit!


I'd go with an oatcake recipe - the oats are the star and they are not too sweet. Then I'd add dried blueberries and nuts for a great grab and go breakfast while riding the bus to work. Or a mid-morning pick me up that would be great with a glass of milk!!! My Scottish ancestors are probably rolling in their graves that I'm messing with oatcakes. My current favourite oatcakes in Ottawa can be found at Harvest Loaf Bakery.


How about an oatmeal crusted rack of lamb. Sear the rack in butter, put it in the oven. Toast the oatmeal in a pan, add finely chopped thyme, rosemarry and parsley. Pull out the lamb at rare, smear the rack in dijon and crust it with the oatmeal and herb mix. Finish it in the oven. A simple berry compote can be made with the fruit. Sautee onions in butter, add some lemon juice and the berries.

Heather Burke

The recipe above will be tested this weekend, it sounds and looks yummy. I do prefer my oatmeal in the cookie format. One of my favourite bar recipes is to blend oatmeal with brown sugar and butter, bake it for about 15 minute. Then you spread melted chocolate chips with peanut butter over the top. cool and eat. :)

Heather, Mmm... is for Mommy

I'm thinking waffles! With real whipped cream of course!


I'd transform it into birchermuesli. Something I learned while living in Switzerland... yummy and fast in the morning!


Awww... thanks for the recipe Katy! I'll have to try it as Don loves oatmeal raisin cookies :)


I always thought oatmeal tasted better in cookie format. Ingredients: 1 cup shortening, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup white sugar, 2 eggs, 1 T vanilla extract, 1 1/2 cup flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 T cinnamon, 3 cups oats (any, just not instant), 1 cup raisins. Directions: Cream shortening and sugars; add eggs & vanilla, beat well. Sift flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon together. Add wet to dry, add raisins and oats - combine. Spoon out cookies - or make one GIANT COOKIE. Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes. Enjoy at breakfast with a cup of coffee instead of a bowl of oatmeal. Yield: 2 dozen cookies or ONE GIANT COOKIE.


I would make over the original recipe of a bowl of oatmeal by turning it into healthy breakfast bars. I would use big flake oatmeal (not quick), powdered milk, unsweetened applesauce, nuts, seeds, raisins (or chocolate chips), cinnamon, and brown sugar on top. I'd bake it in a pan. Once cool, I'd cut them into squares, wrap in wax paper and grab one to eat on the go in the morning.


Great giveaway and congrats!


Those look so good - will have to try them. Being a bit of a novice cook, I follow recipes to the letter, but I find that they still don't always turn out. My husband is an amazing cook and he just makes things up as he goes. I wish I had that talent!

Paula Roy

My transformation would see my favourite oatmeal porridge morphed into rich, delicious muffins - with fruit, nuts, seeds and maybe a streusel topping reminiscent of the sprinkling of brown sugar I guiltily enjoy on a bowl of oatmeal!

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