Almond Poppy Seed Pancakes

So it’s not unusual for me to be Bizzy in my Kitchen before work.  Over the weekend I bought a whole container – nearly three cups – of poppy seeds for only $1.58!  Since I know my boss likes sweet breakfasts over savory ones, I decided to make some poppy seed pancakes with slivered almonds.

I was going to use honey as my sweetener.  I just bought an $8 jar.  But as I was reaching for it, I changed my mind and decided to use agave nectar.  Sadly, I didn’t put the honey back on the shelf right, and before I knew it, my honey smashed on the counter and then all over the floor.

Somehow I thought I could catch it, and in the process ended up cutting my left hand in three places. Sad smile

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Instead of getting pissed, I slowed my roll, and thought with all the ugly shit going on in the world today, if this was the worst thing to happen to me today it was all good.  It did end up taking me 15 minutes to clean up though!  And in the end, the pancakes were worth it!

Almond Poppy Seed Pancakes

  • makes 10
  • 135 calories, 2.4 fat, 21 carbs, 3.6 fiber and 4.8 protein


  • 2 cups whole wheat white flour (I used King Arthur)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1.5 cups vanilla soy milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1/3 cup poppy seeds
  • 10 teaspoons of slivered almonds

I am lazy, so I just mix everything together just until combined.  None of this shit of one bowl for dry, one bowl for wet, then combine.  I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup to make mine.  Once the batter is in the pan, then I sprinkled the teaspoon of slivered almonds over the top, pressed them in a bit so they wouldn’t fall out during the flip. I served with sugar free syrup and a couple slices of deli ham.

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I like these pancakes because they are not overly sweet, and with the sugar free syrup its just right.

I am sore people from my cross fit workout the other day.  Especially my shoulders and delts (I think?).  So I just did 32 minutes on the StairMaster on the interval setting – 2 minutes fast until you think you can’t step anymore, then 2 minutes slow to recover.  I was super sweaty in the end!


Over the weekend I picked up some naan bread – 5 loaves for .99 cents!  I decided to make a naan pizza for lunch, using leftover grilled chicken from our Caeser salad the other night.  I also used baby spinach and chopped jarred roasted red pepper.

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Even though the package says “nan” I always thought it was “naan?”  Correct me if I am wrong! Open-mouthed smile   Each loaf is 230 calories.  (note to self, clean out the office toaster oven!)

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Yum and yum.  I was planning on having that whole pizza you see in the toaster oven.  But one of the partners was running late, didn’t have a lunch and had to leave for a meeting in 15 minutes, so I split my plate with her (um, she was going to eat a bag of brownies!).  And you know what?  That plate was plenty! #winning!

Even with the honey debacle, I still managed to cook some rice in the rice cooker before work so Tony could make his famous fried rice.   Chicken, broccoli, carrots, water chestnuts and bean sprouts.  If it were up to me I would double the veggies, but I cannot complain – it is the best fried rice I’ve ever had.  And I didn’t bring out the low sodium soy sauce either!

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Yum and yum.  It was all I could do not to finish that entire bowl, but I restrained myself and ate 3/4.  Ha!

So the day before yesterday?  I was hungry all day.  I ended up having snacks of granola in the afternoon at work and then had a cup of peanuts in the shell after dinner and ended up with about 1900 calories.  Yesterday?  Just a couple garlic crisps with some cheese spread.

Stats for the Day:

  • no stretching because of operation honey clean up
  • 32 minute Stairmaster
  • 1394 calories, 44 fat, 152 carbs, 13 fiber, 81 protein
  • 44% of calories from carbs, 28% from fat and 28% from protein

Today I think I am going to swim to hopefully loosen up.  Right now I have some carrot potato soup on the stove – lunch today is carrot soup with a ham, roasted red pepper and goat cheese panini.

I puffy heart goat cheese.  Question of the Day:  Do you like goat cheese?

Make it a great day!

40 thoughts on “Almond Poppy Seed Pancakes

  1. Occasionally you find a recipe that is called “one bowl” and everything is mixed together. If you read the ingredients, they are pretty much the same as the ones requiring dry ings to be mixed and then combined with the wet. I often wonder why that bother. In any case, these look delicious. And, the price for poppy seeds is amazing.

    We had another meal out in Chicago after Shakespeare yesterday–Alpina Singh’s The Boarding House. It was delicious–really, really delicious but very expensive. The kind of expensive that one would expect for very special occasions. They do have a bar menu downstairs but it was noisy–as bars should be.


    • I went on their menu as soon as I saw you post that on Facebook – lots of good stuff, but I could tell this was a special occasion place! I saw their cheese and meat appetizer #iwant!

  2. Ah, I bet honey is a big pain in the ass to clean up! I also love me some goat cheese, so good. Every time you talk about Tony’s fried rice it automatically makes me so hungry, even though ya know…I just finished breakfast. ha!

  3. Honey is quite a mess to clean up…a whole jar, yikes! So sorry you cut your hand in the process. I guess some things are worth it though. and you know I love the attitude, Biz! You’re right sometimes we have to remember there are a lot of worse things happening in the world. Hope your day is fabulous!

  4. Ouch! Hope your hand feels better! I have to work on getting perspective on things. You rock!

  5. Love your response about the spilled honey. When stuff like that happens I always try and take a deep breath – and then laugh at myself if I do get annoyed because really? Spilled honey? Like you said – so much worse going on.

    That fried rice, wow. I want some for lunch. Now. It’s 9:30AM.

  6. Ouch on the honey, sorry your cut your hand! Good attitude about it, though. I can go either way when something like that happens – shake it off, or lose my sh*t. Fun thing is that I never know which one will happen!

  7. I LOVE goat cheese. In fact, recently Bob and I have been eating it more and more (and other cheeses less and less). We can’t pinpoint exactly why, but it seems to “sit better” in our stomachs. Not to mention that it also tastes fantastic. 🙂

    I’m a big fan of poppyseed muffins/desserts, but I’ve never bought them myself. I should though–because then I could healthify a dessert recipe to use them. 🙂

  8. That sucks about your honey, but I love your attitude about it! I’ve got to remember to “slow my roll” on such occasions 🙂 You are so right, don’t sweat the small stuff! And I LOVE Naan (I’ve always seen in with 2 a’s)….it makes a great pizza.

  9. Weighting For 50

    Goat cheese is great. Dropping honey is not….however, you took it in your stride and just cleaned it up. Yay you!!! Have a great day Vat!

  10. I do like goat cheese. The pancakes look great. And i am sorry about the honey. I’ve done that before and it is a pain in the ass-in this case your fingers. But where do you shop to get such great prices?

    • We have a store called Joseph’s – its an ethnic grocery store. They have super great meat prices and produce. I am the queen of the $1 rack and 50% off bin! (The store is in Crystal Lake, IL – not sure where you live Abbe!)

  11. How nice of you to share your food with your coworker!

    i like goat cheese. I had an awesome panini on vacation that had herbed goat cheese, cranberry sauce and cooked butternut squash slices on it. So delicious!

  12. Aw, sorry for the morning disaster. 😦 At least the pancakes look amazing! And I SO want to make that naan pizza…looks amazing! And really nice you can do it in a toaster oven…I don’t have one at work, but it would still be great for not heating up the whole kitchen at home in the summer. 🙂

    Also – I LOVE goat cheese…pretty much obsessed with it. 🙂

  13. Tom is the king of breaking stuff in the kitchen, and it is much more of a problem when you always have two crazy terriers under your feet. Glad your injuries were minor! I have always seen the spelling as Naan bread.

    Oh and goat cheese is AMAZING 🙂

  14. I can only imagine how sticky that would be. I spilled maple syrup once and I swear I was cleaning sticky spots off the floor for a week. Love the pancakes. They sound delicious.

  15. Those pancakes look delish! I will have to look for that bread here, I love making mini pizzas. I used pita bread, sliced in half currently. I love goat cheese, but than again I think I like all cheese.

  16. Ohh…now I want pancakes! I’m sorry your spilled all your honey though! And I hate goat cheese…it always smelled funny to me.

  17. I hate goat cheese as much or maybe more than you hate onions. I mean you can take onions in certain forms and I just can’t tolerate goat cheese at all. It makes me gag just to smell it. Goat milk too. It makes me sad b/c it seems like I’m missing out–I just don’t get how I can hate something so much that other people love so much.

    Sorry about your honey and the cuts on your hands but great perspective! hope they heal up quickly.

  18. Good atitude Biz, sometimes the cursed diabetes can get our undies in a bundle. Glad you kept your cool, true there is worse things happening in this world. A little spilled honey is nothing compared to what is happening to others. I like you floor tile btw. Hope your hand is okay and no infection set in.

    Some day I must try Tony’s fried rice. Pancakes and pizza look delish!!! I found that asian salad at Sam’s today, going to make your salad tonight.

  19. Sorry about your hand; that sucks! I burned my stomach with boiling water almost 2 weeks ago (1st and 2nd degree burns). The first few days, I was scared to cook, but I had to get over it and feed the family. Don’t know why they need to eat anyway… 🙂

    That is a great deal on poppy seeds, and Tony’s fried rice looks delicious, as usual!

  20. The honey thing is such a Jamie move…lol…I am a MAJOR klutz…my first Christmas at my retail job…i was bringing in a rolling rack from the sidewalk…think bleachers on wheels…and ran into a rack of Spongebob mugs that had candy in them and knocked the whole rack over and broke them…I am such a klutz..

    And I tried goat cheese for the first time earlier this year when Trader Joes opened in my town…I LOVE IT…its good on pizza….in omelets…YUM

  21. I puffy heart goat cheese too Biz!

    Ouch to the honey debacle (the cuts and the money!). The good thing is, honey has antibacterial properties!

  22. Those pancakes do look good! I think my favorite thing to use poppyseeds for is lemon poppyseed muffins and pancakes 🙂
    Hope your hand isn’t too bad!

  23. I have a love hate relationship with goat cheese, I’m still learning to love it. My favorite is heating it up in the oven sprinkled with some honey and then on a salad.

    Naan is sold here as naan too, just bought a package yesterday for one of our dinners next week.

  24. Love your almond poppy seed pancake and naan pizza! This blog is so lively with your pictures, good on you you stick on your goal even with all the hustles and bustles of the day =)

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