Orange Oatmeal Pancakes


One of the topics at the Healthy Lives Healthy Kitchens conference I attended several years ago was titled 'Eating on a Very-Low Budget' with "very-low" budget being defined as well-below poverty level, i.e. as in needing SNAP dollars to supplement your grocery budget. At the time, a family of four was being allotted up to $256 dollars towards their monthly food expenses--an extra $64 dollars per week in another words.

Have you tried to live on $64 dollars a week? Even if you can add $40 dollars to your weekly budget, from a low-paying, minimum wage job, how do you:

  • feed two adults and two children adequately?
  • if two of the children are teenagers ravaging the fridge? 
  • never mind, find time to cook?

Recent statistics reported that 1 in 5 children go hungry at some point during the year.

  • How do you think?
  • Pay attention in school?
  • Work effectively and efficiently?

During this session, Dennis Taylor, a chef with Share Our Strength - No Kid Hungry, demonstrated a multitude of recipes and meal solutions taught to their clients who struggle to make ends meet. All of the recipes featured serve a family of four for approximately <$1.86 per serving...and, all were delicious! This being one of them.

With exception of whole wheat flour, these ingredients are common and fairly easy to find on sale; although, building an adequate pantry on limited income is challenging. Otherwise, little skill and equipment are required to make this recipe. 

I further adjusted and reduced the canola oil and all-purpose white flour while adding in 1/4 cup of almond flour in its place. Ideally, maple syrup should be exchanged for some fresh fruits or berries or a warm FRESH FRUIT COMPOTE for a more nutrient-dense and fiber-rich topping.

These are some simple changes to improve common foods in the American diet. One step at a time. 

If you are looking for additional recipes on healthy, affordable meals consider searching at


(Adapted from Healthy Lives Healthy Kitchens / Share Our Strength / Chef: Dennis Taylor)

Orange Oatmeal Pancakes with Stewed Fruit


  • 1/4 cup All-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 cup Whole-Wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats (quick oats fine, too)
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (if available)
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • Non-stick spray 


  1. Combine flours, oats, baking powder, and salt in a medium-large mixing bowl.
  2. Crack the egg into a separate mixing bowl and whisk briefly.
  3. Add orange juice, milk, and canola oil to lightly beaten egg. Mix well.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until combined.
  5. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-heat and coat with non-stick spray.
  6. Pour 1/4 cup batter amounts onto skillet.
  7. Allow batter to develop bubbles on the surface before using a spatula to flip pancake.
  8. Remove once golden brown.