If you like Coconut and Chocolate and want a treat that is a healthier alternative to most ice cream and ice cream bars try SO Delicious Coconut Almond Frozen Dessert Bars – non-dairy, sweetened with agave, no trans fat, simple ingredients. You can find these at Fry’s in the Natural food section in the freezer case. They are Delicious!! At only 170 calories per bar, they are a nice treat. But eat in moderation as the fat content is high from the coconut.

Over the weekend we made some of my favorite pancakes – Buttermilk Oatmeal pancakes. I do not know where this recipe originally came from, however I modified it to make it healthier than the original one.  I often add fresh blueberries or blackberries to them while cooking (just drop a few berries on top once you start the pancake cooking – if you add blackberries, cut them in half with the inside facing up when you drop them into the pancake batter). We like to top them with fresh fruit, a little yogurt and a touch of pure maple syrup.

 Buttermilk Oatmeal Pancakes

2 cups oats

2 cups low fat buttermilk

1 egg

2 egg whites

¼ cup apple sauce

½ cup flour

1 tablespoon sugar (or agave nectar – if you use agave add to the wet ingredients)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon salt

Mix oats and buttermilk, over night. Stir eggs and apple sauce into oat mixture. Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet. Do not over mix. Cook by ¼ cup full batter over medium-high heat. If the mix is too stiff add a little more buttermilk.

1230 calories total – makes approximately 12 pancakes for 102.5 calories per pancake.