I've been racking my brain the last few weeks for some decent office snacks. I've decided that I absolutely have to stock my desk with good snack food or this evil monster will come out of me around 1:00 pm. I'm usually so focused that I will work right though breakfast and lunch without thinking then all of a sudden I'm starving and grabbing anything to eat in arms length. Unfortunately, everything at arms length is extremely unhealthy around my office so stocking my desk is a barrier to protect me from the monster. My newest thing is to buy real oatmeal keep it in a baggie under my desk with dried fruit, and maybe sweetener (I've done without it a lot lately, but you never know). Then all you have to do is throw it in a cup with a little water, and microwave for two minutes. Oatmeal usually keeps me going for at least another hour and a half till I can get to some decent lunch spot.
So for the last week I've been sick with some sort of strange flu. I've had a little bit of sinus issues, but it has mostly been fatigue. I'd be fine in the morning then 3 pm would hit me like a sledgehammer, and once I could drag myself home I'd be bed ridden till about 10 pm. And the only foods I'd want to eat were just weird. But as always my boyfriend has been amazing. He started the flu a week before me so he has been recovering, thus can bring me orange juice, and tea. So Saturday I had the worse craving for pancakes. I'm not a huge pancake person, I kind of prefer crepes, and I really don't actually like breakfast foods at all. But there it was a strong craving for pancakes, non the less. So I knew I had one of those jugs of mix that you just add water to in the back of the pantry. I probably bought it half a year ago. And I knew I would have enough energy to add the water, but not stand over the stove and flip. Then my Japanese training kicked in. While studying urban Japanese culture in my Anthropology classes I remembered that they had a treat that tasted like pancakes, but were baked in the oven. My brain clicked, a smile crept across my face, and I blurted out "PANCAKE MUFFINS IT WILL BE!!!!" And this lovely creation was born. I didn't want to deal with syrup either so I made a simple syrup out of 1/3 C. turbinado sugar and 1/3 C. water heated in the microwave for 2 minutes to dissolve. Then I mixed up the pancake mix, added the simple syrup, pouring it into muffin tins, and cooking at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes depending on how brown you want the tops to be. They were super moist, yummy, and pancakeie. Just want I wanted, with the added bonus of a surprising springy texture. See my Anthropology degree did not go to waste my teachers would be proud.
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