Thinking Outside the Box

pineapple upside down pancakes elayne prechtel

What’s a girl to do when a fresh pineapple is staring back at her and only 5 cherries left to her name after having bushels and bushels full?  She makes Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes!

So this was a recipe born this morning out of nothing else in the house kind of moment.  I had a pineapple on the counter, 2 eggs, a few random cherries left from last week’s bushel, oats and, out of all things, some unopened plain kefir in the fridge.  I know, what the heck is kefir?!  It’s basically fermented milk, very similar to buttermilk with that classic tangy flavor.  Couldn’t even tell you exactly why I even bought it, but I did, and it had been sitting alone in the fridge for a while just hanging out ’cause I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it…until the aha moment this morning of deciding to try Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes.

So I ground up 3 cups of oatmeal into a fine powder using the food processor and then basically used the same recipe on page 37 in the book with a few minor tweaks:

1 cup All-Purpose Flour (normally I would just use straight ground up oats and not add in any flour but I thought I should add in some flour to make them a little sturdier since they would have to hold the weight of the pineapple)

1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1 tsp. Kosher Salt

1/4 cup Butter, melted and slightly cooled or Canola Oil

2 Eggs

1 Tbsp. Vanilla

2 1/2 cups Kefir (you can substitute with Buttermilk ‘cause what other crazy person has kefir on hand!)

1 Fresh Pineapple – sliced into rings (feel free to use canned as well)

Pat of Butter

1 Tsp. of Brown Sugar

6-12 Pitted Cherries

Preheat griddle to medium heat. In mixing bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients (ground oatmeal, flour, sugar, baking soda and salt). Add in wet ingredients (melted butter, eggs, vanilla and kefir) and lightly whisk until combined. The batter will be slightly lumpy and not completely smooth.

Place a pat of butter on griddle and spread to coat griddle. Sprinkle butter with a teaspoon of brown sugar and then lay pineapple rings on top. Flip over after a minute and let cook an additional minute. Remove rings from griddle and set aside on plate.

Carefully ladle a ½ cup of batter onto griddle. Immediately place a pineapple ring onto the batter along with a cherry or two in the center of the pineapple ring. Let pancake cook until firm around edges. Carefully flip over pancake and cook until golden brown. Repeat with remaining batter.  Serve immediately with warm maple syrup.

Everyone thought they were pretty darn yummy!  Hope you do too!  You can always find more recipes at  Don’t forget to hit the “like” button on our Facebook page to receive our blog posts and recipes.

3 thoughts on “Thinking Outside the Box

  1. Sounds grea!! Will have to give it a try, although I’m pretty sure our local grocery store won’t have the kefir. 😘

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