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Soul Pancakes

These flapjacks are inspired by Rach's upstate New York home and Rachael Ray show guest Rainn Wilson and his cookbook, Soul Pancake: Chew on Life's Big Questions.


  • 8 slices bacon, chopped

  • 1 cup maple syrup

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1 vanilla bean, split or a splash of vanilla extract

  • 2 cups multigrain pancake mix

  • 1 3/4 cups low fat milk (add a bit more for a thinner pancake)

  • 1 egg

  • A pinch of cayenne pepper or chili powder


In a medium size skillet over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove to a plate and let cool.

While the bacon is cooking, pour the maple syrup into a small saucepot with the cinnamon stick and vanilla bean and warm through.

In a large bowl, mix together the pancake mix, milk, egg, cayenne pepper or chili powder and reserved bacon. Heat a nonstick griddle or sauté pan over medium heat and cook the pancakes to your desired doneness, about 2 minutes per side.

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