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Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

Winter fruit selections can get pretty boring.  Make a change with texture with these yummy whole wheat banana pancakes from Sally’s Baking Addiction.  This recipe is taste tested and approved from a Heart of Hutcher.  These will easily become a staple in your house.  Keeping a batch in the freezer can make a healthy breakfast easy for the kiddos to make themselves during the school week!


Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes


  • 1 and 1/3 cups (167g) whole wheat flour (or white whole-wheat)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg (or 2 egg whites)
  • 1 cup (240ml) milk*
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 large banana)
  • 2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar (or light brown)
  • 1/4 cup (63g) Greek yogurt*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Toss the flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Set aside. In a separate medium bowl, whisk the egg, milk, and banana together. Whisk in the brown sugar and yogurt until no lumps remain. Whisk in the vanilla until combined.

Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients in. Stir gently until just combined. Do not overmix the batter or your pancakes will be tough and very dense. Add any mix-ins you prefer, but again – do not overmix the batter.

Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Coat generously with cooking spray, oil, or butter.  Once very hot, drop about 1/4 cup of batter on the griddle. Cook until the edges look dry and bubbles begin to form on the center or sides, about 1 minute. Flip and cook on the other side until cooked through, about 2 more minutes. Coat griddle/skillet again with nonstick spray for each pancake or batch of pancakes.

Keep pancakes warm in a preheated 200F degree oven until all pancakes are cooked. Serve immediately. Pancakes taste best right after they are made. Pancakes freeze well, up to 2 months.

To freeze, place individual pancakes on a cookie sheet and place in freezer.  Do not overlap.  Once frozen, pancakes can be stored in plastic freezer bags or other container.  To reheat, simply microwave for 45-60 seconds per pancake.


The Great Outdoors

There are so many great things about spring.  Outside running is one of them!  Hutchinson Community Running Group is venturing back outside for the first run of the season on Wednesday, April 2nd.  Open to runners of all levels, this open group meets at Library Square at 6:45pm every Wednesday (April through September) for a 3 mile run through Hutchinson.

Find the Hutchinson Community Running Group on Facebook and follow their posts for route changes, motivation and local race information.


Fresh Bites

Hutchinson and our surrounding area boasts a number of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farms.  Purchasing a share of one of these local CSA’s ensures high quality produce, grown locally, picked fresh and boxed for you each week directly from a farmer!  With snow still on the ground, it’s hard to believe that spring is fast approaching. If you’re interested in joining a CSA this year, don’t wait to purchase a share as many local farms sell out fast.

Learn more about how CSA’s work and what a share from Loon Organics looks like here.

To find a local CSA, visit Local Harvest.

Hutchinson’s Farmers Market will be opening soon!  If you’re like most of us, we’re excited to see the new space in action.  Heart of Hutch will continue to highlight great recipes and produce at the market during our monthly food tasting.  View our calendar for more information.  See you at the market!



First laparoscopic kidney removal performed in Hutchinson

Dr. Christina Moses - Surgery

Dr. Christina Moses – Surgery

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – Since Dr. Christina Moses joined Hutchinson Health in September 2013, her broad-spectrum surgery skills have been put to good use.

Recently, she performed Hutchinson’s first laparascopic nephrectomy, a minimally invasive surgery to remove a diseased or damaged kidney.

“With laparoscopic procedures, we use long instruments and a camera,” Moses said.

Incisions are much smaller than traditional open surgery, and patients are able to recover quicker, with less pain and scarring.

“Normally with a laparoscopic procedure, patients are up and moving the next day, if not the same day,” said Moses, who previously practiced at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center.

Laparoscopy is just one of Moses’ many areas of surgical expertise; she also performs endoscopy, soft tissue, endocrine, and open procedures. A few examples of conditions Moses often treats include carpal tunnel, hernias, gallstones, colon/bowel problems, cancer, thyroid issues, skin lesions, and varicose veins.

Moses’ aspirations to become a surgeon started at a young age.

“When I was 4 years old, I already had an interest in anatomy and physiology, even though I didn’t know what it was called,” she said.

That passion never wavered, and today, Moses is living out her dream at Hutchinson Health.

“I enjoy identifying a problem and being able to fix it,” she said. “I like making people feel better.”

Hutchinson Health is one of the largest independent health care providers in Minnesota. Services include primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services, and specialty programs.

Community Book Read

Join us for our third community book read event around Orphan Train.  This event will be facilitated by the Hutchinson Public Library.  Community members will read aloud selected passages and the audience will have a chance to respond and actively participate in what this book means to them.

March 30th 2-4pm

Location: Hutchinson Public Library

This event is free and open to the public.

This event is part of the One Book, One Community project.  Click here to learn more about the community book read.

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