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You Can Now Make Rosa Parks' Protein-Packed Pancakes

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Erin Mosbaugh has made telling stories about food her profession. You can find those stories in Food & Wine, LA Weekly, Serious Eats, KCET, Robb Report and First We Feast. Mosbaugh is currently the News Editor for LIVESTRONG.COM.
You Can Now Make Rosa Parks' Protein-Packed Pancakes
Rosa Parks’ pancake recipe features an unexpected ingredient: peanut butter. Photo Credit: George Dolgikh/Adobe Stock

Want to start your day like an American legend? A pancake recipe from civil rights activist Rosa Parks was recently unearthed by Dan Pashman, the host of The Sporkful podcast. And it features a creamy, protein-rich ingredient.

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Parks’ secret? Peanut butter. Not only does this nutty ingredient provide flavor to the batter, it also adds extra protein to the breakfast staple (there are six grams of protein in each pancake).

Rosa Parks’ scribbled her pancake recipe on the back of an envelope.
Rosa Parks’ scribbled her pancake recipe on the back of an envelope. Photo Credit: Library of Congress/Rosa Parks Papers

The recipe, scribbled on the back of an envelope by Parks, comes from the recently opened Rosa Parks Collection at the Library of Congress. According to The Washington Post, the collection “features previously unseen personal writings, letters, speech notes, financial and medical records, political documents and decades of photographs.”

And it's pretty incredible that among Parks' handwritten account of her bus arrest and postcards written by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., you can also find her handwritten pancake recipe. Because this tells us that apart from being a rebellious badass and lifelong activist who championed black power, Parks also enjoyed eating pancakes just like the rest of us.

Library of Congress curator Adrienne Cannon tells NPR that the “recipe is quintessentially African-American” because of the peanut butter. By 1940, peanut production was second only to cotton in the South.

To make the pancakes just a bit more healthy, try swapping out the all-purpose flour for buckwheat flour. You can also substitute the whole milk with almond milk to make the pancakes dairy-free. And if you’re feeling indulgent, top a stack of the cakes with extra melted peanut butter and dark chocolate chips.

Head here for the full recipe: Rosa Parks’ Featherlite Pancakes

What Do YOU Think?

Would you put peanut butter in your pancake batter? Are you always searching for the perfect protein-packed breakfast recipes? Would you try Rosa Parks’ pancake recipe?

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