Soul Pancakes

serves Makes about 16 pancakes

    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 pepper

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

While bacon is cooking, pour 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 saut pan over medium heat and cook pancakes to your desired doneness, about 2 minutes per side.