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.