Thursday, January 24, 2013

Finally...A Pancake Recipe That Works

I've been searching for a pancake recipe for Punky for a long time.  We're not really big on pancakes at our house, but when I want to make some, I feel bad if everyone but Punky can eat them.  

An online search for dairy-free pancake recipes will give you recipes where soy-, almond-, rice- or coconut- milks have been substituted for milk.  None of those are safe for Punky (and most not even for Boo) right now, so that's not an option.  And although we've done a little bit of experimenting with baked egg, I'd rather avoid it with her for the time being.  

I've had a few usable muffin recipes that I've tried to dump in a skillet and cook like pancakes, but they never tasted right, and I finally figured out what the problem was:  Pancakes aren't supposed to be as sweet as muffins.  You'd think they'd be similar, but they're not.  You usually add butter and syrup to pancakes, which is why they need to be a bit of a blank canvas to start with.   So I started over with one of our favorite muffins, slightly tweaking the ingredients, and adding only a bit of honey at the end, to taste.

The pancakes turned out beautifully.  Not only did they look like real pancakes, but they had a nice nutty, grainy taste.  I threw in blueberries at the last minute, but they'd be fine plain, too.  

The best part?  These are free of the Top 8 Allergens and a few other "special" ones to us, like rice and oats.

Blueberry Pancakes

1 cup masa (corn flour)
1/2 cup quinoa flakes
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 large bananas mashed with 1 tsp baking powder
5/8 cup sunflower oil
2 tbsp honey
1/2 cup water (or whatever it takes to get desired consistency)
1 cup blueberries

First mash the bananas with baking powder in a separate bowl and let sit for a few minutes.  Combine the masa, quinoa flakes, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.  Add the banana mixture, sunflower oil, honey, and water.  Spoon onto a hot, oiled skillet and randomly sprinkle on blueberries.  Flip when bubbling.  Take off stove when brown.  You get the idea.  

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