My kids love pancakes, my daughter especially, I do want to feed my kids the stuff they like….but on the nutrition chart, your run of the mill pancake recipes are basically void of anything but fat, carbs, and more carbs. So in an attempt feed my kids something they like, but something that has some nutritional balance I came up with today’s recipe. Drum roll please (snare drum rattle) I am making banana pancakes, with oats, flax, and FLAVOR! What? You say? This cannot be! Well it is! I might add there is nothing animal based either. No extra salt, but it has a lil’ camelina oil, if you haven’t heard of it, you should check it out, contains the most omega 3’s of any cooking oil and has a smoke point of 450! Bananas are cool because when heat is applied they crisp and caramelize up on top, reminded me of Crème brulee, hence the name. Shall we begin?
You will need:
½ Cup whole wheat flour or spelt
½ Cup quick cooking oats, preferably ground, you can also use a hand blender or regular blender
2 Tbsp. flax meal
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground cloves
¼ tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. rapid rise yeast
½ tsp. baking soda
1 Cup coconut milk
¼ Cup water
1 Tbsp. Camelina oil, or oil of choice
1 tsp. good quality vanilla
In a mixing bowl combine all the above ingredients, mix well, let sit at room temp for two hours (so the yeast can work its magic). Refrigerate overnight, I know this seems odd but this gives the pancakes a great flavor and rise without using eggs. Remove from fridge check consistency, the oats and flax suck up a lot of water so adjust to a batter consistency, maybe 2 to 4 Tbsp. warm h2o.
Slice a banana or two.
If you have a griddle that is the best route, for the rest of us, use a non-stick skillet, rubbed with little oil on a paper towel, or use cooking spray, you don’t need much, just a light coating, heat on medium, add batter about 4 Tbsp. or so I eye it, add some banana slices to the top, when the sides bubble up, flip, and cook other side till the center puffs, plate banana side up! Repeat 6 times or so, eat em! I topped ours with low sugar apricot preserves and just a sprinkle of powdered sugar, the kids love that! Try these, I think you will find that you don’t need butter or eggs or milk to make great pancakes! Tres bien mon amie!