SWEET CASHEW PANCAKES & SPECIAL DELIVERIES (GLUTEN-FREE, SUGAR-FREE, VEGAN)

A NEW JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTS
On my current to-do list for you, friends, is to pour through my notes and recipes from this past year, and test them to finally discover what temperatures and times to cook them at, as my old malfunctioning stove was replaced this past week with a new one. This is a bit tricky, as I haven't been very consistent with writing my recipes down, and my new oven seems to come with a few quirks that I need to decipher. A dear friend recently sent me a lovely notebook to write my recipes in, so with this thoughtful gift in tandem with my new appliance, I should have some tasty dishes for you soon.

This past year, after sacrificing my love for the traditional American's sugary breakfasts, I was excited to find some respite in Whole Life Nutrition's Teff Banana Pancakes recipe, and I cooked them quite frequently while I was in denial still about my intolerance to the tropical pale-fleshed fruit. I've missed them dearly, and so have wanted to come up with a delicious recipe that could help bring the sweet breakfasts of my past back to my table. I was ecstatic yesterday when I tasted these buddies and realized that I had, once again, made my own culinary dreams come true. These lovely, spongey, crepe-like pancakes are sweet, light, and richly flavored, and are some of the best pancakes I have ever tasted...gluten-free or otherwise. Luckily for you and I, they are also filled with high-quality protein and iron, as well as magnesium and a number of other essential vitamins and minerals. (See here and here.) They would taste delicious topped with fruit and syrup, but if you, like me, have to avoid these forbidden delights, you can enjoy them with your favorite nut or seed butter, or if you are able to tolerate it, coconut butter. I topped mine with some sunflower seed butter (Maranatha's new one contains no added sugar or sweeteners!), and served them with a hearty vegetable and sweet potato hash.

New to these ingredients? Amaranth flour is an important flour to add to your gluten-free pantry, and it can typically be found in the bulk section of your local health food store, or pre-packaged in the gluten-free flour section. Online you can find it here and here. I buy my cashews by the pound from either Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, but you can also get them by the pound at local Indian markets and online. Tapioca flour/starch can usually be found pre-packaged in health food stores, as well as in asian food markets and online. It is a versatile and tasty thickener and binder, so I highly recommend getting your hands on some. Stevia powder, derived from a naturally sweet herb, can be found at Trader Joe's or your local health food store; I purchase my vanilla powder (because of my alcohol intolerance) at Whole Foods.

SWEET CASHEW PANCAKES

YOU'LL NEED:
NON-STICK PAN OR GRIDDLE
WIDE, FLEXIBLE SPATULA

1/2 CUP AMARANTH FLOUR
1/2 CUP FINELY GROUND RAW CASHEWS
1/4 CUP TAPIOCA FLOUR/STARCH
1 TSP BAKING POWDER
1/2 TSP PURE VANILLA POWDER
1/4 TSP SEA SALT
1/8 TSP STEVIA POWDER

2 TBS FLAX MEAL
1/2 TSP BAKING SODA
1 TSP FRESH-SQUEEZED LEMON JUICE
2 TBS COCONUT OIL
1 1/4 CUP UNSWEETENED HEMPMILK*

MIX THE FIRST SEVEN INGREDIENTS TOGETHER IN A MEDIUM BOWL. IN ANOTHER BOWL, MIX THE FLAXMEAL AND BAKING SODA. HEAT THE COCONUT OIL AND HEMPMILK UNTIL THE OIL IS MELTED, ADD A FEW TABLESPOONS TO THE FLAXMEAL, AND QUICKLY MIX IT UNTIL THE MIXTURE STARTS TO GEL. ADD THE LEMON JUICE, AND MIX UNTIL FOAMY. ADD THE REMAINING LIQUID, MIX, AND THEN ADD TO THE DRY INGREDIENTS. MIX THOROUGHLY. HEAT THE PAN OR GRIDDLE ON MEDIUM-LOW HEAT. ADD ENOUGH COCONUT OIL TO THOROUGHLY COAT THE SURFACE. WHEN HEATED, ADD ABOUT A 1/4 CUP OF BATTER AT A TIME, GENTLY CIRCLING OUT TO DESIRED SIZE. FLIP WHEN GOLDEN BROWN ON THE BOTTOM. MAKE SURE THAT THE SURFACE IS ALWAYS COATED WITH THE OIL, ADDING MORE AS NECESSARY.

MAKES ABOUT 10-12 4-5 INCH PANCAKES

*Living Harvest Unsweetened Original is the only hemp milk I've found without soy lecithin, brown rice and sweeteners of any sort.

4 comments:

KRIS said...

Thanks to you, love!

Georgia said...

I've got to try this recipe, Kris!! I have a hard time giving up pancakes, so this may be what I'm looking for!

KRIS said...

You definitely should, Mama! I've been playing around with some variations, too, that I can tell you about.

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