Happy Monday! I hope everyone’s weekend was laid back and easy, full of sleeping in and eating giant stacks of pancakes. Right now I’m sitting curled up with my dog while the sun pokes through the snow clouds. Snow is lazily drifting down and I’m thinking about warm, hot off the griddle pancakes.
With the flour grinder, I can grind any kind of flour I want fresh for pancakes, muffins, etc. The taste is so amazing: very earthly and real. When you grind flours fresh, you can preserve the nutritional benefits, most importantly the germ. The germ in flour is what is removed to help keep the flour shelf stable, but unfortunately that is where most of the important vitamins are. Freshly ground flour is also less dense (I measured a cup of grains and got over a cup of flour) and works well in recipes.
For vegan pancakes, there are a few things to make sure you get right. Your pancake batter will need around 10 minutes to sit once you’ve mixed it. This helps the gluten settle, and the vinegar and baking powder react to form puffy, light pancakes. The more oil you use in the pan, the tougher your pancakes will be, so using a light spray kind is perfect here (I use coconut or olive oil spray). Also, once you mix all the ingredients, try to refrain from over mixing them.
Vegan Sunday Pancakes
1 cup flour (I used freshly ground red wheat, buckwheat, oats, and spelt)
1 cup soymilk
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 mashed banana
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon coconut sugar (Or maple syrup)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1) Mix the vinegar into the soymilk, allow it to curdle, then add the banana, oil, and vanilla extract. Stir the flour, cinnamon, sugar, baking powder, and flax seed with a fork until blended. Stir in the wet ingredients until just mixed, then let sit. While its sitting, heat a skillet on medium.
2) After ten minutes, spray pan, then drop a cup or so of batter in. You may have to help it spread out a little, but not much. Let cook for 3-5 minutes, then flip and cook another 3-5 minutes on the other side. Enjoy!