Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Pancakes with added plant power (DF)

One of my family's favorite weekend breakfast foods is pancakes. Well, I do like french toast too, and I have a recipe using the Complete here that you may be interested. But, my every day breakfast is one of two things: 1) a Complete smoothie with added sources of plant protein or 2) pastured local eggs over medium with veggies on the side. 

I hope you enjoy this pancake recipe. Without buttermilk, they're not fluffy but they're still very good and even better with real maple syrup (mmm grade B is my favorite but hard to come by locally so I buy online).

1 1/3 cup of flour (I prefer this)
2 tbsp sugar (we like coconut sugar)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of sea salt
1 cup of almond milk + *2 tsp
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup of vanilla Complete plant powder (or your choice)
1/2 to 1 cup of blueberries (or your berry preference); partially thaw if frozen
1-2 tbsp oil (we prefer coconut oil - buy any cold pressed brand)

1. Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Add half of the almond milk, the egg, the vanilla extract, and the vanilla plant powder.

2. Whisk everything together to make a batter. Add the remaining almond milk (*the 2 teaspoons are for thinning out the batter to your preference) and whisk everything until smooth.

3. Add the blueberries and gently fold them into the batter.

4. Heat skillet to medium heat. Add coconut oil to the pan. Pour batter of your liking and cook 1.5 minutes on each side. It may take awhile to brown but be patient as it is worth the wait. 

Tips: I used 100% plant powder by JP. The ingredients are non-GMO, gluten and dairy free, and the protein is made from soy, chickpea, tofu, pea, and rice. (The soy is low temperature, water-washed.)

You can substitute milk of your choice. If you prefer cow's milk and you'd like for your pancakes to be fluffier, you can add yogurt or make your own buttermilk. 

Here are two suggested modifications:

1) In lieu of the 1 cup almond milk, use 1/2 cup plain yogurt with 1/2 cup cow's milk. (The pancakes will no longer be dairy free.)

2) For buttermilk: Squeeze one heaping tablespoon of lemon juice into a measuring cup then pour cow's milk to the 1 cup line. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes while you gather the other ingredients.

If you make the recipe, feel free to comment with your feedback. I would love to hear from you and if you decide to order the Complete plant powder, share with me your latest smoothie recipe! 

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