Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Karen's Amazing Pancakes

My sister-in-law Karen makes the best pancakes. They are soooo healthy and absolutely addictive. I think it's the crunch of the millet that keeps me going back for another. Or maybe the caramel sweetness of the banana-heavy dough. Or the depth of flavour the whole wheat flour provides. Or, this time, the fresh blackberries Erin and I picked yesterday with babe in tow.

I tasted these for the first time years ago in Karen's kitchen. I remember she had made them for her two daughters, who were totally loving them, and one bite in I was demanding the recipe. They're definitely kid friendly – 8-month-old Nova ate a ton of them this morning. I made them tiny – about 1 1/2 – 2 inches in diameter – both for her little hands and because these are very slow cooking pancakes. They're also sticky, with all that banana goodness, so were a bit of a trick to flip in my cast iron pan. A non stick pan might do better here. Karen used dried apricots that first time. Today I substituted blackberries, and I imagine you could try any fresh or dried fruit with success.

Karen's Pancakes
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup milk or soy milk
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 mashed banana
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup millet
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/8 cup flaxseeds
2/3 cup whole wheat or spelt flour (or a mixture of both)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
dried apricots or fresh berries

1. Mix all wet ingredients, from the oil through the banana.
2. Stir millet and oats into wet ingredients and let sit for 15-30 minutes.
3. Add remaining dry ingredients and dried fruit if using. Mix together gently. If using fresh berries fold in gently once most of flour is incorporated.
4. Using a scoop, drop batter into a pre-heated skillet over medium heat. These work best as small (1 1/2 – 2" diameter) pancakes, as they are slow cooking. Flip when browned on the bottom.


These are so delicious we ate them without syrup or butter, just on their own. And snacked on them cold a few hours later. Mmmmmm. Very happy that there are extras in the fridge for tomorrow's breakfast!



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