I was searching for a recipe for quinoa pancakes using cooked quinoa, no flour, no artificial ingredients that are gluten free and healthy. I found some good ones that were vegan but I wanted to make sure they tasted similar to traditional pancakes. I found a lot using quinoa powder, whole grain flour (I make a delicious whole grain pumpkin spice pancake or chocolate pancakes sometimes) but still, couldn’t find what I was looking for.
Time to play in the kitchen! Whoo hoo!!
This is what I came up with. SO delicious. They are fluffy and light like traditional pancakes. They have a nuttiness and taste hearty, like a great multi-grain pancake. They should pass the test from your pancake mix devotees! They are also super easy! Throw it all in the food processor…blend. You don’t have to worry about the batter getting tough like over working traditional pancake batter – there is no gluten, so there is no gluten to over work!
They have the goodness and added protein from quinoa – they are a winner!
Don’t go screwing up the healthiness of these by drowning them in junky fake syrup or margarine…please? Try natural nut butter, a dab of real organic butter, melted raw honey or pure maple syrup…the real thing.
Enjoy these this weekend….or as my family is requesting, as breakfast for dinner a couple of times a month!
Quinoa Pancakes by Mesa de Vida
Makes 10 pancakes
1 cup cooked quinoa (you can have this in the refrigerator on hand or make it for this. I make mine by placing 1/2 cup quinoa and 1 cup water in a microwaveable glass bowl. Microwave for 10 minutes at 80% power.)
1/2 cup gluten free oats (regular rolled oats)
1/2 cup gluten free flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill) – if you enjoy whole grain flour go ahead and substitute it for this – you will just need to mix the flour in at the end, folded in after the other ingredients are blended
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp kosher/sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 small banana, or 1/2 large banana, chopped
1 cup milk
1 tsp real vanilla extract
1 Tb healthy oil/fat of your choice (I use light olive oil)
Place everything in the blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Cook as you would regular pancakes on a lightly oiled or buttered skillet or griddle. You can add blueberries, chopped nuts, etc. as you wish before flipping. Enjoy!
Here they are with blueberries, my favorite – and for a seriously indulgent, healthy treat: a smother of natural peanut butter and a few dark chocolate chips baked in..mmmmm!
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