Our Pancake House: Vegan Pancakes, Gluten-free

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This is our best pancake recipe. You can use any gluten-free flour mix. Sometimes we make our own using a combination of flours that we grind in a Vitamix: Oats (1 cup), Millet (3/4 cups) and Garbanzo Bean (1/4 cup). Sorghum flour is our favorite for this recipe.

Ingredients
2 cups sorghum flour
1 tablespoon baking power
4 tablespoons ground flax seeds (Buy them whole, grind them and keep them in a glass jar in the freezer or refrigerator)
1 1/2 cups water
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons date paste, agave, maple syrup or other sweetener
1/2 cup Aquafaba (garbanzo bean water)
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
organic canola oil for oiling the griddle
REAL blueberry syrup

Directions:
1. Mix together flour and baking powder in a large bowl.
2. In a medium bowl add the vinegar, flax seeds and maple syrup/agave to the water.
4. In a stand mixer, whip the aquafaba and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. (We freeze our aquafaba in cubes so when we need it and defrost it, it is icy cold. It whips a lot faster when very cold.)
6. Pour the liquid mixture into the flour and mix well. Gently fold in the whipped aquafaba.
7. On a lightly greased, hot griddle, pour about 1/3 cup batter. After a minute or 2 small bubbles will appear and the edges and top surface will start to dry. Flip and cook for another minute. Repeat until all the batter is used. Re-grease the pan with a very small amount of oil if necessary before pouring the batter.
Serve immediately with REAL blueberry syrup or Date Paste and Bananas. Makes 8-10 pancakes.

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  2 comments for “Our Pancake House: Vegan Pancakes, Gluten-free

  1. Lisa quigley
    December 2, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    What is vegan butter? Because if you’re talking about earth balance, that’s not good for you…I am sorry to inform you, but it’s not good stuff! And if you’re about real….well that’s not good stuff.

    • Caryn Hartglass
      December 3, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for your comment. Are you talking about health or environment or both? From an environmental perspective, Earth Balance does contain palm oil and the Palm Oil industry is having a terrible impact on rain forest destruction. This is a big problem, but not as big as the rain forest destruction related to growing soybeans for animal feed for cattle, and for cattle grazing. We discussed this recently on my radio show with Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, the creators of the documentary Cowspiracy. Palm oil is used for so many things around the world, Earth Balance is a tiny, insignificant user and they are still working on getting the palm oil they use from sustainable sources.

      Some people choose to avoid palm oil entirely and make their own vegan butter, using recipes like these: http://www.veganbaking.net/recipes/fats/vegan-butters/vegan-butter, http://www.vegan.com/recipes/bryanna-clark-grogan/bryannas-vegan-butter/, http://luminousvegans.com/2013/11/12/homemade-vegan-butter-miyoko/. Others avoid oil entirely, and that’s entirely up to you. I don’t eat pancakes every day and I use very little oil in my food preparation. But when I do have a treat like these pancakes I may oil the pan with organic canola oil or Earth Balance buttery spread. I also believe this recipe is far healthier and gentler on the planet then it’s traditional alternative loaded with, white flour, buttermilk, butter and eggs.

      Regards,
      Caryn

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