Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Banana Flax Pancakes: NO gluten, cow's milk, egg, soy or nuts

I LOVE Pancakes and so does the rest of my family. I make them on the weekends, when we don't have the usual morning rush. Banana makes these tasty and really takes over the role that eggs usually play in traditional pancakes. The flax meal is so good for you.  Flax seed meal has high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids as well as protein, dietary fiber and lignans. Studies show that flax meal may help in the fight cancer, lower cholesterol, and improve digestive health
I came up with this recipe attempting to make more pancakes so I could freeze them to eat during the week. The funny thing is, they all end up gone no matter how many I make. I'm going to just have to make two batches and get the second out of sight and in the freezer before the little hands in my household can get to them.

Banana Flax Pancakes: NO gluten, cow's milk, egg, soy or nuts
Makes 16 pancakes (1/4 pour of batter).
1 banana (or 1 cup of a fruit or veggie puree.)
1 tbsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
2 1/2 cups Bob's Redmill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
(optional: Earth Balance for pan or for on pancakes.)
Measure and pour ingredients in order listed above, from wet to dry in your blender and blend until smooth. You may need to blend some as you go with a regular blender. I am using a Vitamix here.
Once it's blended, you can put the batter in the fridge to chill or just set it on the counter while you heat up your frying pan to medium heat.
Here is what the batter will look like.
I put a little Earth Balance, about a 1/2 tsp. in the bottom of your non-stick pan for the first pancake. Once it bubbles, you know the pan is hot enough to start cooking your pancakes.
Pour 1/4 cup of batter in the non-stick pan per pancake. Wait until you see bubbles form before you flip the pancake with a spatula. If bubbles don't form, your pan isn't hot enough.

This is what your pancakes should look like when you flip them over. Cook on the other side until cooked though. You will get a feel for the timing after your first pancake.

WARNING: The first pancake is usually your tester to see if your pan is hot enough or to hot.

Serve immediately or refrigerate even freeze to eat later. Top with your favorite pancake toppings, syrup, jam, chocolate. I like 100% maple syrup. I've been known to use the pancakes to make a sandwich with Sunbutter and honey to pack in our kids lunch boxes.