Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes

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Happy Sunday!

Most Canadians will agree that a good homemade pancake is the measure of a confident cook. This week, I bring to you a vegan version!

*Makes 3-4 large pancakes or 6-8 little ones IMG_3368

You will need:

  • 1 cup gluten free flour (buckwheat or your own flour mix)
  • 1 tbsp organic cane sugar
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt ** be careful with this one!
  • 1 cup soy milk or almond milk
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil (I use coconut oil) + extra for the pan

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  1. Preheat your pan on medium heat.
  2. Gather your ingredients and mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Add the soy milk and coconut oil the bowl and mix together well. Mix until all the lumps are gone. If you’re feeling lazy you could pop this in the blender.
  4. Now add a little oil to the pan and pour some of the batter in.
  5. Unlike other batters, this won’t release a lot of bubbles, so you will need to watch for the edges to turn golden. When they do, flip them over.
  6. Repeat until all the batter is gone. Serve with fresh fruit and maple syrup or honey. Enjoy!IMG_3371
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Super Easy GF Buckwheat Pancakes

downloadI found this recipe on a Celiac website and gave it a try over the weekend. With a few modifications, I made it work for me.

You will need:

  • 1 cup buckwheat flour (I use Arrowhead Mills)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 & 1/3 cup almond or soy milk
  • butter / margarine (I use rice bran oil) for the frying pan

Combine all of the ingredients, except the butter/ margarine/ cooking oil. When I first tried the recipe, the pancakes were super thick and difficult to whisk, so I added the additional 1/3 cup of almond milk.pancake-1

Head a thick-bottomed frying pan on medium heat, until a little drop of water sizzles. Then put in your oil – just a little – you don’t want to deep fry your pancakes!

Pour the batter into the pan, just enough so that there is 2-3 cms space between the pancake and the edge of the pan. A griddle also works well, but alas, no one has bought me one yet! If you prefer to make baby pancakes, that’s ok too.

The secret to a great pancake is to watch for the air bubbles that break through the batter. When there is quite a few, that’s when you know to flip.

Enjoy!

 

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My Go-To Flour Mix

Hello Readers, I’m so sorry for my hiatus. I’m not sure what happened, what with travel, work and the protests; I have neglected the blog. So let me update you on something new.

What flour do you use to make pancakes, crepes, tortillas and/or naan?

I have taken the Bob’s Red Mill GF Pancake Mix and made some additions – I’ve added equal parts buckwheat flour and GF Oat Flour (which I ground myself using my food processor).

When I first made the pancakes, they tasted awful. Perhaps it was the chickpea flour, I’m not sure. Then I experimented with buckwheat flour and realized it had quite a nice taste, but lacked puffiness. My friend suggested oats to help bulk up the protein factor, which makes this a great breakfast staple.

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This flour works well for several recipes:

  • pancakes (add less liquid – soy milk, milk or water to keep them thick and fluffy, plus some vanilla essence and cinnamon)
  • crepes (sweet and savoury)
  • tortilla wrappers (I add a little white rice flour too)
  • naan bread (I add salt and fake eggs to get it fluffy, sometimes chopped cilantro, garlic and onion)

It’s much cheaper than buying all the prepackaged flour mixes and nutritious – more protein and fibre! I find, as well, that I’m fuller for longer because of the oats. Happy experimenting!

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Hain-Celestial Group Products

Are you gluten free?

Are you gluten free?

Recently I had a conundrum.

This soup is available in my local Villa, but due to the Thai ingredients sticker I could not surmise if this product is in fact, gluten free. I contacted Health Valley Organic just to be sure, and received this reply:

Consumer health and safety is our number one concern. We do not have lists of products that are specifically considered to be gluten free. Reading the label is the best way to check for the presence of ingredients which contain gluten. If gluten is a major ingredient, it will be specified in the ingredient list. For consumers concerned about the presence of trace amounts of gluten, we suggest avoiding products that include natural flavors or spices

Hain Celestial Group products that make a gluten-free claim will carry the triangular Gluten-Free symbol, be labeled gluten-free, or specify Gluten Free certification by GFCO. To learn more about the wide variety of gluten free foods we offer please visit www.glutenfreechoices.com. We hope you find the information, recipes and articles to be a useful resource.

How interesting! That rules out all of their soups then! The website provided gives an idea about their other products:

GFAnd I must add that I am not so impressed anymore. In a previous post, I commented that the De Boles pasta was awful and I’m not a fan of the Arrowhead Mills pre-made mixes (pizza, pancake and bread).

However, I am a fan of their Organic flour mixes – Buckwheat and both White & Brown Rice. Plus, the Terra mixed vegetable chips are a nicer and more nutritious snack than Lays potato chips!