Oats are so tasty and good for you, I highly recommend adding them to your diet. If a bowl of oatmeal isn’t your thing, or you’re just looking for a new way to sneak in this hearty whole grain, try these pancakes!
2 griddles full of 3 inch pancakes, approximately 2 dozen
1 ½ cups rolled oats (not instant)
3 Tablespoons organic ground flax seeds (aka flax meal)
2 cups organic unsweetened soy milk
2 Tablespoons unrefined sugar
4 Tablespoons canola oil or melted coconut oil
1/2c oat flour or (1/2 cup gluten free flour mix + 1 teaspoon xanthan gum)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
a few grates of fresh nutmeg
Soak oats and flax meal w/sugar and soy milk in a large ceramic bowl while you are gathering the dry ingredients and making your coffee. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl then add to the soaked oat mixture and combine. Ladle pancake batter onto hot griddle and cook until bubbly on surface, then flip and cook until golden brown. For traditionalists, enjoy with maple syrup. If you’re up for something new, serve with seasonal fruit and yogurt. (Sauteed apples with a little cinnamon make a terrific combination in the fall!)
Kitchen Coach Tips
- For unrefined sugar, I prefer two brands: Rapadura and Alter Eco, both organic
- I enjoy making these pancakes with buttermilk and eggs as well. If these ingredients work for you, substite 2 cups buttermilk and two eggs for the soy milk, flax and baking powder in the original recipe.
- A special note for those of you concerned about gluten. There are differing opinions on whether or not oats contain gluten. They don’t inherently, but there are two factors to deal with. First, you’ve got the possible cross contamination effect in the fields, which I’m personally not too worried about. Second, you have possible cross contamination in the milling and processing, probably a more likely reason your oats have traces of gluten in them. (Millers may have just run wheat through the same machinery that later processes oats. Good news is that you can buy oats that are processed in wheat-free facilities.) Either way, its up to you to determine if you can eat oats or if you’re better off without them.