March 4th, 2014
You don’t have to settle for your standard buttermilk pancake. It’s easy to make pancakes that fit any occasion, diet or even time of day. The trick is just getting the right mix. We’re here to help today, International Pancake Day!
For any pancake, start with your standard base (either store-bought or homemade). If you’re using a gluten-free mix, we recommend sticking with our Hemp Non-Dairy Beverages for the liquid. It keeps the gluten-free mix light and fluffy. If you’re not using a gluten-free pancake mix, we recommend our 7 Grain, Oat or Hemp Non-Dairy Beverages to keep your pancakes light and fluffy. Heat your pan with a little coconut oil.
For a homemade mix: start with 1 cup flour (whole wheat, gluten free, all-purpose), 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon of salt. Whisk and then add 1 egg and 1-1 ½ cups of your Non-Dairy Beverage of choice.
Chocolate and More Chocolate
Start with your basic pancake base. Choose our Chocolate Hemp Non-Dairy Beverage for the liquid, and add chocolate chips. Top with jam, fresh fruit or syrup. Or, crumble graham crackers and add mini-marshmallows for a chocolaty s’more-style pancake. A decadent and interesting dessert, sure to please the kids!
Make your basic pancake batter and add cornmeal and/or corn kernels. Serve with salsa, guacamole, refried beans, or just honey. The more savory your toppings, the better suited for brunch. Caution: these will be a little less fluffy than your standard cake.
If you’re looking for an artistic challenge in your pancakes, use a squeeze bottle, pastry bag or plastic zip bag to control your pancake designing. Make lace pancakes, letters, or tailor your theme to the season (for example, making a snowman in the winter or numbers for a birthday). Just be sure to decrease your cooking time, and be very careful when flipping.
If you’re not looking to indulge in your pancake breakfast, add sliced bananas to the mix and top with your favorite nut butter. Add more fresh fruit, like apple slices, but no syrup. Be sure to use whole wheat flour in your base. Try mixing up your base with adding protein powder, hemp seeds or quick-cooking oats for an extra nutritional kick.
If you or someone you’re cooking for has a dietary restriction, making breakfast can be tricky. Or, maybe you have all the ingredients except one and you’re afraid your pancake breakfast plans might be foiled. Here are a few easy tricks to keep your breakfast on track:
How do you make your pancakes a little more exciting?