If you enjoy the taste of pancakes but prefer to skip the heavy carbohydrates, you’ll want to give these savoury delights a try.
Wheat free and gluten free, these pancakes are packed with health building nutrients. They also happen to taste great and are easy to pull together.
Grain Free Lemon Rosemary Pancakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp rosemary powder
1 Tbsp fresh rosemary sprigs plus some for topping
1/4 sea salt
Zest of one lemon
1/2 cup almond milk (or other)
You can grind both the flaxseed and almonds in a dedicated coffee grinder. The chia does not require grinding to be bioavailable.
Most baking powders are cornstarch based (gluten free), however some may be wheat based – be sure to read the list of ingredients if you wish to cook gluten free.
In a large mixing bowl, combine: flaxseed, almond, chia, baking powder, rosemary powder, rosemary sprigs and sea salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together: eggs, milk and lemon zest. Add wet ingredients to dry mixing until combined. Allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes and then drop by 1/4 cup full onto a skillet greased with olive oil. Allow pancakes to cook on one side before flipping to the other side.
Enjoy with a drizzle of fresh lemon juice and a dollop of plain yogurt as desired.
Spotlight on Flaxseed:
Here are some of the nutrient highlights of this oil-rich super seed:
Fibre. Ground flaxseed is an excellent source of soluble fibre – the kind attributable to lowering LDL levels (or “bad” cholesterol). The fibre component is also what makes flax highly effective at escorting waste products out of the body. Be sure to drink plenty of water as you increase dietary fibre to ease transit otherwise, ironically, it can have a constipating effect.
Lignans. Flaxseed contains lignans, plant compounds believed to protect against breast cancer. While the exact mechanism is unknown, a leading theory is that lignans exert a weak estrogen-like effect in the body tying up estrogen receptors from the more potent form of estrogen made in a woman’s body. Experts believe that the longer breast tissue is exposed to estrogen made in the body, the greater the chance for cells to become cancerous. Lignans in flax may also inhibit the action of enzymes that are involved in the body’s production of estrogen. Researchers have demonstrated that giving women as little as 1 or 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed a day can diminish circulating estrogen levels. Preliminary studies conducted on animals and men suggest that a flaxseed-enriched diet may also help prevent prostate cancer.
Plant-based Omega-3s. Flaxseed contains linolenic acid (ALA), a plant-based Omega-3 fatty acid that has been linked to heart health.