When our boys were young, pancakes were a breakfast regular.
And not just on weekends.
My husband would get up early in the morning on work days and cook up a batch of pancakes before the boys headed off to school. He would fill the batter with oatmeal and plump apricot and smother the cakes in peanut butter. The boys loved them and it was a great way to motivate them in the morning, get them involved in the cooking process and fill their bellies with some wholesome ingredients that combined quality carbohydrates, vital protein and natural fats. Over time, other ingredients found their way into the batter like ground flax seed, nuts and yogurt. A whole generation of nut butters also unfolded around this time so we got to experiment with some of our favorites — almond, hazelnut, and pumpkin seed — elevating the sometimes under-nutritious pancake to a whole new level.
The fun part about pancakes is that virtually anything goes. You can adapt them to suit your dietary needs and preferences and leave out the grains altogether if you prefer. This is easily accomplished by using a base of ground nuts, seeds, drupes and/or legumes instead. Many of these ingredients come in their own flours (coconut flour, almond flour, chickpea flour, for example) and are available at health food stores but you can also grind your own nuts/seeds.
Here is a version that I made from a combination of almond, chia and flaxseed: Grain Free Lemon Rosemary Pancakes
The pancakes I’m featuring today are made from a base of spelt and oatmeal with some delicious yogurt mixed in. Despite the pancakes’ protein and fibre rich base, they have a pleasingly light, springy and creamy texture. The sprinkle of coconut is especially yummy over the finished cakes with the raspberry and yogurt.
Although pancakes are not that common at this stage in our home, the boys were more than just a little excited to find these cakes waiting for them when they got back from school the other day. They popped them in the toaster and smothered them with almond butter! Great snack.
Be sure to read the Nutrition and Cooking Notes for options and best results.