Apple Oat Pancakes
wheat-free, gluten-free option, soy-free
Recipe from Vive le Vegan!
Photo credit: Yesica Arredondo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/digiyesica/277120166/
Ground oats are a wonderful alternative to flours in many recipes. They work beautifully here with the apples and spices for delightful, wholesome pancakes!
1 cup ground oats (see note; use certified gluten-free for that option)
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1⁄4 – 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1⁄8 – 1⁄4 tsp ground cardamom
1⁄8 tsp sea salt
1 cup vanilla non-dairy milk
2 tsp neutral flavored oil (ex: organic almond, avocado, or organic canola oil)
1 small apple, or 1/2 large apple, peeled and cored, cut into quarter and then thinly sliced (see note)
In a large bowl, add the ground oats and sift in the baking powder. Add the cinnamon, ground cardamom, and salt, and stir through to combine well. In a small bowl, combine the nondairy milk and canola oil and stir in the sliced apple. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir through. The mixture will be rather loose at first, so let it sit for a few minutes to thicken. Heat a lightly oiled skillet over medium-high heat for a few minutes until hot, then reduce heat to low and let it rest for another couple of minutes. Using a ladle, scoop the batter into the skillet to form pancakes. Let cook for a few minutes, until small bubbles start to form on the outer edge of the pancakes and then the center. Check the bottom to see if it is golden brown, then flip to cook the other side, for a couple of minutes. As you work through the batter, it will thicken further. If desired, add a touch more milk about halfway through the batter to thin it out slightly, or spread out the batter more when ladling onto the skillet. Serve with pure maple syrup, Blueberry Maple Syrup (p. 20, Vive le Vegan!), or a fruit sauce. Makes 6-8 medium pancakes.
Oats Note: Ground oats can be made from rolled oats. Use your food processor and process the quick oats for a minute or so. The consistency should be similar to a coarse flour. You can also use oat flour if you have that on hand.
Apple Note: Pear is a fine substitution for the apple in this recipe. However, ripe pears are moister, and you may need to add another 1-2 tablespoons of ground oats to thicken the batter.