Another really awesome side effect of being on a journey to become a Superfoodie is all the many cool ingredients I have been discovering over the past weeks and months. I especially love to wander around a Wholefoods store for example – it’s my Happy Place! Yeah, maybe I’m a weird girl as I don’t care so much for diamond rings. A basket of exotic Superfoods would make me actually much happier – good for my boyfriend’s bank account I guess! 😉
Anyways, so this other cool discovery I am talking about were Quinoa flakes. They are not that well known as the Quinoa grains, but they are made from the same grain, just cut. The great thing about them is that they cook much faster! Due to this fact, I made an experiment and tried to make pancakes with them. I based them off my Quinoa pancakes recipe, but with some tweaks. And I also made them vegan this time.
These pancakes contain following Superfoods:
Ingredients: (for about 8 small pancakes, 2 portions)
- 1 cup Quinoa flakes
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup almond milk
- 1 flax egg (= 3 tbsp water mixed with 1 tbsp ground flax seeds, let sit for about 5 minutes until thick)
- 1 banana
- 2 tbsp cacao nibs or shredded coconut (optional – I tried both of them on two different days; I found that the cacao nibs distracted a bit from the the beautiful harmony of banana and quinoa taste – but for chocolate chip lovers they might be a nice addition 😉 – the coconut flakes in my opinion were perfect!)
- 1 – 2 tbsp coconut oil to bake the pancakes
- Prepare the flax egg, let stand a bit while you mix the other ingredients
- Mix the dry ingredients: quinoa flakes, baking powder and salt
- In another bowl, mash the banana, add the vanilla extract, almond milk, the flax egg and if you use them, the cacao nibs
- Now add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mix carefully
- In a pan, heat the coconut oil, add the pancake mix, the pancakes should be about 1/2 inch (1 cm) high
- You need to bake these about 3 minutes on each side, you’ll see that the flakes will also start to “sprout” like when you cook quinoa grains
- Stack the pancakes on a plate and serve with some berry sauce – I made some fresh cranberry sauce (= heat fresh cranberries, little water and agave in a pan, cook until cranberries pop – you’ll actually hear them pop )
This is a super healthy and protein rich breakfast! The pancakes are not like your usual pancakes, although they turned out really fluffy and nice, their consistency is maybe closer to a patty due to the quinoa flakes. But they get a really nice, crispy crust…yum, so good!
Enjoy your Sunday!
These were the ones with coconut inside instead of cacao nibs. Also added a different berry sauce. Delicious! 😉
- Quinoa Flakes (adarcangeloblog.wordpress.com)