Pancakes area family favourite but are often made with ingredients that contain very little nutrition. We have given an old staple a nourishing makeover with this recipe for pumpkin pancakes. Using pumpkin gives the pancakes a lovely moist texture and is also a good source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant.
Quinoa flour is a better alternative to regular flour, as quinoa contains all the essential amino acids crucial to the synthesis of proteins and liver detoxification. It also makes this recipe suitable for those with coeliac disease or those who avoid gluten.
|1¾ cups||Rice milk, or almond milk|
|¼ cup||Maple sugar|
|2 large||Organic eggs|
|1½ cups||Quinoa flour|
|2 tsp||Baking powder|
|½ tsp||Ground cinnamon|
|½ tsp||Ground ginger|
|½ tsp||Flaky sea salt|
|2 Tbsp||Coconut oil|
- Remove the skin from the pumpkin and chop it roughly.Put it in a large saucepan with water to cover. Add the turmeric and cook until soft.
- Drain the pieces of pumpkin. Measure out enough for 1 cup. Mash the cup of pumpkin using an electric mixer.
- Add the rice or almond milk, maple syrup and eggs. Beat tuntil it is smooth, using a medium speed on the mixer.
- Whisk together the quinoa flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt.
- Make a well in the centre and gradually pour in the pumpkin and milk mixture.
- Mix the ingredients by hand with a wooden spoon or with the mixer on low speed, just until everything is evenly blended.
- Grease a skillet or frying pan with a tablespoon of the coconut oil over medium heat. Pour ¼-cup portions of the batter into the skillet, 2 at a time. Flip them over when bubbles begin to rise to the surface of the pancake and the underside is golden brown.
- Cook for 20 to 30 seconds on the second side, or until the centre springs back when pressed. Continue in this manner until all the batter has been used.
- Serve a stack of pancakes for each person. Put a portion of the pecans in the centre of the top pancake and spoon some of the maple syrup over them.
- Serve with a dollop of coconut yoghurt (recipe in Dr Libby’s Real Food Chef (see page 3)