Thursday, January 8, 2015

Gingerbread Pancakes

Gingerbread Pancakes
What do you get when you combine the recipes for Gingerbread Muffins and Buttermilk Pancakes? Gingerbread Pancakes!!  And the perfect Christmas (or any) morning breakfast.  The best part of this recipe is that the batter can be made the night before and then all you have to do in the morning is (get your husband) to cook the pancakes!  And you honestly don't even need syrup or anything else on them.  They are high in fiber and whole grains and all of the spices make them especially good for you, and tasty!!  You can easily make them vegan by using the soaked chia seeds instead of eggs, oil instead of butter and soy milk and vinegar instead of buttermilk.  Either way, they are super simple, and absolutely unforgettable. I am so glad I took the time to figure out this recipe and that they turned out so perfectly on the first try.  Considering this was the first Christmas morning my family and I didn't travel to visit any extended relatives, it was important to me to have a memorable morning meal for my family of four. And the left overs are great heated up in the toaster as well!!  

Gingerbread Pancakes

2 C. organic whole wheat pastry flour
2 T. ground flax seed
ready to mix together
2 T. wheat germ
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. soaked chia seeds (or 3 organic eggs)
1/2 C. organic brown sugar
1/3 C. molasses
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 C. organic butter, melted (or organic canola oil)
2 C. organic buttermilk (or (soy) milk & 2 T. vinegar)

In a medium sized bowl, sift together the flour, flax seed, wheat germ, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, nutmeg, cloves and salt.  Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs (or chia), brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla.  Stir in the dry ingredients and then blend in the melted butter (or oil) and buttermilk until the batter is thin, but not runny. Cook on a lightly oiled griddle, turning pancakes when surface bubbles begin to break.  Serve immediately.

* batter can be made the night before and then kept in the fridge until ready to cook.

batter ready for the fridge the night before

pancakes cooked by my husband on Christmas morning!

my breakfast!

close up view

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