Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spelt Pancake Recipe

Here's the recipe as promised, a little late but....

Spelt Pancakes
·                       1 egg
·                       1 cup buttermilk
·                       1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or maple syrup
·                       1 cup spelt flour
·                       1 teaspoon baking powder
·                       1/2 teaspoon baking soda
·                       1/2 teaspoon salt
·                       1/2 cup Honey

1.  Using a fork or small whisk, beat egg in a mixing bowl until uniform in color.
2.    Add buttermilk and vanilla and mix well.
3.     Dump spelt flour on top of the wet ingredients, then add baking powder, baking soda and salt on top of the flour so that they stay dry until you mix them in.
4.    Mix dry ingredients into wet just until combined. If mixture seems thick, lighten with a few tablespoons water until it's the right consistency.
5.  Add honey and stir until just mixed.
6.  Bake 4-inch cakes on a lightly oiled griddle at 375-400°.
7.  Bake until golden brown on both sides. Hold in a warm oven until all are done.

Here's a great article I  found on replacing flour! I know you're going to want to know how healthy the spelt is.

Could I have used a healthier grain? Absolutely!! This is a step away from the standard all-purpose flour most people use. It gets my kids used to using something else and experimenting with recipes. Is this the end goal for our health journey? No. Goals are reached by daily steps, not by one giant jump (usually anyway). I want my kids to love eating healthy. I want it to be a part of their daily lives so much so that they don't even think about it not being normal. I want them to love the foods they're cooking/creating! Our first step to eating healthier flour-containing foods was to make things ourselves instead of buying them. For example, go look at the ingredients in your bread. Now, look at a recipe for bread. See the difference in ingredients? Bread making is super easy with a bread machine for those that don't have time to bake. Seriously, there are some cool kitchen gadgets out there to make life simple and the bread machine is one of them! Before you say you can't do it, just go look at what's available.  I just use a KitchenAid mixer and knead it by hand but that's because I like doing it that way. Baby steps...
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