INGREDIENTS – makes 4 small pancakes
1 large egg, preferably omega-3 cage-free, organic
*1C oatmeal or use gluten-free oats, ground into “flour” in the food processor or see below
1C milk, preferably unsweetened coconut or almond milk from a carton, should be 50 cals/cup or less
1T sugar, preferably coconut sugar or palm sugar
2T vegetable oil, preferably coconut oil, unrefined and virgin
1t baking powder, preferably aluminum-free like Bob Red Mill’s brand
1/4t sea salt or Himalayan salt
Vegetable oil, preferably expeller pressed high oleic Safflower oil or unrefined Avocado oil for high heat cooking
DIRECTIONS: In a food processor or blender, grind oatmeal into a “flour” and set aside. Beat egg in medium bowl until fluffy. Add all ingredients to bowl and mix until just smooth, do not over mix. Heat griddle or skillet over medium heat. Add a little oil to griddle or skillet. Pour one-fourth of the batter into the pan and cook until puffed and dry around the edges or until bubbles on top pop open. Flip and cook on other side until golden brown.
For blueberry pancakes, mix 1/3C fresh or frozen berries into the batter before cooking. Try other fruits, too. You can also replace the milk with 1 1/4C buttermilk for buttermilk pancakes.
HEALTHY HINTS & TIPS: To add more protein to the pancakes use 1/4C coconut flour plus 3/4C oat “flour”. Instead of using butter, try coconut oil or a coconut butter like Artisan brand – both taste better than butter! Instead of using store-bought syrup loaded with high-fructose corn syrup, use real maple syrup or make your own syrup – recipe follows.
FRESH BERRY SYRUP
INGREDIENTS - makes enough for 4 pancakes
*1C Fresh or frozen berries, any or a mix of berries + extra fresh berries for garnish
1/4C filtered water
2T sugar, preferably coconut sugar or Lucuma Powder
Squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice
1/4t cinnamon – optional
1t cornstarch or other thickening agent: guar gum, agar, xanthan gum
1t pure vanilla extract
DIRECTIONS: In a food processor or blender, puree berries, water, squeeze of lemon or lime juice, and thickening agent. Add the mixture to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the berries are very soft and juicy, no longer than 5 minutes.
*HEALTHY HINTS & TIPS: Strawberries & blueberries are on Dirty Dozen list of most heavily sprayed produce, please use organic.