I have been eating this so often! It is so incredibly easy to whip up and doesn’t take any time at all! Perfect for kids as well and one of the greatest allergy friendly snack ideas I’ve ever had.
You just need 2 ingredients: Rice cakes and jam.
Rice Cakes and Jam
I usually have 4 small sized rice cakes with 1 tablespoon of jam. It is DELICIOUS! Even my gluten eating friend has now fallen in love with rice cakes and cannot wait to try it with jam! Perfect alternative to crackers-and-cream or crackers-and-jam! I have these for breakfast sometimes as well. Needless to say, I’m never disappointed with it! Great to pack for kids’ school lunches as a little treat. If you can have dairy, slather on some cheese and butter and jam. If you eat meat, put some slices of turkey or chicken on it. Use it instead of bread! Make a sandwich using rice cakes! Did you know that McDonald’s offers burgers that replace the bread buns with rice cakes in Asia to cater to the market? Pretty interesting, huh? 🙂
These pancakes are AMAZING!
Usually, in the middle of the night, I get hungry and start brainstorming for new recipe ideas. I google for recipes late into the night and try to mix some up to create one suitable for me. This recipe was inspired by these recipes here and here, which resulted in the BEST gluten free pancakes I have ever tried! I have tried making pancakes with:
- Soaked quinoa seeds and banana. It wasn’t that great. Turned out to be rather dry.
- Sorghum + white rice flour. It was gummy and musty. Probably because I didn’t add any starch but this was my most preferred combination of flours for pancakes.
- Amaranth + white rice flour. It was gummy and musty. Again, probably because I didn’t add any starch.
- White rice flour + almond flour. Very nice and toasty but burned rather quickly, and ever since I found out heating up almonds isn’t really all that great for health, I’ve quit baking with almond flour.
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/2 cup white rice flour
- 1 flax egg. See directions below
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp oil (I use olive oil)
- Water or (dairy free) milk. See directions below
- Make your flax egg so it can set while you’re preparing the pancakes. 1 tbsp of ground flax seeds and 2-3 tbsp of water. Set aside for at least 15 minutes to gel. I usually keep mine in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
- Put the quinoa, white rice flour, baking soda, salt and sugar in a bowl and give it a stir.
- Add the lemon juice and oil and pour in a little milk/water, maybe a 1/4 cup to begin with. I have stopped going by recipe directions for liquids. Somehow I end up adding too much and my batter ends up very liquidy. It’s almost as if I have no control over the glass that I use for adding liquids. Weird. Anyway, a great tip I read once was to add only half the suggested amount of liquid and keep adding little by little until you reach the desired consistency. So add a quarter cup, and using a hand mixer, blend everything together. You can also do this using a regular blender. If it’s still too dry, add some more liquid.
- Once you reach the consistency of pancake batter (I usually add enough liquid until it is like cake batter – pourable but still thick), add your flax egg. Either blend it with the blender/hand mixer or mix it in with a spoon.
- With the flame on, using a non-stick skillet or a greased skillet, do the water droplets test to make sure the pan is hot enough. Sprinkle some drops of water on to the pan and if they dance around before evaporating, your pan is hot enough.
- Pour batter according to how big or small you want your pancakes. Mine always turn out to be miniscule. I don’t know why.
- It is time to flip the pancake when you see bubbles forming on the surface of the batter and popping, leaving behind pock marks or holes. The sides will also look slightly dried out. If you’re not sure, take a little peek before completely flipping it over.
- Flip the pancake and cook the other side. Again, if you’re unsure whether the other side is done, take a peek. It usually takes about 2-3 minutes though, but don’t take my word for it. Sometimes they cook faster, sometimes they take longer.
- Serve with either jam, maple syrup, chocolate syrup, honey, fruit… the possibilities are endless!
Also, the good thing about using quinoa for this is that it turns out nice and toasty! The pancakes can be cooked for a little longer and then the outside becomes a little crispy! While I was cooking them, I was getting a whiff of something buttery and nutty – it kind of smelled like I was toasting buttered bread! These were the best pancakes I’ve had so far. I had my brother test them, just like I’ve made him test all my disastrous cooking experiments before. He said these pancakes were better than the other flour combinations. Hurray! Bonus: PROTEIN PACKED PANCAKES! OH YEAH!