Monday, November 18, 2013

Wheat free, dairy free pancakes

I just made pancakes for dinner. They were delicious! I really liked the texture, they're not really fluffy, but they're really light, almost like a meringue. They aren't very big, but they are very filling and you don't get the spike-crash blood sugar like you do with regular pancakes since they aren't chock full of sugar and carbs. These would be excellent for someone on a gluten free diet, a diabetic, an elimination diet or someone who's just trying to cut calories.

I got the recipe off of Pinterest, and modified it a little. Original Source
You'll need:
2 large, ripe bananas
5 eggs
1/2 cup rolled oats, uncooked (this is the part I added, it changes the texture a little but it's optional)
Total calories: 520 for the whole batch, 110 per serving

 Plop everything in the blender until it's smooth and fry on a griddle with lots of coconut oil. I used my cast iron on medium low heat, it took about 3-4 minutes on each side to get them perfectly golden brown. They are super delicious with real maple syrup. And now, lets cost compare!

2 large bananas (from Costco, $1.39/8): $0.38
5 eggs (organic, free range from Walmart, $2.29/doz): $0.95
1/2 cup rolled oats (from my stash in the pantry): $0.01 (I had to do some guessing and rounding since I buy oatmeal in bulk)
Coconut oil (organic from, $15 for 1/2 gallon): $0.10

Total for the whole batch: $1.44, or 4 servings at $0.36 each. It'll be a little more once you add the syrup but since it's the real stuff I use only a tablespoon per cake, so it's only about $0.15 per 4 pancakes.

Lets compare to Bisquick:

Say we bought the 6 pound bag for $6.88. There are 68 (40) ounce servings in the bag. That makes the cost of the mix $0.10 per serving. Add a cup of milk ($0.21 at $3.39/gallon) and two eggs ($0.38 at $2.29/dozen) and you're paying $0.69 per serving, or about double.

So, if you are on any kind of restrictive diet and don't eat 20 pancakes in one sitting, these are very filling and surprisingly affordable.

Update: I did make several batches to have some for later, but they didn't store very well. I ended up with a big mass of smushed pancakes so they were harder to reheat and much less beautiful coming out than going in. I would recommend freezing them individually on a baking sheet then putting them together in a container once frozen.

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