Sunday, April 25, 2010
Filling Tummies - Brown Rice and Almond Pancakes
One of the things that I love to make most in my thermomix are Brown Rice and Almond Pancakes. We have them at least once a week and really love them. They are so easy to make in the thermomix because of it's extremely powerful motor (up to 10,200rpm - serious grunt!!!), but can also be made in a powerful blender with increased grinding times. Our boys love the fluffy texture of these pancakes and I love the way they keep our tummy's feeling full for hours. I think what I love most about these pancakes though is the ingredients. Check out the ingredient list below (in comparison to a popular ready-made pancake variety) and you will see just why I really love making these pancakes for my family.
Ingredients for Brown Rice/Almond Pancakes:
Organic raw brown rice, organic raw almonds, chemical free chia seeds, water, organic apple cider vinegar, organic cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, homemade vanilla extract, free-range egg, unrefined mineral-rich sea salt, homemade baking powder and a little baking soda.
Ingredients for a Popular Ready Made Pancake:
Water, flour,whey powder, yellow corn flour, soybean oil, eggs, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, leavening (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate), dextrose, egg whites, glycerol-oleate, emulsifier blend (distilled monoglycerides, distilled propylene glycol monoester, sodium stearoyl lactylate), soy lecithin, salt, artificial flavor, xanthan gum, beta carotene (color), TBHQ (preservative).
There's some mighty scary stuff in that bottom one and the popular shaker mixes aren't much better (some are even worse)!!!
Anyhoot, I had better hop off my soapbox and provide you with the recipe for these yummy pancakes. We basically just use Quirky Jo's Brown Rice Pancake recipe and tweak it a little to suit our smaller family. Quirky Jo recently came up with the idea of adding almonds and water to dairy-free blender batter mixes (instead of having to make the almond milk beforehand), so I have included this step in this recipe also. Thanks Jo!
Brown Rice and Almond Pancakes:
300g raw organic brown rice
2 tbsp chia gel
1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp organic extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp homemade vanilla extract
1 free-range egg
2 tsp homemade baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp unrefined sea salt
Place the first 7 ingredients in your TMX bowl and grind for 2 minutes on speed 9.
Scrape down sides and leave overnight to soak at cool room temperature (find out about the benefits of soaking whole grains here).
The next morning add the egg and blend for 2 minutes at speed 10.
Add the baking powder, soda and salt and blend for 5 seconds on speed 5.
Cook the pancakes in a medium/hot buttered frypan and serve immediately with raw honey, homemade rapadura sweetened jam, organic pure maple syrup or rapadura and lemon juice.