Ode to the Pancake

by Claire on Jul 20, 2012

Oh, pancake!
spongey and golden goodness 
hot on a ceramic plate
butter and Grade-B maple vessel 
warm my gut

Dottie is drooling!
slobbery lips drip into saltillo tile
puddle forms
hot cake flips from spatula
cautiously she eats

Lo, there is a problem!
though I stuff my face at 7 am
I am famished at 9
sugar crash


(But, not for long. Meet the protein pancake!)

As a solution, I tweaked an already delicious family recipe given to me from my brother-in-law's (Leni's) family. I am happy to report that once again pancakes are my favorite food! And aside from all the butter and maple, these bad boys are pretty dang healthy. I can only imagine how it good it would be if someone were to top them with, say, plain yogurt and berries. That someone will never be me. But, if you can do it, good for you. 

Actual Protein Pancake:

And, soaking up the nectar of the gods:

(serves 4 if you like A LOT of pancakes like I do, or 8 if you are a dainty type of person)

Mix the following in a bowl:
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons of oil
  • 1/3 Cup of peanut butter
  • 1 Cup of plain yogurt
Top the above liquid mixture with the following, being careful to not mix them together. (This is a way my mom showed me to avoid sifting, which is a pain. Or you can mix it in a separate bowl, if you prefer.) After you have added all of the dry ingredients, stir them a bit before digging your mixing spoon deeper and combining everything. 
  • 1 Cup of 100% whole wheat flour
  • 1 Cup of garbanzo bean (chick pea) flour. I buy Bob's Red Mill brand from Sunflower Market. 
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • pinch of salt
Mix dry and wet ingredients together. It will form a thick, almost biscuit-like dough. Then, add water or milk until it reaches the consistency you prefer. I like mine rather thin, but I know some like them fluffy. 

Cook on a medium-hot griddle, flipping them when they start to bubble and look a little less shiny around the edges. 

(Note: I have also substituted half of the garbanzo bean flour for almond meal, which is also delicious. Or, you can substitute all of the garbanzo bean flour for cornmeal, to make you feel more like a pioneer.  The cornmeal option is less healthy and proteinerific, however.)

Let me know if you try them, and what you think! I thought they were good, but I think many of my tastes have strayed from the traditional...

One Response to "Ode to the Pancake"

  1. *Katie May* Says:

    Not gonna lie. i have never liked pancakes.... Waffels yes!!

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