Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Chia Pancakes with Coconut Cream (Vegan Day 2)

Happy February! Where it's almost 60 degrees outside. Amazing.
So all of the recipes I'll be posting this month will be vegan.

This morning I started my day with some pancakes....chia style!
Chia seeds are extremely rich in omega 3-fatty acids (important for heart and cholesterol health, and even weight-loss).  They provide antioxidants, energy, and no added taste, making them extremely versatile in recipes.

Ingredients for Chia Pancakes: 1 1/4 c spelt flour, 1/2 c oat flour, 1/4 c chia seeds, 3 tsp baking powder, 2 cups almond milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 tbsp canola oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt, coconut oil (for frying pan).

Buying oat flour is a waste of money.
I made my own by blending a little more than 1/2 c of dry oats in the Magic Bullet.

Ground up oats = oat flour.

Ch-ch-ch-chia! Okay...I had to get it out.

Mix all of the dry ingredients very, very well.
It works better if you wear your favorite plaid pjs too.

Mix all of the wet ingredients.

Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, mix, and let sit for a few minutes before spooning onto pan.
Don't use a spoon, like I did, use a fork to mix. 

Add a little bit of coconut oil on a heated pan and then some pancake batter.

Now, while I was making pancakes, I multi-tasked with the coconut cream.

Left this can of unshaken coconut milk opened in the fridge overnight.

The "cream" will rise to the top.

Scoop out the solid cream part. Mmm.

Add an additional tsp of vanilla.
Mix really, really well.

This is how much cream I stopped out...about 1/3 of the can
Probably could have gotten more if it were out for 2 nights.

I was NOT ready to take these pictures.
As soon as I topped the pancakes with coconut cream, it started melting.

Coconut cream waterfall.

Lopsided. Kinda looks like cookies!

Made 9 pancakes.
One is missing, aka in my belly.

I topped my serving with some shredded coconut.

I forgot to show the inside of the pancake.
Luckily I had about two bites left before I remembered!

Verdict:
Nice and spongy.  Really, really filling (after 3 pancakes).  My mom put strawberry jelly on hers, and then took it on-the-go.  I still have 5 more pancakes left so it's good to know that I can top them with anything....chocolate syrup? peanut butter and jelly? banana cream? more coconut cream?

I was really craving blueberries in these though, this morning.  Get in season already, blueberries!


Adapted from Dreena's Vegan Recipes.

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