Madeleine's Teff Pancakes
- Mix 2T chia seed with 6 TBS water and 1-2 tsp vanilla extract, set aside. Stir to break up clumps.
- Mix 1 cup teff flour with 2 TBS ground flax. Remove and set aside about 1/4 cup.
- Mix 1 tsp baking powder to the 1/4 cup teff/flax, set aside until the very end.
- Add 1 tsp lo han or sugar to the 3/4 cup teff/flax, mix in. Add 3/4 cup + 1 TBS water, and 1/4 cup canned coconut milk, stir well, let it sit a few minutes. Add the chia and the teff/baking powder, and stir well, scraping the bottom of the bowl. This will be much thicker than pancake batter, hence the name pan cakes.
- Heat a cast iron frying pan on high until drops of water sizzle. Turn down to medium.
- Spoon batter into the frying pan, spreading the batter slightly, to make 3" rounds. Flip over when the cakes firm up a bit and don't stick. You might need to turn the heat down after the first batch.
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I made 14 cakes. The whole recipe has 26 grams of protein and 29 grams of fiber.
The tricks are: liquid sweeteners might stick, so don't sub with liquid, or cook in oil. A thick batter turns easily and doesn't tear apart. Adding baking powder in flour at the end should increase the rising power. Hot cast iron means I can cook without oil.
Well, I thought these were just delicious! Tweakable in a hundred directions. I have never cooked with teff flour before, and had to buy a bag to try them out. No need even to measure things closely, if it's too runny add more teff flour, too stiff, add more water. Now I need to make some other teff flour stuff.
They look exactly like hamburger patties while cooking in the pan, and on your plate. Teff is really a good meat substitute. These little teff pan cakes can be eaten plain, or with toppings of your choice.
I love eating crackers, but can't stand Saltines. Ritz, etc... If you want a good pre-made cracker, try Mary's Gone Crackers. Many types, I prefer the original, ingredients being:
Organic whole grain brown rice, organic quinoa, organic flax seeds, organic brown sesame seeds, organic soy, vinegar, and sea salt.
Another option: Homemade plantain chips!
Farro and Kamut
When I was at the store, I also found some whole grain farro and kamut, ancient varieties of wheat. I'll be cooking these later today and writing about them for my next blog post!
Let us know if you try the pan cakes!