Fermented pancakes – vegan, no oil, no eggs, no dairy, no sugar
A healthier alternative to regular pancakes that are loaded with eggs, butter, sugar and dairy, this easy recipe calls for mixing flour and water and letting it sit covered for several hours or overnight before cooking. The flour ferments and lightens with the air bubbles and the pancakes are surprisingly light and delicious. This morning I used half white flour and half garbanzo flour because that was what I had in the pantry but I have made it with other flours with equal success. Keep the proportion of flour to water at 1:1. You can even make it gluten free if you wish by using garbanzo with chia, buckwheat or brown rice flour. Of course the texture will be different with whatever ingredients you use.
I make these pancakes sugar free but you can add a tablespoon of sugar, a little vanilla or a sprinkling of cinnamon if you wish. You can ver carefully add a handful of berries or shredded apple to the batter before cooking. Mixing the batter after it is fermented will lose some of the lightness but it is still good. Keeping in mind that this is a special treat and not a daily breakfast I still serve these with syrup but sometimes I make unsweetened fruit sauce or homemade fruit jam to serve along with the pancakes. I don’t pretend to eat sugar free all the time. That has never worked for me on an ongoing basis, but it’s good to cut down where possible.
Makes 10 pancakes.
1 cup white flour
1 cup garbanzo flour (chickpea flour)
2 cups water
Optional ingredients: 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, a sprinkling of cinnamon, berries, shredded apple
combine the flours and water in a bowl, mix well until combined.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit overnight at room temperature.
The next morning heat up a non-stick skillet and if you are unsure about it you can spray it with a little spray oil.
Using a large ice cream scoop, scoop out the batter and cook the pancakes on medium heat until golden, turning once.
Serve with maple syrup or fruit sauce