Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Lavender Blueberry Pancakes. Gluten-free and Vegan.

All right, I have a pretty big confession to make.

I steal lavender.

By that I mean, when I head out on my daily walks, my hand might ever-so-slightly slip onto a neighbor's lavender plant and give a little tug. If some buds end up in my hand then I just figure it was fate and move along to the next yard.

D doesn't approve, but I have quite a few arguments that can justify the whole process. If you really want to hear them, I'd be glad to share, but right now they might just sound like excuses.

*Slightly random side note: I picked up a new book the other day called The Welcoming Kitchen. It's full of allergen-friendly (i.e. gluten-, dairy-, egg-, soy-free, and vegan) recipes. It's a really cute book (cute shape, classic fonts, and a great color scheme), although it's greatly lacking in pictures (in other words, there are none). The recipes look yummy, though, and if nothing else, they are inspiring to me when I'm in the kitchen. It's also inspiring to know that allergen-free cookbooks are becoming more and more prevalent.


The following recipe is not at all like the book's recipe for pancakes, but seeing the addition of cornmeal in The Welcoming Kitchen's ingredients list made me add it to my own recipe, so I feel that I should give a shout-out to the cookbook authors.


Lavender Blueberry Pancakes
Serves 2

Ingredients:
1/2 c. sorghum flour
1/2 c. garbanzo-fava bean flour
1/2 c. buckwheat flour (try to get the lightest kind you can - it will greatly improve the taste and texture)
1/4 c. polenta (any type of ground corn meal will do)
1/3 c. organic cane sugar or palm sugar
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
2 T. lavender buds, air-dried
1/3 c. applesauce
1 c. + 2 T. coconut milk
1/2 c. fresh blueberries
coconut oil for cooking

Prepare:
  1. Preheat the oven to the lowest setting. In a medium-sized bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, mixing them well, then add in the wet ingredients (except the blueberries). Stir them all together, but don't over-mix; a few clumps here and there is okay.
  2. Heat the coconut oil on medium heat. Pour about 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan for each pancake you want to make. Drop a spoonful of blueberries onto each pancake, then cook until each side is golden-brown, about 2-3 minutes. Add oil as needed in between batches. Keep pancakes warm on a plate in the heated oven until serving. 
  3. These are just perfect with blueberry syrup on top. 

 This post is linked to Wellness Weekends on Diet, Dessert and Dogs.

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