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Fig Banana Corny Oatcakes

Fig Banana Corny Oatcakes

FIG BANANA CORNY OATCAKES

Since I give my baby, Todd, a pancake with his green smoothie each morning, I’m experimenting with different pancake recipes these days.  My goal is no added sugar and using different kinds of grains for the flour.

Todd loves sucking on dried black mission figs, however, all but the largest ones in the package do present an obvious choking risk.  So– in this recipe, my goal was to add some of that yummy and healthy fig to some pancakes in the form of a blended puree.

I cook my pancakes in a large skillet.  The sloped sides make flipping them a challenge.  I do need a proper pancake griddle, or a new electric frypan!  (Any recommendations?)  But, I digress…

These naturally sweet pancakes are thick, moist and fluffy.  I like the texture with the added cornmeal.  Try making muffins out of the batter, too!  If you prefer a thinner pancake, simply increase the non-dairy milk.

Bananas & Soaked Black Mission Figs

Bananas & Soaked Black Mission Figs

INGREDIENTS:

10 dried organic black mission figs
1/2 C water

2 ripe bananas
2 T olive oil
1 C non-dairy milk (*add 1/4 C more if you prefer a thinner pancake)

1 C All-purpose flour
1/2 C oat flour
1/2 C organic fine cornmeal
1 T baking powder
1 t cinnamon
1/4 t salt

Oil for frying (I use coconut)

Pureed banana fig mixture

Pureed banana fig mixture

ASSEMBLY:

  1. Soak the figs in the water overnight or for several hours (use warm/hot water if you want to shorten the soaking time).
  2. Blend the figs plus the soaking water, bananas, olive oil and non-dairy milk until smooth.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  4. Stir the fruit puree into the dry ingredients but don’t over mix.
  5. Put some oil in a large sauté pan (i.e. pan with straight sides) and heat on medium to medium-high heat.  (When I used to have a electric frypan, I set the temperature for 400 degrees for pancakes.)
  6. Drop spoonfuls of batter in the heated oil.  Flip when edges start to set and bubbles appear on top.
  7. To make mini muffins, bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes.  (Or bake full-size muffins for 23 minutes).

Makes…a whole plateful!

Enjoy!

I’ve been making my own non-dairy milks in my Vitamix blender for as many years as I’ve been vegan (over five!).  Homemade milks save you $$ MONEY!  I’m frugal to the core.

Homemade milks also taste much better than the vast majority of packaged non-dairy milks.  Of course, I do like the taste of packaged unsweetened soy milk (containing just organic soybeans and filtered water), but I haven’t found a commercial nut milk that I like.  Sorry- but they taste icky and “chemically” to me.  And, I don’t want vegetable gums/oils and sweeteners in my milk.

Here’s the milk I currently make…

COCO-HAZELNUT RICE MILK

Coco-Hazelnut Rice Milk Ingredients

Coco-Hazelnut Rice Milk Ingredients

INGREDIENTS

Scant 1/2 C cooked short or med grain brown rice (*do NOT use long grain)
1/3 C raw hazelnuts (or any kind of raw nut that you like)
1/4 C unsweetened coconut shreds (coarse or fine shred)
4 C water
1 t vanilla extract

ASSEMBLY

1.  Cook a batch of brown rice ahead of time.  Freeze in 1/2 cup portions so you’ll have just what you need when you’re ready to make some milk.  Thaw the portion of rice while the nuts and coconut are soaking.

2.  Soak the nuts and coconut in the water overnight or 4-8 hours, in the fridge.

3.  Blend the rice, nuts, coconut, water and vanilla in a high powered blender.

4.  I don’t strain out the sediment, but you can if you want to.  I just shake before pouring.  (After 5+ years of drinking homemade milks, the little bit of sediment just seems “normal” to me.)

5.  Store in the fridge in glass jars.  Use within about a week.  (After that period of time, it will turn into a sort of kefir.)

Coco-Hazelnut Rice Milk

Coco-Hazelnut Rice Milk

*To learn why you do NOT want to use long grain rice, read my previous blog post Milk A Plant.  That post also contains my similar recipe for date-sweetened Brazil Nut Rice Milk.

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