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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.
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)
- Soak the figs in the water overnight or for several hours (use warm/hot water if you want to shorten the soaking time).
- Blend the figs plus the soaking water, bananas, olive oil and non-dairy milk until smooth.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Stir the fruit puree into the dry ingredients but don’t over mix.
- 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.)
- Drop spoonfuls of batter in the heated oil. Flip when edges start to set and bubbles appear on top.
- To make mini muffins, bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes. (Or bake full-size muffins for 23 minutes).
Makes…a whole plateful!
My friend, Sharon, generously gave me a couple cups of ripe persimmon fruit over a year ago. Well, today I finally thawed them out and created this recipe. This version is gluten free (GF), but you could use any combo of wheat or other grain/nut flours.
The moisture content required a little longer baking time than usual (about 28 minutes instead of 23 minutes, in my oven). I’m really happy with the taste, because I had no idea what to expect!
1/3 C EACH – amaranth, coconut, brown rice & garbanzo bean flours
1/4 C oat flour/rolled oat combo (GF)
1/4 C ground walnut/pecan/hazelnut combo
1/4 C ground flax seed
1 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 t cinnamon
2 C very ripe persimmon fruit puree
1/4 C pure maple syrup
1/4 C coconut milk (full fat)
1 t vanilla extract
Raw sugar granules
Combine the dry and wet ingredients separately, then mix together. Spoon into 12 muffin liners. Sprinkle ~1/8 t raw sugar on top of each. Bake at 350 degrees for about 28 minutes.
**Vegan, dairy free, egg free.