Hey everyone, happy new year 2014!!!
Super looong time no posting here, been busy, been for a week in Toronto ice storm blackout, etc etc, so voila now finally back to posting 🙂
Not sure how about everyone else, but for me personally time seems to run way too crazy fast and, compared to previous years when I was happy to celebrate new years, this time I had some sort of protest in me, saying ‘no, it can’t be new years yet, too fast!’. But anyways, despite of any internal protests in me, still love these holidays, especially 1st of January, when house is super clean and full of delicious food left over from last night, everywhere are candles and decorations, presents to unpack… this is probably one day that I feel I can totally relax, think about nothing absolutely and read my favourite book all day and do whatever else I feel like, no pressure and pure enjoyment.
Now about the recipe – I’ve been wanting to make vegan pancakes for a long time now, but because I don’t use teflon non-stick frying pans and I just somehow don’t feel like frying desserts, I decided to make them baked. However whatever pancake mix I was making would stick to the baking tray completely, despite of all oil spraying, I modified the recipe making something in between pancakes, russian oladyi and cookies. So not sure if I can actually call these guys ‘pancakes’, but they are delicious, are a dessert, and work quite well with maple syrup and some fruits. So here goes:
- 1 cup flour (I used whole wheat, and want to try buckwheat next time)
- 1 tsp baking powder (or 1/2 tsp baking soda mixed with 1 tbsp vinegar if you don’t have baking powder)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground vanilla
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large apple shredded in food processor
- 1 cup pecans, coarsely ground in food processor
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder (optional)
- 3 tbsp raisins (optional)
Mix all dry ingredients, then add water – enough to create consistence similar to pancake mix. Preheat the oven to 190 Celcius, spray baking tray with olive oil. Using a tablespoon transfer the mix to the tray forming small pancakes. Cook for about 12 min. Serve with some fruits & maple syrup and enjoy!
I have to say these pancakes work out pretty chewy, rather than soft and fluffy like original pancakes, and if you overcook, then they might even become into something like cookies. Possibly using baking powder and frying would help make them softer, but I like this healthier option better.