Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pumpkin Pancakes-Gluten free!

Pumpkin Oat Pancakes - Gluten Free!


These pancakes are perfect when you are having that pumpkin craving! I was a little unsure of how they are going to taste but they are UH-MAZ-ING! They are made from oat flour (instructions how to make oat flour below) which makes them gluten free! Note that these pancakes are to be cooked low and slow!

Ingredients

1 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 Tbsp melted butter (coconut oil can be used as a substitute)
1 Tbsp lemon juice (about one small lemon, juiced)
1 Tsp pure maple syrup (or raw honey)
1 Tsp vanilla extract
2 Eggs
1 Cup oat flour (Instructions to make oat flower are below)
1/2 Tsp baking soda
1/2 Tsp salt
1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon 
1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger
1/4 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
1/4 Tsp Ground Cloves or Allspice

Directions

For the oat flower measure one cup of old fashioned oats (not quick cooking) and chop in a food processor until fine and like the consistency of flour.  One cup oats yields about one cup flour.

In a large mixing bowl combine oat flower, baking soda, salt and spices and mix together. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl whisk together pumpkin puree, milk, melted butter, lemon juice, syrup and extract.  Mix in eggs thoroughly.

Create a small well in the bowl of dry ingredients and begin to pour in pumpkin mixture.  Mix until everything is combined evenly but DO NOT OVER MIX! Let mixture stand for 10 minutes!

Heat a skillet or nonstick pan.  I used a bigger griddle because these pancakes need to be cooked low and slow and I wanted to cook more at once.  Splash some water over the heated griddle and when the water sizzles it is time to get cooking!

I spooned about a 1/4 cup onto the griddle.  The batter is a little thicker than normal pancakes so I just spread the batter out a little bit with the back of the spoon.  Cook for about 3 minutes or until the batter puffs up a bit and the bottom is a nice golden brown.  Flip and flatten out and cook for another few minutes.  You want the inside to be cooked and fluffy but be careful not to burn the outside!

Stack them up and grab some pure maple syrup and enjoy!


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