Spiced Quinoa Pancakes

Pancakes is the first thing I ever made with quinoa flour! After testing different recipes, I have developed my own, perfectly flavorful and fluffy quinoa pancakes. The spice makes them perfect for the holiday season, but is optional, of course. I plan to make these Christmas morning!

Quinoa is extremely nutritional (and 100% gluten-free), so the idea that pancakes can be made with those same nutrients plus being low-carb is almost too good to be true! However,I actually like these pancakes much better than their wheat flour counterpart. I go 100% quinoa flour, because love the nutty, whole grain flavor and less mushy texture quinoa adds to the finished product.

You can substitute 25%-75% flour if you don't like the texture. If you like fluffier pancakes, whip the eggs well. The more you whip, the fluffier they get! Make sure to mix up all of your ingredients before adding your flour. Quinoa flour is very easy to over mix.

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Speaking of quinoa flour, it can be a little pricey... So, bonus points if you make your own!

Yield - 1 dozen 3-4 inch pancakes

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/4 c whole milk
  • 3 tbsp veggie oil
  • 2 tsp baking powder (aluminum-free preferred)
  • 1 1/5 - 1 3/4 c quinoa flour, sifted
  • If making your own quinoa flour, you will need 2 cups of fresh quinoa. Follow the link for instructions on making your own quinoa flour.

Instructions:

Crack eggs in a mixing bowl and whip well if you like fluffy pancakes.

Add all other ingredients excluding baking powder and flour. Mix well.

Sift flour into bowl and mix as little as possible, because it is easy to over mix quinoa flour.

Use cooking spray to coat a non-stick skillet and set on medium to medium-high heat.

Pour about 3/4 cup scoops onto your skillet and wait for bubbles to appear over the surface of each pancake before flipping, which will be a couple of minuets. 

Note: it is best to start with one pancake to make sure your heat is high enough to cook the pancake but still low enough to cook it through before it burns. It is better to ruin one pancake than ruin several!

Cook for a couple of minutes on this side as well, being sure not to burn the pancake. poke the middle of the pancake with a finger or your spatula to check and see if it is cooked. The pancake should spring back quickly and not leave an indention. 

It is easy for these pancakes to look burnt, but they shouldn't taste that way if you make sure not to cook them at too high of a temperature. 

Serve piping hot on warmed plates with butter, syrup, honey, or fruit and whipped cream! Enjoy. 

Here is a pin-able photo for Pinterest:

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