“Pancakes rule; waffles drool.” This is the slogan that gets sent back and forth over text message between my sis-and-law and I on a bi-monthly basis. The truth is: I choose waffles 100% over pancakes! And yet, I found myself on a quest to find a good pancake … A gluten-free, vegan pancake, no less. Whoa.
Besides the regular banter of encouragement over text message, it was a Smitten Kitchen post on Instagram that put me on the pancake train. It was this photo of Strawberry Cornmeal Griddle Cakes that caught my attention and that name had me salivating. I confessed to my sis-in-law that I just plain don’t like the process of cooking up pancakes and she enlightened me that, “Nobody does!” Well, with that confession out of the way, I made these Cornmeal Griddle Cakes and they were awesome. So good, that I claimed they would be put on regular breakfast rotation.
Fast forward a week or two and I find myself on a temporary diet that is not only dairy-free (I’m used to that!) but wheat-free and egg-free. Oh my. All the good things gone.
This is where I insert the emoji of the monkey covering his eyes and skip the boring details. Suffice it to say, this new diet hit me exactly five days before Shrove Tuesday and I was determined that there would still be pancakes for Shrove Tuesday.
It took three tries to find a decent gluten-free, vegan pancake. But find it, I did!
To be honest, I’m not even going to hunt down that first recipe I made on Shrove Tuesday. It wasn’t awful but it wasn’t very good either. I do recall saying, “Really, it’s all about a vehicle for the toppings.” We had good pancake toppings on Shrove Tuesday: almond butter and coconut whip cream and blueberries and maple syrup. That was the good part. The pancakes – unmemorable.
The next batch of pancakes were called for when my bff made a surprise trip to visit. She lives in Pittsburg now and we hadn’t seen each other in almost two years. She has been rocking an egg-free lifestyle for a while but confessed to not finding a good pancake yet. We made the Toasted Coconut Pancakes from Minimalist Baker. They were decent but I found them missing something … They didn’t seem quite sweet enough (I know, just add more syrup) or too coconut’y (really, can that be a legitimate problem) ….
Anyways, this led to the third pancake recipe – the winner. In scrolling through recipes on Green Kitchen, I realized they had several pancake options. Green Kitchen would be my second go-to blog; a trusted source. I made the Coconut and Quinoa Pancakes and loved them! They had depth of flavour and complexity and yet lightness. We enjoyed them with blueberry and apple compote. Plus, sausages on the side because goodness, it’s only dairy and eggs I’m avoiding, not meat.
There you have it. Two delicious pancake recipes worth trying. You’re welcome.
I will pass along all the thanks to my great sis-in-law for pushing the pancake train hard enough to get me to join.
Now, on to the pursuit of a GF, vegan waffle. Oh, boy.