Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Easy Vegan Pancakes
I watched Forks Over Knives this week, and it seriously has me considering going vegan. Over the past year, I've changed a lot about what my family eats. We eat little to no meat, as many organic products as I can find, and we seldom eat out. The change has been a slow one, and if you would have asked me last year if I could go vegetarian, I would have said no! So how is it that I can easily see myself becoming vegan now? If you've seen the movie, you'll understand. And if you haven't seen the movie, you should. I really do believe that there is a strong correlation between our diet and our ability to avoid major illnesses (heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc.). I want my family to live long, healthy lives. My husband had cancer when we were engaged, and currently has elevated cholesterol & blood pressure (even with the healthier diet he's adopted). So at least for us, I think this is really the next step in becoming as healthy as we can.
I've had a hard time finding easy vegan breakfast recipes. By easy I mean, containing ingredients that I already have and don't have to search in the far depths of the health food store to find. These pancakes, that I've adapted from Kirsten's Kitchen, are just as tasty and fluffy as our favorite non-vegan pancakes. Definitely an easy switch to make. I used a combination of flours and substituted almond milk for rice milk (in my opinion, rice milk makes for weird/soggy pancakes), and used agave instead of sugar. I love to mix in fresh fruit (bananas, blueberries, or blackberries are our fav) and serve with pure maple syrup.
2 1/2 c. flour (whole wheat, oat, all-purpose, whatever you want!)
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
2 T. agave
Pinch of salt
2 c. almond milk
2 T. coconut oil (sunflower or grapeseed work great too)
2 t. apple cider vinegar
1. In a large bowl combine almond milk, oil, vinegar, agave & salt. Whisk to combine.
2. Add the flour, baking powder & baking soda. Whisk until just combined.
3. Spray a hot griddle or pan and cook on medium heat until golden brown.