Quinoa pancakes

February 28, 2009

I love breakfast!

Sometimes I am bothered by the low I feel after eating some of my favorite breakfast foods.  Most likely that is why I am constantly trying new, creative baking methods.  Why suffer because of my love of pancakes?  

This morning I had a craving for pancakes.

First things first, I had to make a fire in the wood burning stove.  At this time of year I do all of my cooking on the wood burning stove.  Partly because it is cold so I usually have a fire going, and partly because my gorgeous boyfriend and I just moved our kitchen and our stove is not hooked up yet.  

Next I ground about 1 cup of quinoa in the coffee grinder.  The texture should be very fine.  I dumped it into a bowl and then soaked it in some boiling water, just enough to wet it, for the next 20 minute. This step is not necessary, but I believe it aids digestion as well as texture.  During that time I drank my hydrating first beverage of the day and began my coffee.  Normally I drink mate’, but this morning was a coffee morning.  

After soaking I added in 2 fresh eggs that I gathered from my chickens.  One was green so it must have come from Gladys or Eva.  Those 2 are named after my grandmother and her sister.  One lived to be 100 and the other 101.  I wonder how long I will live?

I mixed the eggs in with a whisk and added a bit of unsweeted almond milk.  If I want sugar, I want to add it myself.  Then I added about 1 Tbs. of olive oil some cinnamon, tumeric, coriander, and sea salt.  All to taste.    

Since I live at high altitude there is no need to put in all of the leaving, so I added 1/2 tsp of baking soda and 1/2 tsp of baking powder.  After mixing thoroughly (you don’t have to worry about tough gluten strands with wheat free) I set the bowl aside to rest.  

Meanwhile  I put my cast iron pan on the stove and sliced an apple.  I LOVE fresh apples in my pancakes!

After waiting a few minutes until the pan was hot I added some butter, poured in some batter and arranged the fresh apple slices on type.  This type of pancakes requires a longer cooking time then the traditional type.


Breakfast was delicious!  Also I didn’t feel a huge sugar low after an hour.  Quinoa has the highest protein of all grains, maybe that is why. 


Elke cooking egg in the hole of the wood buring stove

Elke cooking egg in the hole on the wood buring stove


1 C quinoa ground fine as flour
hot water to wet quinoa
2 eggs
almond milk, cow milk, any type of milk added until desired thickness is achieved
pinch sea salt
cinnamon, tumeric (healthy), coriander to taste
1 Tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp honey/maple syrup/molasses/agave if you desire sweetness
Mix and pour into a hot buttered pan. Flip when brown

Happy baking!

Now I am off to my studio to finish the piece I am painting as a gift to my boyfriend for our 3 year anniversary.