Saturday, December 29, 2012

Gluten Free Superfood Pancake Mix

If you're still entertaining guests this weekend, I don't envy you. Actually, guests (especially if they're family) are great to have, since it really does give the cook (or food blogger) the chance to flex their culinary muscles. I've found myself getting into a bit of a "rut" when it comes to my meals, but when the holidays showed up with all their assorted people, I got into my element. I'm still not a huge fan of the crowds, the travelling and the late nights, and I still do feel guilty about receiving so much when I can give back so little, but I know that I can whip up something unexpected and delicious for those many, many friends and family I share my life with who have seen fit to spend a little holiday time with me.

Since I simply can't afford to shop for holiday gifts (the joys of unemployment), I made gift boxes for everyone on my list. I love making gift boxes, because you can customize them for each person's needs, wants and tastes. What floors me every year is the response - I take it for granted as a foodie, a nutritionist and a generally creative person with cooking skills, but the simplest things were treated like the Holy Grail. Things like Tomato Sauce, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, and Spicy Peach Jam. Cheap, easy, but so appreciated by others and best of all - something that would be used. You're not going to stash a bag of candy or cookies in the back of your closet for years. Combine the roasted tomatoes, tomato paste and whatever veggies and meat you have kicking around (leftovers!) and BAM - instant sauce.

Then there were the mixes - I did cookies, brownies, pizza dough and pancakes this year, and I have to say I'm proud of all of them, but making this pancake mix was amazing. Mixing the dry ingredients takes all of five minutes, and the flavour... ooh the flavour! Caramelly maca, tart (home dried) blueberries, sweet stevia and a hint of nutmeg. High in fibre and iron and packed with superfoods,so it's ├╝ber good for you as far as pancakes go... oh, and did I mention it's gluten free?

Gluten Free Superfood Pancake Mix

Uh huh. WIN. I gave this away in gift boxes for my gluten free friends, but then I made more for us. It's a great Saturday morning treat you can enjoy worry free! I'm sending this to Ricki's Wellness Weekends with my options for veganizing the preparation method. Also sent to Gluten Free Fridays


Gluten Free Superfood Pancake Mix
Makes enough for 4 batches (each batch serves 4 kids or 2 adults)
¾ cup white rice flour
1/3 cup millet flour
2/3 cup brown rice flour
2/3 cup sorghum flour
1/3 cup soy flour
¼ cup tapioca starch
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tbsp maca powder
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp guar gum
1 tsp raw sugar
5 (1-g) packets stevia (I used NOW Stevia Balance)
1 cup dried blueberries
  1. Whisk all ingredients together. Store in an airtight container in the pantry up to 4 months.
Amount Per Cup
Calories: 540.5
Total Fat: 2.9 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 5.0 mg
Total Carbs: 115.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 14.3 g
Protein: 13.7 g

To make these you need:
2/3 cup milk or non-dairy milk (I suggest almond or rice)
1 egg or prepared egg replacer
1 tbsp canola oil or melted butter
1 cup mix
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the milk, egg and oil until well blended.
  2. Add the mix and whisk until well blended and smooth.
  3. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  4. Cook on a greased preheated, griddle, flipping halfway through.
Amount Per Serving (Child Portion)
Calories: 192.6
Total Fat: 5.8 g
Cholesterol: 47.7 mg
Sodium: 26.3 mg
Total Carbs: 29.7 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.6 g
Protein: 5.6 g