There is not a reason why people who have decided to follow a specific diet should be void of the pleasure of eating pancakes. Be it because of health reasons such as allergies and food intolerance, religious or ethical persuasion, everyone is entitled to make their own decisions. And this includes their food too! And for that reason, I have some pieces of advice for pancake lovers who cannot eat the regular pancakes.
I don’t think there is a need for explaining what this diet is all about. But here’s a word or two. Vegans don’t eat foods that have an animal origin. This means that the most typical pancake recipe won’t be one that vegans would be thrilled about. Why? Well, dairy milk and eggs, there’s why!
Fortunately, preparing vegan pancakes is as easy as ABC. Just replace the dairy milk with a vegan version. The best part is, the vegan milk versions (say, coconut and almond milk) are way better for pancake batters. Their lovely aroma will enhance the flavor of the hotcakes and will bring in the great texture department.
No eggs either! To prepare a “vegan egg” you will need a tablespoon of ground chia seeds, or flaxseed and three tablespoons of water. Stir them well and leave them in the fridge. In 15 minutes your “egg” will be ready to be used.
As for the topping, feel free to drown your pancakes in maple syrup, but don’t ever for a moment think that honey is vegan (Bees are living beings too!). This meal will also give lots of energy to the youngest members of your family.
Ok, here maybe you will need a word or two of explanation. This diet encourages people to eat the way our Paleolithic ancestors did, hence the name. The idea is not to eat processed foods, nor drink coffee or alcohol. (since they were not accessible then). But, this diet is not as restrictive, you can eat veggies, roots, fruits and even meat.
So, what should you be careful of when preparing pancakes and they ought to be paleo? Make sure you implement the same milk types mentioned above, since dairy products are a no-no. Then, forget all about flour as we know it. Instead, use almond or coconut flour, both great for pancakes, and both pair perfectly well with their milk counterparts.
When it comes to honey, the paleo diet encourages people to eat honey since sugar, as well as stevia, are processed foods.
Use extra virgin olive oil, coconut, walnut, macadamia, or avocado oil.
Gluten Free Pancakes
Following this diet is not a matter of choice. In fact, people who are gluten intolerant simply cannot eat all types of food and that’s ok. Since the flour is the only ingredient in pancakes that can have traces of gluten, make sure you use oat flour. And even in this case search for those that are labeled “gluten free” because there might be a risk of them being in touch with a gluten flour in the process of milling.
Try any of these recipes and enjoy pancakes even if you are following a strict diet!