Pumpkin Quinoa Pancakes

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Alright, enough of that. How ’bout some food?

I woke up on Saturday really craving pancakes. And pumpkin pancakes sounded especially good. I know the season for pumpkin has come and gone (especially down here where it feels like the middle of May), but I don’t discriminate.

As I was reaching into the cabinet for some flour, debating whether to pull the all purpose for light fluffy pancakes, or the whole wheat for healthy but dense pancakes, I spotted something else. A bag of quinoa flour I bought a while ago to make quinoa breakfast cookies. I made the cookies twice, but hadn’t used the flour for anything else. Hmmm.

After some quick research, I learned that quinoa flour = pancakes that are healthy AND light and fluffy. Sold. I even managed to find a pumpkin quinoa pancake recipe!

Pumpkin Quinoa Pancakes

(adapted from The Family Kitchen)

serves 2, about 6 small pancakes

  • 3/4 cup quinoa flour
  • 2 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • butter, for cooking
  • maple syrup, for serving

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and salt and mix well. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, pumpkin, eggs and oil.

Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just blended.

Grease a large nonstick skillet and place on medium heat. When the pan is hot, ladle batter onto it. Cook until bubbles start forming in cake, then flip and cook the pancake for another 30 seconds until the center springs back when pressed.

Serve with maple syrup (or apple butter, or cinnamon butter… I taste-tested all three!).

The pancakes were delish. They had the light and fluffy texture of regular white flour. They did have a strong quinoa taste, but if you like quinoa flour, they were great! I had a couple left over, and they reheated nicely in the toaster oven the next day.

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