It’s that time of year when we’d like to cozy up in front of a fire, stay home, and hibernate when we can. It’s also a time when comfort foods come calling. Need a quick “go-to” meal when you’re short on time and energy? Consider whipping up some homemade pancakes! Avoid processed options. You don’t need a box or a mix — just use real ingredients that tickle your taste buds. In short, anything goes. A versatile and easy-to-prepare meal, pancakes can be made with the gluten-free flour and milk of your choice, eggs or egg replacers, and a splash of butter, ghee, or a quality oil.
The origin of pancakes
Where did pancakes come from anyway? Pancakes have been around for centuries (possibly several thousand years) and are common to many cultures all around the world. In ancient Rome and Greece, pancakes were made from wheat flour, curdled milk, honey, and olive oil. The ancient Greek poets Magnes and Cratinus wrote about the deliciousness of pancakes, as did Shakespeare. During the English Renaissance, people flavored their pancakes with interesting spices, rosewater, and apples. The Ancient Romans called their fried creations “alia dulcia,” which is Latin for “other sweets.” Eventually, people started using the word “pancake” during the 15th century, and the word became common during the 19th century in America. Early American pancakes were actually made with gluten-free ingredients such as buckwheat or cornmeal. As you can see, pancakes evolved from humble beginnings.
Homemade pancake ingredients
Which ingredients should you experiment with? You can’t go wrong when you use simple flavors. Are you a fan of savory foods? If so, try almond flour, buckwheat-, cornmeal-, or chickpea-based recipes. Throw in a bit of cheese you have on hand. Do you prefer something sweet? If so, try sweet potato- or banana-based recipes. Cinnamon and vanilla extract also offer sweet notes.
What about the kids? For your gluten-free kiddos, use cookie cutters to cut your pancakes in to adorable little shapes. As a special treat, top with a spoonful of homemade chocolate spread. You can also secretly add a little bit of pureed fruits or vegetables (whatever you have on hand). You can even add avocado for texture.
Finish with your favorite toppings, such as yogurt, berries, chopped nuts, or gluten-free granola. Using wholesome, fresh ingredients like these can provide you with a satiating meal filled with complete protein, fiber, healthy fat, calcium, antioxidants, and a range of vitamins and minerals. Enjoy a stack of pancakes for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or a snack. Try them out as a bread alternative for a soft, scrumptious sandwich! Pancakes generally freeze well, making them even more convenient.
Try these naturally gluten-free toppings for your pancakes:
- Greek yogurt
- Fresh fruit such as sliced bananas or berries
- Chopped walnuts or pecans
- Almond butter or cashew butter
- Gluten-free granola
- Pure maple syrup