Let’s face it, most recipes that substitute white flour with other options almost always turn out dodgy at best. At least for me they do. Processed-the-heck-out-of flour provides that aerated, light quality that its whole-wheat counterpart or other gluten-free options just cannot seem to compete with.
Buckwheat tart shells, rice flour cakes, amaranth flour cookies, teff flour, almond flour, sorghum flour, you name a grain/nut and there’s a good chance you’re too late to the party; it’s already been flour-ed. Personally, I’m a fan. Of using unprocessed and whole-grain flours in any way possible. A lot of the recipes taste great no doubt—almond meal features solidly in a lot of my baking solely for flavour—but that’s not always the case. Sure, that whole wheat banana bread tastes nice, but how much better would it be with good ol’ white flour? Croissants – let’s not even go there. Unfortunate but true.
My relationship with pancakes can be split into two parts: before and after I ate oat pancakes. All-flour pancakes have always been a favourite breakfast treat. An indulgence that I’d allow myself every month or so. That is, until I started making them with oat flour. I wouldn’t go so far as to say they’re better than regular pancakes, but they are just as good. And that’s saying something.
Oat flour is basically instant oats blended up to a flour. They have a slight nutty flavour, but so subtle that it almost appears neutral. These pancakes have been making a weekly appearance on our table, so it made sense to blend a big batch of oat flour to keep and use at short notice. If not, just blend as and when required. Other ingredients remain the same and I like to throw a banana in for flavour (leave out if you prefer).
BLENDER BANANA OAT PANCAKES + BERRY COMPOTE
- 1 cup rolled oats (instant would also work)
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 large or 2 small bananas
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon A pinch of salt
- 25 grams butter
- 200 grams berries, fresh or frozen
- Sugar/honey/maple syrup, to taste
- First make the compote: Add fresh or frozen berries to a pan over medium heat. Add sweetener of choice and cook, stirring occasionally for 5-8 minutes.
- If the compote looks too watery (if using frozen berries), cook over a high heat for a few minutes to get the right consistency. Set aside. The compote can be made up to a few days in advance and refrigerated. Reheat before serving.
- Add the oats to a blender jar and blend to a fine flour. Add all the other ingredients (except butter) - baking powder, baking soda, salt, banana, egg, milk, and lemon juice. Blend again until combined.
- Add a small knob of butter onto a non-stick pan. Pour about 1/4 cup of the batter per pancake. Wait for bubbles to appear on the top, then flip to cook the other side. Cook in batches.
- Serve immediately with the compote.