Saturday, September 3, 2011
"Did You Pour Maple Syrup All Over Your Body And Ask If She Was In The Mood For A Short Stack?" Wolowitz-Worthy Vegan Oatmeal Pancakes
First off, my apologies to those readers who don't watch The Big Bang Theory, which is where my ridiculous post title comes from. It's from an episode called "The Wheaton Recurrence". In one scene, the character of Howard Wolowitz is throwing out examples of what someone might do in unintentionally offend a ladyfriend. It came to mind when I was making this "short stack" of pancakes on Friday. I had the day off (pure bliss!) and was able to make myself a leisurely pancake breakfast to eat while I got caught up on my Degrassi watching. Oh yes, it's all about TV around here lately. Mostly because we're still packing up the house and organizing the move, which leaves us little energy for much else.
A while ago one of my coworkers invited me over for breakfast so we could discuss a few work-related issues before going on with our usual workdays. She's a great cook and was kind enough to make me an entirely vegan breakfast, which included some very delicious oatmeal, walnut pancakes. I didn't ask her for the recipe at the time and then she retired and went away for the summer. So I've been left to try to crack the oatmeal pancake code all by myself. It wasn't as easy as it might seem. I tried a few variations but they were all kind of grainy and heavy. This recipe, though, it is a winner. Light, tasty, but still hearty and filling. I can't wait to make these again.
Vegan Oatmeal Pancakes
3/4 cup quick cook oats
1 1/2 cups soymilk, "soured" with one tsp of apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp ground flax seed mixed with three tbsp warm water
2 tbsp neutral oil (like safflower, or sunflower)
1 tablespoon agave nectar
In a medium sized bowl, combine the soured milk and the oatmeal. Stir to combine and set aside.
In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
To the oatmeal mixture, add the flax and water mixture, the oil, and the agave. Mix well.
Add dry ingredients to wet and stir until combined.
Heat a non-stick pan or a cast iron skillet over medium heat. When pan is hot, grease with a tsp of margarine or oil.
Ladle batter into pan in whatever formation you like. I made medium sized pancakes and that seemed to work well.
Flip when sides of pancake start to brown. Cook until brown and firm on both sides.
I served mine with a bit of Earth Balance margarine and s bunch of agave nectar. I think they'd also be great with fruit or maple syrup.
Makes approximately eighteen medium sized pancakes.