Quinoa Valentine’s Pancakes
This year Valentine’s Day falls on Saturday and sense it is not a work day, I can surprise my family with a healthy and delicious breakfast. Quinoa has recently become very popular grain as it has a high fiber content and is a great anti-inflammatory the United Nations has officially declared that the year 2013 be recognized as “The International Year of the Quinoa.”. This grain when being consumed helps to decrease the risk of inflammation related health problems including obesity because it naturally assists you burn fat. I use Quinoa a lot in my cooking , so I decided to experiment and substitute regular flour with Quinoa flour and it came out amazing.
It is tasty, it is healthy and it is very easy to make!
This pancakes will go well with fresh squeezed apples and pineapple juice with a hint of mint.(the recipe follows bellow)
For about 6 servings you will need:
• 2 cups of milk
• 1 egg
• lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
• 1 1/2 cups of quinoa flour
• 2 cups whole wheat flour
• lemon zest from 1 lemon
• cinnamon to taste (optional)
In a bowl mix together milk and lemon juice and let it sit for a few minutes until milk starts building small curds. Obviously, your milk is turning into sour milk, it can be also substituted with buttermilk.
Then add egg, salt, sugar, baking soda and mix it well. Slowly add a small amount of flour at a time until your batter will be smooth without lumps.
Add lemon zest and cinnamon to taste.
Make your pancakes as normal. Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut several finished pancakes to shape and serve them with fresh sliced strawberries and syrup.
Fresh pineapple, Fiji apples and mint juice
For two 8 ounce glasses you will need :
- 1 medium pineapple cleaned and sliced
- 4 medium size Fiji apples sliced
- handful of fresh mint
Squeeze the juice according to your juice maker instruction from the above ingredients. Chill it before serving. Serve with fresh mint leaves. Enjoy!