Healing Kitchen

Make Your Own: Pancake Mixes
If mornings have got you down and you just can't bear another bowl of granola; we've got the thing for you: homemade pancake mixes. These mixes are not only incredibly simple to put together, but they can be kept in the refrigerator or freezer for several months and--best of all--they are packed full of healthy ingredients. Imagine that, a convenience food that is actually good for you! When you're ready to make pancakes, all you need to do is add eggs, water, and a little olive oil, cook for a couple of minutes and voila, breakfast is served. (These mixes make great presents too--just write a note including ingredients and instructions for making pancakes.)

First up is Masa Harina Pancake Mix which is made from a type of corn flour and is both wheat-free and gluten-free. Inspired by Mexican cuisine, these pancakes are flavored with chocolate and cinnamon--common flavor companions in Mexican dishes--and can even be served as dessert. The cocoa powder in the pancake mix gives the pancakes an unfortunate gray color, but the flavors are incomparable. Serve them topped with chopped bananas, or cook some sliced bananas right into the pancakes.

Multi-Grain Blueberry Pancake Mix combines the rich, nutty flavor of toasted oats with extra-good-for-you soy flour, and sweet brown rice flour. Cornmeal gives the pancake the slightest crunch and dried blueberries will help you remember why you should be eating a good breakfast. Spoon a little fruit puree over the pancakes or serve with maple syrup.

If you've been hearing a lot about flaxseeds lately and are looking for a way to get them into your diet, perhaps Toasted Wheat & Flaxseed Pancake Mix is the answer. Finely ground flaxseeds are combined with toasted wheat germ, whole wheat flour, and brown rice flour for a mix that makes a hearty, yet light pancake. Buttermilk powder gives the pancakes a slight tang and makes them light in texture.

Finally, Buckwheat & Currant Pancake Mix, made with whole wheat and buckwheat flours, dried currants (or any dried fruit you like) and a little brown sugar have an earthy, wheat flavor. These are delicious on their own or topped with fruit, sweetened yogurt, or jam.

Author: Sandra Rose Gluck
Date Published: 09/28/2000
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