Friday, February 1, 2013

Einkorn Blender Pancakes

Have your been to the grocery store and found some new occupants in the bulk-bin aisle? Farro. Freekah. Einkorn. These ancient grains are enjoying a comeback (like heirloom tomatoes) as we rediscover their benefits and goodness. Read Get Your Freekah On for a treatise on the grains and seeds making a resurgence.

What is Einkorn?
Just happens to be man's first form of cultivated wheat, grown by farmers for thousands of years.

Why Einkorn?
Here's a quote from an article about the recently released study on wheat and weight gain:
"Wheat is not the same today. It has been agriculturally hybridized (not genetically engineered) over some decades to resist fungus, grow more quickly, and be more pliable for industrial bread baking. As a consequence, 50-60 years ago wheat containing only five percent gluten has become 50 percent gluten today.", January 16, 2013 by PF Louis
Gluten has been found to be the chief offender in gut and psychology syndrome (GAPS) and even autism as more studies show the gut strongly influences physical and mental health.

So the trend to find gut healthy grains led us back in history.

I'm now buying einkorn in bulk from Azure Standard in a buying group. Since the minimum order is $550, the buying group allows me to purchase a smaller amount and still get the bulk prices.

These pancakes are so easy to make you'll be cleaning out your cabinets of all those boxed and bagged pancake mixes. Use a high-powered blender (like Vita Mix or Blendtec) to make your batter. In fifteen minutes you'll be pouring the batter right from the blender container onto the hot griddle. Simple!

Serve the pancakes with your favorite spread. That might be butter for some, but we use a goat cheese spread from Trader Joe's called Goat's Milk Creamy Cheese. And of course 100% organic maple syrup again from Trader Joe's.

Einkorn Blender Pancakes

From Chris Pedersen
Yield 8 servings
Category Breakfast
Cuisine Vegan

2 C whole grain einkorn
2 C filtered water
1/2 C almond milk
2 organic eggs
1/4 C extra virgin coconut oil
2 Tbsp raw honey
1 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp baking powder (aluminum-free)

1. In Vita Mix blender, mix water, einkorn and almond milk on high for 3 minutes.
2. Add egg, oil, honey and salt. Blend for 20 seconds.
3. Add baking powder and blend enough to mix.
4. Cook immediately on a hot, nonstick griddle.

Have you tried some of the old/new grains? What did you make with them?


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