Feel Good Pancakes
I think one of the wildest things is how smell and taste can evoke a stream of memories. We all have those smells that remind us of childhood laughter and tastes that make us grin from ear to ear. For me, that is pancakes and I am sure pancakes are for many people. While they are so simple to make, there are so many variations.
When I was younger, I was a sour cream fanatic and that is not an understatement. I do not know if it comes from my Estonian background or if it was random, but I LOVED it. To this day, on the moments I do have it, it still reminds me of my eager sour cream self. I remember for one of my birthdays I wanted my mom to make me pancakes with whipped cream on top and layered in between the pancakes, like a pancake 'cake', a kid's dream. However, that morning we did not have any whipped cream so, we somehow came up with the idea to use sour cream instead. So, with a pleasure I layered each pancake with sour cream and sprinkled a little (probably a lot, actually) sugar on top. I took a bite and it was revolutionary and BEYOND. From that moment on, I always ate my pancakes that way.
Now, being 23, I decided I wanted to create a similar version, but more to my taste these days. This does NOT mean that maybe once in a blue moon I venture back in time and try it again, but I wanted something with a little more 'grow up me' twist and a little more creativity and zing. So, if you want something that feeds the soul, this is for you.
Comment below your favorite childhood memories that are connected with taste or smell! :)
Feel Good Pancakes
Makes: 3-4 pancakes or a bunch of little ones if you want to be different :)
1/2 cup whole grain spelt flour (you can you all-purpose of whole wheat flour instead)
1/2 tablespoon baking powder (trust me)
pinch of salt
1/2 cup oat milk (you can use any milk, but oat milk is my favorite), ALSO, you may need to add more milk as needed. My batter is usually a little too thick so, I just add some more milk. :)
1/2 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil (I used olive because I was too lazy to melt coconut oil, you could even use another oil like rapseed or sunflower)
1/2 tablespoon maple syrup, honey, or sugar of your choice
1 tablespoon flax meal (linasejahu, in estonian. Totally optional, but extra health is cool.)
In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, salt, baking powder, and flax meal if using. Stir together to combine.
In a smaller bowl, add the milk, oil, and sugar or maple syrup. Stir to combine.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine, but to DO not over mix. Just enough so all ingredients are combined. A few lumps are okay.
If you want to add blueberries or chocolate or something into the mix, you can add it now.
Now, let the dough stand for about 5 minutes to get all bubbly and delicious.
Heat a pan and add a little oil to the pan, once the pan is hot, add some batter. I used about two big spoonfuls. Make sure it is somewhat a circle, the dough will be thick. Or, if you don't like circles, do any shape you like. Cooking is not about perfection.
Flip the pancake once the edges are nice and bubbly or you can peak underneath with a spatula and see if it is ready to flip.
Do this under all the dough is used. Now, you can stop here and eat them by themselves OR take them to the next level...
Maple Cashew Cream
1/2 cup cashews
1 tablespoon maple syrup or any liquid sweetener, it just won't have that maple taste
pinch of salt
1/4 cup water or more as needed to make it the right consistency that you like, depends on blender, too.
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend away until creamy! This is soooo simple, but sooooo good. This is my grown up version of my 'sour cream' cake that I used to eat. Still creamy and sweet, but more what 23 year old me likes :)
*Now, I know students read this blog and if nuts are toooo expensive for you, go ahead and try sour cream and sugar OR combine yogurt with sugar and you will get a good topping as well!*
Quick Blueberry Jam
1/2 cup of blueberries
Splash of water
Sugar, if needed, my berries were already very sweet
Add everything to a small pot and simmer until the blueberries have thickened nicely. :)
Finally, assemble and bliss out