Quinoa Pancakes

Written by Karen on February 14th, 2011

quinoa panc

I’m on a quinoa kick right now, which means I also have leftovers.  Quinoa is such a fabulous grain to work with – so versatile, nutritious and easy to cook.  I usually make extra to toss in a salad or cook up as porridge, but this time it went into my new favorite recipe for pancakes!

Quinoa originates from the Andes and has been called ‘the mother grain’ due to its energizing properties and high protein content. It cooks up as fast as couscous and is a staple among vegetarians.  I enjoy both the golden and red varieties for additional sources of iron and calcium alike. Quinoa also helps regulate blood sugar and aids digestion…a great way to start the day!

red quinoa

Quinoa Pancakes – Makes 6-8 medium

This is super simple and I found that with the extra bit of protein I was satiated for hours.

1 1/2 cups whole wheat OR oat flour (gluten free)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup organic milk (I used almond)
1 pastured egg
1 TB agave nectar
2 TB sesame oil, untoasted
Butter or oil for griddle

In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In separate bowl, mix quinoa, milk, egg, agave and oil.  Stir wet ingredients into dry and whisk until just combined.

Heat butter onto skillet over medium heat.  Pour about 1/2 cup batter for each pancake and cook
until bubbles form on edges.  Flip and cook about 30 seconds more.

Serve with pure maple syrup and fresh berries or banana.

6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Feb
    14
    10:09
    PM
    Dessert Girl

    YUM! I just cooked quinoa myself last week – husband loved it – and these pancakes will be a hit. Thanks Chef!

  2. Feb
    15
    4:22
    AM
    Shirley @ gfe

    Those pancakes look healthy AND delicious, Karen! Just remember that oat flour has to be certified gluten free if one is gluten free. (There is oat flour that is not gluten free.)

    xo,
    Shirley

  3. Feb
    16
    2:35
    PM
    Jean DeLuca

    Healthful, delicious AND pretty simple. Another great one!

    Could I use the gf flour mix you gave me in lieu of the ww or oat flour?

  4. Feb
    16
    2:47
    PM
    Karen

    @Dessert Girl – so glad quinoa is now part of the family! Let me know how the pancakes go over, too.
    @Shirley – thanks for the reminder! and I’m still working on the Comment Luv update…
    @Jean – yes, the GF flour can be subbed 1:1 for any other flour types.

  5. Jun
    9
    10:38
    AM
    Fran Costigan

    I rarely make pancakes because I think they are mostly just a vehicle for maple syrup, but these caught my eye and look great. I’m going to make them (sans egg) tonight for my toddler grandson. Add some blueberries and use olive oil instead of sesame.

  6. Jun
    9
    10:47
    AM
    Karen

    Fran,
    I’m curious why you sub out the sesame oil…
    and will you use a flax gel for the egg?
    Karen´s last [type] ..Sweet Potato Tacos

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