Friday, November 8, 2013

Vegan Blueberry Pancakes with Spelt Flour

Over the last few weeks Sam and I have unintentionally started a tradition. Or maybe it's more of a ritual? Either way, it all started when one Saturday morning I said we should walk to Capitol City Bakery because I had heard that they only have their vegan cinnamon rolls on Saturday morning. It never takes much convincing Sam to eat food, especially food involving sugar, so off we went bringing my roommate's dog along for the walk. When we got to the food truck it was closed. Major bummer. So we headed back to my house disappointed and with our hearts still pining after a sweet and tasty breakfast. 

It was decided that pancakes were the perfect solution. While they are certainly not cinnamon rolls, they are delicious and that's good enough for us. This continued to happen over the next few weeks; we'd take the dog for a walk with the intention of eating cinnamon rolls only to find the bakery closed and end up making pancakes instead. We finally got the hint that they indeed do not have cinnamon rolls nor are they open on Saturdays (they aren't even in that location anymore). However, the plus side to all of this is we came up with an awesome recipe for blueberry pancakes. Seriously, during the photo shoot Sam kept whining, "hurry! I want to eat them!"

So I had him eat this bite which was instantly met with, "That is the best bite of pancake I've ever had". And you know what? I think he might be right. I didn't think I could love a pancake like I love my Toasted Coconut Banana Pancakes, but these, these, are good. Real good. 

Vegan Blueberry Pancakes with Spelt Flour
  • 1 1/4 Cup Whole Spelt Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Ground Flax Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Coconut Sugar
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Frozen Blueberries
  • Unrefined Coconut Oil for greasing the skillet
Makes 4 pancakes.
Start warming a skillet over medium heat. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, flax seeds, baking powder, sugar and salt. Add in the almond milk, vanilla extract and apple cider vinegar and whisk until ingredients are fully incorporated. Gently fold in the frozen berries. Place approximately 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in the skillet and spread to evenly coat the pan. Pour one quarter of the batter onto the skillet (I find using a 1/3 measuring cup works well) and allow to cook until the top starts to bubble. Flip! And continue cooking for about another 45 seconds-1 minute. If the pancake looks to dark or undercooked adjust the stove temperature accordingly. Continue this with the rest of the batter, adding more coconut oil as needed. Store pancakes on a plate under a clean dish towel until ready to serve. Add your favorite toppings (we made a vanilla honey syrup) and go to town! 

-If you do not have spelt flour feel free to substitute whole wheat flour, just know it won't taste quite as delicious.
-Fresh blueberries are great in this recipe, too. I just only happened to have frozen on hand. If using fresh, I'd advise either adding the berries to the individual pancakes rather than the batter, or dusting them in flour before adding to the batter to prevent it from turning blue.

                                                   What are your weekend rituals?


  1. For the record, I am NOT, in fact, a five-year-old boy who throws temper tantrums whenever he doesn't get what he wants, contrary to the way Joy makes me sound in this post especially.
    But the pancakes are seriously awesome! I made them for a work meeting last week, and everyone raved about them.

    1. Haha I wasn't calling you a soiled little boy, just saying you were excited to eat the pancakes.

    2. Argh. *spoiled...not soiled haha

  2. DAT SYRUP DRIZZLE SHOT. These look divine.

  3. These look so delicious! And so healthy! The perfect weekend breakfast :)

  4. I'm a massive spelt flour fan. These look so fluffy and delicious! Definitely giving them a try!!!

    1. Me too! Once I started using spelt flour in baking I never looked back!