Easy apple and cinnamon gluten free pancakes.
I know I was supposed to be concentrating on cycling, but as I was riding down Tweed Coast Rd at Pottsville this morning I suddenly thought of pancakes. I’m not sure why pancakes popped into my head. I wasn’t hungry, Clif Bars, Clif Bloks and a carbohydrate drink had made sure of that. I wasn’t craving anything sweet, again the bars, Bloks and drink had that sorted, but you sometimes never know why certain thoughts appear when they do.
A friend has recently been diagnosed as a celiac and her partner is my triathlon coach (Des Gooda Coaching) and I’m making a recipe each month for him to post on his Facebook page. I had been thinking about pancakes and when the pancake thought popped up I decided to make them gluten free. I often make blueberry pancakes, I decided to change the flavour to apple and cinnamon.
I was on my second last big training day before the Tweed Coast Enduro. I was doing a 60km ride, followed by a 7km run. the ride was roughly 3 laps of the Tweed Enduro course (out of 4) and the run was one lap out of three. So when I was supposed to be concentrating on form and speed and taking note of the course, I was planning a recipe. Oops, don’t tell Des!
I was also thinking of my recovery, and rather than using regular white gluten free flour, which possibly doesn’t have a lot of nutrition, I decided on teff flour. Huh? I hear you say. Teff flour?
Teff is another of the so-called ancient grains. So called because it has been around for thousands of years, traditionally found in Ethiopia. It is naturally gluten free and high in protein – which is why I thought of it as a recovery food. It also has calcium, magnesium and iron. Yep, all the good stuff to help with recovery.
Teff can be purchased as a grain (similar to quinoa but smaller) or a flour. You want to get the flour for this recipe. I’ve seen the grain in some supermarkets, but you’d need a good grinder to make a flour, or purchase online, or at a health food store.
The pancakes are super easy to make. Sift all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Add the wet ingredients. Hand whisk or stir until combined and pour spoonfuls into a hot pan. When the bubble flip them over for a few more minutes. And voila.
I like to use a hand whisk to combine the ingredients to add more air and make them fluffy. And 1 tablespoon of cinnamon may seem like a lot, but this recipe makes around 14 twelve cm pancakes, so it’s really not too much if you want to be able to taste the cinnamon.
So here they are: apple and cinnamon gluten free pancakes! High in protein and a good recovery food.