Easy egg and dairy free pancakes made with spelt flour and agave sugar, served with delicious bananas fried in honey. The perfect breakfast, brunch or snack.
You guys, it’s been eight and a half years since this blog was born and I don’t have a recipe for pancakes on it. What on earth have I been doing all this time?! Well, better late than never and I hope you find these were worth the wait!
Lately I’ve been trying to incorporate new ingredients in my cooking. I wrote an article a while back for a client and during my research I read that one of the ways we can contribute to healthier food systems around the globe is to try new and unusual plant products i.e. legumes, vegetables, grains, flours etc. This is because creating demand for such products helps farmers diversify their crops and make the shift from monocultures which are harmful to the soil and the environment in general. Spelt is a type of wheat that has been around since antiquity and its production is more sustainable than regular wheat, so I’ve been experimenting with it a bit; along with emmer flour which is similar (remember this amazing banana bread?). The good thing is that they are both accessible (ok maybe emmer is a little trickier in some places) in major supermarkets, health food shops and online. Use wholegrain where possible for an even better nutritional profile.
I’m just going to add a little note here and say that I am not in any way suggesting we all have to stop eating plain flour, corn, soy and rice (the main monoculture crops)! That would not be reasonable or feasible, and it wouldn’t actually solve the issue, which is very complicated. But adding variety to our diet doesn’t only make our menu more interesting, it also helps in small ways we might not have imagined.
The flour in this recipe isn’t the only “alternative” ingredient, I also took the opportunity to try agave sugar which I had never tried before. Specifically I used organic agave sugar by Ol-eve. It’s actually the syrup in powder form, which makes it very easy to add to recipes that would normally use regular sugar. Like pancakes!
There is one more thing that makes these pancakes different to the classic version. There are no eggs. And you know what? You won’t miss them. In my opinion if we can make a recipe without eggs and not know the difference, then why use them? We can save them maybe for a recipe that is difficult to recreate without them. This way we are cutting down on our egg consumption, which in turn means we are reducing our environmental impact. Every little bit helps!
Now, let’s talk about how to serve these delicious pancakes. You can of course use any toppings you like, the options are plenty. However, I really really hope you try these bananas. They are dead easy to make, you basically just fry them with honey until soft! And they are crazy delicious. If you prefer you could use just the honey, or maple syrup, jam, chocolate spread, chocolate and peanut butter sauce (try the topping from this tart while it’s still warm!), coconut yoghurt, the list goes on. But again… these bananas…
So, let’s have a look at how to make these spelt pancakes with honey fried bananas.