We had breakfast for dinner again last night. I admit it - I'm slightly obsessed with breakfast foods for dinner. Or as my husband said - "breakfast for dinner, and dinner for breakfast.". He's right. I'm odd like that. I love traditionally dinner type foods for breakfast. This morning, I had a fruit smoothie and slices of smoked turkey. That made me very happy! But back to breakfast for dinner....
I knew yesterday that we would need a quick dinner, and breakfast for me is so easy to whip up, and can be done at a moments notice (like the minute the Big Guy walks in the door from work), so yesterday morning I took some rolled oats (gluten free) and a little bit of flour, and started soaking it in a cultured buttermilk. Okay - another sidetrack. I can get the most wonderful, organic, cultured, (think like with cultures similar to yogurt or kefir) cream-line buttermilk at Harvest Health Foods. LOVE that!
Anyway, I let that all sit together on the counter for the day, while I went about my business. Really, making food from scratch doesn't have to take a long time, it just needs a tiny bit of planning ahead. The other thing I did was take a jar of applesauce out of the freezer. Last Fall, I froze about 30 pints of applesauce. Why did I freeze it instead of canning it? Well, because I could! I had limited time, and 2 bushels of apples, and freezing it was much less labor intensive than canning. So, my applesauce is out of the freezer, and my oats are soaking. Soaking the oats in a fermenting agent like buttermilk helps to reduce the phytic acid in the grain, and makes it much more digestible. And as I discovered, it also made from some incredibly light, fluffy pancakes too!
When it came time to actually make dinner, I had the rest of the ingredients for pancakes ready to go and mixed up in about 5 minutes. Then, while flipping pancakes, I made fried eggs for us (sunny side up for The Big Guy, and over easy for me. The Little Guy still refuses to eat eggs this way - more later on how he eats an egg every morning without knowing it!), and heated the jar of applesauce in a pan of water on the stove. Pancakes, eggs, and applesauce. That was dinner. I know - not a green vegetable in sight. We might have one tonight with dinner though. :)
Soaked Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes
1 1/4 cups gluten free rolled oats
1/4 cup gluten free oat flour
1/4 cup almond flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt
2 Tablespoons raw, local honey (or your sweetener of choice)
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (although next time, I may try without, and add an extra egg for more binding power)
2 Cups Cultured Buttermilk (or one cup plain yogurt and one cup whole milk) - separated.
2 large eggs - lightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
8-10 Hours ahead of time (so evening if you'll be making these for breakfast, and morning if making then for dinner) Combine the Oats, Oat Flour, and Almond Flour in a large bowl, and stir in 1 1/2 cups of the Buttermilk. Cover and let sit. (I just push mine back into a corner of the counter).
To mix up batter - sprinkle the baking soda, sea salt, and xanthan gum over the top of the oat mixture and stir into batter, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well to combine. (don't forget the last 1/2 cup of buttermilk!) If you like thinner pancakes, you might want to add a little bit extra liquid (buttermilk or milk) to thin it out. I like thick fluffy pancakes, so the thick batter is fine with me. :)
Grease a large skillet - I use my wonderful, fabulous double burner griddle for this - and heat on medium. I use coconut oil and just plop a couple tablespoons on the griddle and let it slide around and melt. Also - NO MORE than medium heat. I heat mine to medium and then turn it down to medium low. These are not quicky pancakes - you want them to cook slowly, because they are thick and dense, and if you try to cook them too quickly, they'll be burnt on the outside and raw in the middle. Unless of course, that's the way you like your pancakes...
Scoop your pancake batter onto the heated griddle. I use a 1/4 cup cookie scoop. It makes the perfect sized pancake for us, and I use the back of the scoop to flatten out and spread the pancake on the griddle. Let the pancake cook until it looks like the edges are dried. These won't bubble so much, so what you're looking for is for the pancake to be done around the edges. They are a little delicate, and if you try to flip before the edges are done, you'll probably have a mess. Be patient! After flipping, let them cook for a couple more minutes, then transfer to a plate and serve.
I like mine double stacked, with butter on both cakes, and maple syrup in the middle, and then I heap applesauce over the top. Oh, and with 2 over easy fried eggs on the side. YUM!