Monday, December 10, 2007

Pancakes: not just for Sunday brunch!

I use this healthy recipe for making pancakes and feel no guilt feeding Mikey these cakes more than once a week. Soaking the whole wheat pastry flour in yogurt is similar to making bread with yeast. The yogurt acts as a leavener by reacting with the baking soda to release carbon dioxide which rises the dough. If I use baking soda with yogurt or another biological leavener, I don't need to use baking powder. Baking powder can contain sodium aluminum phosphate and other chemicals. For example, Bisquick uses chemicals like sodium aluminum phosphate and monocalcium phosphate to rise the dough. Sodium aluminum phosphate gets absorbed by the brain and has been linked to Alzheimer's Disease. Yogurt and other biological leaveners are a safer choice.

Based on the Nourishing Traditions pancake recipe.
Mix and soak overnight on the counter
2 cups whole wheat pastry dough
2 cups whole milk yogurt

In the morning, mix into dough
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup water or a little more or less. The water is used to thin the dough to a desired consistency.

These pancakes keep Mikey full until lunch because they aren't made with bleached white flour, which is sugar with a toxin on top. Bisquick uses bleached white flour. If you must use white flour, buy unbleached. I make pancakes with whole wheat pastry flour or spelt because Mikey needs a substantial breakfast not just a sugar rush.

Use this recipe and cook pancakes any day of the week!


ML said...

Thais...those pancakes are fantastic. I couldn't wait to awaken so I could go check on my batter. I used fresh cows milk, straight from the teat to my fridge had been clabbering for a day or so and I used it instead of the yogurt,along with spelt flour what a great recipe. You do feel so good about eating them because they are so good for your body. A little bit of maple syrup...heaven. Thanks , ML

Thais said...

That's awesome! Thanks for sharing. I'll have to try spelt pancakes next time around.

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