When I read the big build-up The Tiger Nut Company’s Ani gave me on Instagram, telling everyone I was going to be posting new Tiger Nut recipes every day this week, I have to say I panicked! I read it out to my husband and he said, ‘right, you’d better get your thinking cap on’ and went off to oil his bike.
So, I thunk and I thunk and thought, aha! I have Chufa di Valencia flour, we can make pancakes. My husband makes the traditional pancakes so beloved by our grandsons – they can demolish a baker’s dozen without blinking an eye – but I don’t pay much attention. So does our son, all sorts of weird and wonderful concoctions. Again, I don’t give them a glance. I’ve never been a pancake lover, all that smoke and fumes and alarms going off, no thanks. I like peace and quiet and clean air.
But, to get my husband on board with the project, I decided pancakes it would be, and to further tempt him, they would have carob in (a bit ‘out there’ for him, but so long as it has a chocolate flavour, he won’t mind what it’s called).
Here’s the recipe:
Add 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds to 3 Tbsps Water, stir vigorously and allow to stand for 15 minutes to form a gel (chia egg)
1 Cup Chufa de Valencia Tiger Nut Flour
1 Tsp Gluten-Free Baking Powder
2 Tbsps Finely Ground Almonds
1 Tbsp Carob Powder
Sieve all dry ingredients into large bowl.
Add a pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt and the Chia egg,
and 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
Add a Cup of Frozen Blueberries.
Heat a tiny drop of coconut oil and add a ladle of the mixture, it will sizzle and bubble like a pancake should…
…and that’s as far as I can take you, because that’s all it did! No way would it come together, let alone flip over!
So I failed. As I threw a strop and it was scraped into a bowl, I had a taste of it. It was surprisingly good, so I put some Coyo plain coconut yogurt with it and ate it like dessert, it tasted a bit like summer pudding! Very yummy. I forgot to take a photo while I was pondering and had eaten it all before I realised.
My husband suggested we cook the rest like porridge. So porridge it became. With extra blueberries and some CoYo plain yogurt on top.
It won’t be to everyone’s taste, it is a bit bran/oaten-like in texture, but it’s nice and fruity, sweet and very good for you – and extremely filling. I could only manage half of it.
So I’ll leave it up to you. If anyone can suggest what we did wrong, I would be very grateful – and I just know boingghealth will be first in the queue 😉
Ps I was told off, very nicely, by Rachel @healthy&psyched because there was no video last time, so to make up for it, here is a great wake-up video of sand and surf and Jake Owen singing ‘The One That Got Away!’ (Click on the blog to see it)
Copyright: Chris McGowan