Easy, Shelf-Stable Vegan Pancake Mix
We all love homemade pancakes. However, most of us are short on time. With this easy peasy homemade pancake mix, they become quick and easy. Best of all? You know exactly what went into the blend. All natural, healthy ingredients.
As the coronavirus pandemic has spread across the globe, we’re all filling our cupboards with shelf-stable ingredients and spending more time at home. We’re no longer able to run to the supermarket on a moment’s notice.
And, even when we do make it to the market, there are often shortages of basic ingredients. So, it’s a perfect time to discover shelf-stable substitutes — like flaxseeds (also known as linseeds).
For years, I kept flaxseeds in my cupboard to give smoothies a quick, healthy nutritional boost. However, a few years ago — when I realised I was short on eggs for a recipe — I discovered the incredible versatility of this humble seed. When I learned flaxseeds were an excellent egg substitute it was a game changer. I’ve kept a lot more flaxseeds in my cupboard ever since!
All About Flaxseeds
When you are short an egg (or need a vegan “egg”), flaxseeds are an easy solution. These nutritious seeds make an excellent, shelf-stable substitute for fresh eggs. Simply use 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds + 3 tablespoons water for each egg in a recipe. Allow the mixture to sit for a couple of minutes. As the flaxseeds hydrate, they will become gelatinous. Then, they are ready to use!
However, flaxseeds are much more than a mere egg substitute. They’re also a super nutritious addition to your diet. Flaxseeds are rich in healthy omega-3 fats. In addition, they’re loaded with lignans, antioxidants which have been shown to reduce cancer risk.
As if this weren’t enough, flaxseeds are also also a rich source of both vegetable protein and fibre. Thanks to these properties, flaxseeds help you feel full and satisfied. So, they’re also a terrific addition to any healthy weight loss program.
In order to realise the full nutritional benefits of these healthy seeds, it’s best to consume them ground. If your market doesn’t stock ground flaxseeds, don’t worry. You can grind flaxseeds at home in a high speed blender or a coffee grinder.
How to Use the Pancake Mix
One of the things I love about this pancake mix is how easy it is to use. Simply mix equal parts pancake mix and milk of your choice. (I prefer soya milk or oat milk for their creaminess.) Plan on about 1/2 cup pancake mix per adult portion.
Then, set the batter to the side for about 20 minutes to allow the flour to fully hydrate. The mix works fine without this extra step. However, allowing the flour to fully hydrate will give you a more tender, fluffy result.
I hope this easy, shelf-stable pancake mix makes it easier for you to whip up a batch of pancakes any day of the week! As we all spend more time at home and change our routines, a batch of homemade pancakes is a great way to make your family feel nurtured!