An Experimental Breakfast: Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pancakes

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Let me start off my saying, that a bought of insomnia spawned these babies this morning: Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pancakes free of dairy, egg, soy, peanut, and gluten.

What you’ll need to start off:
-2 cups Namaste (or brand of choice) gluten free/soy free pancake flour mix
-3/4 cup of Rice Milk or water
-Energe (soy free) egg replacer (1 1/2 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons warm water mixture = 1 egg)
-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
-2 large spoonfuls of organic apple sauce (don’t forget to check your labels!)
-2 teaspoons all natural, gluten free organic vanilla (mine is a gigantic bottle from Mexico, mm mm good!)
-4 teaspoons brown sugar
-2 tablespoons homemade cinnamon sugar

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First things first…get all your wet ingredients prepped first.

Pour the oil in your medium sized mixing bowl of choice.

In a small cup, measure out your egg replacer. This recipe calls for two eggs. What this equals is: 6 teaspoons of Energe Soy Free Egg Replacer to 4 tablespoons of warm water. DO NOT mix your replacer together quite yet, just set off the dry mixture to the side for a moment.

It is very important that you use warm (NOT HOT AND NOT COLD) water, or else your mixture will not have the same physical texture of an egg, and will not have that magical “egg” like quality that allows your baked goods to poof up a bit.

Pour in your vanilla, and then dump in your two spoonfuls of apple sauce.

Once you’ve poured in your vanilla, you’ll want to add the 4 tablespoons of warm water to your Energe Soy Free Egg Replacer. Be sure to stir it for a good thirty seconds to get rid of any clumps that may form in the mixture. When it’s properly mixed, it will resemble something along the lines of a frothy milk/cement glue mixture (tasty image I know, but it’s pretty accurate).

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Dump it in the mixing bowl, and stir it all about…

Then add in your Rice Milk (or dairy free replacement of choice).

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At this point in time, you’ll want to mix everything in together, so that all your liquids are really well combined.

WE’RE ALMOST DONE!

It’s time to pour in the final ingredient: THE FLOUR!.
Now, I personally like to pour my flour in small quantities so that everything mixes together and is smooth, rather than having clumpy spots.

So, if you would like to follow suit, pour in your flour in 1/2 cup increments.

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Once all of your flour is mixed in with your liquids, it’s time to add the sweet bits!

-Add in 4 teaspoons of brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons of homemade cinnamon sugar. Be sure to mix it all together really well.

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I know it’s been a process just to get some pancakes, but stick with me, because we’re almost done, and you will be well rewarded!

At this point in time, you want to fire up a small skillet, grab your ghee, and your mixing bowl.

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Now, if you’re like me and you had NEVER heard of ghee until either this recipe, or just recently, we’ll take a very minor detour on a history of butter.

Ghee is a classic Indian process of taking butter (which is processed from cow’s milk), and clarifying it through boiling the butter, straining it multiple times through cheesecloth, and setting it aside to process on it’s own.

Now I know what you’re thinking: “Allison…dairy…cows…butter…WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!?”

Well, I’ll keep you updated, because this is my first time trying ghee. Ghee is supposed to remove all of the complicated dairy bits of butter, and leave you with basically a solidified oil/fat that can retains some of the aromatic deliciousness that comes with butter.

BACK TO THE BAKING!

So, take just a sliver of ghee and heat it in your skillet. You don’t need much, it only takes a teeny tiny amount to create this oily mess (honestly, much more effective than normal dairy-filled butter).

Then put in about 2 1/2 large spoonfuls of batter into the pan. Let your listless pancake sit for a bit until you see a multitude of bubbles frothing forth in the batter, and you have some nice golden edges going on around the sides.

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NOW FLIP THOSE BABIES!

Once you’re done, you’ll have some nice, golden, crispy (albeit a bit thin) pancakes.

Be sure to top them with a bit of soy free, dairy free butter (I’m a bit fond of the Earth Balance Soy Free brand), and top your brown sugar cinnamon pancakes FREE OF EVERYTHING with a bit of locally made and organic strawberry syrup. My favorite brand is from a local store here in Colorado as you climb the canyon to Estes Park, known as The Cherry Store, because they always use organic, locally grown products, with no unnecessary additives!

Butter, syrup, and om nom nom away!

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This recipe will make about 10 pancakes that are really great when reheated in a toaster, or in a skillet again.

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