About a year ago, I discovered that I was allergic to eggs. Aside from having to cut out a lot of foods from my diet, it hasn’t been so bad. I suffered from mild to severe asthma since I was a teenager and after cutting eggs out my asthma has completely disappeared! If you haven’t tried the Elimination Diet, you should because you really never know what you might be sensitive to.
Cutting eggs out of your diet usually entails cutting out a lot of processed foods (wasn’t eating much of those anyway), fried foods (I did enjoy them on occasion) and baked goods (no!!).
I had been a huge fan of pancakes for breakfast and prided myself on making a fluffy pancake at high altitude. But how do I make them without eggs? Well, I have had a little bit of experience with improvising egg-replacers in the past, so I decided to see what I could work out.
To be honest, I have discovered that most recipes don’t require an egg. It adds some flavor, richness and helps bind everything together, but most of the time you don’t actually NEED it to create the product. I have made piles of pancakes following normal recipes and just leaving out the egg. But if you want your pancakes to be a little less crumbly you can try this recipe below that I nabbed from Buzzle.
“Chia seeds are great egg substitutes, and also impart a healthier touch to pancakes.
What you need…
◆ ½ cup all-purpose flour
◆ ½ cup buttermilk
◆ 1½ tbsp. chia seeds
◆ 1 tbsp. sugar
◆ ½ tsp. baking powder
◆ ¼ tsp. baking soda
◆ Pinch of salt
What’s to be done…
◆ Grind the chia seeds in a coffee grinder. Add some water to the ground chia seeds and make a paste.
◆ Mix the dry ingredients together and make a well in the center.
◆ Mix the buttermilk and chia seed paste together and pour the mixture into the dry ingredients.
◆ Quickly and gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry, until all the flour gets absorbed.
◆ Ladle out the batter on a hot griddle and allow it to brown.
◆ Once the sides have browned, flip the pancakes and allow the other side to brown as well.
◆ Serve with maple syrup and fresh fruit.
What can be altered…
◆ You can add the zest of one lemon to the batter, to have lemon chia seed pancakes.
◆ To make the pancake healthier, you can also use whole wheat.
◆ Instead of buttermilk, you can also add soy milk or almond milk.
◆ You can add vanilla extract if you want.”
Got Old Frozen Fruit?
Don’t throw it out! If it does taste too frost bitten to use in smoothies, use this quick recipe to make a wonderful syrup.
Add about 1 part fruit to 1 part sugar and add a tablespoon of water at a time. You want to let the fruit boil with very little water so that the remainder is a flavored syrup. If you need to, add a little cornstarch to thicken it up. It’s delicious!