Gluten Free, Dairy Free Polenta Pancakes

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Polenta Pancakes

These Gluten Free, Dairy Free Polenta Pancakes are lovely and fluffy and easy to make and are covered with a dairy free salted caramel sauce, and topped with some gluten and dairy free chocolate covered banana chips.

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Polenta Pancakes

With pancake day almost upon us, I thought I would have a go at making pancakes which were a lot less fussy and fancy than the Unicorn Pancakes I featured on my blog earlier this week. I also thought it would be nice to make some healthier ones which were gluten and dairy free.

I still had some polenta in my cupboard leftover from when I made my Chocolate Orange Drizzle Polenta Cake , so I wondered if it were possible to make pancakes using this in place of flour.

Guess what? It is possible and although the batter is very claggy and a little tricky to work with, the resulting pancakes were fluffy and light and quite tasty actually. I added some dairy free Koko milk to the batter which is why these are also dairy free, and I also used the Koko to make a salted caramel sauce to pour over these pancakes.

I added some vegan (also GF and DF) chocolate coated banana chips too, as I had been sent some in my Degustabox this month (along with the Koko) and thought they might be nice served with the pancakes. Equally, sliced fresh banana would also work and be delicious.

Here are the naked pancakes before the sauce was added

They were fairly easy to make and it is always pleasing when a baking experiment works – which these pancakes definitely were!

I made the pancakes on a Breville Crepe Maker (review can be found here ) but of course they can be made in a good non stick frying pan. 

With regards to the dairy free salted caramel sauce, as a rule this should be made using double cream, so by using there Koko milk it was not as thick or rich as it could be, but it still tasted lovely. 

Here is the recipe for these Gluten Free, Dairy Free Polenta Pancakes 

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Polenta Pancakes
 
American style pancakes made from Polenta instead of flour and with Koko dairy free coconut milk making these both Gluten and Dairy Free
Author:
Ingredients
  • *For then pancakes*
  • 1 cup of polenta (235g)
  • 1.5 cups of Koko Dairy Free coconut milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract/essence
  • Frylight or a little oil
  • *For the salted caramel sauce*
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 50ml Koko Dairy Free coconut milk
  • pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. *For the Pancakes*
  2. I used my Breville Crepe maker - but if you do not have one of these, then use a non stick frying pan on the hob instead
  3. To make the batter:
  4. Separate the egg whites from the yolks, and place the yolks into a large mixing bowl and the whites into a clean bowl and whisk until stiff peaks are formed
  5. In to the egg yolks, add the polenta, vanilla, baking powder and Koko and beat well to make a batter - be warned, the mixture will be quite thick and claggy
  6. Using a metal spoon, fold in the egg whites as lightly as you can
  7. Take your pancake pan (or in my case crepe maker) and wipe with a little oil to make the base even more non stick
  8. Using a table spoon, place spoonfuls of the mixture onto the pan, and spread out a little if you are able to, and cook own each side until golden and cooked (approx 60-90 secs both side depending on the thickness)
  9. You should get at least 6 pancakes
  10. Stack them up onto a plate
  11. Then pour over your salted caramel sauce:
  12. *For the Salted Dairy Free Caramel sauce *
  13. Put the sugar and salt into a heavy-based saucepan ,
  14. Add the water and then place over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  15. Then increase the heat and bubble for 3-4 mins until you have caramel. Take care not to burn the sauce!
  16. Remove from the heat, and pour into a large pyrex bowl (for safety reasons and to stop the sauce form continuing to cook)
  17. VERY carefully stir in the Koko milk
  18. Leave the sauce to cool, and then pour over your pancakes and add some chocolate coated banana chips, if you wish or fresh banana slices would be delicious too.

 

Yummy!

I was sent a Degustabox Uk as part of my on going role as a reviewer.

 

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Of course if you decide to buy ready made pancakes, and there is nothing wrong with that

Dont dismiss shop bought pancakes if you are in a hurry or can’t cook! I have tried several brands and they all work just as well

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And if you have any ready made pancakes left do not despair why not make them into another dessert all together?

Like this take on a bread pudding using shop bought, ready made pancakes instead a Pancake Fruity Chocolate Orange Pudding

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I have added all of these to my Pancake Ideas pinterest board too

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Pizza Pancakes

My boys will not eat pancakes. It is a shame because I love them and they are so versatile as you can eat them sweet and savoury, lending themselves nicely to be made into a main meal, snack, breakfast and a pudding. Still, I will keep trying new ways of serving pancakes to them in a bid to get them to like them somehow!!

Tonight I thought I would attempt to make Pizza Pancakes, having recalled seeing some made some time ago and thinking what a great tea time meal this would make. I made mine slightly differently and here is how I did it.pizzapancakesbadge

Recipe

5.0 from 2 reviews
Pizza Pancakes
 
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Author:
Cuisine: mains, snacks,
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • *For The Pancakes*
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 small mugs of flour
  • 2 small mugs of milk
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • oil for greasing the pan to cook the pancakes in
  • *For The Pizza Topping*
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes - drain all the liquid away
  • grated cheese - approx 250g
  • 1 tsp dried oregano/basil or a mix of both
  • pinch of sugar
  • your choice of extras eg, ham, mushrooms, onions, sausages etc.... I used frankfurter sausages as the boys enjoy these
Instructions
  1. Place all the pancake batter ingredients and 1 handful of the grated cheese into a large mixing bowl and beat with a whisk for a few minutes until light and airy
  2. To make the tomato sauce for your pizza toppings, mix the drained tomatoes with the sugar and whizz with a hand held blender stick to make a paste
  3. Add the herbs and stir and heat for a minute in microwave to make it warm.
  4. Place to one side while you make the pancakes
  5. Place your frying pan (non stick works best) onto a high heat and add a little oil to lightly grease it
  6. Pre heat the grill to a medium-high setting
  7. Add a ladel full of batter at a time to the pan to make thicker american style pancakes and cook on both sides for a couple of minutes to cook the pancakes
  8. As each pancake is cooked, place onto grease proof paper
  9. Once all the pancakes are cooked spread one side of each with the tomato paste, your choice of toppings, in my case the frankfurter style sausages, and then add the cheese
  10. Place under the grill - I removed the wire rack part and placed the pancakes in the tray part, and grill for 1- 2 minutes keeping an eye on them so they do not burn. You just want to melt the cheese really.
  11. Then they are ready to serve

pizzapancakes1pizzapancakes2pizzapancakes5The boys did actually eat most of their pizza pancakes – so I would call that a success!!

This is a great tea time snack, I had one topped with mushroom and sweetcorn and using a pancake as the base for a pizza really works! I will definately be making these again! Of course you could use a substitute for tomato paste on these pizzas – anything goes really!

They taste just like a regular hot dog sausage and the boys enjoyed eating them on their pancake pizzas – infact they ate all the Jungle Dog sausages no problem!! Shame they didn’t eat all their pancakes!