Easy Spelt Pancakes

Spelt. Have you heard of it? Or should I say, do you know what it’s all about? I had absolutely no idea until about two months ago. At that point I had seen it enough that I thought it would be worth finding out exactly what it was.

Spelt is an ancient grain and basically a cousin to wheat which is what most of us are familiar with. The benefit of spelt is that it has a few more nutrients than wheat and it also doesn’t seem to cause the gluten intolerance that wheat does. Spelt is a great source of manganese, protein and fiber. It actually has more fiber than wheat. Manganese helps your body absorb other nutrients and spelt is one of the best sources of this mineral.

For more information on the health benefits of spelt and whole grains in general you can read here or here. The second link talks specifically about spelt as it relates to eliminating gluten from your diet.

I bought my spelt flour at Whole Foods and there were a few different brands I could buy. I bought the Arrowhead Mills brand although they also had Bob’s Red Mill. I haven’t seen spelt flour in my local grocery stores yet, but I imagine they will carry it soon.

Spelt has a nutty flavor and I thought that it tasted somewhere between a whole wheat and buckwheat pancake (which I really like.) I think spelt pancakes are a great place to start with this grain because you aren’t dealing with yeast and they are pretty forgiving. Plus I thought that the recipe I found was a great basic starting point. I sautéed some bananas in a little Smart Balance and cinnamon and put them on top with some blueberries and it was a nutritious, filling breakfast (except the bananas upset my stomach because for some reason I can’t eat them….oh well.) Even though the kids didn’t oooh and aaah like some of my other pancakes, but they cleaned their plates and seemed quite happy. I plan on trying to make bread or biscuits next….I will let you know how that goes. Enjoy!

Source: My Blessed Life

Spelt Pancakes
 

 

Recipe type: Breakfast

Ingredients
  • 1 c. spelt flour
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk

Instructions
  1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and combine with a whisk. Add the beaten egg and milk and mix until combined.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat and either spray with cooking spray or melt some butter. Spoon batter onto the skillet and cook on the first side until bubbles form on top and they lose their shine. Flip over and cook for another minute or so on the second side.
  3. Enjoy!

Comments

  1. I have an unopened bag of spelt flour that has been sitting on the shelf for months! You’re right pancakes are a good place to start! They look delicious!

  2. Words Of Deliciousness says:

    I had never heard of spelt before I started blogging. Thanks for the info on spelt, very interesting. Your pancakes look delicious.

  3. I have heard of spelt before but not much about it. Thanks for the informative post about it. Your pancakes looks lovely.

  4. i’ve never baked with spelt flour but now i’d love to try it! mm, they look so delicious!

  5. I’ll have to give spelt a try. Love the fruit on the pancakes.

  6. I’ve never used spelt flour before, but I keep seeing recipes for it, so I’m definitely going to have to try it sometime!

  7. Heard of it…seen it…just never tried it. I know it’s suppose to be really healthy. The pancakes look really good…I need to try it.

  8. Jenn's Food Journey says:

    I heard of spelt only just recently too. I’ve tried tried cooking with it though. These pancakes might be the first thing I try!! They look fantastic!

  9. Just made these, they were great! Thanks

  10. Today morning we tried them and there were delicious! Thank you for the recipe.

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