If there is one thing we really know in the South, it’s food! A few rules to southern dining:
1) Every meal is the most important meal of the day.
2) Never skip one. Ever.
3) Add in some “middle ground” with a brunch, supper, or both.
4) If it ain’t sizzlin, it ain’t southern.
Growing up in Lexington, my favorite day of the week was (and still is) Saturday. My granddad would jog to our house, normally arriving between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m. By the time I strolled downstairs at 8:30, he and my mom were knee deep in conversation and on a second cup of tea. Next up, scrambled eggs and bacon, of course some biscuits, and on a really special day…pancakes.
The pancakes of my childhood included a lot of flour, a couple (or five) doses of buttermilk, and a whopping amount of sugar. As I grew up, those ingredients started to…ummm…stick around. While I searched for healthier alternatives to breakfast, my pancake cravings never waned.
After lots of trial and error, I’ve finally found a sure-bet recipe that combines healthy ingredients without sacrificing the mouth watering taste of my fluffy Saturday memories.
- 4 eggs, room temperature
- 1 cup milk (raw cow’s or coconut both work)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon honey or a pinch of stevia
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (I use Himalayan Pink Salt)
- coconut oil or butter for frying (I use Nutiva coconut oil)
After combining the wet and dry ingredients in one bowl, heat up your skillet with coconut oil (or butter), and add a dollop with each new scoop of batter. Cook as normal on medium heat (you will not see bubbles rise as you would with “normal” batter, so keep an eye on the edges to flip on time. You’re looking for golden brown!) A few minutes on either side, plate, and you’re ready for toppings. To keep a low sugar and moist consistency, I add another dollop of honey on top and my favorite in-season fruit. Grab a fork and enjoy!
These pancakes are so simple, quick, and delicious – you’ll find yourself having breakfast for dinner…frequently. Enjoy your moment of southern bliss!
(recipe courtesy of Shannon and Stewart)