The famous and celebrated sugar cookie is hardly a new innovation. A simple go-to baked good that required few ingredients, in North America it became especially popular in the 1930s as the quintessential cookie to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve along with a glass of milk. Its history dates back much further however– according to historians the concept originated in Germany and was brought to Pennsylvania by German settlers in the 1700s. Now referred to as the “Nazareth Cookie”, this rich, crumbly, cane sugar-sweetened cookie was a surefire hit with other settlers and it spread across the nation to ultimately become as deeply rooted in American culture as meatloaf and green bean casserole. And unlike pineapple upside-down cake or Jello salad, it didn’t fall by the wayside after the 1970s. Continue Reading
High in protein and low in carbohydrate content, chickpea flour is also gluten free and easy to use. I am excited about these pancakes because the chickpea flour works perfectly as an alternative to wheat flour, and its flavor is not overpowering. Despite their containing no added sugar or fat, these pancakes taste great. Also important, they provide sustained energy without spiking blood sugar. Good for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Eat one of these instead of a packaged energy bar after a workout, on a hike, or to refuel at work or school.
This recipe calls for liquid stevia as a sweetener, but you can top these panckakes with whatever you like–sliced fruit, berries, coconut yogurt, pure maple syrup, agave nectar, jam, almond butter, or combination of the above.
Chickpea Flour Pancakes
1 cup chickpea flour.
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp corn starch
2/3 cup water
liquid stevia extract to taste. For this recipe I used Sweet Leaf Vanilla Creme Flavored Liquid Stevia
Combine all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix well. Add water and vanilla extract, stirring constantly until batter is smooth.
Preheat pan or griddle with a small amount of coconut or hempseed oil (if using a non-stick skillet, you can omit the oil and use water instead). Pour 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle or into the pan/skillet. Fry until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip. Fry until golden brown. Serve sprinkled with cinnamon and stevia to taste.