I seem to have made Fridays my “what’s for brunch” posting day. Honesty, I start thinking about weekend brunch on the deck from about Wednesday. Tomorrow I’m ready to make my Enchanted Vanilla Pancakes with Chai-spiced Peach Compote. I got fresh peaches in my CSA and they are ready to go!
These pancakes are enchanted with the nutrition of beans – which should make you rest easy feeding them to your family. They also have whole wheat, oats, and ground flax-seed.
Why call them enchanted? It’s magical the way the most determined bean hater will not have a clue that their dreaded enemy is inside these innocent vanilla pancakes. That was part of the fun of writing The Great Vegan Bean Book – I love hiding good-for-you things in food for Cheryl!
Top them off with fresh peach compote to make it heavenly. Make a batch or two of the compote while peaches now, while they are in season. It freezes well, that way in the dead of winter you can pull some out to use and cheer yourself up. It works every time for me!
Enchanted Vanilla Pancakes with Chai-spiced Peach Compote
Chai-Spiced Peach Compote
- 5 peaches
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon allspice
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- Sweetener of your choice to taste
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups cooked white beans or 1 can (15 ounces, or 420 g), rinsed and drained
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened nondairy milk (vanilla, if possible)
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons sugar or agave nectar
- 1 tablespoon ground flax-seed mixed with 2 tablespoons warm water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- To prepare the compote, cut the peaches in half, remove the stone, and remove the peel. If the peaches are ripe enough the skins will peel off easily.
- Cut into small pieces.
- Add all of the compote ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Decrease the heat to low, cover, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until the fruit is cooked through.
- Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Add the wet ingredients to a food processor and purée.
- Add the purée to the dry ingredients.
- Mix with a wooden spoon until thoroughly combined.
- Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. You can cook a few pancakes at a time, but make sure not to crowd them in the pan.
- Cook until you can see a few bubbles on the top and the edges are dry, then flip and cook a few minutes more until the pancake is cooked through.
- Spoon Peach Compote onto pancakes and serve.
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