April 22, 2015

Lactose Free Pancakes

The Joy of Cooking basic pancake recipe has been my family's go-to as far back as I can remember. There's something about the thin, vanilla-scented pancakes that is super addictive. But like most pancakes, the recipe has plenty of milk and butter. Since high school I've become increasingly intolerant to lactose, a sugar found in milk and most dairy products. Of course I still want to have pancakes for breakfast every now and then, so I modified the recipe and came up with an equally delicious, lactose free version! 

Lactose Free Pancakes
Adapted from the "Basic Pancakes" recipe in The Joy of Cooking
Makes about twelve 5" pancakes

Combine in a large bowl
1½ cups all-purpose flour
3 Tablespoons sugar
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt

Whisk together in another bowl (or if you're lazy like me, dump straight into the flour mixture)
1½ cups lactose free milk or other milk alternative
3 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
2 eggs
generous ½ teaspoon vanilla

The coconut oil will probably harden when it's mixed with the cold liquids since it becomes a solid below 75°F. If this happens, break it up into as small pieces as you can and don't worry if it stays a little lumpy. Pour the liquids into the flour mix and stir until just combined. 

Heat a little coconut oil in a frying pan and pour about ⅓ cup of batter to make one pancake. Cook until you see bubbles on the top side of the pancake, then flip and cook until the other side is brown. These pancakes are so good I usually eat them plain, but syrup or yogurt doesn't hurt! Yogurt is naturally low in lactose, but there are a fair number of totally lactose free options including Yami and certain Yoplait yogurts.

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