Gingersnap Pancakes

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These pancakes are a cheerful way to brighten your day.  Made with wholesome gluten free and dairy free ingredients, this recent formulation is a combination of a craving and recipe by Actress Dee Maaske, prepared for the “Hersey House” Shakespearean Festival, 451 N. Main St., Ashland Oregon, 97520, from The Bed and Breakfast Cookbook by Pamela Lanier.  “Had I but a penny in the world, thou shouldst have it for gingerbread.” William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

A potent medicinal herb for over two thousand years, ginger has more evidenced-based uses and treatments that are being discovered.  Ginger tends to have an additive affect with commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals coincidentally, for the same conditions ginger is effective.

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Traditional, healthy molasses ginger cakes

The minerals in organic, unsulphured organic blackstrap molasses potentiate natural nutrient absorption.   This whole food source is abundant with iron, making it the best form for treating anemia.  This type of molasses ranks surprisingly low on the glycemic index with a versatile delivery.

As an added treat and healthy benefit, I ground my own steel-cut oats with the high powered Vita-Mix®.  The critical B vitamins in the groat are retained in this minimal process.  The product is somewhat crumbly from the absence of gluten with a notable texture, and yet, light.

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Tools of the pancake trade

Sift together:

  • 1.5 C. Oat bran Flour
  • 1C. Brown Rice Flour
  • 5tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1tsp. Baking powder
  • 1.5 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. Penzey’s Cake Spice
  • ½ tsp. Ground Ginger
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Blended ginger-molasses pancake batter

Combine wet ingredients:

  • 2 Lightly beaten Eggs
  • 1.5 C. Almond Milk (Vanilla)
  • ¼ C. Unsulphured Black Strap Molasses

Stir adding wet to dry ingredients. Blend until moistened. 

 

Cook on a hot griddle.

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Griddle-hot, ready-to-flip “Gingersnap Pancakes”!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gluten-free, anti-inflammatory ‘Gingersnap Pancakes topped with sliced bananas

 

 

 

 

*Add raisins, chopped nuts, sliced bananas preserves or chips.

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Carob chip dotted maple syrup glazed ‘Gingersnap Pancakes’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I dotted mine with dairy free carob chips, which aren’t so bad when coated with maple syrup.  For a real “wake-up call”, try topping with Rosemary Gladstar’s “Zoom Balls”.  I’m sure they can be made into any desired shape so as not to roll off onto the floor!

The result exemplifies my mission to create likable, therapeutic foods.  Eating high quality, whole foods is a proactive way to participate in our own care to maintain optimal health.

There is a lot of conflicting, mixed information regarding gluten-free foods.  In the case of a true allergic reaction or positive Celiac disease diagnosis through testing, be aware cross-contamination can occur during the processing of oats, rice bran and other originally gluten-free grains.  Take necessary precautions and know of your ingredients’ origins.

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Planting Heirloom Tomatoes for Father’s Day

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Heirloom tomato plant
Credit: Bethane M. Evans

Tomatoes love calcium found in bone meal.  Ours thrive on organic mushroom compost!  Space far enough apart to accommodate the dense leaved branches that will need to be clipped as they reach a couple of feet tall.  This will allow direct sunlight ripen the fruit.  Dig holes deep enough to accommodate tomato plant atop additional compost.  Sprinkle in bone meal and gently break apart roots. 

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Preparing for planting
Bethane M. Evans

Fill in the hole and build-up with mushroom compost, watering well. 

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Tomatoes strategically planted in sunlight against a fence
Planting, growing, photography credit: Bethane M. Evans

If you reside in an area with voracious bunnies, you may want to give serious consideration to deer netting.  A little goes a long way and it is tricky to work with, but does a good job discouraging foraging wildlife from devouring your precious plants

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Deer netting protected young tomato plants
Photo credit: Bethane M. Evans

We lost our 29 transplanted seedlings, mowed down to the quick by ravenous rabbits!  Fortunately, tomato plants are strong and hunger for the nutrients provided in this rich, organic compost blend. 

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Wild rabbits
Photo by Bethane M. Evans

Just a few plants will yield many tomatoes to be enjoyed by all throughout the summer and into the next season.  I was still harvesting tomatoes and delivering baskets to our neighbors well into November a couple of years back. 

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“Black Krim” heirloom tomato harvest 2011
By Bethane M. Evans

All ages can participate in this growing activity that is so satisfying for the mind, body and soul.  Have a Happy Father’s Day!

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Therapeutic gardening
Credit: Bethane M. Evans