When I was in high school, one of my favorite things to do with my girlfriends was to go to Panera, order chai, and sit by the fireplace...oh, and gossip. Yeah, we weren't above that. We felt like such cool kids / pseudo adults sipping from our giant mugs like we had nothing better to do. As the temperatures drop, I find myself craving those same cozy flavors and warming spices (and fireplace chats). I also find ways to mix up my usual cold overnight oats with something a little less chilly.
I took chai spices—cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves—and put them in pancakes, another food that transports me back to when Bisquick pancake mix was our Sunday morning go-to as kids. These pancakes may be a whole lot more wholesome than those Bisquick pancakes, but they are just as comforting. Sweetened with coconut sugar or maple syrup, they have a base of oat flour (I show you how to make homemade), whole wheat flour, and shredded coconut. They are slightly more dense than fluffy buttermilk pancakes or my Lemon Ricotta Pancakes due to the whole wheat flour, but you can lighten them up if you're not a fan of whole wheat flour by subbing more oat flour in its place.
These pancakes are perfect for lazy weekends this winter or perhaps you make a batch and store them in the fridge to enjoy throughout the week as snacks.
Chai Spiced Coconut Pancakes
½ cup rolled oats (or ½ cup + 2 tablespoons oat flour)
⅓ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
½ cup whole wheat flour (or additional oat flour)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
¾ teaspoons ground cardamom
¾ teaspoons ground ginger
½ teaspoon cloves
⅛ teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten or flax egg**
1 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened nut milk
3 tablespoons coconut sugar or maple syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted + more for cooking
Maple syrup, for serving
Shredded and flaked coconut, toasted
Make oat flour. Place oats in coffee grinder or mini food processor and process until it resembles flour. Mix oat flour and remaining dry ingredients in small bowl. In a larger bowl, whisk together egg (or flax egg), nut milk, maple syrup, and melted coconut oil. Slowly whisk in dry ingredients until combined.
Preheat flat griddle or cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add thin layer of coconut oil to coat. Add batter by ¼ cupfuls to griddle and allow to cook 2-4 minutes or until you see batter starting to dry out around edges. Flip and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes more. Remove from pan.
Move to a wire rack and keep warm in a 200 degree oven if not serving immediately. Repeat with remaining batter, greasing pan with coconut oil as necessary. Serve with maple syrup, and toasted coconut. Enjoy! Makes 8-9 pancakes.
**To make flax egg: Stir 3 tablespoons water with 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed and allow to rest for 15 minutes