Gram (Chickpea) Flour American Style Pancakes

by - January 10, 2016

pancake stack with blueberries, bacon and maple syrup

Crispy Salty Bacon On A Fat Stack Of Pancakes Drizzled in Sweet Maple Sauce & Bejewelled with Tangy Blueberries -

 The Americans sure know how to do breakfast! Here's how to make it slightly healthier for you but just as delicious...

As gram flour is made from chickpeas the result is unlike traditional pancake mix (which is quite bland) Gram flour tastes exactly like chickpeas so it's a nice touch to add some vanilla essence to sweeten it n.b. it will taste rank if you try the mix raw! You could also add some sweetened soya milk or almond milk if you want or if you're lactose intolerant. The best way is to play around with quantities. The first batch I made didn't have water and didn't have an egg but I was finding the mixture too thick and sticking to the pan so adjusted it with a little bit of this and that and came up with this final recipe.

Gram flour is gluten free, contains higher amounts of protein than other flours, high amounts of magnesium, phosphorous and folate as well as fibre and is a stable ingredient in Indian cooking where it's used for traditional items such as Pakoras, Poppadoms and Bhajis. Check Out This Blog Post On Indian Cooking for more information.

sieved gram flour


For the pancakes (makes around 8 small ones)
1 cup of gram flour (seived)
1 cup of milk 
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg
tsp vanilla essence

4 large slices of bacon 
2 big handfulls of blueberries
Maple syrup - fo drizzlin'
25-50g Butter - for frying

How to make 

cup of flour

Get your cup of flour and sieve it into a bowl. This helps to reduce lumps.

sieving flour

Add your other ingredients and mix into a smooth battter
pancake mix

Pre-heat your grill to a medium heat 
bacon slices
Lay out your bacon on a tray and place under the grill. I used butchers bacon as it was on offer in the supermarket, it's super thick and the crispy rind produced a delicious result, almost like crackling! YUM!
This will take around 10-15 mins 

Meanwhile you can start to fry your pancakes by melting a little butter in the pan before each one to reduce sticking. Keep a plate on a low heat in the oven to put your cooked cakes onto when they're done to stay warm! 

Stack 'em up! Scatter your berries then drizzle your maple syrup before putting your bacon on to prevent the bacon losing it's crispiness to the syrup.


pancake stack with blueberries bacon and maple syrup

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