Quinoa Pancake recipe

Quinoa Pancake

Not too long ago, quinoa was an unknown ingredient, native to the Andean highlands it is cultivated for its rich in goodness seeds.  Hispanics in Latin America pronounce quinoa kee-NO-ah, others pronounce it KEEN-wah. This Andean grain is a crop primarily used for centuries by indigenous peasant communities and regular consumption in Peru, Bolivia, northern Chile.  They are used to prepare different dishes including beverages and processed foods.

Peru is the country where most farmers cultivate, consume and where you have selected a large number of varieties of quinoa. In the region of the valleys, it is grown in fields of corn and beans, or potato crop edge. But it is in the highlands, where maize is not grown,  that the quinoa culture becomes the staple.

How to cook Quinoa

One cup of quinoa to two cups of water.
Place in a pan the quinoa and water, after the mixture is brought to a boil, reduce the heat to simmer and cover. It will take about 15 minutes to cook. Switch off the heat and cover for 5-10  minutes. The grains have now become translucent, and the white germ has partially detached itself.  Ready to eat or to add to a recipe.

For a nuttier flavor, dry roast it before cooking; to dry roast, place it in a skillet over medium-low heat and stir constantly for five minutes. Do not leave unattended.

I was given by Quinoa Peru a selection of red, white and black quinoa to cook at home and for the first recipe had to be a breakfast one.

Quinoa Pancake recipe

makes about600ml of batter
about 10 pancakes,  9cm diameter

 1 cup of all purpose flour
 1 teaspoon of baking powder
 1 teaspoon baking soda
 1 tablespoon caster sugar
 a pinch of salt
 2 large organic eggs
 1 cup of  buttermilk, 200ml
 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 3 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
 1/2 cup Peruvian cooked quinoa (any type), 60g
 1 cup of your favourite fruits, washed and diced
 a handful of nuts toasted

 1)Sieve together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt. reserve.
 2)In another bowl, lightly whisk the eggs. Add the buttermilk, the vanilla extract and the oil and whisk for another minute.
 3) Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, and quickly whisk together to combine.  Fold in the cooked quinoa. Take to the fridge for 1 hour.
4)Heat a pancake pan or hot plate over medium-hot heat.  Brush it with butter or oil.
5)Drop a ladle full of the batter onto the hot pancake pan. Cook until bubbles begin to break through,  about two minutes then turn and cook on the other side for about a minute more or until nicely browned.
6)Remove from the heat, and continue cooking until all of the batter is used up.
7)Serve hot with butter,  yogurt, maple syrup or honey, fruits and nuts of choice

Advance preparation:
The batter can be made in advance and kept overnight in the fridge or it can be cooked, refrigerated and reheated.

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  1. GoodnightTheSkye
    February 8, 2016 / 12:28 am

    This is such an unorthodox idea that I never would have thought of, I love it though! Great post, keep it up. <3

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  2. February 8, 2016 / 12:44 am

    I have sooooooo much quinoa in the cupboard but would never have thought to use it to make pancakes. I freakin love pancakes. 🙂 Cant wait to try your recipe.

  3. February 8, 2016 / 1:10 am

    I would never have thought to put quinoa in pancakes, what a fab idea! xxx

  4. Prateek Dasgupta
    February 8, 2016 / 8:17 am

    Interesting choice of using quinoa in pancakes , haven't seen it before looks good!

  5. ana de jesus
    February 8, 2016 / 8:25 am

    Quinoa pancakes sounds like my cup of tea I would put strawberries, cream and kiwi on it mmmmm

  6. Dannii Martin
    February 8, 2016 / 10:02 am

    I love quinoa, especially in a Greek salad, but this looks like a great way to use it. Yum!

  7. Pasta Bites
    February 8, 2016 / 10:41 am

    I havent used Quinoa yet but I am in love with another Hispanic grain, amaranth… so should really try this recipe 🙂

  8. Hannah Dainty
    February 8, 2016 / 10:46 am

    I have never heard of quinoa, I'll have to give this a try. We love trying new things in our house

  9. Sarah-Louise Bailey
    February 8, 2016 / 2:25 pm

    Oh wow these sound amazing, I have to admit I've not heard of quinoa pancakes before but I definitely do need to try.

  10. Angela Milnes
    February 8, 2016 / 4:11 pm

    these look so tasty. my daughter is so excite about pancake day! Best get some treacle!

  11. Sarah
    February 8, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    These look and sound fab. I've never thought to put quinoa in pancakes before but I'll certainly try it! 🙂 Thank you for sharing the recipe. xx

  12. jenna abbott
    February 8, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    Oh I might have to try these, I've never heard of these but the recipe seems quick and simple! x

  13. Emma White
    February 8, 2016 / 6:15 pm

    oh my these look amazing may just have to give them a try out

  14. Leanne Dolan
    February 8, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    I've never heard of quinoa pancakes! I thought it was some thing you just ate on its own!

  15. February 8, 2016 / 6:36 pm

    What a fantastic idea to include quinoa in pancakes, they look awesome. I love quinoa especially the white, red and black variety. I once made a pizza base with it but I haven't tried pancakes yet. We eat at least 2 meals a week with quinoa (it's lovely with roast veggies)

  16. Rhian Westbury
    February 8, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    I've been meaning to try cooking with quinoa for ages and these look like a good place to start x

  17. Nicol
    February 8, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    ive never thought about using quinoa like this. i am definitely trying it out

  18. Stella Olojola
    February 8, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    This recipe looks delicious. I will be trying this out.

  19. Jessica Ayun
    February 9, 2016 / 3:44 am

    I've been thinking on what I can do with the loads of Quinoa in my kitchen aside from salad. Thank you for this delicious idea! 🙂

  20. February 9, 2016 / 6:08 am

    I'm a big fan of quinoa as it's high in protein, but I'm of two minds of using it now because now that us in the west have discovered its merits it's affecting those who grow it – they aren't eating it any more so we can. There are some big debates around it – but oh it's good and your pancakes sound FAB!

  21. Angela Kate Webster
    February 9, 2016 / 7:47 am

    Ooh I'd never considered quinoa for pancakes! This looks so good. I love how chunky they are.

  22. Tori Gabriel
    February 9, 2016 / 8:51 am

    What a unique idea. I would never have thought of quinoa in pancakes. I will definitely be trying it now though.

  23. Georgia C
    February 9, 2016 / 9:12 am

    This is such a good idea to use quinoa this way, going to give it a go!

  24. February 9, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    I'm so inspired to use quinoa in new ways now. These pancakes look tremendous!

  25. beautyqueenuk
    February 9, 2016 / 5:31 pm

    Ive never thought of using Quinoa in this way x

  26. Rebecca Smith
    February 9, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    Mmm these look delicious! I may have to make them

  27. Charli James
    February 9, 2016 / 9:56 pm

    Pancakes and quinoa?! That's crazy! Looks so much more healthier than the ones I've just made!

  28. Emily Underworld
    February 10, 2016 / 1:12 am

    I've heard a lot about quinoa, but I've never tried it!

  29. Laura Haley
    February 10, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    These look really nice, I've never tried Quinoa