Life is crazy. It feels like there’s a constant pull between yin and yang, good and bad, happy and sad. I can’t keep up with it. Right now things in my life are really good in some ways, and really not-so-good in others. I don’t know how to feel half the time. I’m trying to take every moment as it comes, reacting to the situation at hand rather than thinking about the past or future.
Well, that’s not entirely true. If there are positive things that might happen in the future, I try to think about them. For example, I’m going to Cape Cod with my parents for Labor Day Weekend. We go to Chatham every year, and I’m so excited to just spend some time relaxing by the sea. It’s also very nostalgic, as I’ve been going every year since I was in my mom’s stomach! So that’s something positive to look forward to.
I’m also trying to convince my mom and sister to take another trip to Disney World (!!!) for the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Nobody else in my family really cares about food / wine other than me, but they LOVE Disney World. I really hope I can make this trip happen because we haven’t gone on a vacation (just us girls) since 2010. We all could use the break! And Disney world is such a magical place to be for my family – we have so many happy memories there with my grandparents from when they were still alive. I really hope we can go this year!
Today’s recipe – freekeh pancakes – is another one of my savory vegan breakfast creations. It’s similar to my socca recipe in that it uses chickpea flour, but this version is made with smoky and hearty freekeh, one of my favorite grains. Freekeh is similar in texture to, say, wheatberries or kamut, but has a unique smoky flavor due to the roasting of the grain. It tastes amazing in pancake form, especially served with avocado and hot sauce. (But doesn’t almost everything taste better with hot sauce?!) I hope you love it!
Savory Freekeh Pancakes
- 1 1/4 Cups Water
- 1/2 Cup Cracked Freekeh
- Drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 Cup Chickpea Flour
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1/2 Tsp Pepper
- 1 Tsp Paprika
- Start by cooking the freekeh. Add freekeh to the water (cold) on a pot. Bring freekeh + water to a boil, then let simmer for about 10-15 minutes. When freekeh is done, fluff with a fork and set aside to cool.
- While freekeh is cooling, make the chickpea batter. Combine all ingredients into a bowl a whisk together until well combined.
- Once chickpea batter is made, add freekeh into the bowl, and stir until well combined with the batter.
- Bring a sauté pan to medium low heat with a little olive oil. Add about 1/3 - 1/2 cup of the freekeh + chickpea batter and flatten into a pancake shape. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side, or until pancakes are solid.
- Repeat this step with the remaining batter, keeping in mind that as your pan gets hotter, you may need to cook your pancakes for less time.
- NOTE - pancakes will be very fragile while they're hot, so handle them with care.
- Once all your pancakes are done, serve with greens, avocado, and hot sauce (or any sauce you like).
If you make this recipe and post it on Instagram, be sure to tag me @wellandfull and #wellandfull so I can see! I love seeing your takes on my recipes :)
valentina | sweet kabochaAugust 31, 2016 at 11:59 am
Looks so yummy! Enjoy your vacation ^_^ – I’ll be in the middle of my moving during the weekend…can I come with you and let my boyfriend do all the hard work? :P
SarahAugust 31, 2016 at 2:49 pm
Hahaha that would be great! We could go out to dinner and have some wine on the beach, and your guy can move all those heavy boxes ;) If only! Good luck with your move, girl!
valentina | sweet kabochaSeptember 1, 2016 at 11:15 am
Thanks so much! I’ll let you know if I die under my sofa hahaha
Amy | The Whole Food ainbowSeptember 1, 2016 at 8:23 am
Yum they look so good! Y’know I think that sums life up Sarah, juxtaposition, it’s always a mixture of good and bad, yin and yang I find. Have a great holiday in Cape Cod! xx
SarahSeptember 2, 2016 at 8:27 am
Thank you Amy! <3
Natalie | Feasting on FruitSeptember 1, 2016 at 12:52 pm
These give a whole new meaning to the idea of pancakes for dinner–lovely idea, they look delicious! Enjoy your weekend trip, and I hope Disney persuasion mission is successful :)
SarahSeptember 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm
It actually was successful!!! We just booked our flight to Orlando this morning!! :D :D Thanks girl!
Maya | Spice + SproutSeptember 1, 2016 at 2:39 pm
These look great, Sarah! I hope you have an amazing vacation, it sounds lovely <3
SarahSeptember 2, 2016 at 8:32 am
Thanks girl! Sending hugs!
AmberSeptember 2, 2016 at 12:24 am
I know what you mean about life throwing everything at you, all at once! Good and bad! It can make you feel like a ping pong ball sometimes. But it’s good to try and focus on the good things, and times to look forward to. Good luck with it all, enjoy your holiday, and as always the food looks delicious. If all else fails, you may as well still eat well. xx
SarahSeptember 2, 2016 at 8:38 am
That is such a good way to put it – I feel like a ping pong ball!! :p I’m definitely enjoying my holiday so far, it’s so nice to be back to a place where I have so many happy childhood memories. :) Thanks for your sweet note, Amber <3
LizSeptember 5, 2016 at 9:47 pm
These look gorgeous, Sarah! Fingers crossed you get to go to Florida (I’ve been dying to go cuz I secretly want to get my Potter nerd on at the Hogwarts theme park :)
SarahSeptember 6, 2016 at 9:48 am
I still haven’t gone to the Harry Potter park at Universal yet! It’s definitely on my bucket list though ;) Thanks girl!
Jayme | holly & floraSeptember 7, 2016 at 1:31 am
How did your trip turn out?? I ended up spending my Labor Day RESTING. It was just what I needed. I have attended the Epcot food and wine festival, and it is SO much fun. In fact, my sister and I are trying to coordinate a trip down there together. I hope you get to go; it’s a blast.
SarahSeptember 7, 2016 at 9:25 am
It ended up being very relaxing!! Usually on vacations I try to do/see as much as possible, but this time I just let myself chill out for once. It was very nice :) And I’ve only heard good things about the Epcot Food & Wine Festival!! I really hope I can go!! <3
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KimSeptember 16, 2018 at 11:26 am
I’d love to make these for breakfast, but don’t have the time in the morning. Could I make them ahead, refrigerate (or freeze) them, and reheat? Thanks!
SarahSeptember 16, 2018 at 7:41 pm
Hi Kim, I haven’t personally tried freezing these but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work! But I do think they’d taste best when fresh :)
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