Chai Latte Pancakes!

These pancakes were a little more of an undertaking then my usual blueberry or chocolate chip ones. I told our breakfast guests to be prepared for them not to work out and be having toast for dinner. I also served them with a maple cranberry compote, which is something I have never made before, but it was really good and now I’m inspired to make my own jam! I found the original recipe on The First Mess, a site with a lot of amazing recipes.

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What you’ll need…

Compote

  • 1 cup frozen cranberries
  • 1/3 cup water (you may need to add a little more as you heat it)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tsp vanilla

Pancakes

  • 1 1/3 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp ground coffee
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Combine your soy milk and apple cider vinegar, stir to mix and let sit for ten minutes, this will curdle your milk which is what you want!

While that ten minutes is passing you can work on the compote. Put cranberries, water and syrup in saucepan and boil, stirring frequently. You will need to mash up the cranberries as you go to get the jam texture, once you see the mix start to resemble a moist jam, stir in the vanilla and mix. I left the compote in the pan on the lowest heat to keep it warm for serving while I made the pancakes and stirred occasionally.

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I strongly suggest you mix your dry ingredients and your wet ingredients separately. If you add the syrup and coconut oil directly to the dry ingredients it will clump up and not give you the texture you need. So, mix your flours, spices, coffee, baking powder and soda in one bowl, then your milk mixture, oil, syrup and vanilla in another.

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Fold the wet ingredients into the dry and be careful not to over mix because these can easily get runny. You really have to keep an eye on them while frying because they’re not quite as thick as some pancakes and you don’t want them to burn. Flip them when you see some bubbling on top and browning on the sides.

Top with cranberry compote and additional maple syrup. I also served them with lean ham and fresh fruit. They really did end up having a spicy coffee taste and were a hit! Good luck!

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