My husband is a fan of all things sweet. Chocolate. Ice cream. Cookies. Cakes….and there are a few of life’s sweet offerings that he loves the most. Besides me -insert eye roll here- he has a love of Babka. And not the ‘Christian Version’ as you may have read if you clicked on that hyperlink…he loves the ‘Jewish Version’ or in his mind the only version. This dessert was lovingly made by his wonderful ema. Who is amazing in the kitchen. And years later it is still one of his favourites.
Fast forward a couple years and we eat mostly gluten free. I say mostly because I don’t like to rigidly subscribe to most eating styles. I’m pretty flexible, and if you’ve spent hours cooking away in a kitchen I’m most likely not going to say, “No thank you” to whatever you may offer me. That said I do have really bad arthritis, and eating a plant based, gluten free diet has been a real game changer for my health. So let just say 99.9% of what I eat is just that -plant based and gluten free- but if we happen to get invited to dinner I’ll go with the flow.
My partner is just what that word suggests – someone who stands by my side and supports me through the things that make my life & his life better. So when I shared my eating style with him he went with it. Now I know you’ve heard this a million times, but it is true, when you go mostly plant based and gluten free you still can eat great food. Yep. Phew glad I got that outta the way. So when motek wants Babka I deliver. Except when he asked most recently I was feeling lazy…I mean super lazy. But hey I figure I have some good excuses for that.
Anywho we all can maybe assume that making pancakes is easier than making a loaf of beautifully layered bread ya? Yep. So Babka pancakes were what went down. Check out this recipe below and make some Babka pancakes for yourself – for those times you are feeling a lil lazy but you still want some homemade grub. Pro tip: commandeer someone to man the griddle for you while you after you’ve finished making the batter. That will leave you just enough time to put your feet up and rest before breakfast.
~1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
~1 cup all purpose gluten free, self rising flour
~1/4 cup gluten free oat flour
~1/2 cup cold water
~1 teaspoon baking powder
~1/4 teaspoon yeast (optional: this does give it more of a Babka flavour)
~1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
~1 teaspoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
~1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
~1/8 – 1/4 cup raw sugar
~1/4 cup Chocolate Sauce, chilled slightly, ingredients below
+1/8 cup coconut oil
+1/3 cup agave nectar
+1 tablespoon cacao powder
+Spray coconut oil
- Add all ingredients but chocolate sauce to a large bowl. Blend with a wooden spoon for 1 minute. Add chocolate sauce and gently fold into the batter.
- Heat non stick skillet to medium heat for 1 – 3 minutes, test by dropping a little water in the pan – if the water sizzles and evaporates you are ready to move on.
- Spray your pan with a little bit of coconut oil, pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan, cook 2-3 minutes or until bubbles show throughout the pancake.
- Flip your pancake and cook for another 2-3 minutes -or until golden brown- place in the oven or on a warm plate, and repeat steps 2-4 until you are done with the batter.
- Serve hot ‘n’ fresh with whatever toppings your heart desires or simply roll ’em up and eat ’em.
Much Luv, Laters