Nourishing Traditions and a Pancake Recipe

Recently, Emily at Live, Learn, Love Sew has been blogging about a cookbook called Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. It’s one of those books that I’ve been hearing a lot about lately so after I read all the good things that Emily was writing about it I decided to order it. You can now count me among the book’s fans.

One of the concepts that I found intriguing in the book was fementing and soaking grains before you eat them. Fermenting or soaking grains neutralizes enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid. Enzyme inhibitors hinder digestion of complex sugars, gluten and some proteins. Phytic acid affects the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals.

With this idea in mind I decided to try the recipe for soaked pancakes in Nourishing Traditions. They came out great and R and Z loved them (D and T don’t like any pancakes). Besides for being delicious they needed only a little bit of maple syrup because they were so moist. You do need to think about it the night before you make them but it is well worth the effort. Here is the recipe:

2 cups whole wheat, whole spelt or whole kamut flour (I used whole spelt)
2 cups whole yogurt
2 eggs lightly beaten
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons melted butter

Soak the flour in the buttermilk, yogurt or kefir in a warm place for 12 to 24 hours. Those with milk allergies can use 2 cups of water plus 2 tablespoons of whey or lemon juice. FYI when I first smelt the flour and yogurt in the morning it did not smell good. Just ignore the smell and when you add the other ingredients it will smell fine. Stir in the rest of ingredients. The mixture will be very viscous. Add a little water to thin it to the desired consistency. I greased my pan with butter and cooked them like regular pancakes. The pancakes took a little bit longer to cook than regular pancakes. I made pancakes that were about 4 inches wide and I put 1 teaspoon of maple syrup on each of them (maple syrup needs to be kept out of the hands of children or they will use the whole bottle!). You can refrigerate any extra pancakes and warm them in a 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes the next day.


tali said…
i have just spend 20 minuets on amazon reading through the intro to the book. i may need to get it.
It's a really interesting book. However, I take everything that these book write with a grain of salt
(or sea salt in this case)!
I attempted making pickles this summer without consulting the book, and wish that I had because the books I got from the library weren't as good as what's in Nourishing Traditions. I would also love to attempt my own Kombucha - would sure beat paying $3.99 a bottle.
You can get them at whole foods for 3.39 but I do want to try and make it myself. By the way I am really enjoying your blog. I tried to comment but it said I had to be a member. I thing the whole concept would actually make a really interesting book. I am going to put the blog on my blogs I read list.
Amanda said…
I have this book and have never made this recipe! Sounds like the perfect breakfast for tomorrow. :)

Thanks for your comment -- my boys are loving the D'Auliere's Book, too!
Beth, you know what's so interesting is that I first heard of the book when I lived on the UWS years ago. There were a bunch of moms I hung out with who really liked it (and lived by its tenets). Lots of interesting ideas. I think that with every book out there you can take what works for you or speaks to you, and leave the rest....
chava said…
i finally tried the pancakes.
wow they were good. Thank you

I'm so glad you finally tried them. By the way you can keep any extras in the fridge or freezer an put them in the toaster oven to warm them up!

Sandra Mort said…
SO happy to have found you! It feels like all of the link I follow when I'm reading about NT food end up with fundamentalist Christian blogs. Not that I have any problem with other people being fundamentalist Christian, but it does get a little tiresome to wade through all of the religious stuff to find good recipes.
Hi Sandra,

I totally know what you mean! You should check out Real Food Digest and Flowing With My Ducklings. There is also a Nourishing Traditions Yahoo group at:

John Dennied said…
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