Orange Quinoa Pancakes

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Sometimes, when it snows, I crave warm, comforting winter foods.  Spicy soups, hearty stews, cheesy quiches, and yes, syrup-drenched pancakes.  Other times, mid-snow storm, I’ll find myself with a hankering for summer sweetness.  I’ve been known to bake up a batch of blueberry corn muffins in a blizzard, and always keep a pint of strawberry ice cream in the freezer for snow days.

I spent the last week in Florida for work, and came home yesterday to this winter wonderland. Sweet, juicy oranges and pretty pink grapefruits were everywhere in Florida. So, of course, I stuffed a few in my suitcase. I’m glad I did because as soon as I got home, I was craving the sunny, bright orange flavor. But, as expected, I was also in the mood for a hearty winter breakfast.

These orange quinoa pancakes fit the bill. They are both sweet and nutty. The hearty texture fills my belly and fortifies me against January weather, while the light orange flavor gives me hope that summer is out there, months away, but out there – eventually. Full of protein, fiber and vitamin C, these delicious little pancakes provide enough power to propel me through shovelling the driveway.  (OK, actually, Jeff does most of the shovelling around here, but after a few pancakes, I certainly could get out there and clear the sidewalks!)

I love quinoa, and often cook up a big batch all at once.  Leftover cooked quinoa is great in pancakes, of course, but also adds bulk to salads, makes for a tasty omelet filling, and is delicious as a breakfast porridge when heated with a bit of milk and honey. You could certainly play around with the flavors here, and other fruits as well.  Adding some banana slices and a handful of raisins to the pancake batter would be yummy. But for today, I’m all about the Florida citrus! These pancakes don’t have much sugar, but if your oranges are good and sweet, just a tiny drizzle of honey is all it should take. 

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Orange Quinoa Pancakes

Serves 4

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

pinch of salt

2 tablespoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup milk

2 tablespoons vegetable oil (plus extra for the pan)

1 egg

1 cup cooked quinoa

2 large oranges

2 tablespoons honey

Sift together the flours, baking powder, salt, sugar and cinnamon.  In another bowl, wisk together the milk, oil and egg.  Stir the dry ingredients into the wet, and stir in the quinoa.  Zest both of the oranges, avoiding the white pith, and add the orange zest to the batter.  Set the batter aside and let it rest for a few minutes.  Meanwhile, peel the remaining pith from the oranges, and cut the orange segments between the membranes, into little slices. Drizzle the orange segments with the honey and set aside. Heat a greased nonstick skillet (or griddle) over medium heat.  Spoon a scant 1/4 cup of batter per pancake into the heated greased pan and cook until the edges firm.  Flip and cook another two minutes until golden. Continue to cook the pancakes in batches.  Serve warm topped with the orange and honey mixture.

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  1. it’s the second time that I see quinoa pancakes and I think that I should really give them a try, they look really good with the orange

  2. I have not seen quinoa made into pancakes and the idea is very appealing! Need to try this wonder grain soon!

  3. Great idea! They look wonderful

  4. I have been so late hopping on the quinoa bandwagon but finally got around to making some for the first time last week as a pilaf. I loved it! I’ve had it before in salads from Whole Foods but never tried making it at home. I’m sure these quinoa pancakes would be delicious, especially with the wonderful and sweet oranges available right now. I leave the snow removal to my husband also 😉

  5. I have never tried the pancakes with quinoa…and I wonder why…
    They look lovely.

  6. Love your citrusy pancakes. Very healthy with the quinoa too. A lovely way to start the day.

  7. I love the sound of quinoa in pancakes…especially with citrus. These are definitely being added to my must-try list!

  8. Quinoa pancakes? That’s just pure genius! I love this idea … thanks for sharing!

  9. I love the idea of adding quinoa to pancakes!! Such good protein and fiber. Love it. 🙂

  10. I seem to crave pancakes whenever there’s some kind of weather insanity going on….this weekend they would have been perfect! Love that there’s quinoa in them!

  11. This is such a creative recipe! I like that you married citrus with some texture with the quinoa. Looks delish!

  12. You clever clever girl! Seduces my senses with all this wholesome goodness…I want some for dinner!!!

    chow 🙂 Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  13. I love quinoa and whenever I eat it I think – why don’t I do this more….!? Never even HEARD of it in pancakes… but these sound delightful – love winter citrus!

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