lazy saturday morning traditions

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“Saturday morning was come, and all the summer world was bright and fresh, and brimming with life. There was a song in every heart; and if the heart was young, the music issued at the lips. There was cheer in every face and a spring in every step. The locust-trees were in bloom, and the fragrance of the blossoms filled the air. Cardiff Hill, beyond the village and above, it was green with vegetation, and it lay just far enough away to seem a Delectable Land, dreamy, reposeful, and inviting.”

-Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 

I love Saturday mornings! The free kind, when you have nowhere in the world to be (everyone does, but they are rare!). During grad school my roommates and I would often make pancakes– usually out of the box because it was one of the few items that were quick that we could get right! This past year, my roommate taught me a thing or two about the positives of good ingredients and recipes from scratch. We found a particular recipe that we would often make on those lovely lazy Saturdays. It was:

1 1/4 c. flour

1 egg

1 1/4 c. buttermilk

1/4 c. white sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 c. vegetable oil

We kept it written on a scrap of kitty paper and it is very well loved! It always turned out and we are convinced that buttermilk is the true secret of fluffy pancakes, lol (as if we know).

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We regularly ate them and listened to car talk (we were practicing to be old ladies . . . ). I have not had one of these delectable treats (they always made me sick anyway) in several months, but have been looking for a nice GF alternative. I also wanted to cut down on my consumption of GF flours, so while one recipe I found wasn’t perfect, it was a good base. Here is my modification (I think these actually could be vegan if you completely left out the egg and added more almond milk):

1 mashed banana

1 egg yoke (I avoid the white, but if you use it, don’t add the almond milk)

1/2 tsp. sugar (could be left out, but I like ’em sweet:)

1 tbsp. all-purpose gf flour (yay, Trader Joe’s!)

1 tbsp. almond milk

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Adding the bit of flour helps hold them together better. So, happy Friday, and hope you get to enjoy a free, lazy Saturday tomorrow!

~Sarah

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