morning-after brown rice pancakes

Monday, April 2, 2012

DP and I went to Chipotle today and it was packed. In the mayhem I noticed a little lady across the room in a white housecoat speckled with pink flowers. It looked like a giant bed sheet and dusted the floor while her pale, thin arms poked out of its gaping sleeves. She was lingering at the soft drink station and I assumed she was having some trouble. Maybe because she looked like an escapee from an old folks' home. Through the crowd I caught a wisp of her blue hair. And a clashing black leather mule. What's that unattended elderly woman doing at Chipotle? I wondered, and should I go help her with the Diet Coke?

That's when she turned just as the crowd parted and I saw her face.

It was a hipster.

Sometimes things are not what they seem. And sometimes one thing turns into something else. Right before your very eyes...

Just like an old lady turning into a hipster, boring leftover rice morphs into a delicious breakfast treat! These are so yummy and won't spike your blood sugar like regular pancakes.

Bonus: these won't make you feel old.


Morning-after Brown Rice Pancakes
yields about nine 4"pancakes

1 small packed container of take-out brown rice (or 2 1/2 cups)
2 eggs
1t vanilla extract
a heaping 1/4 t cinnamon
1/8-1/4 t kosher salt (depending on how much salt you like in your sweet)
1 1/2 T coconut oil/smart balance/canola oil for cooking (olive oil will be too strong)
maple syrup for serving*

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the vanilla. Add the rice and mix thoroughly, breaking up any clumps. Add the cinnamon and salt. Stir well.

Heat 1T of oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, spoon the rice mixture into the pan by 1/4 cups. (I always want these pancakes to be the size of my head but I've never been able to flip it without it falling to pieces. Alas, smaller is the way to go.) Cook 3-4 minutes or until you see small bubbles on the top (like you would regular pancakes). Carefully flip and cook another 2 minutes.  As you go, add a little more oil when the pan gets dry. Serve hot with lots of syrup.

*These are also great with honey or jam.

Happy Monday:)

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