Chai Spice Oat Flour Blender Pancakes (gluten-free)

Stack of oat flour blender pancakes on a white plate.

Lately, I’ve been exploring the many virtues of oat flour. Did you know that oat flour is just rolled oats blended so finely until they resemble flour? It’s a miracle!

Second bonus: oat flour is gluten-free (as long as you are using certified gluten-free oats)! Major win!!
Oat flour can be substituted for regular all-purpose flour in many baked goods (muffins and cookies especially), which makes it so versatile! Note that oat flour makes baking more dense, so the addition of baking powder maintains a lighter consistency.

Chai Spice Oat Flour Blender Pancakes are made using oat flour and can be whipped together in literally 1 minute. If you have a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix, all of the ingredients can be dumped in, blended on high until smooth and silky, and as soon as your griddle is sizzling, pancakes will be comin’ atcha!

(And if you don’t have a high-powered blender, I recommend taking the extra step to pre-pulverize the rolled oats into oat flour before adding the remaining ingredients to blend into pancake batter.)

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Chocolate Dutch Baby Pancake

Chocolate dutch baby pancake is the perfect little breakfast treat when eaten with fresh berries, a sprinkle of powdered sugar, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Dutch. baby. Might go down as the weirdest name for a pancake EVER.

Despite its odd name, the dutch baby is a pretty little puffed pancake that bakes entirely in the oven. It should really be called the lazy pancake because there is no flipping required – the batter is poured into a cast iron pan, cooked in the oven until it’s impressively puffed, and then cut up like a pizza to serve.

(Are you converted yet?!)

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Raspberry Gin Fizz

This Raspberry Gin Fizz is a delicate berry-filled cocktail splashed with a hint of soda water and lime for a light, refreshing drink. Most of the ingredients you already have on hand in your kitchen!

Everyone needs a really good brunch cocktail in their repertoire. A cocktail to serve guests at a brunch party (my FAVOURITE kind of party!) or just for sipping on your patio on a lazy, warm Sunday morning.

Earlier this week I was ruminating over the fact that my raspberry bush is behind by a whole month! For this cocktail, I’ve bought raspberries from the market, but I anticipate making this cocktail again and again (and again!) with raspberries from my garden.

This Raspberry Gin Fizz is a delicate berry-filled cocktail splashed with a hint of soda water and lime for a light, refreshing drink. Most of the ingredients you already have on hand in your kitchen!

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Berry Banana Bread

This Berry Banana Bread is kept moist with a secret ingredient and each mouthful is bursting with fresh berries. My family loves this recipe!

It’s the beginning of berry season! Oh how lovely it is to swap out my bags of frozen berries for fresh berries.

To celebrate berry season, I’ve made my favourite banana bread and stuffed it full of fresh strawberries and blueberries. This Berry Banana Bread is kept moist with my secret ingredient (pssst – sour cream!!), and each mouthful is bursting with berries.

To be fair, it’s not berry season in my backyard yet – for that, we’ve got another month or two to go – and by “backyard” I mean my potted veggie garden on my rooftop deck 😉 . It’s been an unseasonably cool Spring here in the Pacific Northwest, so my strawberry and raspberry plants only have buds so far!

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