Indian Spiced Pancakes

by HEAB on October 24, 2010

I pray to be humble – I really do, but any ounce of humbleness in my being flew right out the window as I patted myself on the back after this morning’s breakfast. I made pancakes in honor of Pancake Sunday, and they were amazing. Wanna see?


The recipe was inspired by Lauren’s Spicy Ginger Teff Cookies which I made yesterday and could not stop eating!


For my cookies, I skipped the agave, honey, and stevia and only used 3 TBSP maple syrup. The batter was a bit dry since I used a less liquid sweetener, and so I threw in a couple heaping spoonfuls of canned pumpkin. Instead of the almond butter, I used Nutmeric, and I also didn’t have any teff flour. However, I did have some teff cereal. So, I ground up a cup in the Vita-Mix to make flour. FYI, to all Vita-Mix owners, you do not need the dry blade to grind up grains. I have one and never use it. The wet blade does it all. Also, you don’t have to use teff flour to make these cookies. I’m sure any flour would work, and I think they’d be especially good with oat flour – just grind up some rolled oats in your blender or food processor stirring with a fork in-between blending if they get stuck.

So, I ate a couple cookies after lunch…and 1 more after after an early dinner with CD. We then went to the Vanderbilt vs South Carolina football game…


I’m a Vandy girl at heart, but we in we rooted for the Gamecocks since my brother-in-law works for USC. They won. 🙂 Afterwards, I came home and may have eaten a couple more cookies. I then went to bed and woke up thinking about those cookies and decided to make pancakes based on the same recipe. Thanks for the inspiration Lauren!


1 egg + 2 egg white

1/4 cup flour (I used teff)

1 heaping spoonful canned pumpkin or any other winter squash, sweet potato, etc.

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground cloves

1/8 tsp ground mustard

1/8 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp freshly grated ginger

1/2 tsp nama shoyu (raw soy sauce)

1 packet stevia


Beat egg whites until fluffy and then beat in whole egg, pumpkin, fresh ginger, and soy sauce. Combine dry ingredients and then fold in egg/pumpkin mixture. Cook on a griddle over low heat. Yields: 5 small pancakes.


Toppings: Abby’s Table Dream Date Sauce and Nutmeric both thinned with a little water. Delicious!

Don’t forget to enter my Nutmeric giveaway if you haven’t done so already. Love that stuff.


Christa October 28, 2010 at 8:52 am

Oh WOW! how delish are these pancakes! I just finished inhaling them for breakfast and they are so good 🙂

So happy they are gluten free, and still taste amazing. I made them with butternut squash (that’s what I had already open) and topped them with homemade pumpkin spiced peanut butter thinned with almond milk, and pumpkin butter. I am definitely making these again!

I’m totally making the cookies today too 😉

HEAB October 28, 2010 at 10:59 am

Forget the pancakes…I’m more interested in your toppings. Homemade pumpkin spiced peanut butter?!? Oh my, that sounds amazing!! You should totally add it to the cookie batter! 🙂

So glad you enjoyed your breakfast, and I hope you like the cookies as well. I’m thinking of making a 2nd batch today myself.

Christa October 28, 2010 at 3:48 pm

LOL… Ashley @ the edible perspective deserves the credit for the nut butter! she seriously gets me every time she comes up with something new 🙂

I made the cookies this morning (before lunch, BAD idea!)… they are SO yummy! the spice is amazing. this has been the first time baking with teff flour with the pancakes and cookies, and I am really impressed with it.

thank you for posting such yummy recipes!

PS I’m sad to not have won the Nutmeric, it sounds so good. maybe its a good thing though, the amount of open nut butter jars I have in my fridge is borderline crazy! 😉

HEAB October 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I understand the open nut butter jar craziness. Sometimes we’ll only have 1 jar, and then other days, I’m not sure how it happens, but we end up with at least 5 in the cabinet. Can’t say I don’t love the variety though. So glad you enjoyed the cookies. I ended up not making another batch, but I know the recipe will resurface in our kitchen very soon. 🙂

natalie (the sweets life) October 26, 2010 at 3:15 pm

i’m so intrigued by these! i trust your judgment though so i’ll have to give them a go sometime soon 🙂

HEAB October 26, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Trust me – you really should. 🙂

Pure2raw twins October 25, 2010 at 7:10 pm

These pancakes look great! Seriously ever time I see any of your pancakes I want to go right into my kitchen and make some…okay I wish some one would make me some, haha

HEAB October 25, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I’ll make you pancakes anytime…and you can make me raw flat breads and mini macs! 🙂

aubrey @ italktofood October 25, 2010 at 1:32 pm

So… I made something with my blackstrap molasses!
Whenever I think ginger cookies, I think about the super soft and chewy ginger cookies that they made at my very first job at a coffee shop.
I “borrowed” their recipe and it has been my go-to simple recipe ever since.
It’s not ultra healthy, but they are fool proof! I am meeting my boyfriend’s parents for the first time today and made a batch of them to give to them upon meeting!

Here’s my link to the cookies:

Scott in Ohio October 25, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I have to throw in a football comment whenever there is an opening.

Your alma mater is #1! Of course, I’m a Buckeye fan at heart but I think I’ve seen more Auburn games this year than Ohio State. They are SO exciting to watch.

Cam Newton for Heisman.

Oh, great looking pancakes, too, HEAB. 🙂

3 weeks?? Holy moly.

HEAB October 25, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I know – very exciting. I cheered when they posted the Auburn score at the Vandy game. Despite being a horrible alum, must say I am quite proud of those Tigers!…or War Eagles…or Plainsman…or whatever it is they are. 😉
P.S. Finally bought some oat groats. Need to get fermenting!

carolyn, laughing yogini October 25, 2010 at 10:52 am

Heather, These look soooooo good. Am going to make them next Sunday! What a great Fall tradition. Shared on Facebook so my buds can try as well.

HEAB October 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I hope you enjoy the pancakes next weekend – they’re really good, and thanks so much for spreading the pancake love to all your friends. Hope you have a wonderful week!

aubrey @ italktofood October 25, 2010 at 8:59 am

You are such an adorable pregnant woman! I have yet to make myself these healthy pancakes that seem to be so popular over the blog world.
These deffinately look good.
Yesterday I bought blackstrap molasses and ginger from whole foods. I’m gearing up for something ginger-y!

HEAB October 25, 2010 at 9:45 am

I think you need some gingerbread pancakes in your life! 🙂

Sami October 25, 2010 at 8:54 am

PS- I have wondered ALLLL this time who CD reminds me of…and I JUST now got it….

HOLY crap. I think they’re twins! John Cryer! CD is much cuter, of course 🙂

Sami October 25, 2010 at 8:51 am

okay…so, i’ve added a selfish thing to my prayer list this weekend….it may or may not have something to do with winning your nutmeric giveaway….LOL 😀 andddddd how can you be humble when you’re a total foodie genius? it’s just not feasible 😉 xo.

HEAB October 25, 2010 at 9:47 am

Thanks so much Sami, and I’ll announce the winner of the Nutmeric giveaway tomorrow. 🙂

P.S. So funny about the John Cryer comment. CD gets that often. Have you ever seen Pretty In Pink? Loved that Duckie. 😉

Casey Thomas October 25, 2010 at 3:40 am

These look wonderful Heather! What a great combo of flavours!

Hope you are feeling well and bouncy 🙂


HEAB October 25, 2010 at 9:47 am

Feeling large and not so bouncy today…however, the baby is bouncing away. 🙂

maya @ finding balance in tokyo October 25, 2010 at 1:52 am

Oh wow. Those pancakes look amazing!

Jill October 25, 2010 at 12:25 am

I’ve been eating pancakes like crazy lately. I found a whole wheat buttermilk recipe from Cooking Light that makes such delicious and light (but still half whole wheat!) pancakes. And of course they could only be improved by some of those Ghiradelli chips I have laying around…but I have been really, really good and NOT eaten any since I made that bread last week!

HEAB October 25, 2010 at 9:48 am

Jill, how is that even possible? Those chips never last long in our house. I’m impressed! 🙂

Lauren @ WWoB October 25, 2010 at 12:23 am

Yay! I am so glad you enjoyed the cookies! I love that you made pancakes inspired by the cookie recipe. I did the same thing today! I made butternut squash soup and put in some butter, milk, and all the same spices as the cookies (minus all of the ginger and plus a couple more). The mustard and cloves are so key!
By the way… your blog made my blog explode. When I saw my site stats I just about lost my (teff) cookies.

HEAB October 25, 2010 at 9:49 am

So happy to spread the love of the teff cookies – they were so yummy and super simple to make, and yes, the mustard and cloves were key! Thanks again. 🙂

Emily October 24, 2010 at 9:24 pm

The HEABified version always takes a recipe to the next level!! I have been craving pancakes lately, too…I think I may join you next week for Pancake Sunday 🙂

HEAB October 25, 2010 at 9:50 am

Nothing wrong with a Pancake Monday. 😉

Kat October 24, 2010 at 9:09 pm

girl — just the title of your post made my mouth water! love Indian anything, and can’t go wrong with a good pancake 😉 i’ve been curious about teff for some time now, since it’s GF (I’m celiac)… maybe time to try it! and I went to USC for two years (but the florida, so I think maybe I’m more of a gator 😉

HEAB October 25, 2010 at 9:51 am

Hello fellow SEC girl. I went to Auburn myself, and we have some crazy football fans down south, no? You should totally try teff. I can’t find the cereal grains here, but some friends sent me some It makes a great warm breakfast. Also love grinding it up to use as flour although my Whole Foods does carry the flour. Hope you find some soon. 🙂

Shelby October 24, 2010 at 6:52 pm

No but seriously, I’m going to come and live with you! I’m pretty sure everything you make is phenomenal. When’s the cookbook coming out? 😉

HEAB October 24, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Sounds good to me. I’ll make the pancakes, and you can make the oatmeal. 🙂

Maya October 24, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Such a great idea! I’m bookmarking the recipe. That’s great about the football game, no matter the outcome, you’d have been happy!

Ann Claire October 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Those pancakes look great! I really need to celebrate pancake Sunday.
By the way, I tried your Oreo truffles. Oh my goodness, so good!!!

Chelsey October 24, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Those. Look. Amazing.

Seriously, pat yourself on the back!

Nicole October 24, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Those pancakes look awesome! I’ve never tried Ethiopian food, but there’s a place close by that gets rave reviews. (I read a comment above about how it’s your one of your favs)
I tried to leave you a message on your tweet through GMail Buzz but I’m not sure you got it (I don’t know, does that work?) Hope you had fun at the game!

HEAB October 25, 2010 at 7:50 am

You must try Ethiopian. Oh my gosh, CD and I love it, and in most restaurant the Injera bread they serve is gluten free – but make sure as some places add wheat flour. However, I think the traditional recipe is 100% teff. Never got your message. Forgot that my Twitter feeds in automatically to Gmail Buzz, and I shut off my Buzz account, but you would have thought I would have gotten an email or something. Oh well, we did have fun at the game. Perfect evening for some football! 🙂

Beth @ To the Fullest October 24, 2010 at 5:40 pm


I give you major credit for going to a football game at 8 months pregnant. Those stadium seats are so uncomfortable for the non-baby-carrying!

Kristen October 24, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Hi Heather!

I just discovered your blog and LOVE it–those pancakes look yummy! My husband and I just moved to Nashville and love it here (I am loving the fall weather–we were in Florida)!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday 🙂

HEAB October 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm

So glad you found me and thanks for reading. Welcome to Nashville! Oh my gosh, isn’t the weather amazing right now? I love fall in Nashville – definitely my favorite time of year here. Spring is beautiful as well, but winter is kind of gloomy. At least we get a little snow which is always exciting. 🙂

Namaste Gurl October 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Your pancakes look yummy and of course, unique–that’s just who you are though, one unique, creative person who puts her talents in her cooking 🙂

Soy sauce in the batter? Ground mustard? Now that’s a couple ingredients I have never seen in pancake batter! What is ground mustard, by the way– powder?

HEAB October 24, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I know – the soy sauce and mustard sound like very strange additions to both cookies and pancakes, but the flavor is soooo good. And yes, ground mustard is just a powder – look for it the spice/baking aisle. 🙂

katie October 24, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Why have a blog if not to brag? You’ve got a couple great recipes here to brag about!

Matt October 24, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Added you to my blogroll 🙂

HEAB October 24, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Thanks Matt! Just added you to mine as well. 🙂

Matt October 24, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Wow those look really good! I had pancake Sunday today too 🙂

Natalia - a side of simple October 24, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Oh YUM for pancakes 🙂 They look so thick and fluffy = perfect!

Mikaela October 24, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Good choice, rooting for USC!! I am currently a student there so I may be a little biased… Just a little 🙂

HEAB October 24, 2010 at 5:00 pm

I was a bit nervous for them at first, but things got a lot better in the 2nd half. CD’s brother is the play-by-play radio guy for USC’s basketball and baseball programs, and so in honor of him, my devotion now lies with the Gamecocks…just don’t tell any of my fellow Auburn alum! 😉

Mikaela October 24, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I’ll have to keep an ear out for him in the spring (I am a HUGE baseball fan but basketball…not so much!). I’m glad they played away this weekend because it would have been ugly on our home turf! And, your secret is safe with me 😉

Halley (Blunder Construction) October 24, 2010 at 2:11 pm

I have never thought of eating an Indian spice before the hour of 11 a.m., but now I may consider it! Pass me a stack of those pancakes and a veggie samosa, and I would be singing a happy song any morning!

eatmovelove October 24, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I can’t believe just those little ingredients equated to that many pancakes! And good looking – how do you wait while you bring them outside to take photos without grabbing a few bites?! 🙂

LOL – I think with all your substitutions to the cookies, it’s safe to call them your own creation ! 🙂

HEAB October 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Well, it helps to drink all the leftover batter straight from the Vita-Mix. 😉

Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Those pancakes look perfect!! I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve had pancakes..this will have to change..

HEAB October 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Yes, it will!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm

In between rooting for college football, while 8 mos pregnant, you managed to whip up two amazing recipes…you amaze me!!

I used to live in NC and SC for 4 yrs so I know how CRAZY obsessed college football fans down there can be 🙂

“FYI, to all Vita-Mix owners, you do not need the dry blade to grind up grains. I have one and never use it. The wet blade does it all. “–
TOTALLY AGREE! I am a Vita distributor and have only sold a few of them, not like I try real hard at that little adventure of mine but ppl always ask me if they need the dry container and I say no. I have it and never use it either. And unless you’re going to open a bakery or something where you’re using your blade to truly grind a TON of dry grains, the avg household consumer just isnt going to need it. And if you ever do dull your wet blade container, a new container is only $100. Not “cheap” but not the biggest deal in the world either…it’s the motor/base unit that sets you into the poor house.. LOL

Enjoy all your goodies…YUM!!!!!!!!


HEAB October 24, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Oh my gosh – SEC fans are crazy, no? And the women are even more scary than the men! You should have heard some of the South Carolina fans. During the first half when they were losing, I literally thought a couple of them might have heart attacks. Very devoted fans down south!

Ana October 24, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Wow, great pancakes Heather! We had pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast today, simple but delicious.
That date sauce looks so good! And the cookies too, I see how oat flour would be good on those, I love oat flour! (and all oat things!)

HEAB October 24, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Ana, you can never go wrong with pumpkin chocolate chip anything! 🙂

Ana October 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Heather, I have to agree! Just a great combo! 🙂

melissa @ the delicate place October 24, 2010 at 12:52 pm

nom! those cakes look like the grain free bread i made today from alex but subbed coconut flour and cardamom for a more indian spiced treat

HEAB October 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Yum, that sounds delicious! Like chai infused bread. 🙂

Stefanie October 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Those pancakes look so good topped with the dream date sauce. The picture of you and CD is cute.

HEAB October 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Thanks Stefanie. 🙂

grocery goddess jen October 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm

So, were these pancakes more savory than sweet? They look really good.

HEAB October 24, 2010 at 1:10 pm

No, the stevia made them pretty sweet. Honestly, next time I make them, I think I will leave it out and just use sweet toppings.

S @ October 24, 2010 at 11:59 am

Yum! Indian spiced, pumpkin spiced, they’re all a fab way to start a Sunday! Looks great—and is the lighter topping the date sauce? What makes it so creamy?

HEAB October 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Yes, the lighter sauce is the Dream Date. It’s made with coconut milk and cashew butter, hence the creaminess. So yummy. 🙂

Kristina @ spabettie October 24, 2010 at 11:47 am

I want those pancakes now… too bad I already ate breakfast… but that was at 6:am… Second Breakfast, HEAB style?? 😀

We watched some exciting football yesterday – Jason went to University of Missouri – we watched the Tigers beat #1 Oklahoma 🙂

Happy Sunday – have a great week !!

HEAB October 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Nothing wrong with pancakes for lunch…or dinner for that matter. CD was watching the MO/Oklahoma game when I went to bed. Go Mizzou! 🙂

Sylvia@LifeisGoodwithFood October 24, 2010 at 11:40 am

Omigosh, I made pancakes too! But I made it yesterday 😉 And they were pumpkin pancakes; hehe. Your pancakes look good too! Can’t wait to try that tomorrow morning! =)

Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 24, 2010 at 11:30 am

Those pancakes look delicious!

And it sounds like you kind of rooted for both teams, so either way “your” team won 🙂

Ashley October 24, 2010 at 11:06 am

Love the color of the pancakes. They sound awesome!! I made some savory stuffed Indian spiced pancakes once and they were pretty tasty. These look even better. I was extremely excited with my breakfast creation yesterday too! 🙂 Vegan pumpkin french toast!

VeggieGirl October 24, 2010 at 10:44 am

humble, schmumble – brag about those pancake beauties! 😀

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 24, 2010 at 10:36 am

I have been wanting to make gingerbread pancakes and pumpkin pancakes…your cookies and pancakes look delicious! I see bacon on the menu this week so I can get my pancake fix! Have a great Sunday Heather!

Erica October 24, 2010 at 10:33 am

Looks like you’ve been having a nice weekend 🙂 Baking & football! Two of my favorite things. The cookies look perfect and lets talk about these pancakes! A totally unique flavor. I want to give them a go. Entering your giveaway now

Little Bookworm October 24, 2010 at 10:23 am

Those pancakes look amazing Heather! So do the cookies. 🙂

Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 24, 2010 at 10:18 am

Oh my goodness, those pancakes sound amazing!!! An Indian spice to them is so unique and I bet they are delicious!

Susan October 24, 2010 at 10:16 am

Wow, I love this pancake idea. The only time I’ve had teff is when we go out for Ethopian food. It is soooo yummus.

I wanted to let you know that I made a version of your marinutta sauce. I posted the adaptation on my blog and linked back to yours. It was positively delicious!

HEAB October 24, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Ethiopian food is one of my favorites. Love that Injera bread, and I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the Marinutta. 🙂

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