(Natural News) As a prepper, you may already know that foraging is a useful skill to have, especially if you’re always looking for more ways to add to your food supply when SHTF. Knowing how to forage is a good way to save money on food expenses.
If there are oak trees near your neighborhood or homestead, you can make the most of them by foraging for acorns and learning how to make acorn flour pancakes. (h/t to PracticalSelfReliance.com)
Once you learn how to make acorn flour, try making some delicious acorn pancakes.
Though acorn flour has been around for a while, it’s rather tricky to use in the kitchen.
Unlike other gluten-free nut flours like almond flour, acorn flour contains a lot of starch and cooks like rice or tapioca flour.
This means it’s easier to get acorn flour-baked goods to bind, which is often a problem you may experience with some gluten-free ingredients. However, the starch in acorn flour binds so well that the final product often becomes rubbery and gelatinous, like if you made a pancake with rice flour.
Acorn pancakes recipe
There are other cookbooks with some variations on this recipe, and substituting half the flour with acorn flour is one way to modify it. You can also use other kinds of flour, such as almond flour or rye flour if you want to.
But you shouldn’t substitute any more than half of the flour that you’re using.
Pancakes are adaptable, and they work well with lower gluten since you may want a tender crumb compared to tough, rubbery pancakes when the batter is overworked. However, you still need some gluten to hold together unless you’re adding some gluten-free additives like xanthan gum.
- 3/4 Cup acorn flour
- 3/4 Cup white flour
- 1 1/2 Cups milk
- 3 Tablespoons sugar (Or maple sugar.)
- 3 Tablespoons butter, melted (Or another oil if you prefer.)
- 2 Teaspoons baking powder
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 Teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- Whisk all the dry ingredients together.
- In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients. Beat the eggs and distribute them into the milk.
- Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Preheat a pancake griddle or frying pan and butter it generously. Cook each pancake for one to two minutes on each side.
- Gluten-free pancakes – To make gluten-free pancakes, substitute a one-to-one ratio of gluten-free flour for the white flour. (Related: Prepper recipes: How to make survival energy bars.)
- Vegan pancakes – To make vegan pancakes, substitute vegetable or nut oil for the butter. Walnut oil or another nut oil works wonderfully and adds to the flavor. To replace the eggs, make flax “eggs” by beating one tablespoon of ground flax seeds with three tablespoons of water. Since the recipe calls for two eggs, you will need two tablespoons of flax and six tablespoons of water. Grease the pan with another type of oil of your choice.
Other ways to use acorn flour
If you have some acorn flour left over after making acorn pancakes, here are other ways to use acorn flour.
- Make acorn porridge.
- Make acorn bread. Like with the pancakes, experiment with replacing half of the bread or all flour in the recipe with acorn flour.
- Bake acorn cookies.
- Bake an acorn cake.
- Make sourdough acorn pancakes.
- Make acorn nut butter.
- Make gluten-free acorn spice cupcakes.
Visit NaturalNewsRecipes.com for more recipes that you can try using foraged ingredients or fruits and vegetables from your home garden.
Watch the video below to know how to forage, store and cook acorns.
This video is from the Red Pill channel on Brighteon.com.
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