Pancakes have always been an all time favorite breakfast meal for me. Growing up, we made pancakes at home with refined (white) flour, refined sugar and fried in a pan with lots of oil. The love for pancakes seems to have been passed on from me to my kids. There is not a saturday that goes by without pancakes for breakfast or brunch in my home. We all just love pancakes. What I did know until I started studying public health nutrition the harm we caused our bodies with all these unhealthy ingredients. Many of us hate to admit it but the fact is a combination of processed flour, refined sugar and unhealthy fats and oils in large quantities is simply a recipe for obesity and obesity-related disease.
Have you ever considered how white flour is made? Well white flour is made after a process of refining the wheat berry which causes the loss of half of its beneficial unsaturated fatty acids, virtually all of the vitamin E, fifty percent of the calcium, seventy percent of the phosphorus, eighty percent of the iron, ninety eight percent of the magnesium, fifty to eighty percent of the B vitamins and many more nutrients are destroyed in the process– simply too many to list.
The loss of all these nutrients makes white flour an unhealthy choice for pancakes and other recipes because it not only is void of nutrients, it essentially becomes a form of sugar and studies have shown that meals which contain a large amount of sugar are dangerous to our health.
The dangerous effects of white flour and sugar to our health awakened the health researcher in me and arosed my creativity in the kitchen. I started searching for the healthiest alternatives without missing out on the yumminess (not quite sure if the word even exists ;-). I experimented using wholesome food which could replace flour in pancakes.
So here is one of my savory black-eyed peas pancakes made with a lot of love. I actually had to experiment for months to get the perfect Akara Pancake consistency. All you really need for this recipe is black-eyed peas and eggs. Think of the process of making these pancakes are like making Moi Moi. You can easily add any vegetables of your choice, habanero peppers, dried fish like cray fish if you want to get fancy!
I recommend dried salmon for my special “zeelicous” taste, red and yellow bell peppers for the extra boost in vitamins and minerals and extra virgin Avocado oil which gives the pancakes the right consistency plus it is neutral in taste so you don’t compromise the taste of black-eyed peas.
If this is your first time of making Akara Pancakes, you are going to realize how amazing it is and wish you had known this sooner. Let me know if you try out this recipe in the comments below!