Spent Grain Pancakes

1 Feb

Yesterday was brew day!

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Let me tell you a secret: brewing is BORING. You have to be super sanitary, and the process is basically just boiling a pot of liquid, mixing in the malt syrups and hop pellets, and transferring to a big bucket where it sits in your closet for a few weeks (or longer), before you transfer to bottles. Bottling day is even worse and more tedious! But you know what? There is nothing more satisfying than cracking open a bottle of your OWN BEER once it’s finished.

But you know what? There is nothing more satisfying than cracking open a bottle of your OWN BEER once it’s finished. It’s fun to drink at home and share with friends, and the process somehow becomes addicting.

After making our first beer, I noticed the amount of waste involved – the grains that are steeped at the begging of the process usually go in the trash. Some craft breweries partner with local farmers to supply the spent grain as animal feed. Some homebrewers use their spent grain in compost which can be transformed into fertilizer. I wanted to pursue a tastier route: cooking with our spent grains! It’s easy to save the grains (I keep them in a bag in the freezer), and whether you keep them intact or dry and grind them into a flour, the possibilities are endless.

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These pancakes are a simple way to incorporate spent grains into your diet. Spent grains are naturally high in fiber and protein, so they make a wonderful addition to breakfast! Combine them with whole wheat flour, slight sweetness, and a bit of cinnamon, and you’ll have a stack of pancakes to devour in no time.

Spent Grain Pancakes, adapted from DRAFT Magazine
Makes 8 4″ pancakes

  • 1 C non-dairy mixed with 1 tbsp lemon or orange juice
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal wisked with 3 tbsp warm water
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup or other liquid sweetener
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tbsp organic sugar
  • 1/2 C spent grain
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

Preheat your griddle or large pan.

Let the milk curdle with the citrus juice at least 5 minutes.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the curdled milk with the flax egg, vanilla, oil, and syrup.

Whisk in the flour, sugar, spent grain, baking soda & powder, cinnamon, and salt. Mix until combined.

Once your cooking surface is hot, grease lightly. Use a 1/4 measuring cup to scoop batter onto the greased surface. Cook for 2 minutes, or until bubbles begin forming on the top. Flip and cook another 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and repeat with remaining batter, lightly greasing the surface between pancakes if necessary.

Serve hot with maple syrup, nut butter, macerated berries, or even whipped cream!

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21 Responses to “Spent Grain Pancakes”

  1. Cindy Kerschner February 3, 2016 at 4:26 am #

    these sound delicious! Great way to use those leftover grains!

    • xtinaluvspink February 3, 2016 at 6:39 am #

      Thank you!! Can’t wait to try out other recipes with spent grain.

  2. Katie Uhran April 11, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

    YUM! I will never say no pancakes! I love having them for dinner!

  3. Deborah @ Confessions of mother runner April 11, 2018 at 2:34 pm #

    I have never cooked with spent grain myself. These look delicious and healthy

  4. abbeyskitchenpolls April 11, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

    Very cool discovery! I’ll have to try this stack!

  5. Rebecca | Nourish Nutrition Co April 11, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

    ohhhh I used to make buckwheat pancakes, I’ll have to try spelt now because these look delicious!

  6. elysia134Elysia April 11, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

    Always looking to try out new pancake recipes! These sound delicious!!!

  7. Mikki April 11, 2018 at 4:53 pm #

    MMMM. Love a good pancake recipe. Now I’m totally in the mood for pancakes. LOL!

  8. Rachel April 11, 2018 at 7:16 pm #

    Yum! What a great way to use this grain!

  9. GiGi Eats Celebrities April 11, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

    Those pancakes certainly did come out looking amazing!!! I’d like a stack!

  10. Jessica Fishman Levinson April 11, 2018 at 10:58 pm #

    This is such a great way to get more grains! These pancakes are worth waking up for!

  11. Farrah April 13, 2018 at 7:41 am #

    I’ve never heard of spent grain, but this is such a great way to use it! I love pancakes! :]!

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