Spent Grain Pancakes

1 Feb

Yesterday was brew day at our house! Less than a year ago, my boyfriend and I took up the hobby of homebrewing. We have now crafted four of our own beers!

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 or skim milk mixed with 1 tbsp lemon or orange juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp vegetable or melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 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 egg, vanilla, oil, and honey.

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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3 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.


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