Always a popular breakfast dish, pancakes are equally fun and nutritious for lunch, dinner, or even dessert. No matter what time of the day you decide to make these wonderful egg free pancakes, you cannot help but be delighted at this simple recipe that takes little time to put together and less time to cook up! Our recipe will use kief since it merges so well with flour but, as with many of our recipes, you can call the shots when it comes to adding cannabinoids to this all-American dish!
Another reason that we selected kief is that it is naturally rich with CBDA (or CBGA if you choose our fantastic Sour G or CBG White strains). Many customers are now seeking these precursors of CBD and CBG for their own unique and equally therapeutic properties. Consequently, we are seeing a growing interest in our kief thanks to its versatility.
Before we dive into this fun and easy recipe, along with a few suggestions for altering the cannabinoid content of your pancakes, let’s learn some pancake history.
A Peek at Pancake’s Past
This simple dish appears to have a long and complex history. The first recorded mention of pancakes came from a Grecian poet at around 600 BC who waxed poetic about the pleasure of warm pancakes. Back in those times, pancakes were usually made with wheat flour, curdled milk, honey, and olive oil. It was also common to use brandy or wine as the liquid ingredient back in those days.
You may have heard of Shrove Tuesday, but did you know that it is also called Pancake Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, and Mardi Gras? This day has gained a reputation for indulging in sweets and rich foods; Shrove Tuesday also marks the beginning of Lent, marked by confessions and absolution. (Perhaps it feels just a wee bit better to confess once one has been glutted with rich and sweet foods!)
We didn’t always have baking soda. In fact, it wasn’t invented until 1846. So how did chefs make their pancakes fluffy before the arrival of baking soda? One clever natural hack that still works today is to sprinkle some fresh snow in your batter. That’s because snow contains enough ammonia to fluff up those pancakes! And how did they fluff them up in nicer weather? We have no idea!
Today, we have pancakes, hotcakes, and flapjacks. Is there a difference between the three? For many Americans, pancakes, hotcakes, and flapjacks are all yummy breakfasts that perfectly soak up syrup or other sweeteners used when eating them.
However, for those who enjoy hair-splitting, use the following guide to determine the difference between the three:
- Pancakes – these are your classic, somewhat thin, pancakes cooked on a griddle
- Hotcakes – these are thicker and smaller pancakes cooked on a griddle
- Flapjacks – these use oats instead of flour and are baked in the oven
Finally, depending on where you live, pancakes can be served for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even as a dessert! In Japan, it’s a popular dessert typically filled with fruits or other sweet foods. The French have their crepes, which they make either sweet or savory and enjoy as both a main course and dessert. Australians love pancakes for dessert while Swedes insist on topping their pancakes with fruits and whipped cream. It’s likely you could travel around the world and find many cultures enjoying pancakes in their own style, often adding local fruits or other sweet treats to the batter or on top after they are cooked.
It seems safe to claim that pancakes are one of the oldest dishes with a broad variety of methods for preparing and consuming this fun delicious meal.
Kief-Filled Egg-Free Pancakes
- 1 ¾ cups flour
- ¼ cup of Fern Valley Farms kief
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups hemp milk
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons vegan butter, coconut oil, or vegetable oil
- Whisk together the dry ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, stir together the hemp milk, melted coconut oil, water, and vanilla extract.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients and then gently mix into a slightly lumpy batter. Set aside as you prepare your griddle or frying pan.
- Set the stove at medium-high heat and let the griddle or frying pan heat up. Add the butter (or coconut oil) and let it melt. Swirl the melted oil until the griddle or pan is coated (this will help keep the pancakes from sticking).
- Pour the melted butter (or coconut oil) into the pancake batter and return the pan to the stove. Stir the melted butter (or coconut oil) into the batter.
- When the pan is hot enough, pour a ladleful of batter on the pan for each pancake. (There should be a slight sizzle when the batter hits the pan.) Cook until bubbles appear on the face of the pancake.
- Gently flip the pancakes and cook until they are golden brown (about half as long as the first side was cooked).
- Stack your cooked pancakes on a large serving plate. Since pancakes cook rather fast, they won’t cool down too much while you finish making the rest of your pancakes.
We love recipes where you have greater control of the process. With these pancakes, you can decide if you want a few huge pancakes, a normal stack of pancakes, or even those dinky silver dollar pancakes.
Here is a rough rule of thumb as to how many pancakes you can cook in a standard 12” frying pan:
- Humungous – go all out and make 1 large pancake at a time
- Classic – you can make 3 standard pancakes at a time
- Silver Dollar – with correct placement, you can cook up 6 small pancakes at a time
With this recipe, you should end up with the following quantities of pancakes:
- Humungous – 8 large pancakes
- Classic – 24 standard pancakes
- Silver Dollar – 48 small pancakes
In each of the above scenarios, you go through 8 rounds of cooking (when using a 12” frying pan).
To Decarboxylate Kief or Not?
If you have tinkered with adding cannabinoids to different recipes, you have probably already heard about decarboxylation. This is the process whereby the cannabinoids in the hemp (or cannabis) plant get activated and converted through a heating process.
Stated very simply, mature hemp plants are rich in CDBA (or in the case of a CBG hemp flower strain, CBGA). This CBDA (cannabidiolic acid) transforms into CBD (cannabidiol) by applying a low level of heat.
However, many consumers are becoming excited over CBDA and other young precursors to full-blown cannabinoids. (The same process applies to the cannabis plant but the primary compound that is decarboxylated is THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) which converts to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) during the low heat process.)
Studies continue to be performed but early results are pointing to similar wellness benefits contained in CBDA (and CBGA for you CBG fans).
So, the choice is really up to you! Keep in mind that, as your pancakes are cooking, a slight amount of decarboxylation will occur. However, the total process of decarboxylation typically can take 30 minutes to an hour (depending upon heat levels used), so you won’t see much change while cooking your pancakes.
If you are interested in reading more about how to decarb your kief but aren’t sure how to start, we recommend our blog that explains this process in detail – Decarboxylation Demystified
However, the bottom line is that, decarboxylated or not, you will get fantastic results by enjoying these cannabinoid-infused pancakes!
Calculating Kief Potency
Now let’s get a handle on how much CBD (or CBG) you will find in your delicious pancakes.
This is really a pretty easy calculation since all we have to do is figure out how much CBD (or CBG) is in your pancake batter and then divide that amount by the number of pancakes you decide to make.
So let’s dive right in and make math fun and relevant to our wellness regimen!
Our blog article, Empower Your Flour, breaks down the potency calculation in greater detail so we’ll give you a quick summary.
- A ¼ cup of kief is equal to about a ¼ ounce, or 7 grams (7000mg)
- If your chosen kief has a 15% CBD content, each gram contains 150mg of CBD
- Therefore, ¼ cup of kief would contain 1,050mg of CBD (15% of 7000mg)
Next, let’s figure out how much is in each pancake you make. We gave you three different size suggestions, so we will roll with those for calculating the CBD content per pancake.
- Humungous (8 pancakes) – about 131mg of CBD per pancake
- Classic (24 pancakes) – about 44mg of CBD per pancake
- Silver Dollar (48 pancakes) – about 22mg of CBD per pancake
Before you run into your kitchen to make your first batch of Kief-Filled Egg-Free Pancakes, you may want to consider a few ways to replace or modify the cannabinoids you add to your pancakes. Just like the original recipe, these variations are fast and easy!
Going Beyond Kief
Our original recipe only includes CBD or CBG kief in the list of ingredients. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use other cannabinoids in addition to or as a replacement for the kief used in our recipe.
To give you an idea of the flexibility of this fun recipe, we offer you some variations on our recipe above. In each case, we will NOT change the original recipe (meaning you will still use the ¼ cup of kief as part of your dry ingredients) but will instead slip in some extra cannabinoids to further perk up this dish!
In this variation, we will add some Delta 8 THC in order to deliver a psychotropic effect.
Extra Ingredient – 1ml of Delta 8 THC Distillate
Modified Directions – add to the wet ingredients in Step 2 of the directions.
Our Delta 8 Distillate contains approximately 800mg of Delta 8 THC per ml. This would add the following amount of Delta 8 THC per pancake, depending upon the size you make:
- Humungous – 8 large pancakes; each will contain about 100mg of Delta 8 THC
- Classic – 24 standard pancakes; each will contain about 33mg of Delta 8 THC
- Silver Dollar – 48 small pancakes; each will contain about 17mg of Delta 8 THC
Another Delta 8 Option
In this variation, we will add Micronized Delta 8 THC in order to deliver a psychotropic effect. DO keep in mind that, while the amount of Delta 8 THC appears to be smaller, Micronized Delta 8 THC delivers this compound more rapidly and effectively than other products. In other words, a little bit can go far!
Extra Ingredient – 1tsp of Micronized Delta 8 THC (about 1.2 grams)
Modified Directions – add to the dry ingredients in Step 1 of the directions.
Our Micronized Delta 8 THC contains approximately 250mg of Delta 8 THC per teaspoon. This would add the following amount of Delta 8 THC per pancake, depending upon the size you make:
- Humungous – 8 large pancakes; each will contain about 31mg of Delta 8 THC
- Classic – 24 standard pancakes; each will contain about 10mg of Delta 8 THC
- Silver Dollar – 48 small pancakes; each will contain about 5mg of Delta 8 THC
In this variation, we will add some THC-O in order to deliver a psychedelic effect.
Extra Ingredient – 1ml of THC-O Distillate
Modified Directions – add to the wet ingredients in Step 2 of the directions.
Our THC-O Distillate contains approximately 700mg of THC-O per ml. This would add the following amount of THC-O per pancake, depending upon the size you make:
- Humungous – 8 large pancakes; each will contain about 88mg of THC-O
- Classic – 24 standard pancakes; each will contain about 29mg of THC-O
- Silver Dollar – 48 small pancakes; each will contain about 15mg of THC-O
Of course, you can mix and match your own concoction of cannabinoids to create your own batch that combines your preferred quantities of CBD, CBG, Delta 8 THC, and/or THC-O. You can go to the trouble of measuring the potency of your powerful combination but why bother. We’re sure it would be ultra-effective!
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you skip the kief in this recipe, add another ¼ cup of flour to maintain a proper wet/dry ratio of ingredients.