My mom invented this recipe a few years ago for our low carb lifestyle. It makes a nice break from eggs. We have often served these pancakes to guests not on a diet and they enjoy them too. It's a great way to get your omega-3's from flax. The recipe is very flexible, and you don't even need to measure the ingredients--just eyeball the proportions, or vary it to suit yourself after you've gotten the idea. I have used sour cream or cottage cheese instead of ricotta, and it works just as well (plain yogurt would be good, too). Cottage cheese makes a very tender, flavorful pancake, but omit the salt because cottage cheese is quite salty compared to the others.
- Mix all ingredients together and stir well. (Optional: You may also add one packet of artificial sweetener if you are accustomed to recipes that call for sugar.).
- Spoon onto preheated, oiled griddle and cook as usual.
- Serve with butter and low-carb syrup, or sour cream and berries.
- Note: If you want the batter a little thinner, stir in water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Batter will thicken as it sits, so if you refrigerate it till the next day, you will probably need to thin it. If the batter is too thin, stir in a little more flax.
- Also note: Flax seed should always be fresh ground (keep a dedicated coffee grinder for this purpose) or stored in the freezer. You may use either regular (brown) flax, or golden flax, which produces a lighter texture and color. You can often get it in bulk bins at your health food store for a great price.