Several years ago Rosa Park’s papers made it to the Library of Congress. Among them was her recipe for “Featherlite Peanut Butter Pancakes.” I had two thoughts when I saw this: peanut butter and “featherlite” don’t seem to go together and how could I make them into gluten-free peanut butter pancakes?
Well the conversion to make these pancakes gluten-free was a breeze and yes, they are featherlite thanks to 2 TABLEspoons of baking powder. I know that sounds like way too much baking powder for a recipe with just one cup of flour. But it works and you don’t taste the baking powder at all. Her recipe calls for 2 Tbsps. sugar but I used natural unsweetened peanut butter so I added an extra 2 tsps. sugar.
I’m sure that almond butter would be a great substitute for the peanut butter or even sun butter if you avoid all nuts. Top these gluten-free pancakes with your favorite jam and you have the perfect PBJ combo.
Gluten-Free Flour Blends
I have used several different gluten-free flour blends for these gluten-free peanut butter pancakes and they all worked well. My custom blend of sorghum, millet and brown rice flours with some starches is my favorite. If you prefer a store bought blend, I like King Arthur Flour All Purpose Gluten-Free flour the best. See the notes in the recipe for a super simple DIY gluten-free flour blend or my blog post on gluten-free flours.
The First Pancake
The first pancake on the pan almost always is a throw away. Why? Usually because the pan is not the right temperature. To avoid a bad first pancake, it is best to first heat the pan it over medium heat. Then, lightly grease the cooking surface with oil or butter, wiping away the excess with a paper towel. If you leave too much butter or oil the pancakes won’t have that nice even golden brown on top. Try making a test pancake with a small spoonful of batter to see if the pan is the right temperature.