Whoa whoa whoaaaa, hold up. I thought this site was nut-free!?
Yes, yes it is. Tiger Nuts are not nuts. They are tubers.
A tuber you say? Yes, I do say. Or, moreover, Céline from La Noix Tigrée in Paris said and I copied her on her information to share with you. Lovely she is.
I am thrilled about this discovery: Tiger Nuts, otherwise known at “Earth Almonds” or “Chufa” are just that — they taste like almonds, but they come from the earth. Because, in fact, a tuber is a root. And a root cannot be a nut. It’s more related to a potato than anything.
Céline from La Noix Tigrée contacted me to do a little recipe video with her and that was good fortune. It’s very difficult for someone with a gluten-free and primarily vegan diet to find substantial foods without nuts and their family. Tiger Nuts are a wonderful and underused food item!
- They are high is minerals such as magnesium.
- They are also high in fiber and protein, keeping you full and giving you amino acids.
- They’re a pre-biotic. Meaning… they nourish the good bacteria in your belly helping your digestion.
Céline, being the bad French woman that she is, brought a vegan and gluten-free recipe for Tiger Nut Pancakes that she makes with her very own cold-pressed Tiger Nut Milk. Céline grew up in the South of France, which is not far away from Spain. While food allergies and intolerances are less common here in France, she is one of the few who experience several, as well as electro-sensitivity. (Meaning, if there’s WiFi in the building, she knows it, and it actually makes her ill.)
Back to Spain: their version of Horchata is not like the Mexican counterpart — it is composed of Tiger Nut Milk, or as they call it, “Chufa”! As she cannot tolerate much dairy, she missed having this drink close by living in Paris, so she quit her day job, found her supplier for Tiger Nuts, and started “La Noix Tigrée”, which is the literal translation of “tiger nut” into French. (The actual word for it here is “souchet”!)
Her dairy-free milk is amazing. Since Tiger Nuts are naturally sweet with healthy sugars and soluble fiber, you don’t need to add any sweetener. The “plain” variety is already good enough, but then she comes up with beautiful varieties such as her very popular carrot-ginger, matcha, and apple-kale. I wish I could import her back to California. And her milk. They’re both so sweet.
Anyways, I hope you make these pancakes. They’re so easy, and only have 4 ingredients. Since we’ve filmed I’ve already bought a pack of Tiger Nuts and Tiger Nut flour to replicate versions of this recipe in the form of cakes and other milks — it’s that good.
Bon appétit, and hooray for the new discovery, Bubble Children!
Tiger Nut Pancakes // vegan & GF
|Prep time||3 minutes|
|Cook time||8 minutes|
|Total time||11 minutes|
|Dietary||Corn Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian|
|Meal type||Breakfast, Snack|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot|
- 1 cup tiger nut milk (or other dairy-free milk if you can't find it)
- 1/2 cup sorghum flour
- 1 cup tiger nut flour (substitute teff flour if you can't find it)
- 1 small banana or 1/2 large banana
|Step 1||Blend all ingredients together until homogenous and creamy. Should resemble a slightly liquid waffle batter.|
|Step 2||Heat a bit of oil on a hot skillet and drop your desired sized pancakes with a ladle. Cook on one side until entire surface has bubbles and the bottom is browned to your liking. Flip, and cook until the pancake is cooked through and the other side is also browned.|
|Step 3||Serve with your favorite fruit, syrup, and/or dry fruit or seed crumble. Delicious with honey!|