Magic Turmeric Pancakes

by Grier Govorko


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Magic Turmeric Pancakes

Apr 25, 2020

These pancakes not only taste wonderful they're a great way to include turmeric in your diet ... mix up how you get your daily dose and put your lab coat on, we're getting all sciencey with these colour changing pancakes!

Some people prefer pikelets, some prefer crepes.. but whatever your favourite I think most people know how to make a pancake.

But, do you know how to make your pancakes start as a gooey yellow batter and reveal a red-velvet-like finish on the flip?

The secret science is in the pH of the mixture. Remember the pH scale refers the ranking of acidity or alkalinity of a mixture?

Turmeric is used as an indicator of pH in chemistry classes everywhere. The leavening action of the baking soda also suppresses the yellow ochre of the turmeric as the acids are neutralized, allowing that orange-red carotene pigment to blush large as the heat activates the whole cascade.

Pretty darn cool. This is the shortest video on Youtube for the turmeric red response, only the base used is soapy water … which leads to the explanation of why a turmeric stain (and how this stuff stains!) will turn red in the wash.

...and for the recipe


  • 1 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 2 tbsps maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tbsp baking soda
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 bottle of Little Elephant Recover Tonic

For topping

  • Coconut yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Little Elephant Recover Tonic
  • Chopped bananas


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend till combined. Don’t over blend.
  3. Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter into the pan. Since it is quite thick, spread/smooth into a circle.
  5. Cook for 2-3 minutes on the first side. When you can easily slide a spatula under, flip. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan.
  6. Repeat until all the batter is gone.
  7. Mix the ingredients of topping together. Top pancakes, serve and enjoy!