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Traditional Russian blinis are a hybrid between pancakes and pita bread, made with buckwheat. Blinis are a delicious special occasion treat usually served with cream cheese or sour cream, smoked salmon and caviar.
After making several batches of my raw vegan carrot lox, it was obvious that I needed to make some healthy oat blinis to pair them with!! My recipe is not as complicated as the original one, it’s not even a recipe but more of an “eyeball it” kind of situation. It’s just a matter of combining oat, water and a pinch of salt until you get a batter with a consistency between pancakes and crepes!
Oats are a very versatile cooking ingredient, with numerous health benefits. It actually contains a pretty good amount of vitamin B1, B2, and E, as well as magnesium, iron, potassium & zinc. That’s why I make sure to include it in my daily diet!
These oat blinis are one of my go-to recipes, they are slightly crunchy on top but chewy and textured inside! It tastes really good for such an easy and healthy treat. They can be made ahead of time, I even make big batches and freeze them. To keep them moist, I’d suggest wrapping the oat blinis with a kitchen towel and store them in a glass container.
I tried this recipe with oat bran and grounded oatmeal, it works pretty much the same for both. I do prefer the taste of the oat bran version but overall they are very similar.
They can either go for something sweet (like those baby blinis topped with blueberry coconut yogurt and berries, I posted on Instagram the other day) or savory with cashew sour cream & carrot lox. In my opinion, this combination makes for the perfect vegan and healthy version of a smoked salmon blinis.
Fun fact: I used to make these blinis a few years ago before even becoming vegan!! Anyway, here is the recipe for some easy and healthy oat blinis.
- 1 Cup Oat bran can be replaced with grounded oatmeal
- ~1/2 Cup Water
- Pinch Salt
In a mixing bowl, mix oat bran or grounded oatmeal with salt and 1/4 cup of water.
Mix well, and add the remaining water if needed. You should look for a slightly thick batter (something between pancakes and crepes).
Let the batter rest for 5 min and preheat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Prepare a clean kitchen towel to wrap the oat blinis with.
After 5 min of resting time, if the batter gets thicker, mix in some water. Poore desired quantity of batter into the hot frying pan.
Cook for about 3 min per side or until both sides are slightly golden brown.
Keep the oat blinis wrapped in a clean kitchen towel to prevent them from losing their moisture.