Thursday, November 6, 2014

Any day Protein-packed Pancakes

As a child, I grew up looking forward to every Sunday when my dad would make us pancakes. It was always a treat, especially since he would attempt to make them into all sorts of shapes – letters ("C" is easy), animals, flowers... and, of course, Mickey Mouse! Pancakes from scratch are really just as easy as from pancake mix box. 

Make them naturally packed with protein by using nuts, chia seeds and coconut flour. Load them up with lots of fruit, nuts and/or seeds in between layers and on top with a warm fruity compote for a more nutritious (and fun) breakfast any day of the week!!!

Dry ingredients
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup tapioca or arrowroot starch
1Tablespoon psyllium husk
1 teaspoon baking soda

Wet ingredients
1 cup almond milk, plus more, if needed
2 pastured, cage-free, or organic eggs
2 Tablespoons chia seeds mixed with 6 Tablespoons water
1 banana, peeled and mashed with a fork
1 Tablespoon coconut or olive oil
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Grass-fed butter or coconut oil for frying 

Fruit compote 
1/2 cup GF brown rice syrup
1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries 

Fresh fruit, nuts and seeds

  • Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Set aside. 
  • In a measuring jug or a small bowl, beat the wet ingredients together. 
  • Add wet ingredients to the dry mix, beating to combine thoroughly. If it really looks too thick, add another 1-2 Tablespoons of almond milk.
  • Melt a pat of butter in frying pan on medium-high heat. Spoon batter in, spreading it gently with the back of a spoon, allowing some flipping space between each pancake. (I usually can fit 3 coaster-sized ones in mine.) Let the batter cook for about 3-4 minutes, then flip over and cook for another 2-3 minutes until both sides are golden brown. Remove from pan, add more oil or butter for each batch and continue cooking until the batter is finished.
  • Warm the fruit compote ingredients for a minute or two while mashing up the fruit. Drizzle on top and serve.
    And the kids still have fun with pancakes! ;)

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