Friday, July 25, 2014

New Grain Free Nut Flour Pancakes

I go back and forth between using almond flour and coconut flour in my baking.  And sometimes when I use almond flour, I end up adding a bit of coconut flour as a thickener.  That’s what happened when I was putting together this recipe.

When we first got up in the morning, we had coffee and then I decided I wanted to get in a short run before we had breakfast… The Captain said he would like to go along, so we both ate small bananas before lacing up our running shoes and heading out.

When it was time to get breakfast together, I knew I wanted to make us some pancakes, because we had these beautiful fresh strawberries to enjoy on top.  But I would normally use a banana in my pancake batter.  We had already eaten a banana so I decided to use some unsweetened applesauce instead.  I  usually have these little individual cups of applesauce on hand.  I buy any of several different brands, depending upon what is on sale.  These happen to be from Wal-mart.  Each container holds approximately 1/2 cup of applesauce.

June 13 applesauce 001

You can easily double this recipe for more cakes, or even halve it if you are having breakfast alone.  You could also make up the cakes and keep leftovers in the refrigerator to be reheated another day in the mike.

This recipe makes 4 pancakes… enough for 2 for breakfast.

Grain Free Pancake 4

Grain Free Pancakes
Makes 2 servings of 2 cakes each
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 container (1/2 cup) of unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 Tbs almond flour
  • dash of vanilla
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 2 tsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  1. Beat the eggs and applesauce together in a medium bowl.
  2. Add the almond flour, vanilla, cinnamon and mix till well combined.
  3. Add the coconut flour 1 tsp at a time and mix after each addition.
  4. Add the baking powder and mix again.
  5. Lightly coat a skillet with non-stick spray and set over MEDIUM heat.
  6. When the pan is hot, ladle 1/4 of the batter (between 3 and 4 Tbs) into the pan.   Allow to cook about 5 minutes until the edges are somewhat dry and bubbles appear in the centre.
  7. Flip and cook the second side about 2 minutes.
  8. Remove the cake from the pan to a serving plate and cover to keep warm.
  9. Repeat with the rest of the batter until you have 4 pancakes.
  10. Garnish as desired and serve warm.
Per serving of 2 cakes.
WW P+ = 5.
Calories 187; Protein 10g; Carbohydrate 11g; Fat 12g; Fibre 4g.

Grain Free Pancake 1Before garnishing here.  The cakes are about 4 inches in diameter.

Grain Free Pancake 2
I added a bit of Greek yogurt and some sugar free syrup to mine.

Grain Free Pancake 3
The Captain opted for real syrup on his... no yogurt for him.

I think next time I will try them with egg whites instead of whole eggs to keep the fat content down a bit and that will also lower the Weight Watchers P+ values.

Are you a nut flour fan, too?

What is your favorite kind of pancakes?

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