February 21, 2012

almond flour pancakes with berry compote

When I crave pancakes, these are my go to recipe. They are light, crispy around the edges and just the right amount of sweet.  You can add anything you like to them, my husband prefers chocolate chips in his, for me berries all the way.  Dress them up with whatever works for you, I made a simple berry compote, well technically not even a compote.  Its just berries cooked with some spices, I don't know why it works but it does.  These little cakes won't leave you in a pancake coma after you eat them either.  Enjoy with a good cup of coffee and you've got a great start to the day. 

Almond flour pancakes
adapted from Paleo Plan
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 Tbs coconut flour
2 eggs
1/4 cup water ( or consider soda water for slightly fluffier pancakes)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp sea salt
coconut oil or oil of preference
1 cup fresh berries – blueberries, strawberries, you choose!

Here's what you do:
Combine almond flour, applesauce, coconut flour, eggs, water, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, sea salt and berries in a bowl, and mix together completely with a fork.   The batter will appear a little thicker than normal mix.
Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium-low heat with 1 tsp coconut oil or oil of preference.
Drop 1/4 cup of batter onto the pan once it is fully heated. Spread out batter slightly if desired. 
Flip like a normal pancake when the bubbles start showing up on the top, and cook for another minute or two.
Add more oil to the pan and repeat with remaining batter.
Top with berry compote

Berry Compote
2 cup strawberries
1 cup blueberries
3 tablespoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons agave or honey (depending on how sweet you want your fruit, you can use sugar as well) 
1 cup water (or fruit juice you have on hand)

Place your berries, cinnamon, sweetener of choice and water in a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat.  Let mixture cook for at least 45 minutes or until fruit is broken down to your liking.  Taste to ensure mixture is sweet enough for you.

I prefer mine to taste more like fruit and less like a jam and feel free to add in all kinds of spices and fruits to create this to your liking. This will make about 2 cups, I keep mine in the refrigerator and it keeps for about a week. 

Rise and shine, its pancake time!  
Image is of sunrise from our back deck.