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Apple Pie Almond Meal Pancakes

January 19, 2014

Is there anything better than weekend breakfasts? Joe and I make a point to eat breakfast together almost every morning. We’re even the crazy people who wake up an extra hour earlier than we need to because we want time to drink coffee, eat breakfast, talk and watch a little morning news. Weekend breakfasts, however, are an entirely different thing. We have time to wake up a little later and still soak up a few hours together, drinking cups and cups of coffee and lounging around in our pajamas, playing with the pups.

During the weekdays we stick to our routine of oatmeal or oat bran for ease, taste and convenience. But on the weekends, we get a little more creative. Eggs, bacon and homemade biscuits are a favorite, homemade pancakes, yogurt bowls with chia seeds and berries and plenty of drippy almond butter.

Although I love pancakes first thing in the morning, particularly of the whole grain variety, I don’t love the fact that they leave me hungry only a couple hours later. Almond meal pancakes, I’ve found, keep me full much longer probably due to the fact that they contain protein.

For a while now, I’ve been making a quick “apple pie” mixture by mixing apple slices, a little brown sugar and butter, cinnamon and flour and microwaving the mixture for a couple minutes until soft and delicious. It’s amazing how much it tastes like apple pie and satisfying dessert cravings without totally blowing the rest of your day. I don’t know why it took me so long to figure out that combining this apple mixture with almond meal pancakes would create a breakfast nirvana, but I’m glad I finally did!

If you’re looking for a slightly more involved but totally delicious breakfast that’s worth every bit of effort, make time for these Apple Pie Almond Meal Pancakes. I usually steer clear of overly sweet breakfasts, so I don’t care for maple syrup on my pancakes, but I think most people wouldn’t mind a warm drizzle of maple syrup for moisture and sweetness.

Apple Pie Almond Meal Pancakes
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon brown sugar (you could swap out the brown sugar for a little maple syrup or stevia)
3/4 cup almond meal (I used Bob’s Red Mill brand)
Apple Compote
1 large apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Very small pat of butter, melted (maybe 1/4 tablespoon or a little less)
1 packet stevia or 2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour

In medium mixing bowl, combine egg, cinnamon, vanilla, baking soda, almond milk and brown sugar or other sweetener of choice. Whisk until well combined. Mix in the almond meal until combined.

In a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat, melt a small amount of butter or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon batter by the 1/4 cupful into pan. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until edges are set. Flip, cook 1 to 2 minutes more or until pancakes are cooked through in the center.

In small microwavable bowl, combine apple, cinnamon, melted butter, brown sugar and flour. Stir until evenly combined. Microwave 2 to 2 1/2 minutes, stirring once halfway through, until apples are softened and cooked with just a bit of crunch remaining.

Layer apples and pancakes in a stack. Serve with a little maple syrup, if desired. Serves 2

Happy Cooking!


Almond Meal Pancakes

March 28, 2013


Breakfast is my carb meal. Most mornings I find myself plopped down at my kitchen table with a bowl of oatmeal, breakfast farro, or toast with peanut butter and bananas. Aside from a short and very dark period in high school when I cut out all carbohydrates and ate nothing but meat and vegetables (no butter, oil, condiments, or sauces allowed!) until I almost passed out at band camp (don’t judge, band was cool), I’ve always believed that healthy carbohydrates have a place at the table.

Despite my best attempts, I have never been able to develop a love for eating eggs, especially not first thing in the morning. Now and again I’ll order eggs while eating out, but I hardly ever eat eggs for breakfast at home. From a nutritional perspective I love what eggs have to offer and the fact that they are packed with protein. So when I finally settled on a recipe for almond flour pancakes that suited my carb-loving breakfast style while being packed with eggs, I feel in love. I believe that, technically, these pancakes would also be considered paleo (paleo friends, correct me if I am mistaken!) though that wasn’t my mission in creating these pancakes. What I was going for was a hearty, filling and protein-packed breakfast that would leave me full and satisfied for hours. Mission accomplished.

A few notes about the pancakes:
-The flavor of the pancakes is pretty spot-on with traditional pancakes. The almond meal does not give much almond flavor to the end product. However, the texture is a bit different. The almond meal (and lack of gluten) prevents the pancakes from having very much chew to them. They stay quite soft no matter how long you cook them.
-I was pleased with the way they held together in the pan while cooking. I didn’t have any issues with the pancakes falling apart while I was cooking and flipping the pancakes.
-A single pancake (about 1/3 cup of batter) seemed to be enough for me for breakfast when topped with some peanut butter and banana. However, if you want a very decadent and large breakfast for multiple people, I would plan on two pancakes per person.
-It’s important to spread the pancake batter out slightly when you first pour the batter into the pan. The batter won’t spread much on its own like a typical pancake might.

Almond Meal Pancakes
Makes 3 Pancakes
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 packets stevia natural sweetener or 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup non-dairy milk or milk (I use almond milk)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup almond meal (I buy mine from Trader Joe’s)

1. In large bowl, whisk together the eggs, stevia, milk, cinnamon and baking soda until well combined. Stir in the eggs and beat until well combined.
2. Heat a little butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spoon batter, 1/3 cup at a time, into skillet. Spread the batter out slightly to form a 5-inch circle. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until edges are set and the center bubbles slightly. Flip and cook 2 to 3 minutes more.
3. Serve with butter, syrup, fruit or peanut butter.

Happy Cooking!

Protein Pancake

September 7, 2011

Lately on the blogosphere, there have been plenty of recipes popping up for protein pancakes. I absolutely love a good whole wheat pancake so the idea of a protein-packed version with fewer carbs and a more admirable nutritional profile seemed like the best of both worlds.

Last week I set out to make one of the recipes I found on a popular blog and was disappointed in the results. Maybe it was because the recipe called for a ‘scoop’ of protein powder, which is a pretty vague amount. But the results weren’t impressive. The second recipe I tried was equally as disappointing and left me wanting something that tasted more like a pancake and less like a bowl of oats.
So I decided to take matters into my own hands and whip up something that would pack in plenty of protein but would still taste like the pancakes I know and love. And trust me, we both love pancakes around here and know the taste and texture that’s just right. 
I used this recipe as a guide for the protein-packed version of my favorite breakfast and was pleasantly surprised with the flavor that the vanilla protein powder added along with the added sweetness from the Stevia. Of course, if you want even more protein, feel free to spread with a spoonful of peanut butter.
Protein Pancake 
Makes 2 to 3 Servings
*3/4 cup whole wheat flour
*1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
*3/4 teaspoon baking soda
*1 teaspoon Stevia or brown sugar 
*1 large egg, lightly beaten
*3/4 cup milk
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*Peanut butter (optional) 

*In a large bowl, combine the flour, protein powder, baking soda and Stevia. Set aside. In a second bowl, combine the egg, milk and vanilla extract.
*Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
*Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add batter to skillet. (This recipe makes enough for two or three pancakes/servings. See below for nutritional information for three servings.)
*Cook for two to three minutes, or until bubbles form at the surface of the pancake. Flip and cook one minute more. Serve with peanut butter, if desired.

Happy Cooking!


Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes

May 26, 2011

After talking in my last recipe post about my commitment to sharing more healthy recipes and inspiration from my daily life in food, I know what you must be thinking.

Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes? Well, that hardly qualifies as a healthy breakfast. But let me explain.

For a while now, pancakes have gotten a bad reputation for being unhealthy and full of empty calories. But with a little tweaking, they can actually be a great way to start your day. What may look unhealthy on the outside is filled with good-for-you ingredients like whole wheat flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, protein powder and low-fat milk. And topping your pancakes with peanut butter or Greek yogurt instead of syrup saves loads of calories and grams of added sugar.

Since Joey requests pancakes on a regular basis, I loved the idea of mixing the dry ingredients ahead of time and storing them in the pantry for a hassle-free breakfast in the morning when I’m short on time or just feeling a little lazy.

Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes

Dry Ingredients
*1/2 cup all-purpose flour
*1/2 cup whole wheat flour
*1/4 cup protein powder (vanilla or chocolate)
*1/2 teaspoon baking soda
*2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
*1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional, or you could substitute 1 teaspoon stevia)
*1/4 cup miniature chocolate chips

Wet Ingredients
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*1 cup low-fat milk
*1 large egg, lightly beaten

*Natural peanut butter and/or Greek yogurt

*In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In a second bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined, leaving a few lumps to keep the pancakes light and fluffy.
*Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add pancake batter, a 1/4 cup at a time, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, flipping when bubbles form on the surface of the pancake.
*Top pancakes with a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter or Greek yogurt. And if you’re feeling bold, go with both.

Rough nutrition info: Each 1/4 cup pancake is about 185 calories, without the peanut butter. Although I like to eat two pancakes with a tablespoon of peanut butter when I’m eating these babies for breakfast. 

Buttermilk Bluberry-Lemon Pancakes

January 24, 2011

Some of you may be issuing a sigh of frustration upon the realization that I’m posting yet another pancake recipe. But if you’re anything like me, there is never such a thing as too many ways to fry up a breakfast cake.

Up until this summer, I wouldn’t have given a second thought to pancakes. They didn’t interest me, seemed unhealthy, and couldn’t hold a candle to a bowl of Greek yogurt or oatmeal. But at some point in the last few months my indifference toward the pancake shifted to like and then full-blown love.

And while I typically fall head over heels for dense, hearty hot cakes, this time I was drooling over a softer, fluffier cake. Speckled with blueberries, brightened with lemon juice and buttermilk, these little babies are enough to make even the biggest pancake skeptic take another look at breakfast.

Buttermilk Blueberry-Lemon Pancakes
*1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or whole wheat flour
*1/3 cup self-rising flour
*1/2 tsp. baking soda
*3 tsp. stevia
*1 1/3 cups buttermilk
*1 tsp. lemon juice
*1 large egg
*1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
*1/2 cup fresh blueberries
*Maple syrup 

*In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat four, self-rising flour, baking soda and stevia.
*In a second bowl, combine the buttermilk, lemon juice, egg and nutmeg. Beat until well-combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat until just combined.
*Lightly grease a nonstick skillet with butter. Heat over medium heat. Add batter, a 1/4 cup at a time, to the skillet. Sprinkle with some of the blueberries. When bubbles form on the surface of the pancakes, flip and continue to cook for about 2 minutes more.
*Serve with maple syrup.

Happy Cooking!


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