Gluten, dairy and sugar free
Pancakes are so ridiculously versatile, it seems you can make them out of just about anything. Below is a base recipe for restrictive-diet friendly almond flour pancakes that are naturally sweetened with banana. Suggestions on other jazzy ingredients follow, but plain is yummy, too :-).
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 egg
- 1 banana
- Less than 1 cup milk substitute of your choice (will explain, read on :-))
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 3 tsps baking soda
- 1 Tbsp cooking oil such as olive or grape seed
- Butter substitute or cooking oil, such as coconut – enough to coat bottom of pan liberally about 8 times while making pancakes
- Whisk the egg in a large mixing bowl.
- Place a peeled, broken up banana in a blender, add milk substitute until it reaches the 8 oz mark on the blender and blend until smooth.
- Add 8 oz banana mixture, salt, flour, baking soda, and cooking oil to egg in the bowl. Whisk.
- Heat a pan to low/medium and add a liberal amount of butter substitute or oil to prevent cakes from sticking.
- Pour the batter into the hot pan, around 1/4 to 1/3 cup at a time. I find that almond flour is a bit tricky to cook all the way through, so smaller, thinner pancakes turn out better. I even spread the batter out as far as I can with the batter scoop.
- Cook the first side several minutes. Bubbles will appear, but unlike wheat flour pancakes, it will not be ready to flip at that time. When you can get a flipper under the pancake without having it break apart, it is ready. Flip and cook several more minutes until the insides are done and both sides are a dark, crispy brown.
- Makes about 8 thin, 5-6″ pancakes.
In order to get the pancakes thin enough, you may need to experiment. If the batter becomes too thick, you can always add a splash more milk substitute to make it the right consistency.
Other ingredients you could add to this recipe:
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed (add a splash more milk substitute to compensate for added dryness)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- Diced apple