Apple Almond Pancakes {Grain-Free}

Mmmm, pancakes.

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Let’s count the reasons why pancakes are one of the number one breakfasts in the world:

  • They are melt-in-your mouth tender and have a great texture that I can’t get enough of
  • You can top them with as many different kinds of nut butter as you want
  • Cinnamon and vanilla give these pancakes MASSIVE flavour. As soon as the batter started sizzling on the pan, my roomie’s boyfriend commented that these smelled amazing 🙂
  • They are loaded with protein from almond meal, or ground almonds
  • Even more protein from the egg – this recipe has TWO eggs to serve one: tripling up on the protein here!
  • They can be topped with berries and other sliced fruit
  • Chocolate chips melt on top of these hot cakes and become gooey 🙂
  • Yogurt blobs add creaminess and a little tanginess
  • A drizzle of maple syrup would be perfection here, but I didn’t feel like that was necessary

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Even better, these p-cakes are grain-free and made with simple ingredients – you’ll need vanilla, cinnamon, baking powder (optional), two eggs, applesauce, almond meal, coconut oil for frying them, and little salt. The almond milk is optional too, depending on the thickness of your batter.

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The first time I tried making these, I thought I’d replace one egg with a flax egg, hence the lonely egg in the photo above. Bad idea! This recipe is already very “wet” with applesauce, so you need both eggs to help them bind together. If you look at the blackberry-yogurt pancake photos above, you’ll see that they ripped a little as I tried to flip them. The batter just wasn’t sticky enough.

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Anyways, two eggs, some applesauce and almond meal make up your base, and the rest is up to you! I recommend cinnamon and vanilla, plus as many toppings as you like 🙂 I made this post last year with a big list of pancake toppings that you can try to give these even more flavour and nutrition. Perfect!


Apple Almond Pancakes {grain-free}

INGREDIENTS

Makes 5-6 medium pancakes, serves one person

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup applesauce (I used one packaged applesauce cup)
  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder, OPTIONAL (I made this twice, one time without the baking powder and the results were identical)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tbsp. maple syrup or honey, OPTIONAL
  • Coconut oil to cook
  • Fruit, chocolate chips, or other pancake toppings

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Whisk eggs in a bowl. Add applesauce, maple/honey, and vanilla. Whisk well.
  2. Add baking powder, salt, and cinnamon, and mix well.
  3. Add almond meal and mix gently until combined.
  4. Heat skillet to medium-low and cook pancakes in coconut oil when fully heated.
  5. Cook for 4-6 minutes per side, or until firm enough to flip. Be careful – these pancakes bubble, but are still so tender and difficult to flip! Cook the second side for 4 minutes, or until golden brown.
  6. Serve with toasted nuts, nut butter, yogurt, jam, fresh fruits, chocolate chips, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

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The plain pancakes, without toppings, are just under 300 calories for the entire batch that serves one. You’ll be getting a whopping 4 grams of fiber (that’s 16% of your daily value!), as well as 16.2 grams of protein. This recipe is also high in Vitamin A, C, calcium and has 14% of the iron you need in a day. Even better, these pancakes are very low in sodium, high in a variety of minerals, including riboflavin and selenium, and are made with all real foods. Amazing.

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My favourite toppings are sliced fruit, nut butter, yogurt, berries, and sometimes, more maple syrup. Next time, I’m going to make a double-chocolate version and enjoy that with coconut and peanut butter. Mmmmm. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

If you’re looking for some other pancake recipes, you can check out my recipe page or take a look at some similar-but-different recipes below:

Have a beautiful day everyone 🙂

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Tell me:

  1. How often do you make pancakes for breakfast? Are they a weekend thing or an everyday thing?
  2. Anything exciting coming up for the weekend? We’re only two days away!
  3. How do you feel about Christmas being just eight days away?