Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes (Paleo, GF, DF)

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1 strawberry, 2 strawberries…mm… Maybe 3 strawberries?

Humming under my breath, I began the task of meticulously slicing the delicate strawberries. The knife revealed the pale soft flesh that diffused into the rich red color on the edges – perfectly sweet and ripe. It reminded me of all the reasons why I love summer. I love farmer’s markets. I love the heat. I love the beautiful harvest that comes from the rich soil of this earth. And most of all, I love all the fresh berries – the reds, blues, pinks-that are lined up in boxes along the aisles of the stores.

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pancakes-4The morning was rather quiet. It was Sunday and everyone was still sound asleep. I had barely gotten ready, I put on some light harem pants and an oversized shirt; my hair put up, glasses on – I felt more relaxed in my little niche. Weekends were always rather slow, but somehow I was looking forward to the free unplanned hours ahead.

As I grabbed the spatula to mix the pancake batter, I started to wonder why exactly I never seemed to have the time to contemplate and enjoy the simple moments like this. Every moment, every thought was rushed. I seem to find myself running here and there and everywhere – so fast that I never quite get to simply enjoy what I was doing in the present moment. Somehow, my mind is always running 100 miles per hour. I’m constantly planning what to do next, when to do it, how to do it…..The rhythmic motion of mixing, stirring, folding carried me into deep thought.edit-7

edit-17I was so drowned in my thoughts that I didn’t notice Zoe and Raena walking right into the kitchen at that moment.

“What are you making?” – Raena asked.

My train of thought got cut off, but seeing them all dressed in their pajamas, I smiled. Raena eagerly leaned over, her face filled with anticipation for breakfast. I just shook my head and silently chuckled at her childish impatience.Raena sat on the counter watching me mix and fold as Zoe came over to start heating up the pan. I carefully measured the batter, so Zoe could fry them. All the while, Raena stood beside us watching…and just waiting and waiting to eat. We spent the next 10 minutes putting our attention on the pancakes, flipping them, watching over each one so none of them gets burned.

Food always bring us together. And this morning we did just that.

Just today, just this one day, I was determined to try my very best to  cherish and live in every second and moment. I piled up the mini pancakes high up on the porcelain plate and handed it to Raena. I stepped back and watched as Raena, ever so seriously, arranged the beautiful array of fruits on top. Her artistic talent was rather incredible. I continued to notice and watch Zoe lean over furiously taking shots. I couldn’t help but smile as I saw the different talents each sister was given, it was a tender mercy just to see how much talent we are all given by God.

We are all unique and special in our own ways. But no matter how different we are in the way we think, or do things we were all still sisters. And we loved spending time with each other.

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Moments are precious. There is no turning back of the hands of the clock. We can’t ever get back the time we lose, but we can choose to make each minute of it count.

I pray that as I document and blog that I never forget times like these.  Beautiful moments are gifts and soon they become past memories. I would not want to ever want to forget them.

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Adapted from AmbitiousKitchen

Ingredients – serves 2

  • 1/4 cup Coconut Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tbsp PB Powder + Water (or any nut butter of choice)
  • 2 Eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 Medium Banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1/2 tbsp Pure Maple Syrup

How to Make:

  1. In a bowl stir together the coconut flour and baking soda.
  2. In a separate bowl, mash the banana. Add in the beaten eggs, milk, maple syrup and Peanut butter. Mix well.
  3. Combine the dry and wet ingredients together.
  4. Heat a non-stick pan over medium- low heat. Once the pan is sufficiently hot, add in 3 tbsp of the batter (no more than this because it is VERY hard to flip). Be careful because coconut flour burns very easily. These pancakes are VERY delicate, so be very careful when flipping. You should expect the first couple to be your “trial pancakes”.
  5. Cook the first side until you see bubbles and the edges are firm. Flip and cook the other side for 2 minutes (if you are finding that the pancakes are cooking quicker than this then your heat is too high). Don’t freak out if the pancakes seem to soft. I promise they will be moist and fluffy! They won’t be exactly like your regular buttermilk pancakes, however they are still delicious!
  6. Remove, wipe down pan, and repeat the process!

How to Serve:

Serve your coconut flour pancakes with syrup, your favorite fruit. If you’re looking for a decadent dessert, you can even sprinkle on cocoa nibs, toasted nuts, coconut flakes and a dollop of coconut whipped cream. For something fresh and breakfast like, good options include coconut yoghurt, granola and dried fruit.

Calories: (estimated value)

Notes:

Nut Butter: You can substitute any nut butter you like. Seed butter is also a good substitute like sesame seed butter works too

Sweetener Substitute: Agave Nectar, Honey, Date Syrup, Coconut Nectar are also good substitutes, but you may need to adjust the sweetness according to your liking.

LOVE,

Zoe & Mia

(This post is featured on Allergy Free ThursdayGluten Free FridaysWeekend PotluckFiesta Friday)

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Bethany says:

    These pancakes look awesome.

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    1. zoelaucy says:

      Thank You Bethany! That is so sweet of you!

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  2. Mariana says:

    What gorgeous pictures!! 😍 I am now craving pancakes like crazy!

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    1. zoelaucy says:

      Thank You Marina!!!! 🙂 Pancakes are the best kind of dessert breakfast to eat! 🙂

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  3. Raia T. says:

    What a beautiful batch of pancakes! Thank you so much for sharing them with us at Allergy Free Thursdays! I’m going to feature them at this week’s party. Hope to see you there!

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    1. zoelaucy says:

      Thank you Raia! 🙂 We would loved to be featured! We will definitely be there to check out all the great things going on at Allergy Free Thursdays! Thank you for hosting again!

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  4. These look amazing! I featured them tonight on Allergy-Free Thursdays. Can’t wait to see what you share this week!

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    1. zoelaucy says:

      Thank you so much Elle! Glad that you really liked them! We love allergy free thursdays thanks for hosting!

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  5. We love baking with coconut flour, and those pancakes look yummy! Just wanted to check real quick–the unsweetened almond milk is 1/4 cup? The measurement is missing, and that seems the most logical to me. 🙂 Thanks!

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    1. zoelaucy says:

      Hi Heidi! Thank you for pointing that mistake out, we have fixed the change on the recipe. You are right it is 1/4 cup of almond milk.
      We love baking with coconut flour too and these pancakes were delicious! Just note that these pancakes are quite fragile and very soft, not like your typically pancakes. Be careful when you cook and flip them. Let us know how it turns out! We absolutely loved these!

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      1. Thanks! We’re excited to try these soon! We’ll definitely let you know how they turn out for us.

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  6. I keep meaning to try coconut pancakes – these look great!

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    1. zoelaucy says:

      Thank you so much Caroline! 🙂 Using coconut Flour makes these soft and light! And please do try this recipe and let us know how it turns out!

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  7. I have organized a brunch with some friends at home for next Sunday, I would love to make them taste these pancakes, I am pretty sure they never had something similar… thanks a lot for sharing this recipe with us at FF!

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    1. zoelaucy says:

      Awww that sounds like a fun idea! Pancake Brunch?! YUM! These pancakes would be delicious! Just make sure you make them small 🙂 They are delicate but ever so light and fluffy! I can’t wait to hear about how it turns out! 🙂

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  8. Oh this sounds so lovely. Would love to have this for a luxury Sunday brunch!

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    1. zoelaucy says:

      Thanks Petra!!! I hope you get to try this! It is definitely a special breakfast option 🙂

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