Hello, friends! Did everyone enjoy the long weekend? (Or did you have a long weekend? My company was closed yesterday, but I feel like President’s Day is not a holiday I enjoyed at previous jobs…) In any case, I was struck down by the flu Sunday night/yesterday, so I was happy for the extra day in the weekend and spent it passed out on the couch. But, it was also Chewy’s first birthday, so I rallied in the evening to make him some pupcakes and take photos of him enjoying them in a birthday hat…I’ll share that recipe later this week (preview photo is up on Instagram if you just can’t wait).
In the meantime, LET’S TALK ABOUT THESE AMAZING PANCAKES. You should really make these this weekend. They would be the perfect “I know Valentine’s Day is over but I totally still love you” breakfast. I made them on Sunday morning and I can’t wait to make them again. We usually don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, because Dan and I both have birthdays in February and his is the 13th (and now Chewy’s is the 15th!) so it’s already a very busy weekend. But I think these pancakes might become a tradition. Plus, they’re paleo and delicious without syrup, so they’re sort of…healthy? Did that ruin it? Try them.
For the pancakes (makes about 6 medium pancakes):
2 medium-large bananas
½ tsp vanilla
zest of 1 small lemon
4 tbs almond meal (I like this one)
¼ cup unsweetened almond milk (I used vanilla)
For the topping:
4 tbs coconut butter*
1 tbs coconut sugar*
1 tbs plus 1 tsp lemon juice
*if you're wondering about these ingredients, check out this post.
1. Mash your bananas in a bowl, and then throw the rest of the pancake ingredients except the blueberries into the bowl (as you can see, I didn’t mash my bananas first, but I should have. Do as I say, not as I do.) If you don’t usually use citrus zest in recipes, just grab the finest grater you have and use it to remove the outer zest from the lemon (try not to get much of the white part beneath the zest).
2. Heat your griddle (or a large frying pan) on medium-high heat, until droplets of water sizzle when they hit the surface. Throw a little cooking spray (or a light coat of the oil of your choice) on the griddle.
3. Pour a small circle of batter on to your griddle. I strongly recommend that you only do one pancake on your first round, because the first pancake is always a mess (the heat isn’t quite right, or they need to be a little smaller to flip easily, or whatever). I almost always mess up the first round, so it’s better to just start with one. Also, these pancakes are not great for making shapes. I had grand ideas of heart-shaped pancakes…not gonna happen with these babies. But they’re delicious as circles, and appropriate for any season.
4. Plop some blueberries on to the pancakes, and gently press them into the batter. I had giant blueberries and some of them didn’t want to stay in the pancakes when I flipped them, but pressing them in helped, and keeping them more in the middle of the pancake and further from the edges helped, too. If a few roll out, just use them to top the pancakes.
5. When the edges of the pancakes look dry and you start to see bubbles coming up in the middle of the pancakes, flip those babies over. Let them cook for a minute or two on the other side (you can lift the edge of the pancake and check for doneness, if it still looks wet at all give it another minute to cook).
6. Transfer your cooked pancake to a plate and cover with aluminum foil. Adjust your heat as necessary (if the first pancake took a long time to cook and didn’t brown nicely, turn the heat up a little. If it burned, turn the heat down.) Use a paper towel to brush off any excess oil, and re-spray before you put down the second batch of batter. After my first “test pancake” I make three or four at a time. Pour your next round of pancakes and add your blueberries.
7. While the next round of pancakes is cooking, mix up the topping. Add the ingredients for your filling in a small bowl and whisk together until combined (my coconut butter was pretty liquid, which made the whisking easier—if your ingredients aren’t combining easily, throw them in the microwave for 15-30 seconds).
8. When all your pancakes are done, construct your stacks by alternating layers of pancake and topping so that you have a little topping in between each pancake in your stack.
9. Eat them. Say “mmmmmm” a lot. Collect stellar partner points for making these for your significant other.
Happy (belated) Valentine's Day! I love you all.