Friends, these pancakes are a TRIUMPH. They are fluffy. They are soft. They are sweet. And they are 100% grain-free and gluten-free. These babies are made with almonds. Not almond flour. Not almond meal. Just almonds that you toss into the blender and—before you know it—you have grain-free pancakes that could fool even the most staunch gluten-lover. It feels like it shouldn’t work, but it does. Every. Single. Time.
I brought nuts and seeds back into my therapeutic diet about two months ago, and I knew one of the first things I wanted to try to do was come up with a nut-based pancake recipe. I did some Googling, and my first attempt at them was using someone else’s recipe: this Almond Flour Pancake recipe from Comfy Belly.
I really loved this recipe, but I never managed to have blanched almond flour kicking around when my daughter asked for pancakes. For a while, I would make my own flour, but then I thought, “Huh, what if I just put the almonds into the blender whole?” A little more tweaking and testing (and eating), and BOOM– a weekday morning worthy grain-free pancake recipe was born!
Thanks to the power of my Vitamix (this is the one I have) in goes boiling water and blanched almonds (among other things), and out comes this pancake batter in just a few minutes. The only dishes that get dirty are the blender carafe and the skillet you cook the pancakes on.
You can do this with other nuts (cashews work especially well) and even unblanched “regular” almonds, but the results will vary slightly. Blanched almonds are my favorite because they add a slightly nutty flavor, but keep the texture light and fluffy like “real” pancakes. Read the post »