So since Wednesday, I've been dreaming of breakfast. Everything from maple-cured bacon to sweet potato hash to ... you guess it, pancakes! And why make regular, boring, boxed pancakes when you can end up with something like this?
Pumpkin Pancakes with Toasted Pecans
Excerpted from Powerful Paleo Superfoods by Heather Connell
Pancakes are a Paleo treat in my house, mostly served on weekends and especially after the request/begging of my six-year-old twins. On a crisp fall morning these pancakes are a favorite to warm the soul. Try switching up the pumpkin purée for sweet potato purée or ripe banana purée.
2 cup (120 g) pumpkin purée
1 tablespoon (15 ml) coconut oil, melted, plus more for griddle
2 tablespoons (30 ml) maple syrup
2 tablespoons (30 ml) coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1⁄2 cup (60 g) almond flour
1 tablespoon (8 g) coconut flour
1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt
1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 cup (38 g) pecans, chopped
Heat a griddle or nonstick skillet over medium heat (watch the temperature carefully to keep the pancakes from burning). In a large bowl, add the pumpkin, eggs, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) coconut oil, maple syrup, coconut milk, and vanilla. Using a hand mixer, combine the ingredients until smooth and blended. Add the almond flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda to the wet ingredients and mix again until everything is incorporated.
Melt 1 teaspoon of additional coconut oil in the hot griddle or skillet, making sure the oil coats the surface evenly. Pour about 1⁄4 to 1⁄3 cup (60 to 80 ml) batter to the skillet for each pancake. Allow the pancakes
to cook on one side for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the bottoms are golden. (These don’t cook like traditional pancakes, so don’t flip the pancakes too soon or they will break apart.) Then, using a spatula, carefully
flip the pancakes over to cook on the other side. Repeat with the remaining batter.
While the pancakes cook, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C, or gas mark 4) and evenly spread the pecans on a baking sheet. Toast the pecans for 5 to 10 minutes, or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Top the pancakes with toasted pecans and serve.
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