Friday, April 23, 2010
Almond Buckwheat Pancakes with Coconut Cream and Strawberries
The upstairs air conditioner is still broken!  Downstairs is cool since we have a unit down there, but when I bake, all the heat comes upstairs and melts the illustrator's brain while he is trying to work.  So, I was asked ever so nicely not to bake today.  Well, I really wanted something fluffy and tasty!  So, I said pancakes it is.  The illustrator said that he would do his eggs, potato and ham, so I should not bother with making some kind of gluten free pancake for him.  He was just not in the mood.  What?  Not in the mood for fluffy goodness?  I could not imagine.  Oh well, his loss...
So, I have some almond flour from JK Gourmet that I got a while back and I made pancakes with it in the past, but I wanted to see if I could make them even better.
When I am looking at gluten free flours, I always start reading the nutritional information.  Since JK Gourmet's almond flour is just blanched ground almonds it is loaded with vitamins and minerals!  I was really excited to get in the kitchen and play with some pancakes knowing I was about to make some super high protein vitamin packed goodness.  I know, I am weird like that...I have to make something healthy even if I think I am splurging on something as simple as a pancake.  This time I was focusing on making them fluffier, so I added some beaten egg whites along with buckwheat flour to give it some chew.
I happened to pick up some amazing strawberries on sale at the store today too.  Totally NOT a coincidence.    As soon as I saw these, I knew I wanted a strawberry shortcake of some sort.  I did not have any dairy free ice cream (my favorite way to eat strawberry shortcake), so I started looking around at my options.  I saw the coconut flour in the pantry and thought the flavor would be a great addition to this concoction I was making, so I started, YUM!  Perfect!
(Check out the fluff)
These were so moist and chewy.  The illustrator was making his savory mess, when he looked over and asked if these were gluten free.  Ha, I knew he would want them if he saw them!  I take it as a compliment too when he can't tell if they look gluten free or not!
This was the illustrator's dessert.  We both had to stop ourselves from eating them!  Can you believe these are gluten free and they bend like that?  Not crumbly at all!
I would say this is a going in the keeper jar!

Almond Buckwheat Pancakes with Coconut Cream and Strawberries

3/4 cup (3oz) JK Gourmet almond flour
1/3 cup buckwheat flour
3/4 cup egg whites
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup almond milk
20 drops Vanilla NuNaturals Stevia (or 1 TBSP sweetener of choice)

1/2 cup egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tarter

Put almond flour thru stevia in a food processor and mix thoroughly.  Let this sit while you whip up the 1/2 cup egg whites and cream of tartar to soft peaks.  Pour the almond flour mixture into the whipped egg whites and fold the mixture together.  You don't have to be too careful with it.  Cook on a preheated electric skillet coated with cooking spray.  I used a quarter cup scoop and flipped them when they formed bubbles.  Make sure you keep the pancakes smaller so they can cook thru without burning.

Coconut Cream

3 TBSP coconut flour
6 TBSP almond milk
15 drops Vanilla NuNaturals Stevia

Mix together adding more liquid if needed to reach your desired consistency.

Review written for Go Dairy Free

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 8:36 PM  
  • At April 23, 2010 at 8:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    All of your recipes just leave me with my mouth open. I won't say whether I drool, though.
    haha - in all seriousness - these look AMAZING. I actually even mentioned in tonight's post how much I LOVE buckwheat. I've yet to play with almond flour, though - but I'm with you, I love the nutrients! And I love making even "splurge" foods healthy. It's so easy to do and still have taste amazing that I figure - why not?

  • At April 23, 2010 at 10:36 PM, Blogger GF Gidget said…

    I'm going to have to try this coconut cream recipe!

  • At April 24, 2010 at 8:19 AM, Blogger Nicole said…

    I've heard some good things about almond flour, I need to get some! I'm going to look into it on right now! I love reading about new recipes. thanks!

  • At April 24, 2010 at 9:55 AM, Blogger HEAB said…

    You know I'm the same way - even when making pancakes, I try to keep them healthy and nutrient dense.

    These look wonderful. Definitely bookmarking the recipe. Now, I just need to find some really good strawberries. :)

  • At April 24, 2010 at 11:10 AM, Anonymous Food Makes Fun Fuel said…

    Sounds like I have a new flour to look for!

  • At April 24, 2010 at 11:24 AM, Anonymous celine said…

    I do not know how you put up with the lack of AC. I know that when the temp requires its use here, I would be absolutely unwilling to put up with heat. not proud of my spoiled ways, but that's the way it has gotten. ;p
    hi Sarena! I seriously have no excuse for not visiting your blog more often. kick me?

  • At April 24, 2010 at 11:52 AM, Anonymous Danielle (Coffee Run) said…

    Your pancakes look so fluffy! I love all your creative, GF recipes. I have yet to try coconnut flour OR almond flour but I'm sure (I know) they're tasty!

    I hope the AC gets fixed :/

  • At April 24, 2010 at 3:02 PM, Anonymous eatmovelove said…

    Great blog! I always "see" you on HEAB and thought I should check you out :)

  • At April 24, 2010 at 9:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yum, those look good! I wish almond flour wasn't so $$$ or I would buy it all the time!

  • At April 24, 2010 at 9:15 PM, Blogger Farty Girl said…

    Buckwheat is seriously the most amazing flour ever. With minimal additives, it makes the perfect bready dishes! I love the coconut cream recipe too. I'm not a fan of the gums. What you've got here is so simple!

  • At April 24, 2010 at 10:45 PM, Anonymous Jenn ( said…

    Holy moly, those don't look gluten-free at all! :o So fluffy and awesome looking. I must get some buckwheat flour. Good job!! Yummy


  • At April 24, 2010 at 11:45 PM, Blogger Averie @ Averie Cooks said…

    those look sooo good, serena!

    wow girl, you need to get a job working for ihop :)

    kidding, they look divine!!!!!!!!

  • At January 23, 2011 at 3:42 PM, Blogger Emma @ Bake Sew Grow said…

    This whole meal looks really delicious, now I really want to try the pancakes and the coconut cream!

  • At January 24, 2011 at 1:25 AM, Anonymous Ashley said…

    I cannot wait to try the coconut cream!!! Awesome idea. :)

  • At January 26, 2011 at 10:55 PM, Blogger Valerie @ City|Life|Eats said…

    I just tried the coconut cream recipe and it is AMAZING. I found the link to it through HEAB. I am now off to thank her :)

  • At January 29, 2011 at 5:03 PM, Anonymous kate said…

    Im really late to the party but the coconut cream sounds FAB!

  • At January 29, 2011 at 7:39 PM, Anonymous Baking 'n' Books said…

    Is the coconut cream recipe for one serving?

    It's quite popular on HEAB's blog! Way to go :)

  • At May 21, 2011 at 9:40 PM, Blogger Alex said…

    The coconut cream looks so good!
    Do you think you could substitute vanilla extract for the vanilla drops?

  • At June 8, 2011 at 10:31 AM, Blogger Kate Sheleg said…

    I'm going to have to try the coconut cream. I just made cashew cream (three ingredients never tasted so good!)

  • At June 19, 2011 at 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Would this make an alternative to like a cream cheese or frosting? Is it thick? Thanks :)

  • At June 19, 2011 at 4:18 PM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said…

    bakingnbooks - I commented to you on HEAB, but I wasn't sure if you would get it or not. This reminds more of a sweetened ricotta than an cream cheese. It's not as smooth as cream cheese. I've never tried before, but I bet coconut butter or coconut oil would be good mixed with it too.

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