We are experimenting in The Prudent Wife Test Kitchens, otherwise known as our kitchen, with creating the perfect low carb, GF CF, paleo, GAPS friendly, GRAIN FREE pancake.
No small task!
After searching the web for recipes, we ran across this one for Fluffy Coconut Pancakes, which sounded like a total winner. We followed it exactly, precisely. Flop is simply not a strong enough word for how they turned out, and I am sure it is my fault. I am using vintage coconut flakes, ground in my handy dandy Vita-Mix! It is also way too salty ~ which is just too late for this batch.
After cooking the first 2 pancakes, we tasted them, and then began working on the batter. We added cinnamon and nutmeg, some maple extract to take it in a more Cinnamon Maple Coconut Flour Pancake direction. We added another 1/2 dropper of stevia.This was tolerable, but I was wanting that big fat fluffy stack on pancakes (fantasy land) in the original picture!
Being on a SUPER TIGHT budget this week, I kept tweaking! The batter was simply too thin, so I added 1/4 cup of almond meal from TJs and whirred the whole kit and caboodle in the VitaMix. Cooked them up in a cast iron skillet - NOW we are getting somewhere! Added a little more cinnamon hoping to tone down the over salted taste, eased up and made a honey butter to top them, and they were actually quite good! Not perfect - but way better - although this batch was still too salty for our liking. I can definitely see how this recipe tweaked, will net a nice change for breakie!
These would morph into a great crepe, with some Apple Cranberry filling! Yum! Or some other berried treasures wrapped up inside - perfect! We made a delicious Honey Butter (recipe below) and include directions on how to grind your own Coconut Flakes into flour at home, easy as can be!
Liquid Ingredients (which include ALL changes!)
- 4 eggs, room temperature
- 1 cup coconut milk (we used our last can of TJ's lite)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 dropperfuls of stevia (or 1 Tbls honey)
- 1/4 teaspoon Maple Extract (Frontier Naturals)
- coconut oil or butter for frying
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Instructions for Coconut & Almond Flour Stevia Pancakes
Beat the eggs well, until frothy. We whirred them in the Vita-Mix until fluffy. Add vanilla, stevia, maple, cinnamon, nutmeg and coconut milk. Whip until thoroughly incorporated, 15-20 seconds.
In a separate bowl, mix coconut flour, almond flour, baking soda and salt.
Add dry mix into VitaMix and whir for about 15 seconds, mixing well.
Fry on a hot griddle, greased with butter, VCO, or non stick spray. Cook about 3 minutes on each side.
Serve warm with Honey Butter. Makes about 10-15 4 inch pancakes. We kept trying, adjusting, trying, adjusting, so we lost count!
Honey Butter Topping
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
Whip together and serve on top of pancakes!
How to grind Coconut Flakes into Coconut Flour
If you are smart, you will use real coconut flour. If you don't have real coconut flour, and are grinding up your vintage 2004 Tropical Traditions coconut flour, read on.
Put about a cup of coconut flakes in your VitaMix "Dry Container." Make sure there is no moisture in the container or you will get coconut glue.
Turn machine and quickly "walk it up" to 10, then on HIGH and let it run for 30 seconds. The coconut will be whirring through the container. Tamp down the sides, to get all the coconut back on the bottom of the machine. In 15 second intervals, grind coconut down, on HIGH. Scrape down, blend again on HIGH if needed, until the coconut flakes turn into a chunky flour.
Don't grind for more than 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, or you may begin to release the moisture in the coconut. This won't greatly affect pancakes, but it is worth watching out for!
Grinding coconut in the VitaMix is not going to give you a fine flour, but the coconut flakes will grind finer than an almond meal.
Congratulations - you just ground your own coconut flour! Use as you would coconut flour - remembering that coconut flour is used in SMALL doses and reacts VERY differently than regular GF flours! A little bit of coconut flour goes a LONG way!