Almond Flour (Gluten-Free) Pancakes and a Giveaway
This is a recipe from the excellent blog Elana’s Pantry. Since giving up gluten, I’ve been mining her extensive recipe database, feeling inspired and thrilled. Elana is an expert at baking with almond flour, a delicious and nutritious substitute for wheat flour (unlike other gluten-free flour concoctions, which are fine once in awhile, but are for the most part highly refined starch and fillers).
I tend to enjoy savory breakfasts (eggs, eggs, eggs!), but once in awhile pancakes are exactly what I’m hungry for, usually on Sundays. Not only are these pancakes gluten-free, they’re also naturally low-carbohydrate and deliver a nice serving of protein. I found them to be incredibly adaptable – add water to create the consistency you like.
I made fluffly silver-dollar pancakes, and then thinned the batter to make a few crepes. Both versions turned out beautifully.
Elana’s recipes call for blanched almond flour, which I ordered online (here are her recommended resources). The Bob’s Redmill almond meal you can find at grocery stores will not work for her recipes. The bag I ordered, from Honeyville, is large and will be lasting me for many months!
In the spirit of the holiday season, leave your name in the comments below, and next Sunday I’ll draw a name to give away a bag of Honeyville’s blanched almond flour. If you have no interested in gluten-free baking, leave your name on my Fresh Tart Facebook page, where I’m giving away Dorie Greenspan’s latest cookbook, Around My French Table!
On a non-food-related note – a huge thank you to the kind person who nominated me as a Twin Cities Top Ten Titan in Social Media 2010. I feel like the cutest boy in high school just asked me on a date, squee!
Oh, and one more – if you blog about food (a little or a lot, for yourself or for others) and you live in the land of Uff Da, check out (and add yourself to!) the Minnesota Food Bloggers Facebook page. And be sure to pencil in a networking event at 128 Cafe on February 7, 2011! Follow on Twitter #MNFoodBloggers.
And yet one more! I used the same Honeyville blanched almond flour to make these decadent (gluten-free) Almond Triangle Christmas cookies for the LoveFeast Table cookie exchange. Buttery caramel almond-crunch heaven. Yeah.
Almond Flour Pancakes
From Elana’s Pantry
Makes 16 silver dollar-size pancakes
3 large eggs
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. agave nectar (optional)
1 1/2 c. blanched almond flour (see note above)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
oil for cooking (grapeseed or almond)
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and agave nectar (if using). Add almond flour, salt, and baking soda and mix until thoroughly combined. Add enough water to thin batter to desired consistency (I started with 1/4 c. and kept adding until I achieved pancake batter consistency).
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add a little oil and when it’s hot, cook pancakes (2-3 Tbsp. of batter each) until browned on both sides. Serve hot. (Cover and chill remaining pancakes. Reheat in the microwave, or use cold for sandwiches.)
Googhie, sounds fab.
I add a tsp of raw cacao and a couple of tablespoons of fresh squeezed OJ with the water. Delish!
Hi! There is a big difference in almond flours. Blanched almond flour like the Honeyville I gave away are much more finely milled than the Bob's Red Mill variety available at most grocery stores. If you want to do a lot of almond flour baking, I'd recommend ordering the Honeyville online. And also checking out Elana's Pantry blog, she has hundreds of almond flour/grain-free baking recipes!
I am thrilled to fine this site. I have gone gluten free. I feel so much better. I want to know is there a difference in almond flours? I like your recipe for pancakes.
Hello lemonygarlic! The only reason she doesn't recommend Bob's is that it's not as finely ground. The Honeyville is quite powdery, in fact. But if it made delish pancakes, carry on! I like Bob's for breading chicken, it's a lovely product and widely available. Thanks for the note! Stephanie
I'm new to gluten free, and so far it's been a fabulous transition thanks to blogs like yours. I don't know the reason Bob's Redmill is on the anti-list (price? other personal reasons?), but since it was all I had on hand (as a newbie, I haven't ventured into ordering online, though I plan to shortly), and it worked perfectly. The bag I have specifically says blanched.
Anyway, for the pancakes themselves, they are heavenly. So sweet and delicious, they don't need a drizzle of sweetener! They hold toppings well (I used blueberries for my second batch). They brown nicely and quickly, and hold together very well. This is my new go-to pancake recipe for my new lifestyle.
Thanks for posting! I can't wait to explore the rest of your blog.
Drawing for almond flour!!!!
Hope I win!!!!!
Hi Niki! Yum, your adaptations all sound fabulous, thanks for sharing them. Good tips.
I'm also from Minneapolis (now Seattle transplant) and use a bunch of Elana's recipes. I just made your version of her almond flour pancakes yesterday with a few changes... subbed mild clover honey for the agave, subbed coconut milk (carton variety) for the water, and fried in butter, since I'm out of grapeseed oil. My three year old and I approved, and I learned the thinner the better for these, so they cook throughout.
Congratulations ellenp1214, you are the winner of the bag of almond flour! If you could, email me your address at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send it along!
These look amazing..good with peanut butter! I've always wanted to bake with almond flour..yum!
Count me in for the drawing - I love almond flour. It makes great brownies. So glad I found your blog
Almond flour is amazing - I love using it to make brownies. So glad I found your blog.
I'm so glad I found your blog, it helps my newly being seem easy!
Nice - the pancakes look great. Thanks for the recipe and the shot at some almond flour.
Wow - those pictures are fantastic! Thanks for tipping me off to a new cooking blog!
Would love to try the almond flour -- have had issues finding many brands..
those pancakes look awesome! i've been gluten free since june and its one of the best things i have done for myself. not hard at all when you can eat tasty stuff like this!
Count me in for the almond meal drawing. It has so many uses.
(Glad I discovered your blog.)
Ooh, yummy! Count me in for the drawing. Thanks!
These look delicious - and we haven't had Sunday morning pancakes in far too long. Crossing my fingers that I can try this recipe with a free bag of almond flour! Happy Holidays!
Hi Lexi! That's a crazy coincidence, ha! I love it. And I'd love that book... It's on my holiday list :) Great to hear from you, recipe sounds fab.
Lisa - It's a nice recipe, very flexible. Would be delish w blueberries!
Anonymous, Diane, Healy, Tony - I'll draw names next Sunday. Excited to see who wins!
would absolutely love to work with blanched almond flour! thank you stephanie!
Those pancakes look amazing! i only have Trader Joe's almond meal, so I won't be able to make those until I get a hold of blanched almond flour.
Yay! super exited about the give away!
thank you for posting an almond flour recipe. i've become a fan of it and now possibly my kids will be also!
i would love this!
Funny, I was just looking online for almond flour this morning. These pancakes look divine; I'll certainly be trying them out when the mood strikes.
oh my goodness, these look fluffy and amazing! i definitely want to try making them.
Stephanie, love your recent posts. I recently won a copy of Elana Amsterdam's Almond Flour Cookbook over on The Daily Meal for my gluten free potato and zucchini pancake recipe -- how's that a food blogger coincidence? Check out the post... http://www.thedailymeal.com/winner-winner-gluten-free-dinner . Keep on cooking, girlfriend! Best, Lexi