Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes


Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes

7 pancakes
Prep45 minutes

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup chopped dates
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • ½ cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puré
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus a pinch to garnish
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • ¼ cup rice flour
  • ¼ cup buckwheat flour
  • 3 ½ teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 sliced banana (optional)
  • Maple syrup or honey (optional)

Directions

  1. Place the dates, eggs, milk, pumpkin, cinnamon, and vanilla in a blender. Blend until you have a smooth cream and no pieces of date are left. Transfer to a bowl. Add the flours and use a whisk or fork to beat them until they are completely incorporated and you’re left with a thick cream.
  2. Put ½ teaspoon coconut oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
  3. When the coconut oil is very hot, pour ¼ cup of the pancake mix into the middle of the pan. Cook for about 3 minutes and then turn carefully, using a flat spatula. Cook for 1 or 2 extra minutes on the other side.
  4. Transfer the pancake to a plate and carefully clean the oil from the pan with a folded paper towel.
  5. Add more coconut oil, and repeat, until all the dough is used.
  6. Garnish with banana slices sprinkled with a little cinnamon, and drizzle with some maple syrup.
  7. If you want you can also serve these pancakes with a dollop of coconut yogurt on top, with berries, or with any other kind of fruit.

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Photo Credit Morena Escardo

I’m always talking about healthy foods, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like or crave the same foods everyone else does. Pancakes, for example, are one of my favorite things to eat. My mother used to make them from scratch several times a week when we were kids, and my brother and I would eat these fluffy, syrup-drenched cakes sitting at the kitchen table or in our rooms on a tray if we were running late for school. Such delicious memories.

Fast forward to the year after I finished college, when I was living in New York with two friends. We were all interning at different companies and going out a lot in our free time, so cooking was not at the top of our priority list at this point in our lives. We ordered take-out almost every night, and once we discovered that the diner across the street from us had chocolate chip pancakes, that became a weekly ritual. So good!

Now that I’ve become more conscious about everything I put in my mouth and how it makes me feel, I don’t eat traditional pancakes nearly as often as I used to. In fact I don’t really eat them at all. But that doesn’t stop me from eating pancakes every once in a while, made with gluten-free flours, dairy-free milks, and using only the most wholesome sweeteners possible (if they’re sweetened at all).

This is why I got so excited when my friend Ale Crovetto, gluten-free expert and entrepreneur, posted a video of her pumpkin pancakes recipe on Facebook. Ale gives all kinds of workshops in Peru about living a gluten-free lifestyle (her daughter has celiac disease), and she sells the most exquisite gluten-free breads, cakes, cookies, and more. I knew if it was her recipe, it had to be super tasty, so I had to try it!

As always, I made a few changes to her original recipe. For example, I used dates instead of coconut sugar, and coconut milk instead of almond milk. I also used half of the rice flour, and replaced the other half with buckwheat flour to use more whole grains, and for convenience I used store bought pumpkin puré. You can follow my changes, or try this her way. Either way, I hope you enjoy them!

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