Almond-Quinoa Pancake

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Almond-Quinoa Pancakes  

by Dave Cruz
Simple Feast

Makes 20 pancakes
50 minutes total time
35 minutes active time
Easy, Kid Friendly

These are tender, with a crumb that’s a little cakey. Red quinoa flour gives the pancakes a darker look than white quinoa would, and its flavor isn’t overly nutty. The batter will keep in the refrigerator for a few days, and since the pancakes are even better after the batter has rested overnight, this is a great recipe to make in advance and have ready for a leisurely brunch or breakfast. If you are serving with coconut cream, make the cream the day before serving to allow it time to chill.

Cooking Notes
To make your own gluten-free flour for this recipe, use 85 grams of brown rice flour, 50 grams of sweet rice flour, and 68 grams of tapioca flour. You may use a commercial gluten-free flour blend instead.

Red quinoa flour can be hard to find. You can grind your own in a large spice grinder, enough for a few batches of pancake batter if you like. You may also substitute equal parts white quinoa flour by weight instead.

Ingredients
1 ¼ cups gluten free flour
½ cup red quinoa, finely ground
¾ cup almond meal
¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3 large eggs
4 large egg yolks
2 ¼ cups almond milk, plus more as needed
1 vanilla bean or 1tablespoon vanilla paste
¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted, at room temperature
Vegetable oil
Maple syrup, optional
Dave’s Coconut Cream, optional (recipe follows)

Directions
Combine the dry ingredients.

In a separate mixing bowl, beat together the eggs and egg yolks, followed by the almond milk. Scrape in the seeds from the vanilla bean or add the vanilla paste and whisk again.

 Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well.

While whisking, drizzle in the coconut oil. Let rest for 15 minutes at room temperature or refrigerate up to overnight.

Heat a griddle or large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Using a paper towel, add a thin film of vegetable oil.

Using a 2-ounce ladle or ¼ cup measuring cup, scoop the batter onto the griddle. It will spread to 5- to 6-inches. (If the pancake doesn’t spread, loosen the remaining batter with a little almond milk.) Let cook on the first side until beginning to bubble and golden brown, about 1 minute. Flip the pancakes over and cook until golden and cooked through in the center, 45 seconds to 1 minute more.

The pancakes are best served right away, but can also be held in a warm oven at 200˚F. Serve with maple syrup or a dollop of coconut cream, if you like.

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Equipment
Large spice grinder
Whisk
Griddle or non-stick pan
2-ounce ladle or ¼ cup measuring cup
Non-stick spatula
Paring knife

Dave Cruz is part of Simple Feast, an app that hosts an amazing community of Chefs and their delicious recipes. To view more recipes go to Simple Feast.

Dave’s Coconut Cream

Makes 1 batch
6 hours 20 minutes total time
20 minutes active time

Ingredients
3 cups unsweetened coconut milk, full fat
1 ¼ teaspoons agar agar
3 tablespoons maple sugar
Pinch kosher salt
1 vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon vanilla paste

Directions
Stir the coconut milk and pour it into a large saucepan and whisk in the agar agar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking frequently, about 5 minutes.

 Remove from the heat and strain through a fine-mesh strainer into an 8-inch square baking dish or other baking dish that will hold the liquid in a thin layer. Press plastic wrap directly on the surface to keep a skin from forming and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, but preferably overnight.

Transfer the coconut mixture to a high-powered blender and add the maple sugar and salt. Scrape in the seeds from the vanilla bean or add the vanilla paste. Blend on high until very smooth.

Makes about 2 ½ cups. The coconut cream will hold in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Equipment
8-inch baking dish
Fine-mesh strainer
Blender
Scale (if making the gluten-free flour)

Dave Cruz is part of Simple Feast, an app that hosts an amazing community of Chefs and their delicious recipes. To view more recipes go to Simple Feast.

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