Sunday, January 20, 2013

Paleo Flaxseed Pancakes

I have made a lot of grain-free pancakes over the past few years. My kids are pancake fiends, so I've made everything from sweet potato to zucchini chocolate chip, all with creative and healthy ingredients. There's the classic nut butter, egg and banana recipe, which couldn't be easier. Then there's the more elaborate concoctions that call for a mix of almond and coconut flours.

This weekend I tried something totally new and I'm pleased to report it was a success. These flax pancakes are nut-free and easy to whip up. I didn't add any additional sweetener and found them plenty sweet with the blueberries and natural applesauce. They are definitely less sweet than traditional cakes, however, so you could always sneak in a little raw honey or syrup if you're into that sort of thing.

These cook VERY quickly. Don't wait for bubbles to form on the surface, because they won't. I sprung for some blueberries at Whole Foods just because they're my kids' favorite. I do think these pancakes needs a little something dropped or stirred into the batter. If you don't have berries, I would suggest nuts, coconut, chocolate chips, more cinnamon and some raisin, banana, etc.
Paleo Flaxseed Pancakes

1 cup ground flaxseeds (I use sprouted flax)
2 tsp. baking powder
4 eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
dash of salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
blueberries or other fruit/nuts/etc. of choice
coconut oil or ghee, for cooking

Combine all ingredients but fruit in a large bowl, blending until smooth. Heat a griddle on medium, greasing it with the coconut oil or ghee.

Drop batter onto griddle until you reach your desired size. It's quite thick, so rather easy to control and spread out. If you're using berries, drop them into the batter now (if you're using nuts, chips, etc you can just stir them into the bowl of batter).

Flip after about a minute and cook until golden on the other side.


  1. Just made these with dried blueberries from Trader Joe's. Delish!

    1. love those dried blueberries! Nice inclusion :)