Fruity Pancakes

These Fruity Pancakes are loaded with both fruit and flavor. If you’ve ever thought being healthy means denying flavor, then this is one recipe that will show you it truly is possible to have both.

Fruit Pancakes are both vegan and gluten-free.

I used to have a thing for diet pepsi. I would have at least one a day. I still have an occasional soda, but I have definitely cut way back. And there was a time when I was also concerned about getting too much caffeine so I would drink caffeine-free diet pepsi. I remember looking at that dark, bubbly fluid and wondering just exactly what was I drinking? No caffeine. No calories. What was left?

This may be the same question you could ask about today’s post. Not only is this recipe vegan, but it’s also gluten free. No eggs and no milk, that is kind of understandable. But no wheat flour? That just seems a little crazy. Don’t worry, folks, I haven’t gone bonkers, but these pancakes are a little fruity!

If it makes you feel any better, I was skeptical about this recipe as well. At least at the beginning. It calls for an entire apple (well, not the seeds), and a banana thrown into a blender. That sounds more like my smoothies than a pancake. But I was already on this Fruity Pancake path so I was going to see it through. Translation? If I have to wash that blender, there better be some darn good pancakes as a result of it!

The skeptic in me was rewarded with some delicious and rather healthy pancakes for breakfast. I topped mine with sliced bananas and a little bit of maple syrup.

You may be wondering why I’m doing more gluten-free recipes lately. It all began when I re-read the book by Kathy Freston, Quantum Wellness. Kathy recommends that everyone take a 21-day cleanse at least once a year. It’s actually a cleanse diet that was made famous by one reader in particular, Oprah. If I recall, Oprah had a 5-star chef who followed her around and prepared mouth-watering recipes that met the cleanse guidelines.

These Fruity Pancakes on the Namely Marly site meet the guidlines of Kathy Freston's 21 day cleanse diet.

The only stars in our kitchen are the ones I see after I bang my head on the cabinet door (which happens more than I care to admit). So the trick to getting through my 21-day Quantum Wellness Cleanse was to hunker down and figure out some recipes of my own to try. What’s included on Kathy’s cleanse? It’s really more about what’s not included. Kathy recommends avoiding the following for 21 days:

  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Gluten
  • Sugar

Obviously as a vegan, I had the first two down. Alcohol has never been a big deal to me one way or another. I enjoy it from time-to-time, but don’t feel deprived if I don’t have it. Caffeine is a little bit harder just because I really love iced tea when I go out to lunch from time-to-time. Gluten? That seemed like an impossible thing to give up. And sugar? Well, to be perfectly honest, I never gave it up entirely, but I did greatly reduce it.

I found, though, that once I was free of gluten for a few weeks that I felt really good. So I’ve continued to eat primarily gluten-free ever since. I still make gluteny food for my family which is mostly what I share on this site. But every now and then I have to tame my desire for pancakes or whatever else it is that sounds good in the moment.

Today’s hankering was for pancakes. This recipe did a great job of feeding the beast in me while following Kathy’s cleanse rules at the same time. Well, all but one. I don’t know if she counts maple syrup as “sugar” or not, but since it’s all natural, I’m going to put it in the “ok” column, but let’s just keep that between you and me.

Pancakes are a wonderful way to start the day, especially when they're as healthy as these Fruity Pancakes.

Fruity Pancakes

(Adapted recipe from Averie at Love Veggies and Yoga)

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 medium banana, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds, ground
  • ¼ cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup gluten-free flour, (I used brown rice flour)
  • ⅓ cup dry oats
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • Vegetable spray

Directions:

Blend first 4 ingredients in a blender and then walk away. That’s right. Let it sit for a bit while you go do a few other things. You know, like paint your nails or go do a few yoga poses. But don’t get too relaxed because there are more steps to follow.

Next add the gluten-free flour and dry oats into the blender for a few seconds until everything is well combined.

Follow this by adding the baking soda, powder, and cinnamon. Add the vanilla. Here is where you can add more water (or soy milk) if you think the mixture is too thick. I like my pancake batter to be more runny than thick so I did add a little bit of water to the recipe at this point.

Heat your griddle over medium high heat. Spray some vegetable spray, and pour about 1/4 cup of this fruity pancake batter in the pan. Be sure to allow enough space between the pancakes. When you notice bubbles appearing on the top of the pancakes it’s time to do some flipping. I keep my can of veggie spray handy and while I have the pancake on the spatula, I’ll spray a bit of it on the pan. I stored the finished pancakes in a slightly warm toaster oven.

Continue with this process until you’re through with all the batter.

Enjoy these gluten-free Fruity Pancakes with sliced bananas and maple syrup.

Posted 4 years ago by Marly on Thursday, April 7th, 2011 · Permalink

8 Responses to Fruity Pancakes

  1. Gluten free baking is very interesting to me; definitely something I aspire to do more of, but still haven’t! I love Averie’s original recipe and am sure this one will be a winner in my book, too!

  2. I love all the fruit and nuts in this pancake recipe. I have a few friends who are gluten intolerant, so this would be perfect for a sunday brunch with them. Thank you so much for sharing your words and creativity with me tonight. During good times and bad, your blog always offers me a dose of joy. I hope you have a blessed and happy Sunday, my friend. Hugs from Austin!

  3. The list of things to use in pancakes is almost endless, not sure if I could give up my sugary treats for that length of time though.

  4. Hey Marly! These pancakes do sound good, though I also am not a fan of cleaning the blender:) I will keep them in mind though, as I love nutrient dense foods like these pancakes. Ooh, and a cleanse would be nice, and really should be in order. And, you know, I think everything sounds like it would be easy to give up except for the alcohol. I just love my red wine every few days. I guess there’s always something that is a challenge in a cleanse though!!!
    XOXO

  5. My daughter is goig through a growth spurt and keeps asking for breakfast waffles and pancakes. Will definitely try these! Delicious and healthy.

  6. Those look yummy, I wonder how the recipe would fair in my waffle maker.

  7. Just made these for my daughters for dinner (they requested pancakes). BUT, I did not have any gluten free flour and used my Whole wheat flour instead (I know it goes against the recipe, but I had already cut up the apple). Also, we were completely out of vanilla extract (for the first in..ever), so I used some almond extract instead. In the end, my 3 year old daughter ate an entire pancake and loved every bite :)

    • I’m so glad to see that worked, even with the regular flour. I love this recipe because it just feels so much healthier. And if it’s good enough for a 3-year old, that’s saying something!