Note from Mommypotamus: Today’s delightful take on almond flour pancakes comes from Kristen Marr of Live Simply. Serve them up for a leisurely Saturday brunch or freeze them and pop them in the toaster for a quick weekday breakfast – either way, they’re sure to be a hit! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us Kristin!
Take a look at any TV commercial today . . .
And you’ll soon learn that kids aren’t supposed to eat food unless it’s fried, shaped like a dinosaur, or comes with a toy.
Or at least that’s the way it appears.
My oldest child, Piper, recently turned five. I must say, I think five is the very best age! My former preschooler is now a big boy with questions and explanations for everything. Piper wants to know how everything works, how much stuff costs, and how to use various gadgets and ingredients. He’s inquisitive to say the least, and I love it!
On Saturday morning Piper enjoys cartoon time, much like I did as a child. Along with cartoons come commercials, and with commercials come food advertisements and lots of them! In the past, these commercials haven’t really caught much of Piper’s attention, but recently he’s become inquisitive, “We should make bread sticks and dunk them in syrup! Ooo…look at that yogurt, it’s different colors and comes in a tube.”
My initial reaction was pretty natural (at least for me) and irrational, “No more cartoons! Let’s build a cocoon and live in it forever!” Okay, more like irrational and impractical. Once I sat down with a homemade chai latte and came to my senses, my rational side woke up, “Wait! Piper’s going to be exposed to this kind of food the rest of his life. I need to look at the positive and find a solution.”
After much thinking and a few more sips of my latte (seriously, a homemade latte can bring clarity to any issue), my lightbulb moment arrived: Piper isn’t asking to buy this food, rather he just wants to make it! Bingo!
Now, hear me out!
My idea was not to turn everything Piper eats into a dinosaur shape or yacky-colored (naturally-dyed) yogurt. I still firmly believe in serving “family food.” I always take into account, based on my Family Favorite Meals list, what the whole family wants to eat each week when I meal plan, but specifically catering to kid-tailored food isn’t usually my mission, nor did I want it to become my goal.
Rather, I wanted to start creating fun food memories and recipes with Piper, teaching him that real food isn’t just about a bowl of broccoli or pastured butter (although I’m pretty sure all would be right with the world if real food was just about butter). Real food can also be about specially made treats like homemade bread that’s turned into homemade french toast sticks and dunked in real sweeteners (honey or maple syrup). And while we still enjoy deliciously-creamy plain homemade yogurt from the crock-pot, we can also use fruit to create naturally-dyed, nutrient-rich yogurt sticks.
Gluten-free pancakes on a stick are one of the many fun meals Piper and I have started to create together, based on his inquisitive Saturday morning cartoon food requests. Piper helps mix the simple pancake ingredients together while I chop the berries and bananas. Once the pancakes are cooked and the fruit is chopped, Piper and Londyn (my two year-old) love gathering around the table to create skewers of nutrient-rich pancakes and fresh fruit, then dunking them in pure maple syrup. Of course, these almond flour pancake skewers may also be enjoyed as a regular ol’ stack of pancakes, but what’s the fun in that? Trust me, Mom, go for the skewer because real food can be fun and nourishing!
Gluten-Free Pancakes On A Stick (Made With Almond Flour)
Yield 18 individual pancakes
- 1 ½ cups almond flour (where to buy almond flour)
- ½ tsp baking soda (where to buy baking soda)
- pinch salt (where to buy unrefined sea salt)
- ¾ cup whole milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (where to buy gluten-free vanilla extract, how to make vanilla extract)
- Wood skewers, cut in half (like these)
- Fruit: sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, raspberries, blueberries
- Sweetener of choice: maple syrup or honey* (where to buy maple syrup, where to buy honey)
- Preheat a griddle to 325F (a large greased skillet may also be used). Cut the skewers in half and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk in the milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Let the batter rest for 3-5 minutes.
- Pour the batter on the hot griddle and cook each pancake for 2-3 minutes, until the batter begins to bubble. Then, flip and cook for 2-3 minutes longer. Note: I use the top of a mason jar lid to achieve perfectly round pancakes for the skewers. Place the mason jar lid on the griddle and pour the batter inside. Once set (about 3 seconds) quickly remove the mason jar lid and repeat.
- Assemble the pancake skewers as desired and dunk in maple syrup or honey.
*I don’t add sweetener to this recipe because my kids like to dunk the skewers in maple syrup. If you’d like sweeter pancakes, add 1 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup to the pancake batter.PREP AHEAD TIPThe almond flour pancakes can be made in advance and frozen. Warm the frozen pancakes in a toaster.
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Kristin is a full-time blogger, professional food photographer, and stay at home mom to her two children, Piper (5) and Londyn (2). Kristin and her husband, Dustin, have been blogging since 2013 at Live Simply where they share real food recipes and natural living inspiration.