Gut Health

Gut Gastronomy Almond & Coconut Pancakes with Roasted Spiced Plums

These delicious protein-rich pancakes are great for boosting energy at the start of the day.

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These delicious protein-rich pancakes can be cooked by the dozen and frozen successfully. Almond and coconut flours provide a grain-free alternative, as well as abundant minerals & vitamins for boosting energy at the start of the day.

Prepare the batter the night before to give you a head-start in the morning. 

Ingredients (Serves 4):

For the plums:

  • 12 ripe plums
  • 1 tbsp runny honey
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 2 tbsp orange juice

For the pancakes:

  • 100g ground almonds
  • 25g coconut flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp baking-powder
  • 4 organic free-range eggs
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • seeds from 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 tbsp runny honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C, 400°F, Gas Mark 6.

Cut the plums in half, discarding the stones, and place 8 of them, cut-side up , on a parchment- lined baking sheet. Mix together the honey, mixed spice, orange zest and juice and pour over the plums. Roast for 15 minutes in the oven, then remove and allow to cool. As the plums cool, they will release their natural juice.

Blend the remaining 4 plums with the cooking juices and set aside.

To make the pancakes, put the ground almonds in a large mixing bowl. Sift the coconut flour, cinnamon and baking powder (baking soda) over the top and mix together thoroughly.

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs with the coconut milk, vanilla seeds and honey, and then beat this into the dry mixture to make a smooth batter.

Heat a small non- stick frying pan over a low heat. Add a little coconut oil and drop a large spoonful of pancake batter into the hot pan ( the mixture should be enough for 4 pancakes). Cook for 1 minute, then flip the pancake over and cook for a further minute on the other side until golden brown. Slide out of the pan and keep warm while you cook the remaining pancakes in the same way.

Reheat the plums gently. Serve the pancakes with the warm plums, drizzled with the plum sauce made from the juices.

Nutrition Facts– Coconut is rich in Omega- nutrition that does not spoil easily when heated, whilst almonds provide plenty of magnesium to calm the mind as well as the gut.


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