Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Paleo Pear Pancakes

These little pancakes trick you into thinking you are eating grains.  I often hear from people starting paleo that they miss bread and grains.  All I have to say to that is, "Get creative!"  These delicious little breakfast pancakes are made with applesauce and almond butter and taste delicious!  I added some sauteed pear slices for a little pizazz.  Everyone enjoyed them and, better yet, they keep well in the fridge for breakfast the next day!

A healthy breakfast that feeds a family!

Ingredients (makes about 10 pancakes):
1/2c (rounded) unsweetened applesauce
1/2c (rounded) creamy almond butter
3 large eggs, preferably omega-3 enriched
2 pears cored and thinly sliced
2tbs pure maple syrup
1tbs virgin coconut oil for cooking

1. In a bowl, combined pear slices and syrup.  Then, in a large nonstick saute pan, heat 1-2tsp coconut oil until it melts.  Add pear slices and cook until softening and beginning to brown.  Set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, stir together applesauce and almond butter until well combined.  Right before cooking, stir in eggs until a thick batter forms.
3. On a nonstick skillet or large pan, heat the remaining coconut oil over medium high heat.  Drop an ice cream scooper size mound onto the preheated skillet and spread slightly to form a pancake side.  When the top starts to bubble, press in 2 pear slices into the batter.  When you can lift the pancake and it is browning nicely, flip it and cook a few minutes on the other side (if it's cooking too quickly turn the heat down to medium).  Repeat with the remaining batter.
4. Serve warm with extra maple syrup if desired.  Leftovers keep well in the fridge for a day or two!  Just reheat in the microwave and serve.

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