I love almond milk. Fresh. Cold. Creamy. No preservatives. All natural. And it tastes amazing. It’s awesome in a glass. Especially if you make your own. Before you get too excited, though, you have to know one thing. It takes a bit of work – or as our friend from Holland calls it – a bit of Monk work. But it’s worth it. (OK, confession time – I don’t make it. My husband, John, makes it. He grinds the almonds. He milks the almonds. The most I do is water them down and put them in the refrigerator. Then I wait around until it’s time to drink. Still, it’s worth it. I promise). And it’s kind of fun – in a zen, make your own food kind of way. Plus making your own almond milk gives you an nutritional two-fer. Not only do you get the healthy milk, you get what’s left behind after the milk is made. You get almond meal. And one of the best things to do with almond meal is to make almond meal pancakes.
Almond meal is full of nutrients, gluten-free, and a solid and tasty way to increase your protein intake and decrease your carbohydrate intake at the same time. Plus almond meal pancakes taste awesome. And who doesn’t like pancakes?
You can get almond meal from making almond milk (I promise to post directions for that soon) or you can simply buy almond meal (or almond flour) from your local fancy or whole foods store. Once you have it, use the following recipe (tweaked and tested by John) to make your own almond meal pancakes.
Almond Meal Pancakes
1 cup almond meal
1/4 cup water (for puffier pancakes, you can use sparkling water)
2 Tbsp virgin organic coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tbsp honey
Mix ingredients together and cook as you would other pancakes. Be careful though – they won’t “bubble” on top the same way as regular pancakes. Flip them when the underside is brown.
(I make mine with a heaping Tbsp of batter for each cake, and usually get 6 cakes from one cup of meal.)
**For a printable pdf of this recipe (and others like it), go to our free weight loss resources page and check out the Recipes section.
If you’re a pancake fan, give this healthy almond meal pancake recipe a try, and let me (and John) know what you think in the comments section below. Do you have a great, healthy recipe using almond meal? If so, post the details or a link in the comments section below. I’d love to try it.