“Honey Cloud” Pancake

I put quotes around “honey cloud” in the title because the texture ended up a little more dry and dense than such a description would have you believe, but that’s due to the change in ingredients that I made in order to make this a paleo recipe.

Nevertheless, it is a tasty treat for a special weekend breakfast! Interestingly, after eating paleo for several weeks, this breakfast made me experience a major rush and crash a couple hours later. I’ll stick to my banana and almond butter for regular mornings, thank you, but this is okay for an occasional treat.

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First thing first, grab a cup of coffee in your favorite Yoshi mug, because this is going to take a little time to make. You need your energy.

Ingredients:

3 egg whites

3 whole eggs

3/4 cup coconut (or almond) flour

1 cup coconut milk (I bet almond milk would work fine too)

2 tbsp honey, or to taste

Soft fruit (sliced berries, banana, sliced peaches, pears, plums)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Separate out the egg whites and set them aside. This doesn’t include the three whole eggs, those don’t need to be separated.

Beat the egg whites until white and peaky. After a few minutes of beating by hand I resorted to my Kitchen Aid because I am a quitter.

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Mix together the 3 whole eggs, coconut flour, vanilla extract, honey, and salt. Heat the coconut milk until warm, and add to the flour mixture.

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Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat with a little butter or coconut oil.

While the skillet is heating, gently fold the egg whites in to the flour mixture with a metal spoon.

Pour the mixture into the skillet and cook until the edges just start to turn golden, 5-10 minutes. Sprinkle the top of the pancake liberally with fruit, drizzle with a little more honey if desired, and put into the oven. Cook until the top is just golden brown, about 15 minutes. (Ovens vary, so check on yours to make sure it doesn’t burn!)

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NOTE: The texture of this “pancake” is NOT the texture of a regular pancake. It’s good, but if you take a bite expecting a regular pancake you  might just spit it out in surprise. It’s a tiny bit dry (this is the importance of the fruit and honey, which balance the dryness perfectly) and it’s actually a bit dense. You could probably achieve a lighter consistency if you reduced the recipe by a third. The original recipe was 1/3 the size and was supposed to be enough for one serving, so I tripled it to serve 3 people and it ended up being enough for 3 people for 2 breakfasts, and then some.

Paleo Cooking for the Modern Hungry Lady: Honey Cloud PancakeI plugged this recipe into My Fitness Pal and got some generic nutrition facts, if you’re interested in that sort of thing. I make it a personal rule to try not to count calories, but if you’re interested:

Per Serving:
Calories: 182
Carbs: 14
Fat: 9
Protein: 7
Sodium: 66
Sugar: 11

Personally I feel like this recipe could still use some tweaking. I’d like to see a little more “cloud” and a little less “dry and dense”, but it is still pretty delicious with a generous serving of fruit alongside!

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