Recipe Connection: Almond Apple Grain Free {Paleo} Pancakes

Almond Apple Pancakes

When our family first started experimenting with going grain-free, it was important to me to find simple recipes that didn’t call for unique ingredients. I didn’t want to make any big investments in grain free pancakes or other recipes in case it wasn’t something we kept up.

After a week or two of breakfasts consisting of eggs or yogurt and missing our crunchy homemade granola, I was desperate to find some more options! I tried two different grain free pancake recipes using almonds (use the code STEWARDSHIP for 10% off at that site!) ground into meal – these almond meal pancakes and another grain free apple cinnamon pancake recipe (from a Paleo website that is no longer in exsistence), but one was too dry and one needed more flavor.

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Almond Apple Grain Free Pancakes Recipe

  • Author: Katie Kimball
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 1 dozen thick, 3″ pancakes 1x
  • Category: Breakfast

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. In a food processor, grind the almonds into a fine meal, stopping before almond butter.
  2. Add the apple, cored, if using a whole apple and food process until finely chopped.
  3. Continue with all the other ingredients in any order, either in your food processor or in a mixing bowl. Mix well.
  4. Add milk if needed for thinner batter.
  5. Cook over medium to medium-high heat in butter or coconut oil until bubbly and slightly dry on the edges, and flip once.
  6. Serve with butter and maple syrup. Leftovers will refrigerate or freeze just fine and reheat in the toaster oven, as they are very sturdy pancakes.

Notes

* These are very thick pancakes; the coconut milk does a nice job making them thinner. You can also use water, but it really dilutes the flavor.

* Time-saver: Grind almonds in a batch and keep in the freezer to make breakfast prep quicker. Just be sure to stop before you reach almond butter – a fine meal is the goal, and once the nuts start swishing around and starting to stick together just slightly instead of food processing evenly, it’s time to stop.

* When you have already ground almonds, you can either chop the apples or just use applesauce, and then you don’t need to get the food processor out in the morning.

* UPDATE: a reader tried the recipe with almond meal/flour and it works great! She did not need the coconut milk or any liquid for moisture, possibly because she used applesauce instead of an apple. That makes it an even easier, quicker breakfast!

* UPDATE: another reader made a CAKE out of the same recipe! Double these amounts and pour into a glass 9″x9″ pan. Bake at 350ºF for 30 minutes or until it’s done. Tastes like coffee cake!!

* We tried it without eggs for our newly egg-allergic child (2016). I used the flax-egg substitute of 2 Tbs. flax in 6 Tbs. water, but it wasn’t really successful. The baby loved them, but they were super hard to flip and very crumbly. I might try psyllium husk next though!

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 Almond Apple Pancakes

Finding the Right Almonds

While these pancakes can be made with any almonds, blanched, whole, pieces, and even purchased almond meal, there’s something about almonds you may not realize.

Have you ever purchased “raw” almonds in a store to make crispy nuts, taking the time to soak, then carefully dehydrate at a low temperature to preserve the enzymes?

If so, you may feel hoodwinked.

All almonds sold in stores are pasteurized.

Even if the label says “raw.”

All of them.

It’s the law.

If the almonds are organic, they’re pasteurized using a burst of steam. Otherwise, most likely chemicals are used in a process called PPO, or Propylene Oxide. It’s FDA and EPA approved. Of course. Last time I checked the really great price almonds at Costco are chemically pasteurized which is a total bummer.

The idea behind them still being labeled “raw” is that the treatment is only on the outside and doesn’t really “cook” or (apparently, according to the government) alter or effect the inside or nutritional value.

If you don’t like the idea of chemicals being puffed at your food, whether EPA says it all goes away in a few minutes or not, or you want truly raw almonds, you have to buy directly from the grower.

You can find farms like this one selling online, but the almonds aren’t cheap.

Note: A reader told me recently that the almonds sold at Trader Joe’s are steam pasteurized, so if you’re lucky enough to have a store near you, stock up!

Other Grain Free Pancakes

  • Even easier, you’ll love the simplicity and sweetness of these banana paleo pancakes, which we eat without even adding syrup.
  • The best part about these pumpkin paleo pancakes, other than the great taste, is that there’s a whole cup of veggies in every dozen or so pancakes. Veggies for breakfast? Possible!Almond Apple Pancakes

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32 thoughts on “Recipe Connection: Almond Apple Grain Free {Paleo} Pancakes”

  1. Brianna Wills

    Hi Katie,

    The recipe look delicious. But i have one question. Could these be made without eggs? Many of the recipes I have tried do even though it is said they don’t. I may be over sensitive but I don’t like the taste of egg.

  2. I am allergic to almonds. What would you suggest as a substitute for almond flour in recipes.

    Thanks

    1. Nora,
      Most people seek out almond flour recipes if they have a problem with gluten or grains – so honestly, I’d just look for regular flour recipes! But if you can use wheat flour, that should be a fine sub, or if you want to try another nut to remain grain-free, most would probably work. 🙂 Katie

  3. Hello! I love this recipe, but recently found out my son is allergic to apples, which is a real bummer! Anyway, I was wondering if you had any suggestions on a substitute for the apples/applesauce in this recipe.

    1. Lindsay,
      Aw, rough time of year especially to be nixing apples. 🙁 For these pancakes, you could do tons of stuff – any fruit would work for the apples, like peaches, pears, even berries or bananas, and the applesauce could be any puree – pumpkin/squash, banana (that will change the taste a lot), pear-sauce, etc. Likely they’d work with the applesauce taken out and the moisture replaced with either milk, coconut oil, or a mix of both. Hope that helps! 🙂 Katie

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  9. Lindsey Gremont

    Our raw milk dairy farm (in Central TX) does a lot of bulk purchases for its members – would be a good way to buy in bulk and get the savings but not have to deal with the whole amount. I just sent them these two links so thank you! Might be worth polling some friends or message boards locally to see who would go in on a purchase with you!

  10. Karen via Facebook

    I used almond flour instead of starting with whole almonds and it worked fine–tasted a little grainy to me, but the kids loved them. I’m thinking another flour would work as well, but haven’t experimented enough to know which one would work! 🙂

  11. Kathryn Simmons McDonald – not sure how this would work with flour – I’d just use another nut, actually -maybe walnuts?

  12. Kathryn via Facebook

    I’m allergic to almonds, could I use coconut flour or an alternative grain like buckwheat instead?

  13. That sounds so tasty!! Ive always loved pancakes but havent had them (it what seems forever) because I know they love to add to the ol muffin top. So these will be very welcomed!! Thanks so much 🙂

  14. Katie – We buy truly raw organic almonds by the 30# case directly from a farm in CA. I think with shipping they come out to $7 per pound – which is pretty cheap in my book! The pancakes look delicious! We’ve been making peach pancakes like this lately with a little coconut flour too and the kids really like them. Here is the link to the farm ~ http://organicalmondsraw.com/

    -Ali 🙂

    1. Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship

      I agree, Ali, that’s a great deal – some folks may not be able to quite spend that much, though, or handle 30 lbs at a time…although it’s right up MY alley! 😉 Katie

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    1. Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship

      Michelle,
      I keep meaning to try this recipe with both almond flour and almond meal, but I just get going in the morning and do the recipe and forget. 😉 My guess? Same amounts, just the texture of the finished product will be a little smoother. The great thing about pancakes is you could make the recipe, holding out that optional coconut milk, try one pancake, and add liquid to thin the batter if necessary.

      Have fun with it!
      🙂 Katie

      1. I used almond meal/flour (that is what the package says) and I used 1 cup like the recipe calls for. It worked great and was plenty moist without the coconut milk, but I used applesauce not an apple. I LOVED this recipe, and I am planning on making it all the time now!

  16. Christine H. Farlow, D.C.

    What a great recipe… and so much healthier than pancakes made from flour.

    Also, great info about the almonds too!

  17. I bought a couple bags of “raw” (steam-pasteurized) almonds at Whole Foods, soaked them with warm water and salt, and they sprouted. So does that mean they still have their enzymes intact?

    1. Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship

      Tarisa,
      That’s what I’m hoping/assuming! There must be something living there, right? 😉 Katie

  18. I think I’ll give this recipe a try! I’ve made your Orange Vegetable Pancakes several times — I love the flavor but I do seem to have trouble with them sticking to the griddle. More oil would solve that, I’m sure!

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