Sweet Avocado Pancakes

Baby girl is obsessed with avocado. It was the first food I gave her and ever since then she has had a love affair with this delicious fruit. Actually, if you look it up, it is a single-seeded berry. The things google teaches me. I digress. The point is, I always have a lot of avocado on hand. That also means that I can be a bit of a snob when it comes to having fresh avocado.

When I serve avocado it needs to be that perfect light, almost electric green that is tender, not mushy, and free of any blemishes or strings. I eat with my eyes people, and so does my toddler. So, when I come across an avocado that isn’t perfect what is a mama to do?

a new way to enjoy your morning greens

I could toss it in a smoothie, make guacamole, some of my delicious raw garlic and avocado salad dressing or, among a dozen other things, I could make these sweet avocado pancakes.

this is about the time little hands and a puppy snout started making their way into the shots

You may be wondering how something that is sweet with avocado tastes. Also how I got these beauties to be so green without using spinach. Also if I ate the whole batch before giving any to Alma. All of your burning questions will be answered in time. And by “in time” I mean right after I finish stuffing my face with this last pancake…

And I’m back. Though I am a recipe developer, there are times where I must admit that I am at a loss. Baking is an art form, but there is also a lot of science involved to get the perfect fluffy texture we are all looking for. Of course, being plant-based, refined sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and DELICIOUSLY ADDICTIVE is a must and that often makes things a lot more difficult. This is when, like all of you, I search for other recipes to work off of.

that is maple syrup, though there were equal amounts of drool happening off the camera…

Luckily, after combing through over 20 recipes that fit the bill and then analyzing them I came up with a handful to work off of. Using my experience in the kitchen, my needs and wants as well as my daughters taste buds into account I adapted a wonderful vegan avocado pancake recipe from Feasting on Fruit.

These pancakes are fluffy and filling and lucky for me Alma loved them so they are toddler approved! Now, I encourage you to adapt away on this too. Add wild blueberries, bananas or strawberries to the batter before baking, making your own fruit filled syrup to drizzle them with on top or add chocolate chips for a decadent twist. I am sharing this recipe so no avocado goes uneaten because that is a true food tragedy people.

I hate wasting food and I love making food so this really is a win-win! Whip some of these pancakes up the next time you have a not-so-perfect avocado and are in the mood for a little something sweet!

Sweet Avocado Pancakes

A delicious treat that is wholesome, bright, nourishing and comes together in the blender with avocado, maple syrup, oats, and spirulina. Enjoy as a filling start to your day, smothered with some nut butter as an afternoon snack or both ways because they are that good!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil
  • 1 small avocado ripe
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon Spirulina
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  • In a frying pan on medium heat, melt coconut oil.
  • Meanwhile, in a blender combine remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth.
  • Once the pan is hot, pour batter to create pancakes that are roughly about 3-inches wide. Use the back of a spoon to smooth out batter.
  • Cook for 4 minutes, or until golden, then flip and cook another 3 minutes or until cooked through and crisp.
  • Repeat process until batter is used up.
  • Serve pancakes with a drizzle of maple syrup, fresh berries or smothered in your favorite nut or seed butter.


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