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Whole Wheat Avocado Pancakes

 

Yields:  about 15-18 pancakes          Prep Time:  10 minutes       Total Time: 30 minutes

 

Any butter or oil used in traditional pancakes is replaced with avocados, filled with potassium and healthy fat.  Whole wheat flour also brings in B vitamins and fiber, making this a great pancake to start the day!

 

Ingredients

1/2 medium avocado

1 egg

2 T. brown sugar

2 t. vanilla

1 c. whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 c. brown rice flour

2 and 1/2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

2 c. whole milk

 

1 t. butter, coconut oil (or preferred oil for cooking, if needed to ensure pancake does not stick)

 

Directions

1. Combine avocado, egg, brown sugar and vanilla in a food processor and process until combined.

 

2. Combine dry ingredients, whole wheat pastry flour, rice flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl. 

 

3. Mix in avocado mixture to the dry ingredients bowl.  Add milk and stir until well combined.

 

4. Heat 1 t. butter or coconut oil in pan on medium heat.  Pour about 1/4 c. of batter in pan and cook on one side until bubbles gently start coming through (about 2 minutes).  Flip to other side and cook another 1-2 minutes, until pancake is cooked through.  Serve with syrup, or enjoy alone!

 

At first my husband was a bit skeptical, as avocado flavor is not his favorite.  He was pleasantly surprised that the avocado “flavor” is hardly detectable.  Although, I don’t even mind the avocado taste, sometimes it can be overpowering in baked goods, so I understand the skepticism.  Cooling also helps reduce this flavor element when cooking with avocado.

 

When I initially made these pancakes, I used a whole avocado, which can be done, it just makes for a mushier cake.  Ironically, our toddler enjoyed them the most when they were softer with the extra avocado.  However, for the rest of us, we preferred a little more fluff.  The rice flour helps even out the density of the avocado and whole wheat flour.  I have made them with just wheat flour, and they were great that way, too.  Again, it comes down to texture, and we have some picky palates who prefer a little fluffier and less dense pancake.

 

Overall, these were a hit, which warms my health-minded heart!  The vitamins and minerals from the whole wheat flour and avocados increase the nutritional value substantially from your traditional flapjack.

 

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