Almond Plantain Pancakes

Posted June 19, 2014 in breakfast, food, healthy food, pancakes, plantains, healthy eating, healthy living, eat

I impulse purchased a plantain the other day because the plantains were nearly perfect and I realized it had been forever since I bought one.

But when I got home I couldn't remember what I used to make with plantains back when I was on a plantain kick. I still can't remember. All I know is that there were a few weeks of my life (last year) when I bought plantains all the time, and I made something with them.

I even searched my Sweet Success archives, my Pinterest boards, and I looked back at some of my fave blogs for recipes I may have made. Still nothing.

So I created a new recipe with my plantain. 

But before I get into that, let's talk about plantains. Did you know that plantains are vegetables!?! True story.

These banana look alikes are often used in Latin American and West African cooking.

Plantains become sweeter as they ripen. A ripe plantain will have a black peel. Trust me, wait until your plantain is black before cooking with it! Plantains are more starchy than bananas and not quite as sweet as bananas. According to LiveStrong, plantains are high in fiber, beta-carotene, calcium and vitamin C.

I created an almond plantain pancake recipe that is so delicious. These pancakes taste hearty, but they're still fluffy. They have just a hint of sweetness from the plantain. I also used almond flour so if you don't eat gluten, you could make these and enjoy them!

Almond Plantain Pancakes

1/2 plantain, mashed

1 egg

1 tbsp. chia seeds (optional)

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/4-1/2 tsp. pure almond extract

1/2 tsp. baking powder

2 tbsp. almond flour

1 tbsp. almond milk

1 tbsp. almond butter

Pure maple syrup or other desired toppings

Combine all ingredients except maple syrup. Pour about 1/4 cup onto a pan that has been sprayed with coconut oil spray or other oil. Cook until bubbly, then flip. 

Makes 1 serving

Enjoy!

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