Kañiwa & Coconut Pancakes

It’s done. We have booked our plane tickets to USA, we leave two months from now. It feels great knowing for sure that our trip together really will happen. First stop New York. Five days later we hit San Francisco. And after a while there we will drive south, meeting a couple of fellow bloggers on the way. We are so grateful for all your comments about what to see and where to go, and we will try to look up as many of your tips as possible. After 90 days in California we still don’t have a clue where to go to next. But when we know you know.

With America on our minds we made pancakes. Even if these look a little bit similar to traditional american pancakes with lots of syrup, sugar, butter and flour – they are not anything close to it. Our version is completely flour and sugar free. Instead these pancakes contain Kañiwa, a peruvian grain similar to quinoa – but with a higher protein level. Totally nutritious and gluten free. And what might look like maple syrup is actually natural fruit syrup from cherries and prunes.

We don’t need to write that pancakes are yummy, you all know that already. So let’s eat.

Kañiwa & Coconut Pancakes with Chunky Cherry & Prune Syrup
Serves 4-6 persons

Make the fruit syrup a couple of hours in advance, since it needs some time in the fridge. Kañiwa can easily be substituted with quinoa or amaranth – all these grains are gluten free.

6 eggs, lightly beaten
3 bananas
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup Kañiwa (cooked according to the package)
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
a pinch of cardamom

coconut oil

Mash the bananas with a fork and mix in a bowl together with all the other ingredients.
Or, pour eggs, bananas, coconut milk and spices in a blender. Blend for about a minute. Add the kañiwa and the coconut flakes and stir around.
Fry the pancakes on both sides in coconut oil on medium heat. Serve with a spoonful of Chunky Cherry & Prune Syrup.

Chunky Cherry & Prune Syrup
12 cherries
7 prunes
1/2 lemon
1 tbsp agave syrup
a pinch of ground clove

Chop the fruit in quite small pieces and throw them in a bowl. Squeeze the lemon juice over the fruit and add agave syrup and cloves. Stir it all around with a spoon, you can mash it a little bit to help release the fruit juices. Cover the bowl with plastic and put in the fridge for a couple of hours.