This post is a part of the #BrunchWeek blogger event celebrating recipes that any mom would love for Mother’s Day.  If your mom (or grandmother, or person who loves you like a mom…) is trying to avoid gluten and/or grains, this is a great way to add pancakes to your brunch menu.  The batter uses finely ground California walnuts and some coconut flour, all mixed up with tart apple and warm spices.  I like to top them with a few slices of apple, some toasted walnut pieces, and a drizzle of honey.

Grain-free Apple Walnut Pancakes

A few notes on this recipe: to ensure that the cakes stay together, make sure they are fully set up before flipping (this will take several minutes) and don’t make the cakes too large.  Cooking time varies with altitude.  If you want a batter that is easier to work with you can add in a quarter cup of arrowroot powder to the recipe, adjusting liquid amounts as needed.

Grain-free Apple Walnut Pancakes
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of ground cloves (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon walnut oil (or melted coconut oil)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup grated apple (one medium apple)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup water
Instructions
  1. Place the walnuts in a food processor (or grind in a food mill) and pulse until they are the texture of sand. A few larger chunks are fine.
  2. Stir together the ground walnuts, coconut flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and cloves. Whisk in the vanilla, honey, walnut oil, eggs, and grated apple, plus 1/4 cup of the water. Let the batter rest for about five minutes, to let the coconut flour expand. At this point, stir in more water if the batter is too thick. You want this about the thickness of regular pancake batter.
  3. Heat a lightly oiled skillet over medium heat and add the batter about a scant third of a cup at a time. If the batter is thick, use your ladle to smooth it out into a thinner circle on the skillet. Cook the first side until the edges start to look dry and there are steam bubbles in the center of the cake. Flip carefully, and cook for a minute or two on the opposite side. Repeat with remaining batter. This makes about eight cakes.

Grain-free Apple Walnut Pancakes

Be sure to check out these other great #BrunchWeek recipes:
Blood Orange Mimosas

Apple Cinnamon Crepes

Hot Maple Walnut Coffee Float

Breakfast Won Ton Cups

Shrimp-Grapefruit Orchid Stirfry

Margarita for Mama

Bob’s Scottish Oat n’ Walnut Sticky Scones

Strawberry Mimosa

Chorizo and Garlic Frittata

Meat Lover’s Quiche

Hollandaise Sauce

Candied Bacon Bloody Mary

Tomato Basil Macarons

Cherry Tomato and Chorizo Omelette

Candied Bacon

Biscoff Coffee Cake Muffins

Thanks for reading,

-Angela

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  7. Love this grain-free option – a great idea for Brunch. Happy Brunching!

  8. Denise in Michigan

    This is just the kind of recipe I’m looking for for when my granddaughter Sammi comes to visit in a few months!

    1. Glad you will get to see her soon! She is a cutie.

  9. These look delicious! I am bookmarking this as the perfect use for some Bob’s Red Mill Coconut Flour that I won in a giveaway but haven’t gotten around to baking with yet. 🙂

    1. I used Bob’s for this! It takes a while to get used to how much liquid it absorbs, but it works well.

  10. Cool way to make pancakes not only gluten-free, but with no grains. And very nice job incorporating walnuts into one of your recipes.

  11. Brunch is the best, and these pancakes look awesome! I am so intrigued by the use of the coconut flour, which I have never tried before.

    1. Kristen, I am still playing around with coconut flour–it varies from brand to brand. It does work really well for pancakes.

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  13. Great pancake recipe. I love apples with walnuts.

  14. Love this recipe. Sharing with all my gluten free readers! I know they will love it, too!

    1. Thanks, Katie!

  15. This looks pretty marvelous. I’ve been so fascinated by coconut flour lately, but I haven’t produced anything that looks as nice as that. Coconut oil too, great stuff.

  16. Those are the kind of pancakes to start the day without any guilt! I bet the walnut oil really makes them delicious. Nice recipe!

  17. This is an awesome recipe! I am going to use this as part of my gluten free routine!

  18. I can’t believe these are made of ground walnuts. Such an amazing idea!

  19. Wow these sound incredible. I don’t need to eat grain free but I want to give these a try. I have a lovely bag of California Walnuts as well so I want to give this a try.

  20. Oooh! I bet I could make these for my friend who’s (sort of) following a Paleo diet! Love this idea–I’ve heard of almond flour and coconut flour, but never thought to grind the walnuts and use them in a similar fashion. They look delicious!

    1. Yes, great for Paleo! I really like using walnuts for “flour” and the coconut flour helps bind it together.

  21. My favorite brunch recipe are fluffy ricotta pancakes!!

  22. I’m very curious about coconut flour and this seems like a great recipe to try it 🙂

    1. It works well for pancakes if you don’t do grains–they are a little more fragile, so flip carefully!

  23. Looks so tasty! Will have to give them a try!

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  27. Great idea, but they really fall apart. I’ve had good results with almond meal pancakes. Very similar.

    1. Penny, you need to cook them until they are really well set on the first side, and flip them carefully–they are definitely delicate until they are cooked through. I am cooking at high altitude so things cook faster here, so add time accordingly.

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  31. I couldn’t get these pancakes to stick together for the life of me. The addition of a little xanthum gum helped, but I messed up the flavor and it wasn’t nearly as sweet – my fault though. I’ll add more eggs next time, and maybe that’ll help them stick together better. I just made scrambled pancakes. They tasted great regardless.

    1. Patrick, they are definitely delicate, but any easy way to make them easier to work with is to add a tablespoon or two of arrowroot (or tapioca flour) to the batter. Give that a try if you make them again, and I’m sorry it didn’t work well for you!

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  33. Loved these pancakes. Served with homemade apple butter I had made this week.
    I only got 6 pancakes using 1/4 c. to measure. Is that about right or should I have added more water?

    1. If they turned out well I would not adjust the liquid–altitude influences liquid ratios, so that might be a factor.

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