Saturday, January 5, 2013

Nectarine Pancakes w/ Blackberry Syrup! GF, SF, V, SCD!

Can you believe that I’m writing this from a sport’s bar in Wisconsin!? I know, crazy, right? My Macbook and I stick out like a sore thumb up here in the Northwoods — Musky Capital of the World, I might add. Population 676. Yep, a far cry from NYC.

Nectarine Pancakes!!
We’re here for the Olympics. Since our TV stillisn’t up and running after the fire, we’ve had to watch from the various Snow-Mobile bars that are dotted throughout the Northwoods. Not a bad life:)

what a plate!
You know what else makes for not a bad life? These:

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, SCD!
Yep, they were pretty darn awesome.

check out that fluffy texture with the sweet, caramelized nectarines!
What are they? They’re GF Nectarine Pancakes with Blackberry “Syrup!”

what a dinner!
Gluten/Grain/Dairy/Sugar Free and Specific Carb Diet friendly w/ a Vegan Option. Not a bad life:)

nom nom nom
And they were my dinner. Every last magnificent bite.

yes! Grain and Gluten Free!
Here’s what you need: (serves 1-2)
1 nectarine, chopped
1/2 cup almond flour
2 egg whites, whipped (Vegan option: 2 flax/chia eggs)
pinch of salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey (or 2 dropper-fulls of pure liquid stevia)
1/2 – 3/4 cup blackberries, pureed
Whip your egg whites until you get medium peaks. Or, if Vegan, make your flax/chia concoction. Fold in your almond flour, salt, cinnamon, and sweetener. Finally, fold in your chopped nectarine.
On a screamin’ hot pan or griddle, add 1 tsp EVOO and scoop 1/4 cup of the batter onto the pan. Cook for about 3-4 minutes a side, until golden brown around the edges. It should make roughly 5 pancakes.
Meanwhile, puree your blackberries either with a stick blender, food processor, or simply with a fork and elbow grease:)
This meal was simply phenomenal!! Oh my gosh, these pancakes hit the spot — no no — they KO’d the spot — obliterated the spot!……hello, violence much?
Needless to say, they were good.

fabulous texture!
The texture was so light and airy from the whipped egg whites, yet still chewy and wonderfully moist.

a stack of golden goodness!
And the flavor. Ooohhhh the flavor. There’s nothing like a perfectly ripe nectarine. Nothing. Maybe Olympic gold, but it would be a close second. The succulently sweet and juicy nectarine with the nutty almond flour was just kissed by the sweet – almost effervescent blackberries!

amazing Blackberry Sauce!
And the nectarines caramelized on the hot pan, really deepening their natural sweetness.  A meal fit for a queen:)

want a bite?!
And isn’t there something truly magical about breakfast for dinner? It’s luxurious — like having a dinner this delicious is in some way cheating. — But it isn’t — It’s bliss. Healthy, yummy, nectarine-filled bliss:)
And for my BED-er’s, no worries: there are yummy pancakes in your future too:) Try myBED-friendly Carrot Cake Pancakes! (Just omit the strawberry drizzle!)

BED Friendly! Carrot Cake Pancakes! (GF, SCD, & V too!)
And finally, I’d like to give a huge thank you toChristina over at Christina Designs Art for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award! Christina is an amazing artist and her blog is her online portfolio of her handmade art, Etsy items, and just crafty, fun stuff!
And I’d like to give another big thank you toLeanne over at Eat and Get Moving for nominating me for the Liebster Blog Award! Leanne is a passionate nutritionist that loves to blog about healthy lifestyle choices like eating healthy, delicious meals and working out!
So a big big thank you to both of you beautiful ladies. I feel so honored to have been passed these awards:) The rules for both awards are: Tell several facts about yourself and pass it along to deserving bloggers!
So here are my fun facts:
1) I have crazy, curly hair. I’ve been straightening while in my UC flare, (it’s easier to take care of that way), but it has a mind of its own! I think it reflects my personality:)
2) My favorite place to shop is Anthropologie. I want to work there just for the discount:) haha
3) I play guitar. Not well, but I try:) I sing too – so you can catch me playing Taylor Swift. I one day hope to play at open mic nights in NYC – There. I said it. It’s out there:)
4) I graduated from the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. It was an amazing experience and I am so thankful for my time there. And yes, that means that I’m trying to be a working actor — as soon as I get my health back. :P
5) I have two awesome older brothers that I look up to a lot. They both married incredible women who I’m so glad are my sisters:)
6) I was the president of my sorority in college.
7) Gluten-ous Food I miss the most since going GF: hmmm…. a toss up: either funnel cakes (even though I have only had maaaaybe 3 in my lifetime – just the fact that I can’t makes me want them:) ) and crusty Italian bread with olive oil and salt – like from Morandi in NYC — which is close to my apartment.
And now, I’d like to nominate…
Versatile Blogger: Alex over at Spoonful of Sugarfree!
Liebster Blog: Tessa over at Tessa the Domestic Diva!
Congratulations Ladies! And don’t feel any pressure to participate, either:) It’s just fun!
OK there you have it!
Have a great weekend! See ya tomorrow!
Need a great Food Processor or stand mixer? I used both in this recipe. Here are the ones I use:

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