Oat and Flax Pancakes with Spiced Apple Compote

My family and I wanted a festive way to end the Thanksgiving holiday that didn’t involve wheat or a ton of saturated fat, especially after all of the heavy, inflammatory food and drink of the holidays.  Also, there was a bag of flax in the fridge that I wanted to use up as flax, unlike chia, is very perishable and should not be used more than a few months after it’s been purchased.  These old stand-bys are wheat-free (and gluten-free if you use gluten-free oat flour) and full of fiber and omegas, thanks to the ground flaxseed and nutrient-rich oil, and so they called my name.

Alone, these pancakes have a slightly nutty taste, which makes them a tasty canvas for adding different toppings according to the seasons.  To add an autumnal twist, I whipped up a spiced apple compote, which was perfect.

If the apple compote alone is not sweet enough for your pancakes, a drizzle of grade B maple syrup, which is more nutrient-dense and flavorful than grade A, is a good way to sweeten things up.  I also suggest swapping out the saturated fat for protein by using a creamy dollop of 2% Greek yogurt in place of butter.

I hope you enjoy this decadent, yet healthful way to end the fall!

Serves 6

For the Spiced Apple Compote:

Ingredients:

3 apples, cored and chopped

1 tablespoon lemon juice or cider vinegar

1/4 cup water

2 teaspoons cinnamon

5 whole cloves

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons raisins

2 tablespoons maple syrup, preferably grade B

What to do:

Oat and Flax Pancakes with Spiced Apple Compote - The Clean Gourmet

Place all ingredients in a small-medium pot, cover and bring to a gentle boil.  Once bubbling, reduce heat to low and tilt lid.  Continue to simmer for 20-30 minutes, until apples are soft and liquid has reduced to a syrup.

While the apples simmer, prepare the pancakes:

For the Oat and Flax Pancakes:

Ingredients:

1 cup oat flour (preferably gluten-free)

1/2 cup cold milled flaxseed

1/2 cup potato starch

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

3 large eggs

2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

1/4 cup flax, olive or grapeseed oil 

2 cups buttermilk (or 2 cups almond milk with 1 tsp lemon juice)

butter or avocado oil, for cooking

2% Greek yogurt, to serve

grade B maple syrup, to serve

What to do:

In a medium bowl, whisk together oat flour, ground flaxseed, potato starch, baking powder, and cinnamon.

Oat and Flax Pancakes with Spiced Apple Compote - The Clean Gourmet

In a separate large bowl, beat eggs with whisk.  Next, add sugar and oil and whisk well to make fluffy.  Finally, add buttermilk or almond milk-lemon mixture.  Whisk until frothy.

Oat and Flax Pancakes with Spiced Apple Compote - The Clean Gourmet

Pour dry ingredients into the large bowl with the wet ingredients and mix until just combined (do NOT overmix- a few flour clumps are fine).  Don’t worry if the batter seems thin.

Oat and Flax Pancakes with Spiced Apple Compote - The Clean Gourmet

Heat a large pan or skillet over medium heat for five minutes (yes, five minutes) to ensure thorough heating.  In the meantime, let the batter stand.  The ground flaxseed will congeal and cause the batter to thicken a bit.

Oat and Flax Pancakes with Spiced Apple Compote - The Clean Gourmet

Pour 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil in the pan and swirl to cover.  Grab a 1/4 cup measure or ladle and use it to scoop drops of batter into the pan.  Once each drop of batter is bubbling (about 2 minutes), flip and cook for another minute or two.

Serve pancakes immediately or place in a 200F degree oven on a cooling rack placed on top of a baking sheet.  Top pancakes with apple compote, yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup.

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Crab Apple Steel-Cut Oatmeal (Avena Semi-Intera alla Mela Selvatica)

Crab Apple Steel-Cut Oats - The Clean Gourmet

Crab Apple Steel-Cut Oats - The Clean Gourmet

Yes!  You can eat crab apples!  They’re super cheap and, despite their super tartness when raw, are sweeter than regular apples when cooked.  The best place to find these is at your local farmer’s market (or on your neglected apple tree).  If you can’t find crab apples, one or two regular apples work too :).

4-6 servings

Ingredients:

1 cup steel-cut oats

4 cups water

pinch salt

1 banana, mashed or thinly sliced

4-5 crab apples, cored and small/medium dice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/2 cup raisins and/or goji berries

about 1/2 cup chopped pecans or whole pumpkin seeds

Milk or almond milk, to serve

What to do:

Bring water, oats and salt to a boil in a covered medium-sized saucepan.  Once to a boil, uncover and cook at boiling for about 2 minutes and then turn heat to low.

Add the crab apples apples and banana.  Cook for 15 minutes, then and add spices and raisins.

Cook another 10 minutes, or until oats are cooked and most of the water is absorbed.  Turn off the heat and stir in nuts.

Serve with milk or almond milk and enjoy warm.

Crab Apple Steel-Cut Oats - The Clean Gourmet

Avena Semi-Intera alla Mela Selvatica:

4-6 porzioni

Ingredienti:

1 tazza di avena semi-intera

4 tazze d’acqua

pizzico di sale

1 banana, passata o tagliata in pezzi sottili

4-5 mele selvatiche, snocciolate e tagliate in pezzi piccoli

1 cucchiaino di cannella

1/2 cucchiano di chiodo di garofano

pizzico di noce moscato

pizzico di pepe della Giamaica

1/2 tazza d’uvetta e/oppure di goji

circa 1/2 tazza di noci pecan o noci, a pezzetti

Latte o latte di mandorle, per servire

Cosa Fare:

Fate bollire acqua, avena e sale in una pentola media.  Appena bollente, scoprite e continuate a far cuocere per circa 2 minuti prima di abbassare la temperatura.

Aggiungete le mele selvatiche e la banana.  Fate cuocere altri 15 minuti quindi aggiungete le spezie e l’uvetta.

Dopo 10 minuti, o quando la maggior parte dell’acqua sia assorbita, sarà pronta.  Spegnete il fuoco e aggiungete le noci pecan.

Servite con latte o latte di mandorle, oppure lasciatelo raffreddare prima di mettere in frigo.  Dura 5-6 giorni.

Crab Apple Steel-Cut Oats - The Clean Gourmet

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Almond and Oat Bran Muffins (Muffin di Mandorle e Crusca d’Avena)

Almond and Oat Bran Muffins (Muffin di Mandorle e Crusca d’Avena)

Makes 20 muffins 

These are not too sweet and are a great way to use up leftover almond pulp from making almond milk.  Of course, if you’re adventurous you can certainly try using pulp from making a different kind of nut milk J.

If you want to make these without having to make nut milk, try substituting with 1¾ cups nut meal plus a bit more milk (I’d try an extra ¼ cup) and adjust it from there.

I don’t like very sweet things so if you prefer a sweeter muffin, add another tablespoon or two of maple syrup.  Maple syrup is a very potent sweetener, so if you choose to use honey in place of the syrup, you will get an even less sweet result.

Dry Ingredients:

scant 2 cups almond pulp

1½ cups oat bran

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Wet Ingredients:

2 eggs

1 cup applesauce

1 cup almond milk or milk of your preference

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2/3 cup currants

1 tablespoon maple syrup

½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar

½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes

What to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix dry ingredients until fluffy- you may need to use hands to de-crumble almond pulp.

Almond and Oat Bran Muffins

Whisk wet ingredients until incorporated.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just blended.

 Almond and Oat Bran Muffins

Scoop batter into muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes.

Almond and Oat Bran Muffins

Let cool in muffin tins for 5-10 minutes before serving.  These will keep for 3-4 days when stored in an airtight container.  Store in refrigerator for slightly longer shelf life.

Muffin di Mandorle e Crusca d’Avena:

Fa 20 muffin

Ingredienti Secchi:

2 tazze scarse di poltiglia di mandorle

1½ tazze crusca d’avena

1 cucchiaino di sale

1 cucchiaio di levito

½ cucchiaino di bicarbonato

2 cucchiaini di cannella

Ingredienti Umidi:

2 uova

1 tazza di purea di mele

1 tazza di latte o latte di mandorle

2 cucchiai d’olio di cocco

2/3 tazza di ribes essiccati

1 cucchiaio di sciroppo d’acero

½ cucchiaino d’aceto di sidro di mele

½ tazza di cocco essiccato

Cosa Fare:

Fate scaldare il forno a 180 gradi Centigradi.

Mescolate gli ingredienti secchi finché la miscela sia soffice (dovrete probabilmente usare le mani per sbriciolare la poltiglia di mandorle).

Mescolate gli ingredienti umidi da parte.

Unite gli ingredienti secchi e umidi facendo attenzione a non mischiare troppo.

Versate la pastella in una teglia da forno (idealmente quella per i muffin) e mettete nel forno.  Se usate la teglia da muffin, saranno pronti tra 20 minuti.  Invece, se usate la teglia normale da forno, controllate tra 30 minuti per la cottura.  Appena cotto, tirate dal forno e lasciate nella teglia per 5-10 minuti prima di servire.