Cinnamon Cream Cheese Pancakes with Apple Chia Compote

Monday, 29 February 2016

Confession: I had some pancake disasters before coming up with these. I just wanted some pancakes for breakfast, like any normal person. I also wanted to use up some healthy ingredients that we have that I can't seem to use up (coconut flour - the packet is so small but seems limitless? And cacao nibs?), so I started to make these banana quinoa pancakes (by this I mean I just started taking out the ingredients), but then realised I didn't have bananas (sorry for super long run on sentence).

Anyway, I'm not sure what happened next but I then had the clever idea to start with a chia pudding base and somehow that would turn into pancakes (because I remember reading somewhere that chia pudding can be substituted as eggs? I didn't research it or anything... why, you ask?... I have no idea) and I just started adding things to it... It did not turn out well.

So then I was started getting super a bit frustrated, and then remembered that I had some pancake shake mix leftover from a camping trip! Why didn't I just use this in the beginning? One, I forgot about it, and two, I just wanted to do something fun and new and creative and interesting (which is also why I didn't just use my standard base pancake recipe). Yes, sometimes I struggle.

ANYWAY, I really don't know what happened this time but it was an epic fail. I think it is because I started filling up the jug with water, then remembered that I was supposed to shake the mix before doing that to loosen the mix, but I had already started filling it up, so I screwed the lid back on, shook it, then continued filling it up to the line. Maybe that meant I added too much water? Because it was a very runny mess, and then I almost cried while throwing it all out. And then had toast for breakfast instead.

But never fear, because apparently I just don't know when to give up and attempted round three. Finally, success! These were dinner pancakes. Cream cheese because we had it in the fridge (I originally wanted ricotta pancakes). Very easy, very quick, comes together in a food processor. And very delicious! Yay!

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Pancakes with Apple Chia Compote
Serves 2 

For the Pancakes

  • 125 g cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor/blender. 
  2. Whiz until combined, and let sit for a few minutes to settle.
  3. Cook 1/4 cup at a time on a non-stick (or buttered non-non-stick) frying pan. (I use this cute little mini egg frying pan)
For the Apple Chia Compote
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp currants
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp honey
  1. Add all ingredients into a saucepan and simmer until apples are soft and liquid has thickened.
  2. Pour on top of pancakes.
Bonus: Whipped Cinnamon Cream Cheesse
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp honey
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, whip until light and fluffy.
  2. Dollop on top of pancake/compote + serve.

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