Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tomato Basil Pancakes with Avocado and Balsamic Drizzle

So far this whole corn-free, wheat-free thing hasn't been as hard as I thought it would be. Sure, its tough to get rid of the foods in my kitchen that I bought because I wanted and can no longer eat. And yes, memories of that french bread from the weekend are still fresh in my mind. But overall, it's a pain in the butt, but I'm not missing the corn and wheat that much.

Granted, ask me again in a few weeks and I may be singing a different tune.

In the meantime, I'm doing okay, and trying to find interesting recipes that can accommodate my newly discovered dietary restrictions.

I was pointed in the direction of Clean Eating Chelsey, who has similar restrictions. On her blog I found a bunch of interesting recipes and decided to give her tomato basil pancakes a whirl...with my own tweaks, of course.

Tomato Basil Pancakes with Avocado and Balsamic Drizzle

1 1/2 cups Bob's Redmill Gluten Free flour

2 tbsp flax seed meal

seasoning of your choice (I used Jim's step dad's, of course. Recommended: salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary)

1 cup almond milk (or other milk of your choice)

handful of basil leaves, chopped

1-2 roma tomatoes, chopped small and dried (I just patted the pile with a paper towel)

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 avocado, sliced

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Add almond milk. Stir until combined. Add basil and tomatoes. Boil balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan and set aside (it will thicken as it cools). Heat a griddle pan (or non-stick frying pan) with a little bit of olive oil. Pour batter onto griddle. Cook each side until its golden brown. Stack pancakes, lay 1/2 sliced avocado on top and drizzle with balsamic. Makes two servings (approx 6 pancakes, as shown above).
I actually flipped these over again to brown them a little more. Just fyi.

This was the first time I'd used the gluten-free flour, even though I purchased it back at Christmas time to take a shot at making some gluten-free cookies for a few friends with celiac disease. I was surprised at how good these tasted. Even my husband enjoyed them. Of course, if you aren't sensitive to wheat or gluten, I'd probably recommend whole wheat flour. That's what I would have used a week ago.

After dinner, we went out and played some tennis, and I took Monday's photo (I know, I know. I'm supposed to take one every day, but I forgot my camera and my phone and I wanted this one for the 14th photo).

Day 14: Grass

I know it's not grass. It's a dandelion, but I look at it creeping up through a crack in the tennis courts every day when we play and it somehow inspires me...photographically speaking. I couldn't get the exact shot I was hoping for with the phone camera, but I wasn't going to bring my nice camera out when we were going to be haphazardly whacking balls all over the place. Not a smart move.

Day 15: Love

This is a double love because I love my little nephew and I love strawberries! Oh, and my mom in the background. I guess it's a triple love!

Today's photo is "what you're reading," and you'll have to wait for that one because my books are at home!


  1. I really love the sound of the pancakes def sounds worth a try! and you are so right your nephew is totally adorable and no to mention how nice his strawberry looks!!

  2. Those strawberries were DELICIOUS! We went to a strawberry festival. Best I think I've ever had! And definitely try the pancakes. I wouldn't have thought to do savory pancakes, but I was pleasantly surprised!

  3. wow, interesting recipe!

    come check out our food blog!!

  4. You would not believe me what just happen to me, I had typed a huge reply and some how my interet went funny and then it was gone!! I don't funny remember what I had said but I will give it a shot. I think savory pancakes will be cool I understand how you were surprised because I always thought muffins were meant to be sweet and when I discovered a place down the road from where I used to work in Australia that did wonderful basil and fetta muffins and pumpkin and cummin and I think mushroom and corn and many more we used to love them and make sure we always ordered them for lunch, however it was a very pleasant new experience for me. I will try to look for some recipes and may be I will get back to you so you can also try that and I will make sure they are appropiate for your diet. I learn how to do really good research with dietary conditions because my husband (I'm also newly wed, 3 months actually) is hugely allergic to eggs, he smells them and even gets nausious, so I had to learn to bake without eggs and exchange things like mayonase in tune sandwiches for scream cheese and all sorts but it has def been fun because it makes it challenging which keeps things exciting even though sometimes it is slightly tiring but ones you are get the hang of it is fine. Gosh I am rumbling again. I live in Ghana (West Africa) now, and I am actually currently blogging about the food here, may be you should check it out!!

    Any way can't wait for your next post!

  5. Wow. Ghana, huh? How are the eats over there? Are you originally from Australia? I bet it's a huge difference. I'll check out your blog. I love reading about huge life changes. I think you learn a lot when your life has to change dramatically. I think it makes people more aware of who they are and as a result you end up with a lot more to share with the world. And I look forward to hearing about the recipes you find! I'm so eager to find new delicious things I can eat!

  6. hahaha that is another story I was actually originally born in Colombia, South America, then moved to Australia when I was 12 and now moved to Ghana. My husband actually works here as an editor for a local tv station but his real forte is film and documentaries. It is a huge different and I am actually just recently coming to sense with everything, that is how I started my blog actually and also because I hope to be a writter one day so it doesnt hurt to start somewhere. As I said my blog is just new but as you said there is alot for me to share so stay tune!! and I will def try and get you those recipes as soon as I get a chance to sit down and do some proper research.

  7. That kind of pancakes sounds delicious- I love the different take on the usual sweet pancake recipe!

  8. Delicious. Those pancakes in particular sound great. They're very original from my point of view - very impressive indeed.

  9. Good God girl those look and sound fabulous! I am a big fan of balsamic drizzles, so I am happy with any recipe that includes that on top! x

  10. Oh, they were amazing. And I agree with you 100% on the balsamic. In fact, keep an eye out for a cupcake with balsamic in the near future. My mind is a tickin!

  11. Ooh that sounds amaaaazing! I will keep my eye out for sure!