Archive for June, 2010

Coconut Pancakes with Cinnamon Mango Sauce

June 12, 2010

Well hello readers. My apologies for the extended absence, I needed some time to refresh and recharge. I have been cooking a little less recently purely due to a busy schedule, but I’m happy to report that despite the busyness, I feel ready to cook some meals now 🙂

Part of the busy schedule is due to attending several Zumba classes weekly. In case you haven’t gotten to your gym for a class yet and are wondering what all the fuss is about, Zumba is a super fun, high energy exercise class that consists of moves from salsa, hip hop, aerobics and I’m sure lots of other things (most of which I can’t spell!). Here’s a video of my class (I wasn’t in this one). My instructor, Azuka, is a freakin Zumba maverick! Here she is teaching the Kazaxe (Ka-za-shay) class that I go to:

So it might not look hard if you just watch the video….but try doing it in a basement room with no AC for an hour with approximately 120 other people.  AN HOUR, PEOPLE! My friend Emily (who introduced me to this class) told me that you can burn up to 1000 calories per class if you really work. And I definitely believe that!

Anyway, my class is at 7:40 PM and that hasn’t left much time for cooking lately. However, I did have one evening where I wanted something delish but realized that, due to Zumba, I had been eating out or frozen EVERY NIGHT and hadn’t bother to buy anything beyond mac and cheese in a box. wow. I checked out my pantry and threw these lovely pancakes together because…it’s all I had on hand. What a happy accident! I love these!

I found the coconut oil at Whole Foods a while back after reading about its benefits at The Spunky Coconut. (While you’re there, check out Kelly’s gluten free, dairy free, sugar free recipes. She has some amazing looking ones over there and a cookbook that looks fantastic!) If you can’t find it at your local store, she has a link on her page to a company that sells it online! Please let me know what you think by commenting on the blog, I love to get feedback on my recipes! 🙂

No touch the mango!

Coconut Pancakes with Cinnamon Mango Sauce
Makes about 6 medium pancakes

1 cup Gluten Free Pantry Brown Rice Pancake and Waffle Mix
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 egg
1 c. milk (next time I am going to try 1/2 regular milk, 1/2 coconut milk!)
3 Tbsp. liquid coconut oil
1 cup shredded toasted coconut
1 Tbsp. Agave Nectar

Combine all ingredients and then set batter aside to rest while you make the sauce. When the sauce is finished, melt a few tablespoons of coconut oil on a hot nonstick griddle. Ladle pancake batter onto hot griddle and cook until golden brown on each side.

Cinnamon Mango Sauce:

2 cups fresh or frozen mango chunks
2 Tbsp. butter
1/4 cup sugar or agave nectar
1 Tbsp. cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pot. Stir over medium high heat until the mixture has softened and thickened to a syrupy consistency.  Serve over pancakes hot!