Gluten Free Blueberry Flax Meal Pancake Recipe

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by Carol Kicinski on February 8, 2010

As I write this post I’m mad at my husband and I am upset. I am not upset because he is a treacherous, horrible person, because he is not. I am not upset because he committed some heinous transgression because he didn’t. And besides he is not stupid, I write a blog – why would he do something bad when he knows I would write about it for the world to read? I am not upset because we had a fight.

Common sense would dictate that when two people of divergent backgrounds with tempers and polar opposite points of view (not to mention genders) live together for any period of time there is bound to be the occasional argument or fight. Long ago we decided that we are married for life and we can be happy or miserable – so there is no walking out, no leaving and no threatening to leave. We are in this thing called marriage together so we had better work it out. Since neither one of wants to be miserable, we always kiss and make up.

Over the years we have learned to fight fair. We do not attack the person or their character but the behavior we find offensive. For example if we had plans to go to out for a nice dinner after a long week of hard work and one of us (HIM!) forgets and gets home late, having grabbed dinner on the way home while the other (ME!) dutifully and hungrily waited you do not say “You stupid, un-caring, moronic bastard! What the hell is wrong with you that you can’t remember we had plans. Have you lost what little sense you had in the first place?” Instead you say “I was really looking forward to our evening out and am very disappointed.”

We also have realized it is almost impossible to “schedule” a fight for the future. If we are in a dead lock of disagreement one or the other will say “we’ll fight about it tomorrow”. At this point we either laugh and it’s over or we discuss it the next day when calmer heads prevail. And maybe most importantly we have learned that once settled, the argument is done – we move on. We don’t keep bring it up, rubbing salt into the wound.

So why am I upset? Because I can’t remember why I am mad at him! Now before you write to me saying “If you can’t remember it must not be important” may I just point out that I often can’t remember where I parked my car at the mall but it is important to eventually remember if I plan to get home.

I need to recall if my anger is justified or not. Once I woke up furious with my poor husband and it took hours of stony silence and a second cup of coffee for me to realize that he probably didn’t (and wouldn’t) trade me for a chest full of gold doubloons and rubies, leaving me to parish marooned on a desert island (apparently eating smoked oysters with mango chutney before bed leads to strange dreams).

And then there was the time when he walked into the living room to find me sobbing uncontrollably at a commercial. He tried to comfort and gently probed until I finally blurted out that I hated our wedding pictures. He valiantly attempted to right this devastating wrong and came up with several solutions which included but were not limited to reviving long dead relatives, recreating our entire wedding and hiring Annie Leibovitz to shoot the photos. When he failed to console me he finally gave up stating I was irrational and hormonal I went from devastated to enraged – at him. Of course I was irrational and hormonal! But only a very brave or very stupid man will point this out to his wife at such a time.

Maybe a healthy breakfast will help fire up the synapses in my brain and I will be able to determine if I should be mad or forget about it. But when I’m upset I need comfort. These flax seed pancakes are both healthy and comforting. They contain protein, fruit and fiber – all good for you. But the pancake itself does not have that “good for you” taste.

Gluten Free Blueberry Flax Meal Pancake Recipe

Ingredients

1 small (or ½ large) apple – roughly chopped
1 large egg
3 tablespoon flax seed meal
1 tablespoon water
1 pinch kosher or sea salt
½ cup blueberries

Directions

Put the apple in a food processor or blender and pulse a few times to chop it up. Add the egg, flax seed meal, water and salt and process until well blended.

Heat a small non-stick skillet over medium high heat and spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the batter into the hot pan and turn the heat down to low. Sprinkle the blueberries on top of the batter and gently press them into the top of the pancake. Cook for about 6 minutes or until the edges look dry, the bottom is browned and the pancake will slide around in the pan after it has been loosened with a spatula. Flip the pancake over and cook for another 4 – 5 minutes. The pancake should feel firm to the touch. Flip onto a plate (blueberry side up) and serve.

Servings

Makes 1 gluten free pancake.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer February 8, 2010 at 8:33 am

Wow I love the simplicity and wholeness of this pancake! Im always looking for new ways to use my flax, this is perfect!

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Jenn/CinnamonQuill February 8, 2010 at 5:41 pm

your recipes astound me; the ingenuity involved is so impressive! not to mention, i'd love a bit of this pancake right about now…

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Helene February 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm

I'm so glad to discover nice gluten free recipes for my brother-in-law. Looks really good.

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Tasty Eats At Home February 9, 2010 at 6:06 am

Yummy pancake – it does sound comforting. I hope you get the whole angry-at-husband-for-reasons-unknown sorted out after a nourishing breakfast!

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Naomi Devlin February 9, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Sounds like you have a great relationship! I hope you remember how precious it is while you're chewing your pancake – it always softens those angry feelings doesn't it?

Have you found NVC (nonviolent communication)? It sounds like you sort of do it already. I have found it the most amazing tool for sorting the wheat from the chaff (excuse the gluten analogy) when it comes to arguments. Whenever I remember to step back, take a breath and use some empathy we both end up getting heard and those disagreements just seem to melt away.

When I remember that is! The times I don't remember to use NVC, I can bitch about cleaning the toilet – again – with the best of them…

x x x

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Daily Spud February 9, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Sheesh, I got so distracted by the blueberry pancake that I forgot about the rest. Now, what was it I was angry about? :)

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GF Gidget February 9, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Hilarious story and AMAZING recipe! How did you come up with that?! I think our husbands could get together and share a good laugh at our expense!

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Iris February 9, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Delicious looking pancakes! Hilarious post! I've definitely woken up mad at my boyfriend because of a dream I had…

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Toni February 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm

I love your sane and sensible approach to your relationship. Yes, we get hormonal, but our poor men have to put up with our hormonal selves. So we both deserve a pancake like this! And if, when you're done eating it, it would seem that you'd be ready to ask yourself "Would I rather be right or happy?"

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Erin February 10, 2010 at 4:10 am

These sound wonderful! Definitely will be added to the rotation…
And I also have awoken from dreams, angry with my fiance for some dream event-and rolled over to punch him (gently) in the arm!

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David February 11, 2010 at 6:42 pm

You just inspired me a little Carol. You have a great style of writing.

You made 2 profound statements which I love and will keep "Over the years we have learned to fight fair. We do not attack the person or their character but the behavior we find offensive"
&
"Now before you write to me saying “If you can[t] remember it must not be important” may I just point out that I often can’t remember where I parked my car at the mall but it is important to eventually remember if I plan to get home"

Thanks for the wisdom and pancakes!

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Mom's Venting Again... February 27, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Sounds like you two are behaving like mature adults. A rarity these days. Good job.

The recipe sounds lovely, I'll just have to try it without the egg. :)

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Anonymous October 13, 2010 at 11:10 am

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Julie November 13, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Carol,
I tried making this and it didn’t cook very well. It was impossible to flip, fell apart and remained gewy regardless of how long I cooked it for? Any suggestions?

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Carol Kicinski November 14, 2011 at 9:43 am

You have to start with the heat high to set it and then turn the neat down and cook slowly until set. Ofent I am too impatient and it falls aprat when I flip it. I just push it all back and continue but it is not that pretty. NYou are in essence cooking the eggs – so go slow and low. It takes a good 6 or 7 minutes on the first side to get it to the point where I flip it.

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Shana March 14, 2012 at 5:23 am

I also tried to make this like Julie, and had the same problem. I made one following your advice about starting out high and then turning the heat to low, and it never came together. It was a big goopy mess that wouldnt flip. I tried a second batch tossing in about an 1/8 of a cup of GF pancake mix and it still didnt work. Any thoughts?

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Carol Kicinski March 16, 2012 at 6:25 am

Hmmm, I am kind of stumped becuase I make this all the time. I kind of sear it on high and then turn down the heat to low and let it cook away until it is loose (when I shake the pan it comes away easily) then I flip. I am going to re-look at the recipe and make sure allis well there and then get back to you!

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