Gluten Free Pear Date Pancakes Recipe

Gluten Free Pear Date Pancakes Recipe

Gluten Free Pear Date Pancakes Recipe

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In the process of making foods taste wonderful, one could easily become the “Paula Dean” of the gluten-free world, creating food filled with butter, cream and sugar. However, I do also love coming up with recipes that are free of refined sugar and low in fat.

These Gluten Free Pear Date Pancakes that I made this morning are a pretty good example – whole grain goodness from brown rice flour, sweetened with pears and dates instead of sugar, and very little in the way of fat. The natural pectin in the pears gives the pancakes a lot of the same “mouth-feel” that butter or oil would.

To go along with the pancakes I made a quick Pear Maple Spread, it simmered pretty much unattended while the pancakes cooked; I love that in a recipe. And just to make things even easier, I made the pancakes in the blender, why do work when your appliances will do it for you?

If you prefer, you can thin the pancake batter out with a little more liquid, making them more like crepes then fill them with the Pear Maple Spread and roll them up. A light dusting of confectioners’ sugar would be a nice touch. As would a side of bacon. But I digress…

Gluten Free Pear Date Pancakes
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Gluten Free Pear Date Pancakes Recipe

Ingredients

Pancakes

1 pear, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
6 large medjool dates, pits removed and roughly chopped
1 cup milk (any kind)
1 egg
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons superfine brown rice flour
2 tablespoons tapioca starch
½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder

Pear Maple Spread

2 pears, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Directions

Pancakes

Place the pear, dates, milk and egg in a blender and process until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the flour, starch, salt and baking powder and blend until fully combined, scraping down the blender container a time or two.

Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat until a drop of water sizzles immediately when splashed on it. Spray with some gluten-free non-stick cooking spray. Ladle on a heaping ¼ cup of batter per pancake. Cook until the edges look dry and the bottom is golden brown, about 3 – 4 minutes. Flip and cook until the bottom is browned and the pancakes feel firm to the touch. Keep pancakes warm in a low (200 degrees) oven and repeat with remaining batter.

Pear Maple Spread

Combine the pears, lemon juice and maple syrup in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to medium low and simmer until the pears are fork tender, about 6 minutes. Mash the pears a little with a fork or potato masher, keeping the mixture chunky. Raise the heat and reduce the liquid until it is thick and syrupy, serve warm with pancakes.

Servings

This Gluten Free Pear Date Pancakes recipe makes 12
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Tags: Celiac Crepes Dairy Free Dates Gluten-Free Gluten-Free Recipes Healthy Low Fat Maple Syrup Pancakes Pear
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  1. May 9, 2011

    I love the addition of dates!!

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  3. May 10, 2011

    How lovely that these tasty-looking bitties are practically fat-free too!

  4. May 10, 2011

    I love pears, the dates are just so sweet too, yumm…

  5. May 10, 2011

    You’re so creative, this looks amazing! I love that they’re sweetened with pears and dates.

    1. May 11, 2011

      Thanks, I have really started to be a date lover recently!

  6. What a great idea! I love this recipe and how healthy it is. Will definitely be giving this one a try! ;)

    1. May 11, 2011

      Thanks my friend!

  7. May 10, 2011

    Yum! Can’t wait to try these! :-) LOVE that there’s no refined sugar!!! Thank you!

    1. May 11, 2011

      Thank you Julia.

  8. May 10, 2011

    Carol your picture is gorgeous! This is a great recipe, I would love to try it with the dates! Such a great idea.

    1. May 11, 2011

      Thanks Maggie!

  9. How delightfully simple, elegant, and so healthy! Pears and dates sound refreshingly like summer is on its way.

  10. May 14, 2011

    Beautiful picture!! The recipe sounds so good….must try the spread too!

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  12. Stacey Crouch
    March 27, 2012

    I can not wait to try making these for my son this weekend! Thanks for subbing for the sugar!!! Perfect, just perfect!

    1. Carol Kicinski
      March 28, 2012

      My pleasure Stacy – enjoy!

  13. Jen
    May 20, 2012

    Which GF cooking spray do you use?

    1. Carol Kicinski
      May 20, 2012

      Usually Spectrum First Cold Press Olive Spray but sometimes I will use Pam – but their baking spray is not gluten free, just the cooking spray.

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