Sunday, October 18, 2015

It's Sunday, which means pancakes or waffles for breakfast at our house. I have been working my way through a bowl of pomegranates this week, and I modified a recipe I found online and came up with this today. I'm pretty sure you could switch out the flours for a gluten-free blend, such as Bob's Red Mill. Maybe I'll try that next time. 

Cacao and Pomegranate Pancake Stack


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 cup  + 2 Tbls sparkling water (divided)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
2 tablespoon agave or honey
½  tsp. vanilla extract
1-1/2  teaspoon Cocoa Powder
1 large or 2 small Pomegranates, seeded

Deseed the Pomegranate. Click here if you don't know how (bonus recipe, too):
In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix.
Add in the cup (minus 2 tablespoons) of sparkling water, the agave or honey and oil. Whisk until smooth.
Pour half of the batter in a second, small mixing bowl.
Add in the vanilla extract to one of the bowls and whisk again. Fold in ¼ cup pomegranate arils. 
Add the Cocoa Powder and the remaining 2 tablespoons sparkling water to the other bowl and whisk.
Heat the griddle to medium heat. 
Pour the batter and cook pancakes until bubbly and the edges are dry, then flip and cook another minute or two until done.
Alternate the vanilla pomegrante and cacao pancakes on plates and top with additional Pomegranate Seeds and honey, if desired. 
We found Pomegranate Syrup at a gift shop recently and that was a superb topping for these.

Pomegranates are in season now!
Pomegranate is a nutritionally rich fruit with unique flavor, taste, and heath promoting characteristics.

Health benefits of Pomegranate
*100 g provides 83 calories, slightly more than that in the apples. 
*It is a good source of soluble and insoluble dietary fibers, providing about 4 g per 100 g (about 12% of RDA)
*Boosts immunity, improves circulation, and offers protection from cancers.
*Certain ellagitannin compounds such as Granatin B, and Punicalagin are found abundantly in the pomegranate juice. Studies suggest that punicalagin and tannins are effective in reducing heart-disease risk factors by scavenging harmful free radicals from the human body.
*High in antioxidants (ORAC 2341)
*Regular consumption of pomegranate has been found to be effective against prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), diabetes, and lymphoma.
*A good source of many vital B-complex groups of vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), folates, pyridoxine and vitamin K, and minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, and manganese.

Enjoy pomegranates in your pancakes, salads, and more!