Biscuits!

Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Coconut Flour Biscuits

Hot from the oven!


Makes about 8-10 biscuits depending on size.

Preheat oven to 425 F.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment.

 Ingredients:
  • 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 shy cup almond milk
  • 6 Tbsp organic coconut oil or butter
  • 2 Tbsp  finely ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 tsp  baking powder (non-alumininum)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 Tbsp almond flour/finely ground almonds
1. Combine the dry ingredients (all but the first 4 ingredients) breaking up any lumps of coconut flour.  Cut the 6 tablespoons of coconut oil or butter into the dry ingredients until it’s an even mix of crumbly small pieces.
2. Whip the flax into about 1/4 cup of the almond milk until it’s very sticky, this will help hold the biscuits together.
Add the lemon juice and the rest of the almond milk to the flax mixture (can also use soy or dairy milk) and stir to combine.
3. Fold the liquid into the fat/flour dry mix.  The coconut flour will soak up a lot of liquid so mix quickly but gently and let it set for a moment before you start to form the biscuits.
4. I used a big spoon and my hands to shape the rounds.  You can use a measuring cup as well if you want to make sure they are all equal size, a 1/3 cup measure should work well.
5. I baked mine at 425 for about 17 minutes.  They will be nicely browned on top but be careful, these are very delicate until they have cooled completely.  I let mine cool  for about 20 minutes before eating/storing them!
    1. Biscuits with lemon curd, mmmm, breakfast!

      Serving suggestion, for dessert, breakfast or a snack, these biscuits go so perfectly with lemon curd and maybe a few wild blueberries.  Next week I’m making dinner for some friends and I think I will make a curry chicken pot pie with these biscuits as the topping.  What do you want to make with these versatile biscuits?

       

Vanilla Almond Pancakes with Lemon Curd

The ones on the left were my first batch made with thick batter, the ones on the right made from thinner batter came out just right.

Honestly I was a bit skeptical about making pancakes, but my first thought when taking a bite of these was, “Oh man, these taste like pancakes!”  True story.

This recipe was found by a client of mine who is in the process of figuring out what exactly she should be eating in order to heal her digestive system.  Every few weeks her doctors seem to discover something else, want to do more testing and we keep having to change her diet.  Instead of giving up and getting frustrated, she’s getting creative! She sent me a link to these pancakes on Elena’s Pantry, a gluten free food blog worth checking out even if you and gluten get along fine. The original recipe is here, but of course, I had to change a few things!

Ingredients:

2 eggs
¼ cup almond milk (this is just a place to start, add as much as you need to reach proper pancake consistency.)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups blanched almond flour ( I used whole, raw and toasted almonds and ground them up in my coffee grinder)
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
neutral oil for sauteing: sunflower, veggie oil, coconut, ect

A little bit of stevia goes a long way, add it while you whip the eggs.

  1. Whip eggs, almond milk, a touch of stevia and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Add almond flour, salt and baking soda and blend again to incorporate dry ingredients into batter.
  3. Let batter sit while you get the skillet ready.

    The batter came out very thick. I made one batch with this batter but the second batch, thinned out with more almond milk was much more like real pancakes.

  4. Warm sunflower oil in a large skillet over medium heat
  5. Ladle pancake batter onto skillet, smaller is better and easier to flip.
  6. Pancakes will form little bubbles, when bubbles open, flip pancakes over and cook other side
  7. Remove from heat to a plate
  8. Repeat process with remaining batter, adding more oil to skillet as needed
Makes at least 12 pancakes

I used a cast iron skillet to make these pancakes.  This is a lot of batter, I made as many as I wanted to eat and then put the batter in the fridge to use later.  The next morning I heated up the skillet, thinned the batter with almond milk and had panckes in just a few minutes!

Thinner batter is better!

And if you want something to put on top of your pancakes, try making lemon or lime curd.  I found a recipe in How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson and tweaked it just a bit.  This took about 30 minutes start to finish.  I made the curd the night before and it went perfectly with my pancakes in the morning!

Lemon curd and the recipe from Nigella

To make lemon or lime curd, melt 6 tablespoons of butter on low in a sauce pan while you gather the rest of your ingredients.

Whip together: 1/2 cup of citrus juice, in this case, lemon, seeds and bits removed, with the zest of one lemon (zest first, juice second) and three large eggs.  You can add some stevia now and then adjust for final flavor at the end.

Quickly add your lemon and egg mixture to your melted butter on the stove, whisking to incorporate.  Turn the heat up to medium and continue to whisk until a custard forms.  Add stevia and adjust for desired sweet/tart ratio. You can add up to a tablespoon of agave to help take the edge off all the stevia if you like.

Put the curd into a jar and let it cool before putting the lid on and refrigerating.  It will keep for a week or so and makes a great topping for pancakes or perhaps a coconut cake?!

Pancake breakfast on the porch, life is good.