Baked pumpkin pancakes with chestnut purée

January 20, 2015
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We usually wake up in the morning and read some little nice stories.This is all of my kid’s wish so I’m trying to do so.The secret beyond this is that sometimes she lets me do some other stuff, like breakfast, after sitting with her in my lap and browsing colorful books.So, it was a lucky morning with some inspiration and some cooked pumpkin in my fridge.And there it was, I decided to have pancakes for breakfast.They needed to be child friendly.No sugar or oil for frying.What can I say?I’m a pretty freak when talking about sugar, fried stuff, processed whatsoever from the store, and the list can go on.I’m trying to make the best decisions when talking about food, especially for her.I’m sure you all try to do this, so if you need some inspiration or to exchange some opinions on that, give me a call:)

In pursuing my goal,I became a huge fan of chestnuts.
I didn’t quite know how to peel them for the first time, but I managed the second time.They are so versatile and full of so many nutrients.It’s one of the few fruits that after cooking don’t lose their minerals and vitamins.And they have plenty – vitamins: B1,B2,B6,B9;vitamin A,E,PP,K; minerals:potassium,magnesium,phosphorus,calcium,iron,zinc.They are incredibly good after recovering from illness and to fight anemia.They also prevent intestinal disorders cause they are full of fibers.
So, I came up with an idea of chestnut puree to serve as a topping for pancakes or cream for biscuits.

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Ingredients:
Pumpkin pancakes (about 8 medium pancakes):
125 g whole wheat flour
65 g coconut flakes (dry and shredded)
2 organic eggs
1 1/2 cup goat milk
1 tbls chia seeds
4-5 dried dates
about 200 g baked pumpkin

You can bake the pumpkin before doing the pancakes at 180 degrees, or let it raw and grate it (you probably save more nutrients this way).
Preheat the oven at 200 degrees.Put a baking sheet in a tray and put it in the ovenbefore making the pancakes just to warm up.
Mix the flours separately.In a blender pour the milk, drop the eggs,pumpkin, dates and chia seeds.Blend until smooth.Pour over the dry ingredients and stir just a couple of times just until the wet ingredients are fully incorporated.You’ll obtain a dense consistency, not runny,but not very wet either.Take about 2 big tablespoons of this mixture and put it on the preheated tray.You’ll want to obtain round pancakes that can maintain their shape.Leave some space between pancakes and bake them for about 10-15 min, until golden on the both sides.Flip them on the other side after 10 min and let them bake for another 5 minutes.

Chestnut purée:
6 tblsp chestnut kernel
3 tblsp coconut oil/butter
3 tblsp grape seed oil (cold extracted)
4 tblsp raw almonds
2-3 tblsp honey
1 pinch of salt
1/2 tsp carob powder
2 tbsp goat milk/almond/other seed milk

I looked up on Google how to peel chestnuts after first exploding them in my oven.I followed this technique .It was ok, but I should’ve keep the chestnuts in the oven a little longer because it wasn’t so hot before putting them in.That’s why I couldn’t peel them so well and had to boil them in goat milk for about 10-15 minutes more.But, I used some of that milk when making the puree.
First, grind well the almonds.You should do that until the oils start to come out of them.If you are out of time like me, you can do it just until they are becoming a fine powder.Put them in a food processor with the other ingredients except the milk.Mix them until they turn into a paste.Little by little,pour in the milk just until you get a nice texture, not too dry or not too wet.You can adjust the sweetness after you own taste.
Serve in different combinations.Sky is the limit.It can last in the fridge in an air tight container for about one week.

To assemble the pancakes, just put a big dollop on each 2 pancakes and sprinkle on some blueberries or other forest fruit.I keep mine in the refrigerator, the time machine, how we use to name it, cause it is incredibly useful now when winter is coming and we don’t have that much of a variety of fruits and vegetables anymore.
The pictures above are taken before serving the pancakes that’s why you can see a little hand grabbing some of the fruits on top.She can’t resist on blueberries and she can’t resist too much without mummy’s attention:)

Hope you’ll try them!

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