Buckwheat & Blood Orange Pancakes with Blood Orange Syrup & Blood Orange Coconut Whipped Cream

That’s a long title and a lot of blood orange! I promise it’s worth it. Today is Valentines day, never a huge deal in my family and still not a day I really celebrate with my fiancé. As I think back on what I loved about Valentines day during childhood and what I love about it now I noticed a theme, and that theme was food. I fondly remember my mom buying mini heart shaped pizzas for us for a Valentine’s day dinner and then of course there was all the candy, chocolate, and other sweets that accompanied the school parties. So let’s be honest, Valentines day is really all about the food- it’s a good excuse to go out to a nice meal, or to sit at home eating chocolate and drinking wine (the adult version of the school holiday party) with your love, your friends, or just yourself and Netflix.

Lucky for all of us nature made the most perfect Valentine there is. Behold, the blood orange. Look at those colors! So gorgeous.

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Only in season for a few months around this time of year I always seem to find them most readily available in late January and early February. This isn’t my first Valentines weekend with blood orange goodies either. 2 years ago we had the most snow I’ve experienced since moving to North Carolina and I happened to get snowed in for 3 days with a recently purchased 2 lb bag of blood oranges. The taste and color of these oranges make this recipe a little bit more decedent, more fun, and certainly special.

This recipe is also gluten free and vegan, so you can share these pancakes with all of your loves.

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Pancakes

1 cup buckwheat flour

1 cup oat flour (flour from ground oats)

1 t baking powder

pinch of salt

2 flax eggs (2 T flax + 6 T water)

1/4 c apple sauce

juice of 2 blood oranges

1/2 cup almond milk (maybe more depending on how juicy your oranges are)

2 blood oranges, peeled and diced (2-3 pieces per segment)

1 T maple syrup or honey

Pancake Directions

  1. Mix the flax eggs and let sit 3 minutes until thick
  2. In another bowl mix flours, baking powder, and salt
  3. Add applesauce, blood orange juice, honey or syrup, and almond milk to the flax eggs
  4. Mix dry ingredients into the wet, mix until well incorporated. Add more almond milk if needed. Batter will be thick. Gently stir in orange pieces
  5. Cook on skillet until browned, about 4 minutes per side. These won’t bubble up as much as traditional pancakes

Syrup 

1/4 cup maple syrup

juice of 2 blood oranges

  1. Mix together maple syrup and orange juice in a pot on low heat until it begins to thicken, about 20 minutes. This can be made in advance and stored in the fridge.

Blood Orange Coconut Whipped Cream

1 can full fat coconut milk, chilled overnight

juice of one blood orange

1 T honey or maple syrup

  1. Open can of coconut milk and pour out separated coconut water (you can reserve this and use it for something else, like a smoothie!)
  2. Add the rest of the coconut to bowl and begin to whip it using an electric beater until still peaks form
  3. Gently stir in blood orange juice and honey or syrup, whip for another minute if the mixture thins too much

Serve pancakes with blood orange syrup, extra orange slices, and whipped cream!

Note: the whipped cream will quickly melt if put on top of the hot pancakes

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