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Coconut Fonio Pancakes

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If you’re a fan of pancakes and are looking for a new and interesting twist on this classic breakfast food, then you’ve come to the right place. In this blog, we’ll be sharing a recipe for fonio pancakes, as well as some background information on this unique and nutritious grain.

Fonio is a type of ancient grain that is native to West Africa. It is high in protein and has a nutty, slightly earthy flavor. It is also gluten-free, making it a great option for those with dietary restrictions. Fonio is not as well-known as other grains like wheat or oats, but it is gaining popularity due to its nutritional benefits and versatility in the kitchen.

Just keeping up with my fonio recipe streak. This new grain has proven to be just as versatile and yummy and delivers at every turn. As a kid, I never really ate pancakes. Pancakes were more of a special occasion rather than a regular breakfast. So when we did have pancakes, we went for traditional American Style Pancakes with eggs. Pancakes were one of those things my siblings and I looked forward to – if it ever came around. I eventually learnt to make pancakes myself and but then I am also not a breakfast person. So my pancakes are either snacks, dessert or dinner.

I have now moved away from traditional white flour pancakes and discovered a whole range of substitutes for various pancake ingredients. Even exploring savoury pancake style meals called fritters. This is the addition to my fonio recipe collection marks one of my proudest moments in pancake prowess. These fluffy pancakes I made without sugars or sweeteners and it tasted amazing.

Where to Buy Fonio

There are a couple option to buy fonio, based on where you live. There are different Fonio brands and I will write and article comparing them in details but I live in London and by far the best Fonio Brand in the UK is from the company Aduna. This Fonio brand is clean and has that nutty after taste just subtle enough to be there without competing with other ingredients in the dish. You may be able to find fonio grain at specialty grocery stores or international markets that carry African or gluten-free products. It may also be available at natural food stores or online through retailers that specialize in exotic or hard-to-find ingredients. Here are a the best Fonio brands online.

How to make Fonio Pancakes

The trick is using raw fonio cooked in creamy coconut milk. You can cook the fonio on a stove or microwave for about 5 mins. Some people are against radiated food but the microwave is the quickest option here. You want the fonio as soft as possible as they will go in a blender or food processor with more coconut milk. This recipe is sugar free and can be completely vegan if you skip the eggs. Please subscribe to my blog for more delicious Fonio recipes.

Fonio Pancake Recipe

Coconut Fonio Pancakes

Just keeping up with my Fonio recipe streak. This new grain has proven to be just as versatile and yummy and delivers at every turn.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine All
Servings 6 Pancakes

🥢 Equipment

  • Pancake Pan

🍜 Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Raw Fonio
  • 2 Cups Coconut Milk
  • 3 Medium Eggs
  • 100 Grams Butter
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1(1/2) tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • Fruit for topping
  • 2 (1/2) Cups Almond Flour

🍰 Instructions

  • Boil or microwave the fonio in 1 cup of coconut milk until completely soft.
  • In a food processor, add the boiled fonio, melted butter, eggs and remaining coconut milk
  • Blend until smooth
  • Transfer mixture into a bowl and set aside.
  • In another bowl mix the dry ingredients (Almond flour, baking powder and baking soda)
  • Add Dry ingredients to Fonio blend and mix. You should end up with a slightly thick bater.
  • Line your pancake pan with some butter and fry the batter 2 tablespoons at a time on extremely low heat.
  • On low heat, when you see bubbles on the pancakes, flip to be cooked on the other side.
  • Heat on each side on very low heat until properly cooked through.
  • When all the batter is cooked, stack and add your favourite toppings.

🎥 Video

Keyword Fonio, Pancakes, Vegan
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