I was on a creative spark this morning. Taking it slow, sipping some coffee, cleaning the house and so forth when new delicious creations came to me. First - date sauce. It reminds me of apple sauce but with dates, it is easier than pie and just as tasty too! Think, baking, smoothies, cereal, smoothies and more. Today I was thinking pancakes with this delicious sauce as our healthy replacement for syrup. Then I decided to up the factor another notch and take apple slices coated in lime juice, sprinkled in cinnamon with some date sauce heated over the stove until the apples were soft. I added this on top of the pancakes already smothered in date sauce. It was like heaven! Warm, comforting and healthy to boot! No refined sugar, oil, dairy or gluten!
I used a recipe found on this blog for the pancakes and subbed the flour for a gluten-free flour mix, and towards the very end added 1 tbsp of cocoa in the balance of the batter for a few chocolate treats! Click HERE for the recipe.
- 1 apple cored and sliced thin
- 1/2 - 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 lime freshly squeezed
- 2 tbsp date sauce
- Place ingredients in nonstick pan, lightly greased (opt) and stir to combine.
- Saute on medium heat for 10 minutes or until soft.
- Place on top of pancakes, cereal, in a parfait, on a pie, in a pie or any way you'd like!
We opted for pancakes smothered in homemade cinnamon date sauce covered with warm apples!
- 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2 Cups homemade cashew milk (or favorite dairy free milk)
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Juice from 1 small lime (or 1/2 lemon)
- Opt: 1 Tbsp Cacao
- Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Place cashew milk, dates, vanilla and lemon juice in a blender or food processor and process until thick and creamy.
- Stir wet ingredients into dry.
- Heat a nonstick pan on medium heat, spray with oil, once it is hot pour 1/4 cup of pancake batter into the pan. Once the pancake is firm on the upward facing side, flip and cook until the pancake bounces back when touched and are a deep golden color. Ensuring not to use too high of heat as it may burn, stick or cook unevenly. Place on covered plate or in the oven at 200 degrees to keep warm while using the balance of the batter. Repeat until finished, serve with apples above and date sauce, yum!