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Vegan Orange Creamsicle Pancakes

We have 4 kids, so we eat a lot of pancakess in this house. That said, I am always trying to think up new toppings to keep it interesting. I am not a huge fan of maple syrup on my pancakes so fruit is normally a go to. I also LOVE orange creamsicle flavored anything, so it seemed like a natural answer to my most recent pancake breakfast ponderings! Ringing in the new year, I am also making a conscience effort to cut as much refined sugar from our diets as I can. So these pancakes are not only delicious but also pretty healthy! If you have never made a sweet tofu ricotta, I promise you will probably be surprised and delighted by just how tasty it is! So whip up a batch of these low sugar, protein packed vegan pancakes and let me know what you think!

We have 4 kids, so we eat a lot of pancakess in this house. That said, I am always trying to think up new toppings to keep it interesting. I am not a huge fan of maple syrup on my pancakes so fruit is normally a go to. I also LOVE orange creamsicle flavored anything, so it seemed like a natural answer to my most recent pancake breakfast ponderings! Ringing in the new year, I am also making a conscience effort to cut as much refined sugar from our diets as I can. So these pancakes are not only delicious but also pretty healthy! If you have never made a sweet tofu ricotta, I promise you will probably be surprised and delighted by just how tasty it is! So whip up a batch of these low sugar, protein packed vegan pancakes and let me know what you think!

INGREDIENTS:

The Pancakes

  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar

  • 3/4 cups white flour

  • 3/4 cups whole wheat or spelt four

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 1/4 cups plant based milk

  • 1 tablespoon melted vegan butter or coconut oil

  • sliced almonds for garnish ( do not add to the pancake mix)

Orange Syrup

  • 2 large seedless oranges ( I used cara cara navel oranges)

  • 1 cup water

  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar

Sweet Vanilla Ricotta

  • 1 block firm tofu

  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup

  • Juice from 1/2 lemon

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • pinch of salt

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. FOR THE ORANGE SYRUP: Peel oranges. Cut oranges into quarters and place in a high speed blender or food processor. Process until the oranges are liquified. In a medium sized pot add the orange, water, and agave. Heat on medium heat, whisking often for about 20 minutes, until the mixture begins to thicken and seems sticky. Set aside to cool.

  2. FOR THE PANCAKES: Whisk all dry ingredients in a large bowl.

  3. Add in the melted butter, plant based milk, vanilla, and stir well.

  4. Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Add a teaspoon of vegan butter or spray the pan with cooking oil. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop out batter into the skillet, 2 or 3 pancakes at time.

  5. Let pancakes cook until tiny bubbles begin to form and pop, once this happens they are ready to flip. Cook on the other side for another minute or two, until cooked through.

  6. Repeat, adding more butter or oil to the pan as needed, until all batter is used.

  7. FOR THE RICOTTA: Add all of the ricotta ingredients to a hight speed blender or food processor and blend until the mixture is completely smooth. Taste for sweetness. You can add more maple syrup if it is not sweet enough for you.

  8. Top pancakes with a scoop of vanilla ricotta, drizzle with the oranges syrup, and sprinkle with sliced almonds to serve.

Serves 3 - 4. The pancake recipe can easily be doubled to serve more. The ricotta and syrup will serve more and will not need to be doubled.