Paleo Dreamsicle Pancakes
We eat a lot of pancakes around here. I’m always dying to play around with flavor combinations and make them more exciting, but my kids don’t dig that. They like plain old pancakes with a little jam or fruit on top. Sometimes I beg them to let me put cinnamon in the batter, and sometimes they’ll agree to it.
They’re purists. What can I say?
Well, the other night I just did my own thing and told them I was going to “surprise” them with new pancakes. They looked at me suspiciously and went back to what they were doing.
Phew. Crisis averted. I just hoped they would turn out well because I don’t make dinner twice.
Ya. We eat pancakes for dinner occasionally. I love brinner.
You know what else I love? When someone offers to send me something that I already use and love. Nielsen-Massey sent me this fun little kit of extracts and vanilla bean paste. I was already a huge fan of the vanilla bean paste, so I happily obliged.
I may have also done a happy dance.
That same week I noticed Meyer lemons were still at Costco, and I hadn’t had my fix this season. Have you ever had Meyer lemons? They’re a cross between a lemon and a mandarin so they’re really tart, but have a warm, orange-y sweetness to them. They’re heavenly.
I remembered some Blackberry Lemonade Ice Cream I made a while back with Meyer lemons that ended up tasting more like a dreamsicle than lemonade and suddenly I was craving something “dreamsicle” flavored.
I experimented a bit and ended up loving these. Since they were for dinner (and we rarely have pancakes leftover), I needed to take a photo, stat.
Thing is… my little blond shadow saw me setting up and made a beeline for the table.
I frantically started snapping photos knowing it was only a matter of seconds before a couple of little fingers would tear chunks out of those pancakes.
I told her not to touch it and know what? She had a surprising amount of restraint.
Yes, dear. Pancakes. I’m just as thrilled as you are.
And then it was over.
These were a huge hit with my picky little pancake eaters. I thought the clementine compote MADE these, but my kids didn’t like it. They happily gobbled them up with a little honey on top.
If you’ve got pears in your fruit bowl, too, try these Gluten Free Buckwheat Pear Pancakes from Fearless Dining!
For the pancakes
For the compote