Whole Wheat Nectarine Pancakes with Easy Coconut Maple Syrup

I was an early fan of Martha Stewart and her various projects; I flatter myself to think I got in on the ground floor, back when her haircut was more housewife than inside trader.  Many years ago, however, we parted ways.  There was just too much Martha everywhere.  More importantly, I found her recipes to have a poor effort-to-taste ratio and then there was the heavy emphasis on animal products (how could she not when she names her paint colors after the hues of her chickens’ eggs?).  Having said all that, I retain a residual fondness for Martha.  Her energy, ambition, success, creativity and houses are awe-inspiring.  Recently I ran across a pancake recipe in an issue of MSL magazine – I believe the originals debuted at her birthday bash held at her Skylands estate – and made a mental note to make them.  It was the inclusion of nectarines that got me.  They are the taste of summer and my absolute favorite fruit.

The batter is my standard whole wheat one with the addition of a little spice.  A super simple syrup goes very well with these nutty, fruity, fluffy cakes.

Whole Wheat Nectarine Pancakes with Easy Coconut Maple Syrup

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • dash powdered stevia, optional
  • 2 tbsp. wheat germ
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom powder
  • dash kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups “buttermilk” (add a couple of teaspoons of vinegar to non-dairy milk, whisk and set aside)
  • 2 tbsp. flaxseed meal + 6 tbsp. water (whisk together until frothy, then set aside to thicken)
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1-2 thinly sliced nectarines (use fruit that is slightly firm, not too ripe)
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/2-1 tsp. coconut oil
  • toasted, chopped pecans, for sprinkling on top of the ‘cakes

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small saucepan, gently warm the maple syrup and coconut oil.  Keep warm until ready to serve.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the whole wheat pastry flour, stevia, wheat germ, cardamom, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the “buttermilk,” flaxseed meal mixture and vanilla extract.  Stir into the dry mixture and whisk just until everything is moistened and there  are no large lumps.  Let sit for about 15 minutes while you heat up the griddle and pop your plates in a 200F oven to warm.
  4. Meanwhile, thinly slice the nectarines.  Set aside.
  5. Drop batter by big spoonfuls onto a hot, lightly oiled griddle or pan.  Gently press slices of nectarine onto the tops of the ‘cakes.  Wait for the batter to start to bubble before turning.  When flipping the pancakes, lightly spritz the griddle with oil again otherwise the fruit will stick as it caramelizes.
  6. Keep cooked pancakes warm in the oven until ready to serve.

(A little orange juice or orange zest would be a wonderful addition to the batter.  These are also delicious using fresh figs.)

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35 thoughts on “Whole Wheat Nectarine Pancakes with Easy Coconut Maple Syrup

      1. Somer

        Radical. And don’t even get me started on figs. I ate that whole container I gave you part of in ONE day.

        Yay for pit paste! I worship the stuff! Glad you do too! I’m gonna start a cheapskate series. Gotta get my budget under control.

  1. bar

    “…back when her haircut was more housewife than inside trader” – you’re hilarious.

    These look delicious, as always. Love the slices baked in – so pretty.

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  2. Richgail Enriquez

    This is a brilliant idea and I’m glad you were able to veganize it. Btw, where can I get vegan “buttermilk”? or do you have a recipe for it? Thanks!

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      Hi Richgail – eazy-peazy! For each cup of non-dairy milk, add about 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Stir and let sit for 10-15 minutes. It gets all nice and curdlely ;-).

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  3. tinykitchenstories

    Sounds so amazing! Damn you, gluten! Why do you have to be bad for me?

    I must admit, I do like MS’ cupcake cookbook, although I’ve altered several to suit my liking. Years ago, after she just started out, I saw a spoof magazine that I wish I’d bought: It had Martha on the cover walking on water and holding a lamb. Coverline: Make your own condoms for Valentine’s Day! I nearly peed myself laughing!

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      I remember that one, Jennifer! They had a great look-alike. Martha is so spoofable, but I do really admire her quite a lot.

      I’m so sorry about the gluten mess. Certainly makes eating challenging! Happily you are one creative chick!

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  4. tearoomdelights

    What a wonderful idea, sticking nectarines or figs in pancakes and dowsing with maple syrup. Very tasty, very summery and utterly satisfying! Your photos are gorgeous.

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  5. Kristy

    These look so fantastic! I can just imagine how the nectarine slices caramelize a bit when you cook them. I kind of want to combine the nectarine pancakes with the fig pancakes to make one awesome super-fruity pancake. Love these, Annie. Love.

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  6. Rachel in Veganland

    Are there even words!?!?!? These are gorgeous! I never would’ve thought to add figs (one of my FAVORITE fruits) to pancakes, but as soon as some show up at the far mar, I’m going in for the kill!

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  7. S.

    Yay, you’re back! Mmm, I love nectarines, they’re my favorite :)
    Will definitely try these one, I love thick pancakes yum!
    XO

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  8. hannah

    Figs, nectarines, coconut, AND pancakes – my favorite unrefined vegan is back. And now my weekly vegan nights will be stress-free … because I can always have pancakes for dinner :)

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  9. Sophie33

    Waw! fantastic & appetizing looking nectarine pancakes, my friend! :) That added syrup adds a whole dimension to this wonderful brunch! 😉 Yumm!

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  10. motherbarbarian

    I followed you here from the Soulsby’s blog. I was hoping to find something worthwhile based on your blog name and so I did! We have gone from pretty much a s.a.d. to almost completely vegan in the past 5 months (no small change for a family of 12!) and I am always on the lookout for good vegan recipes to replace some of our old favourites – one of which is pancakes. This recipe looks great, and I look forward to trying it out for breakfast tomorrow. Thank you!

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      1. motherbarbarian

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