Sometimes the oddest food cravings seem to come out of no where. If those cravings involve a real food item, I generally always give myself the go ahead to consume it. I feel it's my body and minds way of telling me I'm lacking something in my diet. Other times my food cravings are directly related to an idea, an emotion, a smell, a spoken word, or more often - an image. When my jaw dropped/eyes widened while viewing a stunning photo in the latest issue of Saveur magazine at the same time a hankerin' for dried apricots hit, chocolate turtles became my must-have on a rainy afternoon.
For those who don't know, Turtles are a chocolate confection/candy prepared and sold by Nestle. Full of chewy caramel, toasted pecans, and milk chocolate, Turtles get their name from the shape of the candy. The nuts peeking out the sides resemble feet, tail, and head while the rounded chocolate top resembles a turtle shell.
To satisfy my cravings, I decided to skip putting money into Nestle's pockets and prepare my own version of Turtles instead. If you're comfortable preparing a homemade caramel sauce, the flavour combinations you can create are endless and more importantly - delicious.
No matter what you call today, be it Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, it's Pancakes for Dinner day at my house. For a little bit of colourful fun and a whole lot more flavour, try these almond pancakes with bananas and pomegranate. You're more than welcome to skip the honeyed yogurt sauce, but I prefer the tanginess over maple syrup in this version of hot cakes.
Almond Pancakes with Bananas & Pomegranates
Makes 16 four-inch pancakes
To make almond or oat flour, grind the whole grains and nuts in a coffee grinder with a little bit of wheat flour in small batches. Just make sure you clean the grinder out before AND after you use it.
1/3 c almond flour
1/3 c oat flour
1 1/3 c pastry flour
2 1/2 T brown sugar
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t kosher salt
1 c buttermilk
2 eggs, separated
1 t grated lemon zest or 1 t pure vanilla extract
2 T melted butter for frying
Yogurt Sauce and Garnish
1 c plain yogurt
2 T honey or maple syrup
1 T lemon juice (optional)
Sliced bananas, pomegranate seeds, blueberries or other fresh fruit to top
Eating. Drinking. Sharing.