This post and these pancakes are inspired by my boyfriend who, upon waking this morning, proceeded to sing the words of Ruby Tuesday, inadvertently leaving me with the sound of the Stones in my head for the rest of the day. The same four lines, over and over.
After a long holiday weekend, Tuesday feels extra special. It holds the authority of starting off the week, but without the blues of a Monday, and gives everyone a head start on tackling the week and making it to the weekend again. It does feel a bit ruby. Why not make pancakes on a Tuesday? I couldn’t find a reason.
I was fighting off a bit of a cold last week and to help give my immune system a boost, I bought some dried elderberries to make tea. Elderberries are highly antioxidant. While the fresh berries can be poisonous, the dried berries offer a number of powerful health benefits and contain large amounts of flavinoids and vitamin C. My impending cold didn’t stand a chance.
These pancakes are fluffy and light, and gluten-free. The lovely, blood-red berries add a nice subtle tartness to the pancakes, which is balanced out by the sweetness of the banana and of course, the elderberry syrup. Enjoy these any day of the week, with a generous dollop of organic yogurt, especially on a Ruby Tuesday 🙂
Banana Elderberry Pancakes
1 cup oat flour (mix of oats, hemp seeds, coconut flour)*
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 ripe banana, mashed
2 tsp dried elderberries (soaked to soften)
1 large free-range egg
1/2 cup plain organic yogurt (or milk)
1 Tbsp coconut oil (plus more for cooking), warmed slightly
plain organic yogurt for serving
elderberry syrup for serving
Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Add dried elderberries. In a separate bowl, mash banana with a fork and then add egg, yogurt and coconut oil. Add wet mixture to dry mixture until well combined. Heat a teaspoon of coconut oil in a frying pan over medium-low heat. Add batter and cook, turning once, until golden brown and fluffy. Serve with organic yogurt and elderberry syrup.
*You can use any flour you prefer, but I made my own by blending steel cut oats and hemp seeds in the Vitamix until fine, then added a bit of coconut flour.
1/4 cup dried elderberries
3/4 cup filtered water
1/4 cup honey or muscovado sugar
Bring elderberries and water to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 20 mins, until reduced. With a fork, mash the berries a bit to release more juice and then strain them out. Return the juice to the stove and add sugar. Simmer until reduced to a thin syrup. It will thicken a bit more when cool.