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Hazelnut Pancakes With Blood Orange Sauce

Hazelnut Pancakes With Blood Orange Sauce

Irena Macri had sent us her cookbook Eat Drink Paleo a while bit ago already and gave us full reign to test out a recipe and share it with you guys. We have to be honest, we looked through it several times and love the layout with many bright and beautiful photographs, all of the meals look tantalizing, we just didn’t have a chance to cook from it yet. That will change from now on; it is a great go-to cookbook. The book is divided into fun and playful categories like “Wake up Baby” for breakfasts and it has a quick guide to tell you things like if a recipe has dairy, natural sweeteners, or is fast to prepare. The cookbook is currently available in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and Irena tells us that availability in the US will be coming soon!

This recipe happens to be the first in Irena’s book and the photo has stuck with us! Since blood oranges are in-season, this is a perfect time to try it out. It is a more indulgent recipe with the fruit, sweeteners, and nut flours, but it’s still perfectly fine to treat yourself every now and then. We used this occasion to do just that! Irena mentions in the book that the pancakes are fluffy but have a different texture, but honestly we didn’t even notice a texture difference. We did notice how fluffy and delicious they were though. Cooking them was a cinch too. They weren’t difficult to flip as other Paleo pancakes tend to be. We haven’t cooked pancakes with baking soda in a recipe in a long time, seeing the pancakes rise and bubble brought back memories, only we knew these pancakes were better for us than the not so friendly Bisquick ones.

The blood orange sauce was a treat, we used coconut sugar so the hint of that with the vanilla bean balanced with citrus was sensational. It’s a sauce though, not a syrup. Next time doubling the sauce recipe maybe a good idea for us to get more of the blood orange flavor on to the plate. Another great thing about this recipe is if you happen to have leftovers, they reheat very well.

So definitely keep these in mind next time you’re in for a breakfast treat.

Eat Drink Paleo’s Hazelnut Pancakes With Blood Orange Sauce Recipe

Servings SERVES: 4Preparation time PREP: 20 min.Cooking time COOK: 20 min.


Protein: 20g / %

Carbs: 53g / %

Fat: 68g / %

Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.


  • 4 eggs
  • 1⁄4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 1⁄2 cups hazelnut or almond meal
  • 1⁄2 tsp baking soda
  • Ghee or coconut oil for cooking

Ingredients for the blood orange sauce

  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 3 blood oranges, 2 peeled and sliced, 1 juiced Juice from 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar or raw honey
  • 1 vanilla bean, sliced in half
Hazelnut pancake preparation


  1. Start by heating a saucepan over a medium heat with the tablespoons of ghee or coconut oil.
  2. Once melted, add in the remaining ingredients for the sauce except for the sliced blood oranges, mix well.
  3. Bring to a simmer then reduce the heat to low.
  4. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. While the sauce is cooking, whisk together the eggs, coconut milk, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl.
  6. Add the mashed banana and gently whisk to mix.
  7. Next add the coconut flour, hazelnut or almond meal, and baking soda, whisk until well combined.
  8. Heat a teaspoon of ghee or coconut oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Spoon about 1⁄4 cup of the pancake mixture into the pan, do this for as many pancakes that will fit in the pan at once, just remember to leave room to flip them.
  9. Cook for 2-3 minutes on one side, until bubbles start to appear on the top.
  10. Flip the pancakes and cook for another minute.
  11. Transfer the finished pancakes to a serving plate and cover with aluminum foil or a paper towel to keep them warm.
  12. Cook the remaining pancake mixture in batches, adding more ghee or coconut oil to the pan as needed.
  13. Once finished, serve the pancakes and drizzle some of the sauce over them.
Photo of Ashley Noël

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