Thick & Fluffy Pancakes with Organic Honeycomb {dairy free}

Thick & Fluffy Pancakes with Organic Honeycomb Thick & Fluffy Pancakes with Organic Honeycomb

Weekends are great because you get to sleep in. You also get to take your own sweet time cooking up some fabulous things for breakfast (or brunch). While I’m all for a healthy breakfast (cinnamon + raw organic honey oat porridge or a banana almond milk smoothie for me, usually), I do enjoy heavier options once in awhile. I love pancakes. They’re so easy to whip up, so easy to substitute ingredients when you don’t have certain things on hand, so quick to cook.

Norbu Natural Sweetener Australian Organic Honeycomb

I’ve mentioned my love for raw honey. That is, honey in its most original form, collected straight from the comb and completely unheated, unpasteurised and unprocessed to ensure that all the natural nutritional elements and living enzymes are preserved. James knows I spend way too much time searching for honey products at health food stores, so in retrospect I probably shouldn’t have been so surprised when one of the Christmas gifts he got me turned out to be a large chunk of organic honeycomb.

Thick & Fluffy Pancakes with Organic Honeycomb Thick & Fluffy Pancakes with Organic Honeycomb

I’d never eaten comb honey before and this was my first experience trying it. Let me tell you, it was pretty awesome, especially since this particular honeycomb I received seemed to be filled with partially crystalised honey. This gave it a very pleasant melt-in-your-mouth crunch, kinda like candy.

Thick & Fluffy Pancakes with Organic Honeycomb Thick & Fluffy Pancakes with Organic Honeycomb

So what exactly are you supposed to do with such a sticky chunk of sweet goo and wax anyway? HoneyBeeSuite has some advice on how to eat comb honey:

  • Toast a piece of your favourite bread or an English muffin. While it is still very hot, spread it lightly with butter. With a knife, cut a chunk of comb honey and spread it over the toast. You may have to mash it a bit, but the heat will soften the comb so it flattens into the toast along with the honey. It doesn’t melt, but becomes soft and aromatic. It is also good on hot biscuits, French toast, or pancakes.
  • The upscale restaurants often serve comb honey in the centre of a plate surrounded by a selection of expensive cheeses and multi-grain crackers. The idea here is to cover the cracker with a piece of cheese and top it off with a small chunk of comb. This works great with cheddar or brie, but any cheese will work.

Thick & Fluffy Pancakes with Organic Honeycomb Thick & Fluffy Pancakes with Organic Honeycomb Thick & Fluffy Pancakes with Organic Honeycomb

For me, pancakes seem like a very sensible way to serve up some honeycomb. This is a versatile recipe that requires zero dairy ingredients to work. Also, it uses applesauce as a binder instead of eggs, so the batter is entirely vegan. Despite all this, the resulting pancakes still end up surprisingly light and fluffy! Add some honeycomb pieces and drizzle some extra honey over the top to complete this fantastic sweet treat. Or, if you prefer to keep the pancakes entirely vegan, feel free to use your favourite sweetener instead.

Thick & Fluffy Pancakes with Organic Honeycomb Thick & Fluffy Pancakes with Organic Honeycomb

Thick & Fluffy Pancakes with Organic Honeycomb {dairy free}

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup almond meal
2 teaspoons baking powder
a generous pinch of sea salt
2 tablespoons sweetener of choice*
3 tablespoons grapeseed (or canola) oil
3 tablespoons applesauce
1/2 cup filtered water
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (optional)

serving suggestions:
pieces of organic honeycomb
raw organic honey (or your favourite syrup), to drizzle

* I used Norbu, 100% natural sweetener made from monk fruit (0.5 calories per serve).

Preparation:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, almond meal, baking powder and sea salt. Mix well, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, blend the sweetener, grapeseed oil, applesauce, water, almond milk and vanilla bean paste. Once properly combined, stir in the dry ingredients and mix well. Let the batter rest for about 10 minutes while you grease and heat up a large frying pan on medium-low heat.
  3. Lower the temperature slightly before pouring small amounts of batter onto the frying pan. Cook both sides. These pancakes are fairly easy to flip – just wait until the bottoms are firm and lightly browned before turning over with a spatula.
  4. Drizzle pancakes with runny honey and serve with some honeycomb.
    Note: Pancakes can be made vegan if you use an alternative to the honey and honeycomb.

Thick & Fluffy Pancakes with Organic Honeycomb

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18 thoughts on “Thick & Fluffy Pancakes with Organic Honeycomb {dairy free}

  1. Ah I miss honeycomb so much! I used to love buying NZ honeycomb to spread on hot crumpets. Must look for it here in Calgary. Your photos are stunning – what a cool wooden board.

    1. I’m still pretty new to the whole honeycomb experience. It’s such an interesting way to eat honey… and obviously the most traditional way to do so! Honeycomb from New Zealand must definitely be a great treat since NZ is so famous for their honey products! :)

  2. Lovely fluffies! I really like your typography too :) I can’t say I’ve ever eaten honeycomb. For some reason, I assumed honeycomb was made out of beeswax. But I think it’s actually beeswax that is made from honeycomb. Reading the comments makes me want to go out into the New Zealand sunshine and find me some NZ honeycomb.

    1. Well, honeycomb is indeed beeswax! But because it is an entirely organic product created by the bees (just as honey is), it is quite edible. Of course, the texture isn’t for everyone and it isn’t advisable to eat a large amount of it at a time, so most people just chew it up, suck out all the honey and discard the waxy bits. Other people enjoy mushing it on some hot toast with a topping like peanut butter and eating it just like that!

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