YES! You can eat these sweet Cannoli Pancakes and still feel like you ate something healthy. I’m serious! I’m on a diet right now called the 21 Day Fix, which is all about portion control, eating clean and working out every day. I finally decided that I should get rid of the baby weight…4 and a 1/2 years after my daughter was born. In 21 days, I’ve lost 4 pounds and 8 1/4 inches and I am still going strong! And since you were wondering, yes, these pancakes are 21 Day Fix friendly, gluten free, naturally sweetened and oh so delicious! Okay, now I want to stop typing up this recipe so I can go make another batch! If you’ve never had a cannoli before (and if you haven’t, I recommend going out to get one now), it’s a traditional Italian dessert with a crispy tube shell filled with sweet ricotta cream and often contains nuts, citrus, chocolate and blueberries. This fried dessert is far from healthy but my pancake version, which has many of the traditional flavors of the cannoli, will give you the treat you crave without the fat. And hey, it’s okay to have a cannoli or two in moderation but right now, I’m sticking to this version. This mixture of ricotta cheese, orange zest, cinnamon and cardamom reminds me of the cannoli filling and the chopped pistachios, shaved chocolate and whipped cream (or coconut whipped cream) take it over the top!
By whipping the egg whites separately then folding them in, you get a light and fluffy pancake that will rival any traditional pancake. No one will know these are “healthy” pancakes.
After cooking your pancakes on a griddle or non-stick skillet, it’s time for the toppings! And don’t forget your coffee. Let’s take this seriously, people!
Oh, you want a bite? Well, this batch is all mine!
Yields 4-6 pancakes