Cardamom Pancakes with Grapefruit Basil Syrup

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Jessica Payne and I were in the freshmen dorms together and she is the funnest! Post-college, in Arlington, Jessica secretly started an instagram account for our favorite legs – Logan’s calves – and solicited anonymous photos from anyone who could steal a secret photo of that eye candy. 😂👏👏 Aren’t those spectacular?

I didn’t know that Jessica is a professional chef and sous-chef until I started following her on instagram. Below is a delightful recipe Jessica developed with a combination of fruity, warm, tart, sweet and savory flavors. You can see more of her delicious work here.

Cardamom Pancakes with Grapefruit Basil Syrup


3/4 C (118g) all-purpose flour

1/4 C (37g) spelt flour

2 Tbsp (28g) sugar

1 Tbsp (9g) cardamom

1 Tbsp (12g) baking powder

1/2 tsp (6g) salt

1 C(250ml) oat milk

1 Tbsp (14g) apple cider vinegar

1 tsp (6g) vanilla bean paste or 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract

2 Tbsp (29g) began butter (Miyoko’s vegan cultured butter is a good choice)


1 cup (322g) pure maple syrup

3 Tbsp (43g) fresh grapefruit juice

1 tsp (2g) grapefruit zest

1/2 cup (10g) basil leaves


  1. In a medium bowl, combine flours, sugar, cardamom, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a liquid measuring cup, combine oat milk, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla.
  3. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture, while whisking, bit by bit to avoid clumping. Whisk until smooth. Add melted vegan butter. Whisk again.
  4. Let the batter rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Pour about 1/3 cup (64 grams) of batter onto a nonstick pan or griddle over medium heat.
  6. When the top begins to bubble and the edges have set, flip the pancake and cook until golden on the reverse side.
  7. Meanwhile, heat a small saucepan over low heat. Add the maple syrup, grapefruit juice, grapefruit zest and basil leaves to the saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove the syrup from the heat and strain onto a heat-proof container to serve alongside the pancakes.
  9. Drizzle the grapefruit basil syrup over your pancakes and enjoy!

Thank you so much Jessica! We’re looking forward to your next recipe and secret instagram account!

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