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Coconut Ricotta Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 3⁄4 cup flour
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese (reduced fat okay, not fat free)
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 3⁄4 cup milk
  • 3⁄4 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Butter or oil for griddle
  • Pure Michigan maple syrup to accompany

Preparation

Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Drain off excess liquid from ricotta (use a colander over a bowl or the sink if needed). Combine ricotta, egg yolks, milk, coconut and vanilla in a separate bowl. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Add the dry ingredients to the ricotta and milk mixture, stirring gently until just combined. Fold in the egg whites. Heat a griddle over medium-high heat, and brush the surface with butter or oil. Use a 1⁄3 cup measure to pour batter onto the griddle. Cook pancakes for about 3 or 4 minutes until bubbles form on the surface, then flip, cooking until pancakes are golden brown. Serve with maple syrup. Serves 4