Almond Persimmon Pancakes

Note: This post for persimmon pancakes first appeared on November 13, 2011. The recipe has been edited slightly (made even better with an almond persimmon puree topping!) and the photographs updated. I’m on a mission to make persimmons the pumpkin of winter time. It’s a lovely winter fruit that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Using ripe persimmon puree in baking is just as easy as pumpkin puree and I might even argue, tastier! Enjoy it in a stack of these hearty, slightly sweet and cozy persimmon pancakes on a cold winter morning. Text below is original (and therefore 5 years old -fyi)

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These persimmon pancakes are made with the pulp of the sweet persimmon fruit and full of almond flavor. They’re a delicious winter breakfast!

These persimmon pancakes are made with the pulp of the sweet persimmon fruit and full of almond flavor. They're a delicious winter breakfast!

Happy pancake Sunday!

Previous pancake Sunday recipes, in case you missed one.

This week persimmon is the fall fruit of choice. Up until last winter I can’t recall ever having a persimmon. I’m sure I did in a dessert at one point or another, but I had never eaten the fruit whole. So, I bought one, brought it home and then stared at it on the counter wondering how the heck to eat the thing. I assumed it was like an apple, just wash and bite into it so, after a few days when I thought it felt ripe enough that’s exactly what I did.

Persimmon puree makes these whole wheat pancakes a festive winter breakfast both hearty and slightly sweet. Adding persimmon puree to pancakes is the perfect winter twist for a cozy breakfast.

Then proceeded to spit the entire thing out in disgust.

Have you ever tasted persimmon skin? Don’t. It’s the most bitter, chalky tasting nastiness ever.

Some quick googling informed me that was not how you eat a persimmon at all. Rather, you cut off the top and scoop out the flesh. Kind of how you would with a kiwi (although their skin is actually edible.) So that’s what I did and the fruit redeemed itself with a deliciously sweet and juicy flesh.

Whole wheat persimmon pancakes are a lovely way to celebrate winter fruit and cozy mornings.
Almond persimmon pancakes topped with persimmon puree are the best way to do breakfast on a cold winter morning.

After that first shaky encounter, we ended up having quite the relationship over the winter months. It might be the only fruit in history that has ever pulled off the whole dessert by itself thing in my mind. No matter how sweet and in season any other fruit is, I’ve never considered it dessert. It’s fruit, not a substitute for chocolate, ice cream or cookies. Persimmon, however, actually passed as dessert many a nights when perfectly ripe. Anything that can do that deserves to be incorporated into breakfast, no?

This stack of almond persimmon pancakes is full of flavor, slightly sweet, hearty and perfect for a winter breakfast.

These persimmon pancakes came out thick, dense and full of the sweet persimmon flavor. No need for sugar, the fruit does all the work. Toasted almond slices were the perfect thing to balance out the sweetness.

Dessert for breakfast?

Why not?

Serves 2     adjust servings

Almond Persimmon Pancakes

Cook Time 10 min 2017-05-24T00:10:00+00:00Prep Time
Preparation 10 min 2017-05-24T00:10:00+00:00Cook Time
Total Time 20 mins 2017-05-24T00:20:00+00:00 Total Time

These persimmon pancakes are made with the pulp of the sweet persimmon fruit and full of almonds. They're a delicious winter breakfast!

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe persimmons
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • generous pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract, divided
  • 3/4 - 1 cup milk of any kind (I use an unsweetened almond/coconut blend)

Instructions

  1. Slice the tops off of the persimmons and scoop the flesh out into a food processor. Process until pureed. Set aside.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and spices in a medium bowl.
  3. Add the egg, coconut oil, vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon of the almond extract and 1/2 cup of the persimmon puree to the bowl.
  4. Slowly whisk in 3/4 cup of the milk until well combined. Add up to a 1/4 cup more if needed for a more "pourable" batter. Batter will be on the thicker side.
  5. Grease a large skillet with butter over medium heat. Place the batter on the hot skillet in about 1/4 cup scoops and cook for 1-2 minutes per side.
  6. Make the persimmon topping by combining the remaining persimmon puree with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon almond extract in a small sauce pot over medium-low heat. Let simmer while pancakes cook, stirring often.
  7. Top pancakes with the persimmon puree and toasted sliced almonds if desired.

35 Comments

  1. Kathleen Ojo @ Onward; Inward

    Ha! I had the same experience with a persimmon last year. So gross! I couldn’t get that taste out of my mouth for 5 hours or so. But that’s just the Hachiya type of persimmon – the Fuyu type is short and squat, and can be eaten hard like an apple. Soooo delicious. Ca’t wait to try them in pancakes!

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Ah, good to know! Might have to look out for the Fuyu type next time. I’ve seen them before but didn’t realize you could eat them differently.

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      1. Meredith

        I have only eaten Asian persimmons – and they must’ve Fuyu type, because when they’re are bletted properly, the flesh is sweet and the skin is fine too! I make buckwheat persimmon pancakes with chopped pieces, but I’ll have to try this version with the pulp mixed in! Great recipe!

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  2. Cait's Plate

    Oh my. These look absolutely incredible. I’m feeling particularly lazy this morning and would love for you to just put these in front of me right now :)

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  3. Amanda

    I tried persimmon for the first time a couple of years ago, but made the mistake of eating the skin. Not pleasant! I’ll have to give them another try (sans skin).

    Your recipe sounds great! Love the addition of the almonds. I bet that gives the pancakes a little more staying power.

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  4. Rachel

    This is hands down the most tempting pancake recipe of your series (in which all your pancake recipes sound wonderful!). I eagerly await persimmon season every year and then never eat as many of them as I should. I must try these!

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  5. Jen @ Light Enough to Travel

    Ah-mazing. I will have to keep this in mind if I have a few leftover persimmons! I have a whoooole bunch (both kinds) from the farmer’s market the other day, and I have great plans for them! Did you use the Hachiya kind? They’re the kind that go totally gooey. If you try the Fuyu kind, you can eat them like apples while they’re sorta firm, but yeah, peel the skins!

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      haha, go figure that these got declined! I’ve stopped trying to understand their “system” just drives me nuts! But, thanks :)

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      1. Susan Puetz

        Hm. I am making them now and maybe I’m doing something wrong, but there was not nearly enough liquid. I added milk (probably doubled it) and they wouldn’t stick together or cook through. Then I added an egg, and still they are not holding together. Perhaps I did something wrong.

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  7. kat@medjool dates

    Wow ! I would have done the same thing with the fruit. I did not know you scoop it out. My inlaw grows hundreds of thouse and then throws them out, cause no one eats them. The color looks very unattractive to me, so I have never eaten the fruit.

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  8. Whanz

    Here in the Philippines, we called that “HOT CAKES”. Pan cake or hot cake is easy prepare, as long as we know the procedure on how to do it. This cake is really great for the afternoon snacks or perfect to prepare for the visitors.

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  9. Hannah

    I am making these now and had to add milk-persimmon+egg alone was not enough to make it into even a spreadable batter- maybe my persimmons aren’t juicy enough?

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      oh wow, I definitely left out the milk in that recipe by accident! You’re spot on, there should definitely be some in there. Sorry about that!

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  10. Krystal Arnold

    Hello! I had a craving for persimmon (my grandma used to make the pudding) and thought pancakes would be a great idea. I searched this out and found this recipe. Looking forward to making them! Thanks for havin this recipe. I am curious as to what the white sauce is you have in the pictures. It looks like a great replacement for syrup, which I think would be too much for the persimmon. Would you mind sharing the recipe for the sauce with me?

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  11. marlies

    I made these for breakfast today with a persimmon cranberry sauce and they were out of control! great idea with the almonds!

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  12. mommy mccormack

    I’m a huge persimmon fan as I grew up eating these fall delights. The recipe sounds amazing, I’ll try a batch after posting this. I wanted to give a little helpful advice that seems to throw most people with this fruit. The fuyu persimmon is eaten firm with no soft spots, like an Apple. The darker the Orange color the better and more sugary it will taste. The hachiya persimmon is a bit different, you still want a dark Orange color but in order to be able to eat this one (skin and all) with no bad taste it needs to be soft. I’m talking over ripe soft for most other fruit. It needs to feel like you can turn this thing to mush with one squeeze, I know this doesn’t sound appetizing to most, which is why people end up getting to eat under ripe persimmon from time to time. If hachiya persimmon is eaten even a little under ripe you’ll get anything from chalky taste to taking the moisture out of your mouth :-) . Most don’t enjoy eating such a soft fruit and opt for the firm fuyu, but for recipes, get a properly ripe hachiya and you don’t need to peel the skin, just pure and enjoy! Hope this helps.

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  13. Shani

    There are several varieties of persimmon. There are baking persimmons and persimmons that taste perfectly fine to eat. You bit into what was probably a “Hachiya” persimmon (it is very red-orange and heart shaped). Those are just nasty. The jiro persimmon (pale orange and shaped like a tomato) is not chalky nor bitter and has a mild (slightly pumpkin-ish but better) flavor.

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  14. Danielle

    Our local fruit stand is brimming with ripe persimmons right now! I just bought some, and I’m so excited to make this! I love all the winter citrus, but it’s nice to have a super sweet fruit this time of year. Thanks for the great idea!

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  15. Lisa

    I absolutely LOVE that you made pancakes with persimmons! I can’t believe I haven’t tried that before, and I eat persimmons all the time! Beautiful, Gina.

    (P.S. This is embarrassing, but this is my first time going on your blog after the design change! It looks great!

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