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Granola Pancakes…. Inspired by The Buff Restaurant in Boulder, CO

Homemade Granola Pancakes with Almond Butter

            I Love The Buff.  Everyone loves The Buff.  One of my favorite weekend activities is to go to this local breakfast joint for more than enough, delicious breakfast food!  No matter when I go, there is always a wait.  The food is worth the wait so I never really mind, and plus waiting for a table makes the food taste even better when it does comes.   My friends always seem to laugh when I order because no matter how tempting their menu sounds, I always order the Lillabee GF/DF Granola Pancakes with Almond Butter.  I have an unlimited supply of Lillabee Perfect Pancake Mix at home but there is something about the awesome combination of Boulder Granola, Justin’s Almond Butter and Lillabee Perfect Pancake Mix that always snags my interest.  It truly is the perfect breakfast, as it is packed with protein, fiber and just the right amount of sweetness.  They are so delicious that I went on a little pancake investigation to figure out exactly how these pancakes are created. 

Boulder Granola at the Summer Farmers Market

            Throughout this endeavor I visited with The Buff twice and shadowed the chefs.  I learned tons about the history of The Buff, how the kitchen operates and ultimately how these tasty pancakes are created.  I also met with Jody, the owner of Boulder Granola, to learn about her delicious granola and chat about pancakes.  She was so nice and even donated some of her Gluten Free Boulder Granola to my baking endeavor.  If you haven’t tried her granola yet, be sure to stop by the Boulder Farmers Market to try it out or grab some at your local market.  

After talking with the chefs and owners at the Buff and Jody, I started out in the kitchen to create my own (Buff) Granola Pancakes.  After a few attempts, I created my version of the perfect Buff Pancake!!  Although I can now make my own, I have a feeling you may still find me dining at the Buff on random Sunday mornings…

Some of The Buff Employees with their popular Lillabee Granola Pancakes!


I would like to thank both The Buff Restaurant and Boulder Granola for all their help and support; these are two awesome companies!  Enjoy and Happy Baking!!

  • 1 cup Lillabee Perfect Pancake Mix
  • ¾ cup Milk (Almond, Rice, cow etc.)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 Tbls Organic Canola Oil
  • 1 Tbls Agave Nectar
  • ½ cup Boulder GF Granola plus more for topping
  • Almond/Peanut Butter to serve
  • Maple Syrup/Agave Nectar to serve


Heat and grease a large, cast iron pan or griddle over low heat.


Whisk the egg, oil, milk, vanilla and agave nectar in a large bowl.  Once fully combined, slowly whisk in the pancake mix until flour is fully incorporated.  Let batter thicken 5-10 minutes.  After the batter has set, mix in ½ cup of Boulder GF Granola. 


Using a large ladle, scoop about 1/3 cup of batter onto the prepared pancake skillet.  Cook a few minutes until the edges brown and bubbles begin forming throughout the pancake.  Flip the pancake and cook a few more minutes.  Continue with the rest of the batter.

Lillabee Granola Pancakes cooking at The Buff

Top the pancakes with Almond Butter or Peanut Butter and sprinkle the top with more delicious Boulder GF Granola. I always use Justin’s Nut Butters, but any brand will work.  Serve with Maple Syrup or Agave Nectar.  Voilà… your very own Buff Lillabee Granola Pancakes!!

I hope your pancakes turn out as well as they do at The Buff. 

Happy Baking!

PS: When you just don’t feel like cooking, head over to The Buff to try these and their 4 other delicious GF pancake options made with Lillabee Perfect Pancake/Waffle Mix. Check out their menu here:











It’s almost time for the Makerie!!! Let’s celebrate with Lillabee Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake!!

Good news, fellow crafters! The Makerie is now open for registration for 2013! For those of you that don’t know about the Makerie Creative Retreat here in Boulder, you MUST spend some time on their lovely website. Last year, I attended Aran Goyoaga’s food styling and photography class and the whole experience gave me the warm and fuzzies. (Aran is the creator of Cannelle et Vanille food blog and my culinary and style idol).  I came home and declared that “I found my people!”. The Makerie is a creative gals dream come true! 

So, in honor of the up and coming Makerie retreat, I am reposting the Lillabee Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake recipe and adding some photos that were taken last year by my classmate Anne Weil of Flax & Twine. Thanks for your beautiful images Anne! 

For Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake:

Follow directions on the back of the Lillabee Classic Yellow Cake Mix. Reserve 1/4 of the batter and mix in 3-4 Tablespoons of cinnamon. Pour half of the yellow cake batter into an 8″ or 9″ greased. Next pour the cinnamon batter on top in 2 or 3  long strips. Now pour the rest of the yellow cake batter over top of the cinnamon strips. Use a knife to draw zig zag lines through the batter to swirl the cinnamon in the center. Bake as directed.

For Cinnamon Crumble Topping:

In a bowl, combine 1 cup of brown sugar, 3 Tablespoons of cinnamon, a pinch of salt and 1/4 cup of melted butter or your favorite dairy free butter substitute. You could also add 1/4 cup of dried fruit, or if you don’t have any nut allergies, try 1/4 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts. (You might want to use your hands for the next part.) Add 1/4 cup of Lillabee Perfect Pancake/Waffle Mix (rice flour would work too) and mix or squeeze the ingredients between your fingers until well combined. The consistency of the topping should be in large clumps and look crumbly. If it is a little too wet, just keep adding pancake mix (or rice flour) 1 Tablespoon at a time until you achieve the desired consistency. If it gets too dry you can always add more butter. Crumble the topping over the batter in the cake pan, then bake as directed.

Happy Baking!

Farm Dinner with Eat Catering

Last month, we had the great honor of being featured in a farm to table dinner with Chef Katie B. of Eat Catering at the Lyons Farmette. In a word, WOW! It was a fantastic event! A perfect evening of bluegrass music, delicious farm fresh foods, a charming venu and a sweet finish to the night with Lillabee Coconut Shortcake. This recipe has a little story… as all recipes do. So buckle up and I will take you on a ride through my creative process (or feel free to skip the dish and go straight to the dessert).

When Katie asked me to be a part of this event, I was honored! Katie has pure passion for these events and pours her heart and soul into every little detail. She’s my kind of gal! So, I really wanted to create something special to capture the essence of the important farm to table movement… something that would highlight the fruits (literally) of our local agriculture,  and let Lillabee shine. I thought a lot about summer desserts and the relaxed farm setting of this event. It was very obvious to me that the perfect dessert would be a shortcake. Shortcakes are, in my mind, the quintessential, all-american summer dessert. But I wanted to give it a twist… a Lillabee twist. Of course it would be gluten free and dairy free, but how? Coconut milk to the rescue! I am kookoo for coconuts! It is the perfect creamy rich dairy alternative. Naturally nutritious, coconut boasts a number of health benefits. But aside from that, the flavor of coconut is just simply divine!

So, after a few attempts, I crafted the perfect coconut shortcake recipe. Not too sweet, not too dry, not to dense, but not too light… just perfect to showcase a fruit compote. At the time, I was thinking that fresh, ripe, juicy, in peak season, Palisades peaches would be just the right topping. But then something interesting happened. I was talking to my dear friend Nancy. Nancy is in her 70’s and was born and raised on a family farm in Loveland. She told me that when she was a child Loveland had cherry orchards everywhere. Not sweet cherry orchards, Loveland was know for its pie cherries… sour cherries… yummy! But now, all of those orchards have been sold to developers and lost forever. All of them, except one. She and her husband drive to Loveland every summer to buy 10 lbs of ruby red pie cherries to freeze and then enjoy throughout the year. This news was so exciting to me!! I just had to have those cherries for the farm dinner!! What a story! It just couldn’t get any better than this!! So, Nancy and her husband, made their annual pilgrimage to Loveland and generously returned with 10lbs of cherries for me. Oh, I was so grateful! I couldn’t wait to tell this wonderful story! It would surely be a hit. And the compote, came together so beautifully with the addition of some thinly sliced MMLocal peaches.

The night before our dinner, I decided to get online and try to learn a little more about this special orchard. I wanted to find some other interesting tidbits that I could include in my talk to our guests. I was pleasantly surprised to find an actual website for the Scofield Fruits farm stand. Right on the home page was the story I was looking for!! It told the history of the Montmorency varietal of cherries, commonly known as sour cherries, in Loveland. And as I read on, I learned that up until the 60’s Loveland was know for their cherry orchards. In fact, Loveland was home to the largest cherry orchard west of the Mississippi until a drought and hard freeze wiped out the crops. It happened at a time when this farm land was very valuable to developers and the orchards were sold, leveled and lost forever. So, as I read on, I was expecting to learn about this quaint little farm in Loveland that somehow carried on… and then came the twist. There was no such farm! In fine print, it went on to explain that all of the cherries sold at this farm stand were grown in Utah and trucked in! My heart sank and the first words that popped into my head were the wise words of my two year old daughter… “whoopsy doopsy!”. What was I going to do now? I had failed! The cherries weren’t local! I will let everyone down! Katie will be so disappointed!

And then it dawned on me. This is exactly why the farm to table movement is so important! Learning about our local agriculture, supporting area farmers by buying local produce not only reduces our carbon footprint, but it also helps preserve our local treasures for future generations to enjoy.

So, in honor of the forever lost Loveland Cherry Orchards, I present to you, the recipe for Lillabee Coconut Shortcake with (almost local) Cherry Peach Compote and Whipped Coconut Cream. And aside from the little snafu, this dessert was created with lots of love for our great friend Katie at EAT catering. (BTW: If you are looking for a charming rustic setting with amazing food, look no further. Katie and the farmette would be a dream for a wedding or any other gathering).


And just for the record, I didn’t have the heart to tell my friend Nancy that the cherries are from Utah. Let’s just keep it our little secret.


Happy Baking!


FOR SHORTCAKES: This can be made up to one day in advance and stored at room temperature. In a large bowl, combine the following dry ingredients and mix together with a whisk:
1 flour pack from a lillabee classic yellow cake mix
3 tbl sugar (from Lillabee classic yellow cake mix sugar pack)
1 1/2 tbl cornstarch
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cinnamon


In another bowl whisk together the following wet ingredients:
2/3 c full fat coconut milk
1 Tb butter or margarine (we like Earth Balance buttery spread), melted and cooled (still liquid)
2 Tb coconut oil, melted and cooled (still liquid)
Zest and juice of half a lemon (zest finely minced)
2 tsp vanilla
1 egg


Mix dry and wet ingredients together with a wooden spoon until combined completely.  Place dough in the refrigerator for about 20 mins to chill the oils. With a food proportioning scoop, scoop balls of shortcake and form into patties that are lightly flattened. Brush shortcakes with either more coconut milk or heavy cream and  sprinkle 1-2 Tablespoons of sugar from Lillabee Classic Yellow Cake Mix sugar pack. Bake at a 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Transfer to wire cooling rack and let cool. Makes 6-8 shortcakes.

FOR CHERRY PEACH COMPOTE: This can be made up to 2 days in advance and kept refrigerated.
Combine 1 1/2 cups of fresh pitted cherries and 1 cup of thinly sliced fresh peaches (or MM Local’s Western Slope peaches) with the remaining sugar from the Lillabee Classic Yellow Cake sugar pack, 1tsp vanilla extract and juice and zest from 1/2 lemon. Let sit for atleast one hour. You can substitute any fresh or drained frozen fruit for this recipe.


FOR WHIPPED COCONUT CREAM: make this fresh up to 4 hours in advance and keep refrigerated. Whipping coconut  milk into coconut cream can be tricky.Most folks find that they need to try it a few times before they get it just right. If you don’t get it right the first time, don’t fret. You can serve it anyway and call it coconut creme anglaise (like mine in the picture)! It will still be delicious!! :) One important note, I do not recommend using vanilla extract. It often thins the coconut fat and the mixture does not whip well. You can use powdered vanilla or vanilla bean extract as listed below, or omit vanilla entirely.

2 cans full fat coconut milk (13.5 oz cans) – unflavored and unsweetened
1/3 cup powdered sugar or to taste
1 Tbsp of powdered vanilla extract or vanilla bean extract (optional)

Chill the cans of coconut milk overnight in the fridge. Open the cans, drain off the clear liquid and transfer the cream to a chilled bowl, using a rubber spatula to scrape all the cream out of the cans. Beat the thick coconut cream in the chilled bowl with a hand mixer until thick and fluffy, approximately 1 minute. Add powdered vanilla or vanilla bean extract, then gradually beat in the powdered sugar. Using a rubber spatula, transfer the coconut cream to a covered storage container, and chill for 2 hours until the mixture firms. Serve chilled.

*For flavored whipped cream, add some cinnamon, instant coffee, or cocoa powder (you may want to increase the sugar a bit)

Join us for a Farm to Table Dinner Thursday, July 26

Calling all gluten-free foodie friends,

Great news! Lillabee will be featured in an upcoming farm to table dinner with Eat Catering at the Lyons Farmette. There are still seats available, so come join us for a spectacular evening.

Experience delicious gluten-free cuisine, meet new people, take in the picturesque setting and share a special evening at the Lyons Farmette as Eat’s chef and owner Katie Bruzdzinski prepares an unforgettable meal. The day’s bounty from the Farmette and surrounding farms in a multi course dinner that spotlights the strong links between community farming and the pleasures of eating.

The dinner will be a scrumptious spread of Chef Katie’s farm fresh creations, all gluten free of course, paired with wines from BTown Wine & Spirits. And the best part… dessert by Lillabee. We will be serving a grilled Colorado peach shortcake with coconut whipped cream. Every guest will bring home a box of Lillabee Classic Yellow Cake mix and the recipe for the night’s featured dessert. 

When: 6:00 pm, Thursday July 26, 2012 

Where: The Farmette, Lyons, CO


Reservations: $75/per person. Please contact Betsy at the Farmette: / 303.746.6266. Seating is limited to 50 guests. Please don’t wait. These dinners always sell out.

 Can’t wait to see you there!

P.S. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and sign up for our newsletter for the latest news and events…. and more recipe! This month’s issue of The Hive has the Lillabee recipe for our (almost) world famous pumpkin pancakes. Delicious and nutritious!

Join us Saturday at the Boulder Farmer’s Market to participate in Food Revolution Day!

Hey there Lilla-friends,

I wanted to let all of you know about an amazing global event happening on Saturday. It’s called Food Revolution Day! Jaime Oliver, from the Food Network, is on a mission to get the junk out of our food supply and raise awareness of food related disease. Lillabee, your local all-natural, allergy friendly, non-GMO certified baking mix company, is on board to help him in this ever so important cause!

We have been invited by Robyn O’Brien, a Boulder mother of four and founder of the Allergy Kids Foundation, to participate as she hosts a booth at the Boulder Farmer’s Market called Food Swap / Dump the Junk.

Please join us and the Boulder Food Revolution team by bringing any piece of junk food, processed food, fake food (you know, the kind with high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and artificial colors and flavors) to swap it out for some real food (the kind that comes from nature or has nothing but ingredients that you can pronounce).

In exchange for your junk food, you will bring home produce and products from some of  Boulder’s most amazing companies, local farms and vendors including Lillabee.  The event will include fun and games for the little ones and an adult-sized spelling bee sure to leave you absolutely stumped (at 11 am).

To learn more about Food Revolution Day and the mission of the Jamie Oliver Foundation, check out this inspiring video by Jamie himself: Food Revolution Day

This is an event you and your family won’t want to miss. There will be all kinds of fun games, prizes and give-aways. We hope to see you there!