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Fennel and Kale Pancakes

Something new and unique for breakfast—savory pancakes! Breakfast pancakes don’t always have to be sweet and maple-syrupy. Give these pancakes a try to mix up your Sunday breakfasts. Delicious and easy to make!

Chickpea pancake

Fennel and Kale Pancakes

  • Author: Norann Oleson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2 1x


  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and divided
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 small bunch Tuscan kale, stemmed and leaves torn
  • 1 small fennel bulb, fronds (the leafy top) removed, and very thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Whisk together chickpea flour, 1 tablespoon oil, pinch of salt, and 1/2 cup warm water in a medium bowl. Let sit for up to 1 hour, so flour mixture hydrates.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil and 2 garlic cloves over medium heat in a nonstick skillet for about 3 minutes, until garlic cloves are lightly browned.
  3. Add chickpeas and increase to medium-high heat, cooking 6 to 8 minutes until chickpeas are lightly browned.
  4. Add curry powder and toss to coat chickpeas. Season with salt.
  5. Add kale pieces to pan and cook for 2 minutes, until kale wilts.
  6. Transfer skillet contents to a medium-sized bowl, add fennel, and toss to combine.
  7. Grate remaining garlic into a small bowl, whisk in tahini, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons oil, and 2 tablespoons water until thick and smooth. Season with salt.
  8. In skillet, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil over medium-high, and add half of the flour batter to the center of the skillet until it spreads out to a thin 7-inch pancake. Cook about 2 to 3 minutes, undisturbed, until browned and crisp on the bottom.
  9. Flip the pancake and cook on the other side for about 1 minute. Transfer pancake to a plate and repeat with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoon oil and batter for a second pancake.
  10. Top each pancake with chickpea salad, and drizzle with tahini sauce.
  11. Serve warm.

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