Vegan Pancakes

Pancake day! One of my favourite culinary days of the year. I love pancake day because I get to make pancakes as a main and a dessert … what a treat! This year I decided to try out making vegan style pancakes and came across Madeleine Shaw’s recipe; which works perfectly and my little boy absolutely loved them too. I also made a raspberry compote which is full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids! Healthy & yummy too!

As you know I’m always looking to try out new things which Phoenix can eat to broaden his eating options and also so that we can eat together. At the moment he is also teething and so these soft pancakes are perfect for him to munch on without chewing being too painful.

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What you’ll need:

  • 100g oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 150ml almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Oil for cooking – my preference is coconut oil
  • A packet of raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 6 tablespoons of filtered water
  • Any topping you might like; honey, maple syrup, berries, chopped fruit, cacao, nutella … the options are endless

Recipe:

Start with the compote. Mix the chia seeds and water in a bowl and leave in the fridge to set for 10-15 minutes.

You can  then make the pancake mix in the meantime whilst the chia seeds set. Put the oats in a food processor or Nutribullet and blend into a flour. In a bowl mix the oats, baking powder and cinnamon. With a fork, mash the banana. Add the mashed banana, almond milk and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients and mix. Heat a frying pan with oil (I’ve used coconut oil) and spoon in two tablespoons of the mixture. Cook for two minutes, flip and then cook for about another minute until it’s served through.  Repeat this with the rest of the mixture.

Once the chia seeds have set then whizz in the blender with the raspberries. You may wish to add a tablespoon of honey or maple syrup as it can be quite tart.

Once you’ve got your pancakes and compote you’re ready to go. Serve the pancakes with the toppings you like; in this instance I used blueberries, pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of honey.

What’s your favourite pancake recipe? Share your links in the comments section! xoxo p.s. Nutritional nugget below this photo!

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Nutritional Nugget: Chia seeds are great for digestive health but they are also a very powerful superfood. They are full of linoleic, a fatty acid which helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. They also boat more Omega-3 fatty acids than salmon! Raspberries are rich in vitamins, antioxidants and fibre too. They have a high concentration of ellagic acid, a phenolic compound that prevents cancer, thereby stopping the growth of cancer cells and eliminating the progress of some cancers.

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