HAPPY PANCAKE DAY
Yes. Before you ask, there is such a thing as healthy pancakes and what can I say, chocolate pancakes are a little slice of light, fluffy heaven. They only contain 4 ingredients and are super quick to make.
I usually make these little treats at the weekend. Saturdays are my absolute favourite of days. I always wake up with a sense of freedom and joy knowing I can do pretty much whatever the hell I like for the next two days. Usually this involves staying in my pyjamas for longer than is acceptable and making PANCAKES. Then spending the morning in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes.
These pancakes are my go to Saturday morning treat. I’d probably say they are eaten at more of a brunch kind of hour by the time I’ve either been to my Saturday morning yoga class (or perhaps sometimes i’ve just had a much needed lie in). Either way, these pancakes are definitely worth getting out of bed for.
These pancakes are of course no ordinary pancake they are gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and damn delicious certified. The egg provides protein and the banana provides natural sweetness yet does not favour the pancake.
And a quick word on chocolate which got a bad rap in the health world… once you remove all the processing, the sugar, additives and dairy you are left with the pure cacao – all the richness of chocolate with nothing but benefits! Cacao is one of my favourite superfoods, as not only does it satisfy my chocolate cravings but it is also a rich source of immune boosting antioxidants and it contains the precursor to the feel good hormone, serotonin.
So grab your pinny and know that soon you will be eating chocolatey goodness for breakfast that is ACTUALLY GOOD FOR YOU.
1 ripe banana
2 teaspoons of cacao powder
Zest of one orange
A dollop of coconut oil
Add the banana, eggs, cacao powder and zest in to a food processor and blitz for a few seconds until a smooth consistency is reached. If you would rather a non chocolatey pancake just leave the cacao out.
Heat the coconut oil in a small frying pan and add the pancake mixture to the pan and tip around until the mixture is spread evenly. You can either do one large pancake which takes a bit longer to cook through or you can do mini scotch type pancakes. If you do the one large pancake it will be harder to flip so you will need to keep it on a low heat until it has cooked all the way through without turning over. Or if you are brave you can try and flip (the aid of a spatula is wise). Otherwise you can make about 6-8 mini scotch pancakes.
Once cooked and nicely crisp, turn out on to a plate and top with your favourite toppings – I love a drizzle of raw honey and grated orange zest on mine!
Whatever your toppings may be, enjoy every mouthful. Hopefully there is a garden to sit in and some sunshine to lap up too, and if the weather is not on your side today then pyjamas and dressing gowns are pretty awesome too.
May your day be filled with lots of things that make you happy like pancakes and sunshine