Ok, so I know pancake day was yesterday and this wasn’t up in time to help fulfil any pancake day thrills but seriously, pancakes are for whenever the heck you feel like something warm and fluffy.. and they don’t have to be a cheat meal.
When I think about pancakes I am automatically transported to happy memories of some very questionable combinations of food I ate for breakfast at IHOP (International House Of Pancakes) while I lived in Atlanta. They are probably one of the key factors that when I was flying home I could no longer fit into the baggy jeans I had worn when I went to America and that used to need a belt to hold up.. but daaayyymm I enjoyed every single one of those unholy calories!
This was my fave..
Stacks of double chocolate chip pancakes with fried eggs, bacon, sausages, hash brown and whipped cream. Dribble.
No regrets homies. Not a single one.
(Other than the huge amounts of animals I used to consume, so maybe one regret but that’s it)
Since I decided I was going to stop destroying my body with shit food it has been amazing to find so many ways to replicate all the meals I used to love and vegan pancakes have not disappointed me. There are hundreds of great recipes, substitutes and combos out there that make going animal-free just so incredibly easy.
I’m going to share a really basic pancake recipe base with you that we made into both sweet and savoury.. Both were delicious.
- 120g flour – we used self raising as it was all I could find last minute but I’m pretty sure any flour will work.
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 240ml dairy free milk – we used Rice Dream’s organic rice milk
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil – any oil will be fine but if you use coconut oil then make sure you warm it up first so that it’s runny
- pinch of sea salt
- In a bowl add the flour, baking powder, bicarb and salt and milk together.
- Measure the milk in a measuring jug and mix the oil into it
- Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients a third at a time and mix until you get a runny consistency with most of the lumps worked out but it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Savoury: Cheesy Broccoli Pancakes
- 5 heaped tablespoons of nutritional yeast
- chop 2 florets of broccoli into very small pieces
- finely slice 1/2 – 1 spring onion
- few twists of cracked black pepper
- Add them all to the mixture
Sweet: Dark Chocolate + Hazelnut Pancakes
- mash 1 ripe (spotty) banana with a fork and add to the milk/oil combo before combining with the dry ingredients
- Break/chop/cut with scissors about 6 smallish squares of thick dark choc – we used Green & Blacks 70% – and chuck into the mixture
- add as many finely chopped hazelnuts as you want – we used about a man-sized handful (that’s a legit measurement, trust me)
- wack in some cinnamon, like 1-2 teaspoons
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
I’ll be honest with you, I’m still no pancake cooking connoisseur and I have no idea how to do those really thin crepey ones and while this recipe will definitely give you some fluffy, awesomely delicious, kid and adult friendly, refined sugar and shit free stacks worthy of the #foodgasm hashtag – I just can’t tell you how to make them perfectly round or how to get the same shape twice! Know your fortes people, and know when you suck.
So this is what I did, but please, if you know a better way then do that ! And shed some light in the comments for me.. I need to know!!
- once the mixture was complete I left it to stand until the pan was ready
- heated a pan over a medium heat with about half a tablespoon of oil and spread the oil around with one of those brushy things
- waited until the oil was really hot
- ladled in no certain amount but enough to be about pancake size (hahaha science)
- once the pancake was starting to bubble and form little holes I flipped it with a spatula – took about 2mins per side to cook
- stack, stack, stack and top with whatever you want!
Well, now that I am back in the mood for pancakes after stuffing my face so full of them yesterday that I swore I couldn’t eat them for at least a month I am now actually considering making some.. it’s 10pm and a very bad, but very delicious plan! Hahaha.. Hope you enjoy these, let me know if you make them!