Saturday, 9 August 2014

Cinnamon and Berry Pancakes and a Chocolate Smoothie

For me I love nothing more than a massive pile of pancakes for my breakfast on the weekend (or any day of the week really!). With a blender, these are a wonderfully quick and delicious treat to start off your day. The oats are a great source of energy and the buckwheat flour is full of protein and nutrients. The banana is key in adding sweetness, but I also like to add a squeeze of honey and of course a good sprinkling of cinnamon!  I use cups for pancakes just because I'm too lazy and hungry to get out my weighing scales and be precise with measurements!

So here is my recipe which has come from many a not-so-good pancake attempt, I hope you enjoy.

OB Pancakes Recipe: dairy- free, egg-free, wheat-free and sugar- free

makes about 8-10 pancakes

1/2 a cup of oats (can be gluten- free if you like)
1/2 a cup of buckwheat flour
pinch of salt
1 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon

1/2 a cup of dairy-free milk of your choice (add little splashes if the batter becomes slightly too thick- it needs to be pourable!)
1 banana
2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar/ lemon juice

1 tsp of coconut oil
AND a non-stick pan (I have learnt from too many stuck pancakes in a non non- stick pan!)

Things I like to pop into my pancakes (add only once you've poured the batter in the pan):
cacao nibs

First of all, blend the two flours, salt, baking powder and ground cinnamon til the oats have become a fine consistency too. Then add the milk, banana, lemon juice, vanilla extract and honey and blend until smooth.

Heat the non- stick frying pan with half a tbsp of coconut oil over a medium heat. Add however much pancake batter you like and now is the time to add whatever little things you like (blueberries/ cacao nibs). Allow the sides to bubble and flip!

A good tip from my Grannie to keep the pancakes warm is to place a plate over a saucepan of gently simmering hot water, and then a damp tea towel over the pancakes.

If you'd like to see how I make these pancakes, do click on the video below from my YouTube channel!

What better to have with pancakes, than a beautifully creamy chocolate smoothie...

For the cocoa avocado smoothie: this is my adaptation of Gwyneth Paltrow's 'Creamy Avocado + Cacao Smoothie' from 'It's All Good' just because I didn't have raw cacao powder!

makes 1 serving:

1/2 a ripe avocado
1/2 a cup of dairy- free milk
1/2 a cup of water/ coconut water
1 tbsp of cocoa powder (Gwyneth uses raw cacao powder so more cocoa powder is required here )
1/2 tbsp of honey
1 tbsp of flaxseed

You can also add a sprinkling of cacao nibs, if you like!

Before you blend all the ingredients, I like to put a glass in the freezer for a good couple of minutes so that you have a lovely cold glass for your smoothie!

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