I have a degree in pancakes at this stage in my life. There are possibilities are endless. Batter, toppings, degree of crispness or soft and spongy. The world, my friends, is our oyster!
But where did it all come from???? Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday & was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast. Pancakes were the perfect way of using up these ingredients. Nowadays thought I think it is just a happy excuse to have breakfast for tea!! No complaints here.
You can see my tried and trusted (and ALWAYS go back to) pancake recipe here.
The Traditional One: Coconut Sugar and Lemon
Keep it simple but use coconut sugar in place of regular table sugar. Regular refined sugar doesn’t offer the same nutritional values as coconut sugar. Coconut sugar contains trace amounts of vitamin C, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron and copper. However its still sugar at the end of the day…..just the lesser of the two evils. Treat it as you would regular sugar but with benefits.
The One for Reserved Chocaholics: Vanilla Yoghurt and Cocoa nibs
Cocoa, which we are all familiar with, is usually in reference to a processed, final product. Cacao is how any form of chocolate starts out. The nibs are the beans themselves, roasted and broken into smaller pieces. It is chocolate in its purest form. They are much less sweet than shards of chocolate and best eaten with something rather than on their own in my opinion. Hence the vanilla yoghurt or alternatively natural yoghurt and honey.
The Lazy Fruit Lovers One: Natural Yoghurt, Apple & Blueberry sauce with honey
A cup of blueberries, 6 Pink Ladies peeled and chopped in 2 inches of water & then simmered for 15 minutes with the lid on brings you this easy, unprocessed sauce. Blitz the lot with a hand blender and leave to cool. It’s a great topping for porridge in the morning or pancakes today or any day!! I normally store it a glass jar in the fridge to use when needed. The kids bring it to school in pots sometimes too.
The One That We All Love: Nut so Naughty Chocolate spread with banana slices
My kids would eat a particular Chocolate Nut Spread until it comes out their ears if I let them. They didn’t lick that off a stone though…. guilty as charged! I have a very sweet tooth!!. Therefore I needed to find some sort of alternative to offer them in its place. Don’t get me wrong – the chocolate nut spread will still sit in my cupboard but I just need to moderate it a little more. The healthy alternatives just were not cutting it chez moi. So rather than throw in the towel I came up with a kind of half way house – yes it still has real chocolate in it, but I just ensure I use a good quality one. And nutritionally it offers so much more than it’s shop bought counterpart. You can see how I made it here.
The Fancy Pants ‘need to go to health store’ One: Lucuma Powder and honey with apple slices.
In its raw powdered form, Lucuma fruit has a sweet, malty, biscuity flavour and is most often used to add nutritional value and sweetness to healthy recipes. It can be added to cakes, cookies, raw chocolate recipes and smoothies. It is also the most popular flavour of ice-cream in Peru!! This yellow powder is a great whole food alternative sweetener. Its low sugar content makes it a healthy alternative to sugar for people who have diabetes and it is a great sweetener for women who are breastfeeding. Here I simply mixed a tablespoon of it with a tablespoon of melted coconut oil & drizzled a little over the pancake.
And there you have it – just some fun inspo’ for the day that is in it. Happy stacking!!
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