Happy Pancake Day!
It’s Shrove Tuesday and my dear friend Wikipedia informs me that this is the day immediately preceding the first day of Lent (Ash Wednesday). In other countries it is called Mardi Gras (which is French for ‘Fat Tuesday’ and sounds far more fun in my opinion); this is the last day of “gorging” before the fasting period of Lent. In the UK and some other countries, we celebrate it by consuming pancakes. Apparently the association with pancakes is to do with using up the ingredients that are discouraged during Lent (i.e butter, eggs, fat). This is somewhat awkward and ironic when my recipe doesn’t exactly contain these…
I have been gluten/dairy/egg free for some time now and until today I had yet to have a ‘free from’ pancake *I can hear you gasping*. Yes, I was well overdue… Turns out they’re super simple and don’t require any of those ‘special’ ingredients, whereby you have to google like mad, go to 5 different stores and 2 health shops until you find what you’re looking for – just me?
What I did notice was that they ALL had bananas (or apple sauce) in them (I am not a fan), but I went ahead and gave it a go (Pancakes ROUND 1). If you love bananas, there are hundreds of vegan pancake recipes, like the one I used, online! My family enjoyed them, but I wasn’t lovin’ it. So, pancakes ROUND 2, I adapted a second recipe (no bananas and no apple sauce!), which was quicker, easier and I definitely preferred the taste, so below is the recipe!
(P.S We can all pretend that pancakes look picture perfect! Realistically ‘free from’ pancakes look more like interesting shaped crumpets, but it’s the taste that matters!
P.S.S I expect you to do this’Matilda’ style and listen to this as you make them >>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMKEgU_lN24)
- 1 1/4 cup Oat Flour (just blend oats in a food processor)
- 1/2 cup of non-dairy milk
- 2 teaspoons of Lemon Juice
- 2 tablespoons of Golden Syrup
- 2 teaspoons of Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
- 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon
- Combine all the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- In a hot, lightly greased pan, cook for approx 2/3 mins each side.
- Serve with a topping of your choice, and ENJOY!
This recipe isn’t exclusively for vegans/coeliacs, anyone can enjoy them as a tasty alternative; but conveniently, they definitely have less fat and cholesterol than your average pancake!
Happy day of over-eating pancakes, before we ‘fast’ for Lent!
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