I have had a strong craving for pancakes lately, which is strange for me as I am normally quite content with my boring old oats of a morning (although admittedly I had these pancakes for dinner the other night anyway). This recipe is inspired by my morning oats, only blended, fried, and the recipe slightly tweaked.
The toppings are only a suggestion. Feel free to add any nut, seed or fruit that your heart desires. I personally used a mix that I made up consisting of coconut chips, goji berries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and cashews.
This is one for the health conscious vegan, however it's so good it has you guessing whether it's naughty. My chosen non dairy milk for this recipe is rice milk, however feel free to use whatever you have going in your fridge.
The added protein keeps you fuller for longer with the versatility of using different flavours to change up the taste of the pancakes. I personally use a plain pea protein as I find the flavours from the fruit & cacao are enough for me. Also, a dollop of coconut yoghurt on top never hurt anyone. See how you go!
WHAT YOU NEED:
1/2 a cup of oats
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 a scoop (I tbsp or so) of your chosen protein powder (I use plain pea protein)
1/2 a ripe banana (the browner the better)
1 tbsp natural peanut butter or almond butter
1/2 cup of rice milk
1/4 cup of blueberries (fresh if possible but frozen will do)
1 tbsp of cacao
1 tsp of coconut oil
1/2 cup of strawberries
Goji and nut mix
Rice malt syrup
HOW TO DO IT:
1. In a blender (preffereably a smaller one such as a nutribullet) pulse the oats, protein and chia seeds together until a smooth flour is formed.
2. Place frypan on stove and turn on medium heat, add coconut oil. These are better cooked at a lower heat for longer rather than a high heat.
3. Add the peanut butter, banana, milk, cacao and blueberries to the blender and blend until smooth.
4. Mix should make three pancakes about 10cm wide. Pour the mix straight onto the frypan in three even blobs.
5. While the pancakes are frying, prep your toppings by slicing strawberries etc.
6. When the pancakes seem brown on the sides they are ready to be flipped. They should be nice and brown on the underside when you flip them. Cook other side until brown (it doesn't hurt to use your spatular to flatten them a tad so the middle cooks better).
7. Place pancakes on plate and top with strawberries, fruit and nut mix, a dash of cinnamon and a drizzle of rice malt syrup.