11 July 2012
I might have mentioned that I am a breakfast/brunch kind of girl. Definitely the best meal of the day. Over vegan June I ate one of favourite breakfast dishes almost everyday. The pancake. I have a simple recipe that takes me less than five minutes to put together and doesn’t leave me feeling guilty for eating pancakes everyday. I haven’t attempted a crepe style pancake with this recipe but I am sure it will be possible. Really though this is a more robust variety which will keep you full until lunch.
The basic recipe for one pancake (inspired by Joy the Baker) is
- 1 to 2 heaped tbsp spelt flour (actual tablespoons here – no time for fussing in the morning). The amount used depends on whether I want a thinner or thicker version
- 1 tbsp milled flaxseed
- pinch salt
- pinch bicarbonate soda
- squeeze of fresh lemon juice (this is essential for a nice airy pancake. If you don’t have lemons try a bit of white wine vinegar)
- oat milk to desired consistency (or any alternative milk).
Combine and fry in a little bit of coconut oil.
The additions that can be made to this are pretty wide:
add a tablespoon of cocoa powder for some chocolate pancakes
mix some peanut butter in with the milk before stirring together for a nutty hit
pureed banana or apple for something more fruity
even grating some pear or apple into the mix for a bit more texture
Topping wise I am a fan of fruit but have been known to have banana and melted chocolate (just pop 2 or 3 blocks in the microwave for about 20 seconds). You could of course go more traditional with simple lemon and sugar. Savoury is another option – taking the pancake into acceptable realms for lunch or dinner.
While I had mostly pancakes for vegan June I have also had some smoothies (berries, banana, oat milk and oats all whizzed up), cold oats (just soak oats in oat milk while you are in the shower and add grated pear or apple or any other fruit option you have around) and toast with marmite (a good source of vitamin B12).
Although vegan June is over I am still keen to incorporate more vegan options in my diet so my next challenge is to perfect vegan french toast (another eternal favourite).