I have had such a busy weekend, seeing friends and doing a LOT of cooking. I have spent two days going to all my favourite markets, stocking up on lots of ingredients and trying out loads of different recipes. I have been using my flatmate as the tester, and she said that a few recipes I tried on her this weekend were some of the best things I had ever made!
I have never thought that pancakes could be healthy so even I was a bit skeptical making these, but they could not be more delicious or easier to make. They were so good when I made them yesterday morning that I had to make them again today. They are the perfect Sunday brunch, and since the weather is really starting to turn in Paris, it was really nice to have something warm rather than my usual smoothie.
With pancakes it can be tricky to know when to stop – they are so moreish, and sometimes my eyes are just bigger than my stomach! But the beauty of this recipe is that they are so filling. Even if you happen to overindulge, all the ingredients are completely natural and will be doing wonders for your body.
I find that regular pancakes don’t actually taste of much, and that people one really eat them as an excuse to eat vast amount of Nutella. Despite my initial worries, these turned out so well that I would quite happily have eaten them plain. They are surprisingly sweet and warm, but the cooked blueberries are pleasantly sharp and juicy – the contrast is delicious!
Blueberries are a well known superfood, packed full of vitamin C, manganese and fibre, but most importantly, they are one of the the most antioxidant rich foods in the world. The bananas will give you a real potassium boost , whilst the oats have cholesterol lowering properties. Cinnamon works with your body to slow down the rate of digestion, which helps you feel fuller for longer, and helps maintain a steady blood sugar level.
I chose to top my pancakes with goji berries, almond butter and a squeeze of agave syrup, but you can change it to suit you, with bananas, fresh berries…..
2 cups of oats
1/2 cup ground nuts (I used almonds)
1 cup water
1 tbsp ground flax seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups of blueberries
Dried goji berries
(More banana, blueberries, strawberries)
Blend bananas, oats, flax, water and ground units until a smooth, thick batter forms. Stop blending and stir in the blueberries. Heat some coconut oil in a frying pan, and spoon the mixture into the pan (I did one big spoonful per pancake). Cook both till both sides of the pancake are golden brown, then drizzle with agave, almond butter and goji berries before serving.