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Healthy Pancake Recipes | My Wholefood Romance

By Ella Pleasant - 26 Apr 2014

Dear readers, is there anything better than pancakes? Well, yes – pancakes that not only taste great, but are good for you too!

We asked one of our favourite health food bloggers, holistic nutritionist and naturopath Meg Thompson from My Wholefood Romance, to create a healthy pancake recipe for you lovely Urban Listers. And, being the delightful woman that she is, she made us not one...but two!

So health-loving friends, here are two nutrient-packed pancake recipes, free of gluten, dairy and sugar, for your weekend eating pleasure. Go ahead and serve yourself a stack! 

BLACKBERRY & BUCKWHEAT PANCAKES
(Gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free)

Ingredients:
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 free range egg
2 tbsp buckwheat flour
1 tbsp desiccated coconut
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla
Coconut oil for cooking

For the topping:
1/3 cup yoghurt or coconut yoghurt
1/4 cup blackberries (or blueberries)
Pure maple syrup if desired

Method:
Whisk together the mashed banana and egg in a bowl. Add all other ingredients and stir to combine.

Add a teaspoon or two of coconut oil to a fry pan on medium heat. Pour small scoops of the mix into the pan – roughly about 3 tablespoons per pancake. You should fit two or three pancakes in each batch.

Cook on medium to high heat until small bubbles appear on the top. Carefully flip the pancakes and cook for another couple of minutes on the other side, or until golden.

Continue until all pancakes are cooked – this quantity should make about 5 small pancakes.

For the blackberry yoghurt, roughly mash your berries into the yoghurt, and pour over the pancakes. Top with extra berries, coconut or any nuts and seeds as you like.

Meg's nutritional note: Buckwheat is a gluten-free grain that is packed with minerals – in particular magnesium and iron. It is alkalising for the body, and has a lovely earthy, nutty flavour. It works beautifully in pancakes, and when combined with coconut, spices and berries, you get a light, protein-rich, sustaining and delicious breakfast that covers all nutritional bases.

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE & COCONUT PANCAKES
(Grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and sugar-free)

Ingredients:
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 free range egg
2 tbsp desiccated coconut
1 tbsp cacao powder
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp vanilla
Coconut oil for cooking

For the topping:
1/4 cup coconut yoghurt
1 tbsp cacao nibs (or roughly chopped dark chocolate)
1/4 cup raspberries 

Method:

As with the first pancake recipe, whisk together the mashed banana and egg in a bowl. Add all other ingredients and stir to combine.

The cooking process is also the same however please note that as there is no grain in the Double Chocolate & Coconut Pancakes, they can be delicate – so take care when flipping.

Continue until all pancakes are cooked – this quantity should make about 5 small pancakes.

Top with coconut yoghurt, cacao nibs and raspberries.

Meg's nutritional note: These are just the greatest thing! Completely guilt-free, decadent chocolate pancakes that are sure to please even the toughest of critics. Full of protein and healthy fats to keep you nourished and fuller for longer, they also meet most dietary restrictions. I have used coconut oil to cook them as it has a high smoke point, meaning that you can use it at high cooking temperatures without the oil oxidising. It is also a wonderful healthy fat that is metabolised directly by the liver and gut rather than being stored as fat, boosting metabolism and assisting weight loss if that is a goal. Did I mention they are delicious? 


TUL note: Meg is a naturopath, holistic nutritionist, mother, author and wholefood cook. She has a passion for whole, real food, and using food as medicine. She shares her knowledge through workshops, private consultations, Skype consultations, and her website My Wholefood Romance. You can also follow Meg on Facebook and Instagram.

Hungry for more clean eating inspiration? Check out our list of the best healthy food bloggers (Meg's there, of course!) 

Image credits: Jacqui Wilkins, The Urban List.

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