Pancake day followed by Valentine’s Day, what a perfect few days for some self love and care.
This week we share with you our favourite pancake recipes you should be trying on Tuesday followed by some information on the amazing energetic properties of Love and why it’s so important to love those around you not just on Valentine’s day but everyday.

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We can’t wait for Tuesday, it makes us smile knowing that we are going to start our day with light fluffy, delicious pancakes but the real question is which ones do we make? Savory, sweet, lemon or chocolate?

We have rounded up some of our favourite recipes to help make your decision a little easier whether you make them for breakfast, lunch or dinner…

Livia’s Kitchen Gluten Free Cacao and Hazelnut Stack

Nothing goes together quite as well as chocolate and hazelnut which is why this decadent pancake stack is the perfect choice for chocolate lovers.

Livia’s Kitchen Gluten Free Cacao and Hazelnut pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 3 Bananas (300g)
  • Oat milk (300ml)
  • 6 heaped tbs hazelnut butter (120g)
  • Rolled oats (125g)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 tablespoons cacao powder (20g)
  • Coconut oil for cooking

Instructions:

• Mix all ingredients in a mixer until well combined.
• Heat a frying pan and melt the coconut oil.
• Using a ladle, pour one ladles worth into the frying pan.
• Cook until brown on each side.

Drizzle with hazelnut butter and enjoy.

 

Black Forest Gateaux by Hungry, Healthy Happy

Pancakes and gateaux – This recipe is a real treat but the best news is it’s still healthy. Full of fibre and antioxidants it’s the perfect breakfast to set you up for the day.
Black Forest Gateaux pancakes by Hungry, Healthy Happy

Ingredients:

  • 25 g Wholemeal flour
  • 25 g Plain flour
  • 150 ml Almond milk
  • 1 Large egg

Toppings

  • 4 tbsp 0% Greek yoghurt
  • 4 tbsp Cherry pie filling
  • 25 g Dark chocolate, finely grated

Instructions

  • Add the flour, milk and egg in to a bowl and whisk well. Set aside for 2 minutes until ready to use.
  • Spray a pan with a little oil and then pour in a quarter of the mix and cook the pancakes on 1 minute each side. Repeat to cook all 4 pancakes.
  • Fold each pancake and then top with Greek yoghurt, cherries and sprinkle with dark chocolate.

 

 Simple pancakes with coconut yogurt, pecans and coconut chips by Deliciously Ella

Simple, delicious and easy to make. If you are in a rush then this is your go-to recipe.

 Simple pancakes with coconut yogurt, pecans and coconut chips by Deliciously Ella

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 400ml almond milk
  • 300g plain flour (I use gluten free), you can also use a self-raising flour to make them extra fluffy
  • 50g our Bircher Muesli (or porridge oats)
  • 30g coconut oil, plus more for frying
  • Pinch sea salt flakes

Instructions:

  • Mix all of the pancake ingredients together to form a smooth batter.
  • Now make the pancakes. Warm a tablespoon of coconut oil in a pan over a medium heat, once the pan is hot and the oil has melted, spoon in a large tablespoon of pancake batter, using a wooden spoon to spread out the mix.
  • Cook on one side for 4 minutes before turning and cooking the other side for 2-3 minutes until cooked through. Remove and repeat until all of the batter is finished.
  • Serve the pancakes warm with a dollop of coconut yogurt and a sprinkle of chopped pecans and coconut chips.

 

Oh She Glows Jumbo chickpea pancake

If you fancy something a little more savoury then this recipe is for you. High in protein and healthy fats to fill you up for the day ahead.

Oh She Glows Jumbo chickpea pancake

Ingredients:

  • 1 green onion, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour (also known as garbanzo flour or besan)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons water
  • For serving: salsa, avocado, hummus, cashew cream (optional)

Instructions:

  • Prepare the vegetables and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour, garlic powder, salt, pepper, baking powder, and optional red pepper flakes.
  • Add the water and whisk well until no clumps remain.
  • Stir in the chopped vegetables.
  • When the pan is pre-heated, spray it liberally with olive oil or other non stick cooking spray.
  • Pour on all of the batter (if making 1 large pancake) and quickly spread it out all over the pan. Cook for about 5-6 minutes on one side (timing will depend on how hot your pan is), until you can easily slide a pancake flipper/spatula under the pancake and it’s firm enough not to break when flipping. Flip pancake carefully and cook for another 5 minutes, until lightly golden. Be sure to cook for enough time as this pancake takes much longer to cook compared to regular pancakes.
  • Serve on a large plate and top with your desired toppings.

 

Vegetarian Hoisin Panckaes by Amuse Your Bouche

Try something a little different this Pancake day with this veggie hoisin recipe from Amuse Your Bouche.

Ingredients:

For the homemade hoisin sauce:

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 tsp Chinese five spice

For the vegetarian Chinese pancakes:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 300 g mushrooms, sliced
  • 100 g exotic mushrooms (I used shiitake and oyster)
  • 6 Chinese pancakes
  • 1/2 cucumber, cut into thin sticks
  • 4 spring onions, cut into very thin sticks
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds

Instructions: 

  • To make the homemade hoisin sauce, add all the ingredients to a small bowl, and mix well. Don’t worry if the peanut butter doesn’t combine perfectly – it’ll all melt together in the pan.
  • Heat a dash of oil in a frying pan, and add all of the sliced mushrooms. Cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes, until soft. Pour over the hoisin sauce, and cook for a further 5 minutes, until the sauce has become thick and glossy.
  • Serve the hoisin mushrooms in Chinese pancakes, with thin sticks of cucumber and spring onion, and a sprinkling of sesame seeds.

The Powerful Properties of Love.

We don’t believe that Valentine’s day should be reserved for flowers, chocolates and candle lit dinners for two but we think it should be a reminder to love yourself, the planet and those around you. Even those who are really far away.

Love and hate are some of our strongest emotions and they can affect us both mentally and physically. With that said we wanted to share with you the amazing work of Dr Emoto so you can see what the fuss on love is all about.

Roses

Dr Emoto was a scientist studying the photography of water molecules when he discovered that the structure of the water molecule changes when music, positive pictures and prayers were shown to it.

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He discovered that doing the opposite, playing loud angry music, shouting, hate and anger had a profound negative effect on the structure of the molecule but when these were replaced by soft classical music, laughter and love the structure of the water repaired and it became whole again.

Water drops

The reason we mention this is because we think Dr Emoto’s study shows us a great deal about the world that we live in today. Humans are made up of 70% water so imagine the effects on the water molecules in our body when we are angry and how much this can effect those around us on such a minute scale.

Remember it only takes a smile to cheer up someone’s day so wherever you are today try to smile at a stranger and share your love – the world needs it.

Find out more about Dr Emoto’s work here. We recommend reading his book The Hidden Messages In Water.


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