Blueberry Pancakes (serves 4)

Blueberry Pancakes by The Fat Foodie

This morning I made Blueberry Pancakes because I had a large punnet of blueberries in my freezer that I’d had earmarked for using in muffins one day, but I figured I might try them in a stack of pancakes instead. I bought the blueberries at a brilliant reduced price from Marks and Spencer and although I had no immediate use for them I thought I’d freeze them to use another day. (The freezing process makes no difference to the taste of the berries whatsoever and is a good, handy way to make sure I have nice fruit at hand to add to recipes.)

I’ve never made pancakes with blended gluten-free oats before, although I’ve heard that they’re a staple for people who can’t tolerate gluten, but I was quite surprised at how tasty they were. Don’t get me wrong, the texture is very different from normal flour-based pancakes because the oats are a considerably more dense ingredient, but they work quite well overall.

These blueberry pancakes are fairly easy to make and although they require 15 minutes at the start of the process to soak the chia seeds, once that’s done all of the ingredients can be thrown into your food processor, blender or Nutribullet and whizzed together to create the batter (with the exception of your blueberries because you want those delicious little bad boys to be kept whole). If you’ve never heard of or used chia seeds before, they’re a tiny little seed which absorbs water really fast and turns into a thick, gel-like consistency, so they’re a really useful ingredient to use if you’re looking for an egg replacement.

This recipe for blueberry pancakes makes a generous stack of fat blueberry pancakes which are soft in the middle, crisp around the edges, and laden with little blueberry bombs that explode in your mouth, flooding it with their sweet juice. With a description like that how can you possibly resist making them?

Ingredients:

1 tbsp chia seeds mixed in 2 tbsps water

100g gluten-free oat flour (I just pulsed normal oats into a flour in my Nutribullet)

100g gluten-free flour (I use Dove’s Farm G/F flour because it’s made with low FODMAP ingredients whereas many other gluten-free flours are made with high FODMAP options.)

1 firm banana

1 tbsp sugar

300ml rice milk

1 tsp baking powder

100g blueberries

Method:

Put the chia seeds in a mug and cover them with 2 tbsps of water. Leave the water to be absorbed into the chia seeds for at least 15 mins.

While you’re waiting for the chia seeds to plump up you can put all of your other ingredients (except the blueberries) into a food processor, Nutribullet or blender and blend it all together.

Once the chia seeds are gel-like add them to the mixture and mix again.

Pour the mixture into a jug and stir in the blueberries. (I just used my blueberries from frozen and they worked fine).

Place a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and once it’s hot, cook your pancakes.

Let your pancake cook on one side for a while before peeking at its underside and if it’s brown then flip it over and cook the other side until it’s brown too.

Continue until all of the mixture is used up, keeping the cooked pancakes in the oven on a low heat, and serve with low FODMAP nut butters, maple or golden syrup, fresh fruit, lactose-free whipped cream or whatever low FODMAP options take your fancy.

Blueberry Pancakes by The Fat Foodie

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Vegan Pancakes (serves 2-3)

Vegan Pancakes by The Fat Foodie

Vegan Pancakes by The Fat Foodie with Lemon and Golden Syrup

When I was a kid I loved pancake day because it was a day in which you were legitimately allowed to eat dessert for dinner. Dad was always the designated pancake maker and, apart from the first one which is always a dud anyway, they were consistently outstanding. We’d wait patiently (or impatiently) to receive each individually made pancake from the frying pan and eat them piping hot, sprinkled with Jif lemon juice and drizzled with a generous coating of Tate and Lyle’s golden syrup. Delicious!

Although nowadays my adult palate baulks at the idea of solely eating sweet pancakes for dinner on Shrove Tuesday, I do insist on following tradition and I tend to make them after a small sensible dinner as a tasty dessert. The topping choices seem endless in today’s day and age, but the first pancake on my plate is always decorated with lemon juice and golden syrup. Any other topping just seems out of place until I’ve had my citrus-laden, tart, but sweet one.

I was a bit apprehensive about trying to create a recipe for vegan pancakes because I was unsure whether an eggless, milk-free pancake mix would yield the same results as a standard pancake mix would, but I have to say, vegan pancakes taste exactly the same as ‘normal’ pancakes. I’ve never liked really thick, dense pancakes (unless they’re fluffy little Scotch pancakes) and have always preferred a thin, crispy crêpe. Thankfully, this vegan pancake recipe makes lovely light crêpes that have just the right tasty crispiness to fold around your chosen fillings.

On the subject of pancake fillings, the list of possibilities is endless: lemon juice; golden syrup; maple syrup; honey; nuts; whipped cream or coconut cream; melted chocolate; or fresh fruit. Another option is to leave the sugar out of the mix which would allow you to use the crêpes with savoury fillings, such as cream cheese (or vegan alternatives), cooked meats, grated cheddar, crispy bacon, roasted vegetables, or sundried tomatoes and pesto.

Whether you want to make pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday or simply to worship the joy that is the humble pancake, give these a go. You won’t be disappointed.

Ingredients for the vegan pancakes:

200g gluten-free flour (I use Dove’s Farm G/F Plain Flour)

2 tbsps of sugar

1 tsp xanthan gum

400ml of rice milk (or normal milk)

2 tbsps of sunflower oil (or 1 egg, if non-vegan) (plus more oil for frying)

Toppings can include: Lemon juice; Golden Syrup; Maple syrup; Jam; fresh fruit; Nutella (or vegan alt.); Nuts, etc.

Method:

Put all of your pancake ingredients (without the toppings, obviously!) in a jug and whisk together until it is smooth.

Put a non-stick pancake pan or frying pan on a medium heat with a little sunflower oil (around 1 tsp).

Once the oil is hot, slowly pour some of the pancake mix into the centre of the pancake pan, tilting the pan as you pour so the mixture spreads into a thin disc. (They don’t have to be perfect, so don’t stress if they’re weird shapes. Trust me, they’ll still taste amazing.)

Let the pancake cook on one side until it’s crispy and golden brown when you lift the edge up with a fish slice.

Flip the pancake over and cook the other side until it’s also crisp and brown.

Remove from the pancake pan and place on a baking tray. Keep the pancakes warm in the oven until you’re ready to serve them and carry on making more until all of the mix is used up.

Adorn your pancakes with your chosen toppings and serve.

Vegan Pancakes by The Fat Foodie

Freshly Made Vegan Pancakes by The Fat Foodie

Vegan Pancakes by The Fat Foodie

Vegan Pancakes by The Fat Foodie Drizzled with Melted Chocolate

Vegan Pancakes by The Fat Foodie

Vegan Pancakes by The Fat Foodie

Vegan Pancakes by The Fat Foodie with Lemon and Golden Syrup

Vegan Pancakes by The Fat Foodie with Lemon and Golden Syrup

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