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Taking Pancake Day on in Style!

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Pancakes are one of those things that are always fun to make, but something I usually only rustle up at this time of year and I have no idea why that is, but it always seems a shame.

So this year, to ensure I get my full pancake fix, I’m going to spend a whole day only eating pancakes! A mix of sweet and savory pancakes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert…

Breakfast Pancakes

If you’ve been following Natalie’s “Sunday Pancakes” feature, you’ll know that she’s quite the breakfast pancake connoisseur, however making them ourselves at home is a different story!

I was at the gym first thing this morning and so when I got back I wanted a protein fix, I therefore decided to make some healthy protein pancakes.

Protein Pancakes Recipe

Protein pancakes recipeIngredients
- 1 cup of oats
- 2 whole eggs
- 5 egg whites
- 2 scoops of protein powder
- 1 banana (sliced)
- 1 cup of berries
- 2 tbsp of peanut butter
- 2 tbsp of coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Cook the oats as directed by the packaging
  2. Add the whole eggs and egg whites to the cooked oats, and mix
  3. Add the protein powder, sliced banana, berries and peanut butter to the mixture, and stir
  4. Place a pan on a high heat and add the coconut oil
  5. Slowly spoon the mixture in to the pan, forming 5cm to 15cm disks as desired
  6. Flip to cook on reverse once bubble start to appear on the surface of the pancake
  7. Serve with fresh berries and chopped banana

Lunch Pancakes

For lunch I decided to straddle the sweet/savory pancake line and go with some sweet potato pancakes. While being quite spicy and containing vegetables, the pancake batter and the light taste of the sweet potatoes meant that these were not too heavy. That said, this was my first foray into non-sugary pancakes, but I was pleasantly surprised and they went down a treat.

Sweet Potato Pancakes Recipe

Sweet potato pancakes recipieIngredients
- 3 large sweet potatoes (peeled)
- 125ml cup of flour
- 1 tsp of baking powder
- 2 tsps white sugar
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 eggs
- 125ml of vegetable oil (for frying)
- 125ml of milk

Instructions

  1. Peel and grate the sweet potatoes into long thin strips
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, white sugar, brown sugar, paprika and cayenne pepper in a large bowl
  3. Make a well in the center and pour in both the eggs and milk
  4. Stir the mixture until all of the dry ingredients have absorbed the eggs and milk
  5. Add in the shredded sweet potato and mix well
  6. Place a pan on a medium-high heat and add the oil
  7. Gently dollop in spoonfuls of the mixture and flatten to roughly 15cm disks
  8. Fry until pancakes are golden on both sides, flipping once
  9. Pat dry with kitchen roll to remove excess oil before serving

Dinner Pancakes

There has been quite a lot of flour and egg consumed by now, so for dinner I decided to opt for a totally different style of pancake; Oriental peking duck pancakes. This also meant I cheated a little and didn’t make this myself. Still awesome though and technically still a meal based on pancakes!

Peking Duck Pancakes Recipe

Peking duck pancakes recipeIngredients
- Luv-A-Duck Peking duck pancake pack
- Plum sauce
- 1 cucumber
- 2+ beers (as required)

Instructions

  1. Cook the duck as directed by the packaging
  2. Crack open a beer while waiting
  3. When the duck is almost ready, slice cucumber into thin strips
  4. Pour the plum source into a small serving bowl
  5. Warm pancakes in the microwave for 20 seconds
  6. Serve with another beer

Dessert Pancakes

Time for some naughty pancakes. I decided I’d finish with a bang and go all-out with indulgent chocolate pancakes served with caramelised banana and Messina gelato! I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but these were bloody awesome!

Chocolate Pancakes Recipe

Chocolate pancakes recipeIngredients (pancakes)
- 125g of plain flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- 450ml oz milk
- sunflower oil (for frying)
- 1 tbsp of dark cocoa powder

Ingredients (filling/topping)
- 1 knob of butter
- 4 bananas
- 2 tbsp of caster sugar
- 4 tbsp of maple syrup
- milk chocolate with choc peanut fudge Messina gelato (or alternative ice cream)

Instructions

  1. Add flower, cocoa powder and salt to a mixing bowl
  2. Make a well and add the egg and a little of the milk
  3. Slowly pull in the flour to the liquid and gradually add in the rest of the milk
  4. Beat the batter until it is lump-free
  5. Place a pan on a medium-high heat, add a small amount of oil and swirl around to coat the pan
  6. Add one ladle of the pancake batter, swirling it around the pan
  7. After about 1 minute, or until the underside has started to turn golden, flip the pancake over and cook for 1 minute on the other side
  8. Slide the pancake out of the pan and repeat with another ladle of the batter
  9. While cooking the pancakes, half the bananas and slice them lengthwise
  10. Coat the banana slices in the caster sugar
  11. Place another pan on a high heat and melt the knob of butter
  12. Toss in the banana slices and leave to caramalise for a few minutes, turning once
  13. Serve your chocolate pancakes with slices of caramalised banana, a drizzle of maple syrup and a generous scoop of Messina gellato

That probably wasn’t the healthiest of days, but it was tasty! What did you guys have on your pancakes today?