If you follow Lucy Bee on the social media pages it will come as no surprise to you that I’m a massive fan of pancakes! I mean, who doesn’t love pancakes?
Not sure why but I always feel like I’m eating something naughty and that they’re such a treat – even though I eat them pretty much every day with a variety of toppings. Surely this makes it a balanced diet, right?
I think my love for pancakes now, goes back to being a kid.
Pancakes When I Was Little
As I’m allergic to gluten, Pancake Day was never the same for me because I couldn’t eat them at school and join in on the fun at lunch time or the anticipation that morning of the treat that was going to be served up at lunchtime!
Of course my dad and mum made the best gluten free pancakes at home for me – you could even roll them up just like you could the wheat ones, yum!
This might sound weird to you reading this now but as a kid this made me very happy because all I wanted was to have the same as everyone else!
When I was younger, I thought that pancakes were only for Pancake Day due to the time it took to get the batter right and making the right quantities. I’d have to wait for Pancake Day to arrive for my dad to make them, even though I’m sure if I’d asked him nicely he’d have made them more often!
I always topped them with lots of sugar, then a lot of lemon to hide the sugar, so, of course, it was only right to add even more sugar! Probably just as well that I only had these on Pancake Day as a treat, I think.
Having Pancakes Every Day
The reason for sharing all this with you is that I’ve discovered a really quick and simple way to make pancakes with the best, nutritious ingredients. It’s really so simple, you can have them every day!
Before I go into the recipes I’m sharing today I thought I should fill you in a bit on what Pancake Day actually is.
Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day
What we commonly call Pancake Day is, in the Christian calendar, known as Shrove Tuesday, the day before the start of Lent. The idea of pancakes came about from using up any leftover foods that were considered ‘rich’, such as eggs, milk and sugar (sounds familiar?) because during Lent, Christians believe in cutting out ‘fancy’ or pleasurable foods.
Ever heard of pancake racing? My mum told me when she was school, they’d have pancake races on Shrove Tuesday. The mums would have to run a distance, with their pancake and frying pan and flip the pancake as they ran! Apparently this all started way back when a woman was running late for church that day and ran out of the house with her frying pan and pancake that she’d been making for the family. Do any of you still have these races?
My Favourite Pancake Recipes
So, now for the tasty part!
There are SO many different ways to make pancakes but I’m going to share my favourite ways to make them using either quinoa flakes, buckwheat flour (despite the name this is gluten free. Buckwheat is not a grain, it’s actually a fruit seed) or oats.
I find less is more when it comes to pancakes…..except when we’re talking toppings!
My favourite pancakes consist of a base of one banana, one egg and Lucy Bee for the frying pan, then a choice of quinoa flakes, buckwheat flour or oats.
Reasons I use quinoa flakes:
- contains twice as much fibre than most other grains
- contains iron
- rich in magnesium
- contains vitamins A, C & E for healthy metabolism and immune system
- high protein and all 20 amino acids
- high fibre, easy digestion
- omega 3 and 6 fatty acids
- healthy for the heart
Reasons I use buckwheat flour:
- good source of magnesium, copper and fibre
- compared to rice, wheat and corn it ranks low on the glycemic scale
- prevents depression as it contains tryptophan which helps your mood in a positive manner 🙂
- helps to produce collegen which helps to firm the skin and bones as it contains lysine an amino acid
Reason I use oats:
- good for weight loss
- high protein content
- controls blood sugar levels
These ingredients have amazing health benefits and although they’re pretty similar, I find the outcome of the pancakes are different. I’d recommend trying them all and seeing which you prefer.
All the recipes are on the website, so please check them out and see your favourite:
Toppings, Toppings, Toppings
You can really add anything you like but here are a few of my favourites:
- walnuts, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, manuka honey
- Greek yoghurt with fruit
- peanut butter and banana
- cacao nibs
- 50/50 almond milk, cacao and manuka honey made into a chocolate sauce with berries
- lemon juice with coconut sugar
I love seeing photos of your creations so keep sharing with me on twitter.
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