I have had such a busy weekend, seeing friends and doing a lot of cooking. I have spent two days going to all my favourite markets, stocking up on lots of ingredients and trying out loads of different recipes. I have been using my flatmate Rosie as my guinea pig, and she said that a few recipes I tried on her this weekend were some of the best things I had ever made!
I have never thought that pancakes could be healthy so even I was a bit skeptical making these, but they could not be more delicious or easier to make. They were so good when I made them yesterday morning that I had to make them again today. They are the perfect Sunday brunch, and since the weather is really starting to turn in Paris, it was great to have something warm rather than my usual smoothie.
With pancakes it can be tricky to know when to stop - they are so moreish, and sometimes my eyes are just bigger than my stomach! But the beauty of this recipe is that they are so filling. Even if you happen to overindulge, all the ingredients are completely natural and will be doing wonders for your body.
I find that regular pancakes don't actually taste of much, and that people one really eat them as an excuse to eat vast amount of Nutella. Despite my initial worries, these turned out so well that I would quite happily have eaten them plain. They are surprisingly sweet, but the cooked blueberries are pleasantly sharp and juicy - the contrast is delicious!
Blueberries are a well known superfood, packed full of vitamin C, manganese and fibre, but most importantly, they are one of the the most antioxidant rich foods in the world. The bananas will give you a real potassium boost, whilst the oats have cholesterol lowering properties. Cinnamon works with your body to slow down the rate of digestion, which helps you feel fuller for longer, and helps maintain a steady blood sugar level.
I chose to top my pancakes with goji berries, more banana and blueberries and a squeeze of agave syrup, but you can change it to suit you, by adding some raspberries, nuts or almond butter.
1 cup of oats
1/2 cup nut pulp (leftover from making nut milk) or rice flour
1 cup water
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
2 cups of blueberries
Dried goji berries
(More banana, blueberries, strawberries)
Blend 1 banana, the oats,chia seeds, water and ground nuts until a smooth, thick batter forms. Stop blending and stir in the blueberries, then pulse the blender a few times. Heat some coconut oil in a frying pan, and spoon the mixture into the pan. Cook slowly till both sides of the pancake are golden brown, then drizzle with agave, banana, blueberries and goji berries before serving.