Well this past week has just flown by! I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas. I did intend to come back to the blog and share some various recipes I cooked up over Christmas week (Christmas pizza, Vietnamese rice noodle salad, mini raw Christmas puddings…) but with visitors, last minute shopping and gift-making, there were some days I didn’t even get to turn on my computer! Oh well. Sometimes it’s good to remember there’s more to life than blogging!
Anyway, today I woke up and thought, what should I make for breakfast? Actually, I think that every morning. Always thinking about food... And I remembered I have a bunch of very ripe bananas that needed using, ASAP. And what goes with banana better than chocolate chips? Vegan chocolate chips! I am currently obsessed with vegan pancakes for breakfast. Addicted. Oh yes, sweet ripe banana and gooey chocolate chips, the perfect combination for tasty, more-ish pancakes.
Now, these vegan pancakes do use a bit of raw sugar and plain flour – my son likes my “quick and dirty” pancakes rather than my “healthy” pancakes using alternative grains like spelt or buckwheat. Feel free to substitute the sugar for some rice malt syrup or other sweetener, and the plain flour for wholewheat, spelt, buckwheat, or your other favourite flour for pancakes – you may need more or less rice milk though – play around with it until you get a thick but pourable batter.
My “quick and dirty” pancakes are just flour, baking powder, chia seeds, water or plant-milk, a bit of salt and sugar. So it was just too easy to add choc chips and mashed banana to this recipe. The result?
Mouthwatering pancakes which taste like mini banana choc-chip muffins. Covered with chocolate sauce. Oh. My. This is my favourite combination of flavours. (Funnily enough, my 2 year old can’t stand bananas – even if they are disguised in a green smoothie or chocolate-banana cake!)
- 1 very ripe banana
- ¾ cup rice milk
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- ⅔ cup flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 tbs raw sugar
- 2 tbs vegan chocolate chips
- Mash the banana.
- Combine with the rice milk and chia seeds.
- Set aside.
- In a small jug, combine remaining ingredients.
- Add the wet mixture and combine everything well.
- Heat a non-stick frying pan over a low heat.
- Add tablespoon blobs of batter to the frying pan.
- Cook each pancake for 1 minute, flip and fry for another minute.
- Repeat until there is no batter remaining.
- Serve with a chocolate sauce.
You can also substitute the sugar for sweetener of your choice.
Make a chocolate sauce by combining 1 tbs cacao powder, 1 tbs blackstrap molasses and 1 tbs coconut oil - drizzle this over the pancakes just before serving.
Comment and let me know:
- How was your Christmas? Did you eat lots of good food?
- What is your current breakfast obsession?