I dreamt of this Christmas tree pancake stack back in November as I was planning some Christmas-themed recipes to share here. I was feeling so proud of myself, thinking, “Wow, I’ve never seen a Christmas tree pancake stack before, I’m so creative!”. Annnnd then I was browsing Instagram and saw someone else post a Christmas tree pancake stack…it just goes to show that with 7.3 billion (and counting) people on Earth, it’s hard to make something that’s truly unique, because chances are that someone else has already done it.
Anyway, my kids absolutely loved these Christmas tree pancakes, regardless of the originality. I served them to my boys and said, “Merry Christmas!” and my 3 year old was like “Ho! Ho! Ho!”. Cute.
I coloured the pancakes green naturally with some spinach (grown in my own garden, I might add :D ) and decorated them with coconut butter “tinsel” and goji berry “baubles”. I was about to take the photos when I realised, “Oh no, they need a star on top!”. A quick scan of my fridge led me to using some sliced rockmelon to quickly free-hand some little stars, but you could use any yellow/orange/white fruit you have on hand. Bananas, apples, nectarines, mangoes, pineapple…anything would work well :)
- 2 cups oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 large ripe banana
- ½ cup spinach, fresh or frozen
- 1½ cups water
- 2 tbs coconut butter + 1 tbs warm water if needed
- 2 tbs goji berries
- Slice of rockmelon (or other yellow/orange/white fruit, for the stars)
- Preheat a cast-iron griddle or frying pan, greased lightly with a splash of extra virgin olive oil.
- In a high speed blender, blend the oats, cinnamon, banana, spinach and water until smooth.
- Use a spoon to make different sized circle pancakes with the batter - I made an assortment of about 5 different sizes, this doesn't need to be perfect!
- Fry for about 2 minutes over low-medium heat and flip, fry for another 1-2 minutes and remove from heat.
- Repeat with the remaining batter.
- When the pancakes are all cooked, stack into Christmas trees by ordering from largest to smallest (I made 3 stacks but you could get 4 smaller stacks out of this recipe).
- Melt the coconut butter and if it's still not very runny, mix with a bit of warm water as needed.
- Scoop into a piping bag (or use a ziplock bag and snip off the corner) and decorate the stack like tinsel, adding a big dollop on top to hold the "star".
- Place goji berries on top of the coconut butter "tinsel" to stick on the trees.
- Slice 1 star for each pancake "tree" out of the rockmelon (or other fruit) using a sharp knife, or marzipan cutters, and place on the dollop of coconut butter at the top.
- Serve immediately.
I’d love to hear from you – please leave a comment :)
- What is your favourite Christmas “icon” – Christmas trees, Santa, reindeers, something else..?
- How would you decorate these Christmas tree pancakes?
- What will you be eating on Christmas morning? (We usually have pancakes!)