I coloured the pancakes green naturally with some spinach 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 🙂
Christmas Tree Pancake Stack [Vegan, No Added Sugar]
- 2 cups oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 large ripe banana
- 1/2 cup spinach, fresh or frozen
- 1 1/2 cup 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.