Breakfasts

Christmas Tree Pancake Stack [Vegan, No Added Sugar]

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]

Festive pancakes shaped into Christmas trees. Vegan, no added sugar, healthy, can be gluten free.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 3-4 serves
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 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)

Instructions
 

  • 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.