Raspberry-Apple Cashew Butter Pancakes

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Lately I have been fancying pancakes. When I was little we made pancakes pretty much every weekend- Scotch drop scones are actually what we made. My mum was often the one who made them with us, and as that’s the pancake recipe she prefers, my brother and I grew up feeling these were proper pancakes. They’re small, fluffy, and much more “stackable” than crepes. These remind me a lot of those pancake-driven mornings.

This was the first time ever that I’ve ever used the flour in a recipe, and I actually quite like it (I’ve used the Seven Hills one here). There’s a subtle coconut-y taste and texture. Not as fluffy as regular pancakes, but really delicious. If you want mega-fluffy pancakes then I’d say use self-raising flour and omit 2-3tbsp of the milk (coconut flour has a higher fibre content, which mean you need more milk to form a batter).

This is a really satisfying breakfast, and the apple adds the height that guarantees a decent stack. The cashew butter is amazing when it melts into them. My top tip is this: stack them, adding cashew butter, then microwave for up to 1 minute. If you’re anything like me, then you’re quite slow at making pancakes and the first has gone stone-cold by the time the last is ready, so the microwave is your best friend. I also highly recommend adding a dollop of thick Greek yoghurt, or even a scoop of ice-cream if you’re pushing the boat out. Continue reading “Raspberry-Apple Cashew Butter Pancakes”

Banana & Nutella Pancakes (healthy, cheap & easy!)

wp-1488111400372.jpgIt’s nearly Pancake Day!! Even if I don’t go out for pancakes (a LOT of cafés and restaurants seem to do Pancake Day up here in Newcastle), or even if I don’t actually get around to making Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday (Tuesdays are busy days for me), I always HAVE to have pancakes at some point on the run up to this day. However, I find pancakes don’t usually fill me up for long, and so I wanted to create a recipe that was healthy, filling, simple, inexpensive, and delicious. Because lets face it, those “pancakes” that are just egg and banana are pretty damn gross. These though, are fluffy, soft, and definitely pancakes.

We’ve added in another few ingredients than banana and egg here- including some blended up oats for low GI energy release and “fluffiness”, vanilla for sweetness, almond milk for creaminess, cinnamon to balance blood sugar and add some warmth, and – of course- some “Nutella”. Though I’m actually using Jim Jam’s healthier alternative, of a hazelnut- chocolate spread. Seriously, I prefer this to Nutella. It’s still got a rich cocoa – hazelnut flavour, but it isn’t as sickly. However, I wouldn’t say no to a bit of the original either if it was kicking around in my flat, so don’t feel you have to go out of your way to get hold of this.

Let’s get cracking…

 

Ingredients (makes 6 small pancakes, or 3 large, which is one serving):

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 banana (a RIPE one- which is when they begin to get a few brown spots on them at the very least)
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  • 1/2tsp vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1 heaped tbsp Jim Jam’s Hazelnut Chocolate spread , or Nutella (or, you know, abandon measuring this- it is Pancake Day…)

 

Method:

  1. Into a blender or food processor place all but the Nutella and half of the banana. Blend until a batter forms
  2. Bring a pan sprayed with cooking oil up to a medium-high heat, and then dollop the mixture in to create your pancakes, flipping each pancake over and cooking the other side once small bubbles appear on the surface facing you.
  3. Repeat until all of the mixture has been used.
  4. Take the remaining banana and slice into chunks. Stack your pancakes with Nutella and banana slices while they’re still hot, and then dig in…

Healthy Chocolate & Berry Pancakes

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This recipe was going to be a sweet potato and fig pancake stack. Clearly, it is not a sweet potato and fig pancake stack. However, I’m fairly confident that a lot of you love chocolate, and what with the root veg overload going on due to it being autumn (sweet potato, butternut squash, or pumpkin anyone?) I felt as if you may be fancying a bit of a change. Don’t worry though, sweet potato pancakes will be making an appearance in the next few weeks.

This recipe is super simple (as per), and require minimal effort. It takes about 10 minutes start to finish, and you’ll end up with bittersweet chocolate pancakes, with little pockets of juicy berries throughout. You also have the added bonus of knowing that they contain nothing bad for you- instead, you get some fibre from the flour, protein from the Greek yoghurt and egg, some fruit, and a hit of antioxidants from the cacao. If you’re vegan, then omit the honey and Greek yoghurt, using agave and soy or coconut yoghurt -or similar- instead, and a flax egg should work just fine (fingers crossed. Let me know if you try it).

Before we get cracking, my top tips to make sure this recipe goes smoothly are:

  1. Pick smaller mixed berries, or ones that can easily be mashed into smaller chunks. Go for red and blackcurrants, blueberries, or crushed raspberries. Frozen berries are something that is easier to have in that fresh right now, but just don’t go with whopping great strawberries. They release too much water as the pancakes heat up. Alternatively, you can use fresh berries- I just felt that frozen was a more accessible option.
  2. Don’t be tempted to overload your pan. About two pancakes will fit in at any one time. Make it too thick, and the middle will remain uncooked.

Finally, if you’re looking for more pancake recipes, then check out my chocolate, PB & banana pancakes right here– from way back when I was on BlogSpot, so enjoy the trip down memory lane.

Ingredients (Makes 3-4 pancakes, 1 serving)

  • 50g wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 2tbsp cacao, or unsweetened cocoa powder- I used Seven Hills Cacao this time around.
  • 50ml almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 1-2 drops vanilla
  • Scant 1/2 cup frozen berries
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tsp honey, optional
  • Greek yoghurt, optional

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Pistachio, Date & Coconut Flapjacks

img_20161002_202939.jpgMy Dad’s side of the family are pretty crap at cooking. Dad’s own repertoire includes pork in cider, beef stroganoff, and *insert meat/fish* in a brandy cream sauce.  Baking wise, he does a little better: he can make bread, pizza dough, Anzac biscuits, gingerbread- and this flapjack. Ironically, my mum got hold of the recipe, and she makes the flapjack even better. Because when my Dad makes flapjack he presses it into the tin so tightly that it breaks your teeth once baked. His excuse is that it’s ideal to dunk into a cup of tea.

Anyway, the flapjack recipe both my parents use belongs to my great grandma on my Dad’s side. Possibly the last great baker on that side of the family. It’s buttery, has a hint of coconut, and (unless my Dad makes it) has a beautiful half chewy/ half crumbly and crisp texture on the top.

I can, of course, publish the original recipe for this flapjack if this post goes down well- but today I’ve added in the extra flavours of pistachio and dates, and swapped up some ingredients to make it a little healthier. This flapjack is beautiful half dipped into dark chocolate. And I enjoyed making to so much, that I’m planning on creating a Christmas themed one as well. Continue reading “Pistachio, Date & Coconut Flapjacks”

Pumpkin Spice Latte…Smoothie?!

img_20160910_093808.jpgIt’s that time of year. Am I jumping the gun a bit? If I am, I blame my Starbucks app, which conveniently notified me that the pumpkin spice latte was back. Damn you starbucks.

I have a confession to make before we go any further: I’ve never actually had a pumpkin spice latte. I know what they smell like, I know what they look like- but I haven’t been able to talk myself into trying one. I hate sweeteners in my coffee, I’m a cappuccino/Americano kinda girl, not a latte drinker, I hate whipped cream on coffee- and so the idea of pumpkin flavoured syrup, stirred into a latte, and topped with cream, doesn’t appeal to me. Perhaps this year I’ll finally bite the bullet and try one though- possibly wasting my precious coffee fund in the process. But hey, life is all about risks.

What I do know is that this Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie is amazing. It’s got actually pumpkin in it for starters. It has a subtle coffee taste, some spices,  little bit of natural sweetness, and provides two of your 5 a day. Think of it as the healthier, more pumpkin rich, version of the pumpkin spice Frappuccino. That you can legitimately have for breakfast.

So, if you are a pumpkin spice fan, give this alternative a go and let me know what you think. And while we’re on it: should I finally try the pumpkin spice latte? Comment below if you have tried it (I get the feeling I’ll be in the minority here).

Ingredients

Healthy Chocolate-Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough

wp-1484392750797.jpgFinally, finally, I have a perfect chickpea cookie dough. This has taken three attempts and numerous cans of chickpeas to perfect, but I think that I’ve cracked it. It has the perfect thick, doughy texture, melting pockets of chocolate, a slight saltiness, a subtle sweetness…its just more than satisfying to eat. And it’s also just in time for biscuit week on GBBO.

Now, I am not a sweet person; if you are then one change I would recommend you with this recipe is adding in another 1/2-1tbsp maple syrup, or a couple of fresh medjool dates (do try it without first though, as it tastes great already). If you choose to add the maple syrup, then you may want to reduce the milk by 1tbsp to maintain the thick texture.  As I haven’t personally made this adjustment you’ll have to let me know how it goes!

For this recipe I decided to use some sugar free chocolate I was kindly sent by Discover (review right here:https://ecstaticallyem.wordpress.com/2016/08/24/discover-mini-gianduiotto-review/ ). The texture of this chocolate worked so well in this recipe, but I know that it can be hard to get hold of in shops as its made down south (you can order online), and it’s also a little pricy for the Gianduiotto. The bars themselves are cheaper if you can get hold of them, but alternatively you can use any chocolate you have to hand and it will work just fine. These little chocolates have a hazelnut taste to them, and it really adds something to the recipe, so definitely try a nutty chocolate in the recipe.

With all that said, enjoy this super-easy recipe and let me know what you think! You can eat this just as the dough, serve it with some ice-cream, spread it onto sliced apple- or any other way you can think of. Let’s get going…

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Avocado, Mushroom & Mustard French Toast

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Here in Yorkshire we actually call this “eggy bread”. But that name never quite fits with a sweet recipe- I can’t imagine my Blueberry Cheesecake French Toast sounding appetising as Blueberry Cheesecake Eggy Bread (either way, it is delicious. Recipe right here: https://ecstaticallyem.wordpress.com/2016/08/19/blueberry-cheesecake-french-toast/). Also, my dad’s cooking has left me with bad associations with the term “eggy bread”. It was always greasy and tasted way too eggy (I would say sorry dad, but you know I know you’re an awful cook). Actually, my dad’s cooking has probably left me scarred for life.

However, a savoury French toast could also lead a double life as an eggy bread. As this is the first savoury French toast I think I’ve shared a recipe for, I wanted to get that random eggy bread/French toast discussion out there.

This is a great savoury recipe, which is easy and filling, and suitable for vegetarians. If you’re a vegan and know of a way to make French toast without egg, then its great for you too. Meat eaters: don’t shy away just because of a lack of meat, this is perfect for a Meatless Monday meal. I actually think you’ll enjoy it a lot. The mustard is completely optional, but I think you need the kick that this and the chilli provides to cut through that creamy avocado.

If you’re looking for even more French toast/eggy bread recipes, then here are a couple of links to more ideas on this blog:

Pear & Almond Chia “Cream” French Toast – https://ecstaticallyem.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/pear-almond-chia-cream-french-toast/

Sweet Cinnamon & Banana French Toast –  https://ecstaticallyem.wordpress.com/2015/07/30/healthy-sweet-cinnamon-banana-french-toast-vegan-friendly/

Peanut Butter, Banana & Berry French Toast –  https://ecstaticallyem.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/vegan-peanut-butter-banana-berry-stuffed-french-toast/

With that said, let’s get started on today’s recipe…. Continue reading “Avocado, Mushroom & Mustard French Toast”