Ooooh these are good. Made at the request of a lovely lady organising local chocolate festivals , for Shrove Tuesday.
No photos of these pancakes dripping with syrup I am afraid, that would overrule what I think is essentially a healthy pancake. It is how many you have, & what you serve these with that will determine whether they are good for you or not though – over to you to decide on that.
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 medium mashed banana
- 265ml milk of your choice (I used almond)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (more to taste if you really need to)
- 160g flour (I used oat)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 30g ground almonds
- 30g good quality cocoa powder
- 30g cacao nibs (or good quality dark choc chips)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Rape seed oil for frying (I used a 100% rapeseed spray)
- Melt the coconut oil then mix all the wet ingredients (vanilla, banana, milk, maple)
- Start to heat a large frying pan on a high heat
- In a larger bowl place all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cocoa, nibs, almonds)
- Add the wet to the dry and mix well
- Add a little oil to the pan, make sure it is really hot and then start frying—I used heaped tablespoons of the mixture, which made 20. You can make them whatever size you like, but make sure they are flatter rather than heaped so that they cook through properly.
20 small pancakes
5 mins + frying time
Cacao is an amazing food, packed full of nutrients. Do not confuse cacao with its lesser cousins such as milk chocolate, this is a health food that we should all be eating. Eaten raw, cacao has 1 of the highest levels of antioxidants of any foods—great for good moods, anti ageing, hair & nails, the liver, boosting metabolism, & protection from heart disease.
Cocoa is roasted cacao powder, which means some of the nutritional benefits will be lost. However I believe good quality cocoa without preservatives is still a nutritious addition to a diet in moderation.
Bananas are renowned for their potassium content, and also being low in sodium which makes them great for hypertension and detoxification. A calming and good mood food, promoting the creation of serotonin in the body. Also high in fibre and great for digestion.
Almonds are a rich source of many nutrients such as Vitamin E, calcium, magnesium. They are also a great healthy fat to eat, as well as fibre and protein. Great for the skin, the heart, the brain, the gut.