Pancake Tuesday is upon us.
The nation will go on the batter in a big way, with an estimated 12 million pancakes being consumed on the day.
With the exception of Christmas dinner, there is hardly a culinary event that excites the country the way Pancake Tuesday does.
Pancake Tuesday Excitement
Pancake toppings dominate the kitchen conversation for days in advance of Pancake Tuesday:
Lemon and sugar
If you’re on a healthy eating journey – the thought of Pancake Tuesday can bring you out in a cold sweat. Do you go big for one day and indulge or do you force yourself to resentfully refrain?
I Have Good News
There is absolutely NO reason you can’t enjoy Pancake Tuesday like the rest of the flippin’ nation.
Typically pancakes are made with white flour, which is low in fibre and, as a result, less filling. Pancakes aren’t particularly high in protein - a macronutrient that helps you feel fuller for longer. Add to that the sugary toppings and you’re looking at a meal (or in some cases an extra meal) that may be drool-worthy but does little or nothing to add nutritional content to your day.
Now the good news…When you make pancakes from scratch they can have a lot of healthy qualities. Firstly, when you make them with whole grains like wholewheat flour or oats, you will be consuming heart-healthy, filling fibre. Secondly, you can add extra-healthy toppings, like fruit to boost vitamins and fibre and protein-packed nuts to transform your pancake into a nutritious, tasty meal.
Now as Pancake Tuesday is a particularly special day for us Irish, I’ve got a special, mouth-watering but healthy pancake recipe for you to try out…zero guilty, just pure food pleasure.
Chocolate Raspberry Pancake
½ cup raspberries
25g almond butter
300ml almond milk
5g ground flaxseed
10g cacao powder
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil
These pancakes are decadent, rich and so satisfying. Literally, all you have to do is add all the above ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
Heat a non-stick pan on medium-high heat and melt a teaspoon of coconut oil. When melted, pour enough mixture in to create the pancake of your desire size – I tend to make small ones for the kids and they’re easier to flip. Cook for 2-3 minutes until lots of little bubbles appear on top of the pancake…then flip and cook for a further minute.
Repeat with the remaining mixture and stack them on top of each other to keep warm.
Serve with fresh berries, chia seed jam, chopped nuts, nut butter or a drizzle of maple syrup.
Check out these other, equally guilt-free pancakes recipes to ensure you have the best pancake Tuesday:
Enjoy your Pancake Tuesday and pop a comment below to let us know if you try any of these super options.
Co-Founder, Pepper Hustle