Growing up, like most people, we always had pancakes for dinner on Shrove Tuesday - it was without a doubt the best dinner of the year. Turkey and ham just don't compare to pancakes.
I still love my Mum's wafer thin pancakes with butter, lemon and sugar but for the love of my thighs I am refraining from such heavenly delights these days and loving all the healthy alternatives out there.
I have attempted banana pancakes a few times and although they are delish they are so messy and unpredictable (yes pancakes can be little divas dontcha know).
So I decided to try some Clean and Lean pancakes adapted from James Duignan's amazing diet book (it will change your attitude towards food).
The pancakes are really simple. For two hungry people you will need:
100g organic rolled oats
200g cottage cheese
4 organic eggs
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of organic flaxseed
And your choice of toppings, we used blueberries, banana, maple syrup and organic natural yoghurt.
To make the pancake mixture throw all the main ingredients into a blender and whizz them up until smooth.
When it is nice and smooth it is ready to ladle onto pre-heated pans coated in some olive oil.
I like to have two pans on the go for some extra pancake making efficiency (I might invest in a third). They need just over a minute and a half on each side, best to wait for plenty of little bubbles to rise before flipping the first side.
When they are nicely golden brown on both sides it is time to serve them up. The batter made 4.5 fairly thick pancakes this week but when I tried them before I managed 5 so just depends.
Now time for some healthy toppings...
The final product...
They are a really tasty alternative to the real thing and so satisfying they will keep you going all morning. I think I will try make them a little thinner next time but as they say practice makes perfect and me and my test crew will definitely enjoy practicing these again...
Whatever pancakes you are having this Pancake Tuesday I hope you enjoy them! Oh and if you know of a banana pancake recipe that doesn't stick to pan please do share...