Perfect Vegan Pancakes.

Pancakes!

I’ve aced vegan pancakes!

If you scroll through my recipe feed my pancake obsession will quickly become evident.

It started with my PB+J pancakes and quickly got out of hand… Since attempting to follow a mainly plant based diet I’ve been playing around with a few favourites seeing if I can “veganize” them. I’ve had some success and also some mega failures…

I’ve finally managed to perfect FLUFFY vegan pancakes – ditching the eggs in pancakes was a little scary but I’ve subbed in some quinoa flour, a little more bi-carb and baking powder and the results are awesome!

Speaking of awesome… two of my cousins, Mark and Ant came to visit on the weekend. What a weekend it was!

They arrived on Friday night with their road bikes stashed in the back of their car… We quickly got stuck into some beers on the balcony, laughed until my cheeks and abs were sore and woke up with a hazy head! Well worth it.

Loaded up with booze and our bikes, we road tripped down to Huskisson on Saturday afternoon for the Husky Running Festival on Sunday.

We were all so wrecked from the night before, we ended up having dinner at the pub before 6pm and didn’t even touch any of the alcohol!

Ant insisted on watching the election while I moaned about how much of a punish it was to be spending my Saturday night like this. To be honest though, I don’t think I was capable of much more than lounging and whinging that night!

Ant spooning his baby.
Ant spooning his baby.

Sunday morning Mark, Ant and I jumped on our bikes and went for a little 17K spin around Husky to get my legs ticking over for the run.

Obligatory family photo!
Obligatory family photo!

We got Lise to take a family photo for our mums!

It was seriously so great hanging with the boys. I haven’t laughed that hard in such a long time and it’s nice to spend time with family and appreciate just how similar we all are!!

Lisey and I made our way down to the start line just before 10. After 2 false starts caused by the starters we were off and racing!

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I led from the start which is definitely a first and cruised on home in the very slow time of 22:59. First girl  and 19th overall. I felt pretty good the whole way and definitely didn’t push myself  hard so I guess I’ll be happy with that!

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I wanted to do the 2K afterwards with Ant and Mark but neither of them wanted a bar of it. So we stopped in at the pub for a cider instead.

When the boys left I was definitely sad! It was the same feeling as when you’re a kid and someone leaves and you feel so empty! We are going to organise some more rides soon… Ant’s thrown out the idea of family cycling jerseys haha! Look out!!

Lisey finished her first 5K in an awesome time too! I don’t know how sold she is on the whole fun run thing, but I’m wearing her down slowly!

Anyways – it’s time for snacks.

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I sliced up half a banana and popped it into the frypan and then poured pancake batter over the banana. SO GOOD. It brings out the natural sugars too.

Mmmmmm studded with banana!
Mmmmmm studded with banana!

I didn’t add any sweetener to my strawberries either, I like the tartness of them but if that’s not what you’re into just add a little maple or rice malt syrup.

You can top with nut butter too if you want. I’ve given up peanut butter for now… when you’re eating an 800g tub in 3 days it’s really time to start reassessing your peanut butter habit… I wish I was exaggerating but I’m totally not!!

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The bits and pieces

1/4 C wholemeal spelt flour

1/2 C unsweetened almond milk

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bi-carb soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp apple cider (or white) vinegar

1 tbsp rice malt syrup

1-2 tbsp quinoa flour

1 tsp organic vanilla extract

1 banana, sliced

Strawberry Sauce

1 cup strawberries

1 tbsp water

1 tbsp maple or rice malt syrup (optional)

1 tbsp cinnamon

 

In a small bowl, add almond milk and vinegar. Let sit while you get other ingredients together.

In a separate bowl, add both flours, cinnamon, baking powder and bi-carb and mix well.

Add wet ingredients to dry mix and stir well – careful not to over mix! Nobody likes rubbery pancakes!

In a large fry pan heat a small amount of oil over high heat and add banana slices. Fry for 30 seconds before dolloping pancake mix over the top.

Turn heat down to medium and cook for 6-8 minutes before flipping.

While these are cooking, add strawberries, water, cinnamon and sweetener in a small saucepan over medium-high heat stirring well until strawberries start to “melt”.

Remove pancakes, top with strawberry sauce and remaining banana.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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