Flaxseed Pancakes

Getting omega-3 into you diet by consuming healthy oils could not be easier thanks to this super yummy pancake recipe. These pancakes are light, fluffy, and utterly delicious!

As we covered in an earlier blog post this week, flaxseeds are fantastic for for your health and full of goodness! Not only do they aid digestion but they’re also good for protecting the body against free-radical damage and disease. Maple syrup is also a healthy addition to this recipe and is what makes these pancakes extra delicious! Maple syrup contains a range of minerals, such as manganese, magnesium, calcium and potassium – all of which are essential to your continued good health! Maple syrup also contains an abundance of riboflavin which aids the metabolic process.

Flaxseed Pancakes 2To make enough pancakes to feed four people, you will need the following ingredients:

1/2 a cup / 5oz / 150g wholewheat (all-purpose) flour
2 tbsp of flaxseed oil plus extra for cooking
1 tsp of baking powder
1/4 tsp of baking soda
1/2 a cup / 4fl oz / 125ml of dairy-free milk
2 tbsp of maple syrup

Flaxseed Pancakes1The first thing you will need to do is place all of the ingredients in a large bowl and beat until the mixture forms a smooth batter.

You can then drizzle a little flaxseed oil into a small skillet (frying pan or pancake pan) and set on a medium heat. When the oil is hot, pour two or three tablespoons of the batter into the skillet so that it covers the bottom of the pan in a thin layer. Pay close attention as the pancake cooks and turn the pancake after approximately four minutes to cook the other side. Once each pancake is cooked you can remove from the pan and repeat with the rest of the batter.

Once all of your batter has been used up, drizzle your stack of pancakes with a little more maple syrup and top with your favourite berries or slices of banana. Serve immediately and enjoy!

This is one of the recipes from my book – Eat Real Foods – which was released this week!!! You can order your copy in the UK by clicking here and order your copy in the U.S by clicking here!

Chestnut Chia Savory Pancakes with Peach Salsa

Pancakes are no longer just a meal for the morning! With this dish you can nourish your body at any time of the day with a combination of savory pancakes and sweet peaches. Peaches are at their freshest during the summer months but they are generally available all year round. This fruit is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E as well as several complex B vitamins. Additionally, peaches are a delicious dose of potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, iron and zinc! Peaches will also provide you with a healthy portion of fiber, however, the majority of the fiber is in the skin so be sure to eat this too!

As you’ll be able to tell from several of my previous recipes, I LOVE chia seeds and the benefits they bring to the body are so incredible considering their tiny size! Check out this post to find out all about them! Then, when you’re ready to try these pancakes for yourself, find the following ingredients!

For the Pancakes:

2 and a 1/2 cups of chestnut flour
1/4 of a cup of chia seeds
3 tsp. of caraway seeds
1 and a 1/2 tsp. of ground turmeric
2 tsp. of sea salt
1 small red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
2 and a 1/2 cups of water
Coconut oil for frying

For the Peach Salsa:

4 ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and chopped
1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
1 green jalepeno chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
3 Tbsp. of fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp. of olive oil
1 tsp. of coconut nectar/syrup or honey
Sea salt and pepper to taste
A handful of fresh coriander, chopped

savory_chia_pancakesAll you have to do to make the peach salsa is to add all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk together.

Then, to make the pancakes, take a large bowl and whisk all the ingredients together except the water. Next, slowly pour the water in, whisking as you go, until a batter is formed. Cover the batter and then let it sit for 30 minutes.

The next step is to heat an 8-inch skillet and melt the coconut oil until it covers the hot pan. After 30 minutes, whisk the batter again and pour about a 1/3 of a cup into the skillet. Cook the pancake for approximately two minutes until the edges start to turn brown. Then using a spatula, carefully flip the pancake over the other side and cook for another two minutes. It doesn’t need to be perfect! Add more oil before cooking each pancake. Once the pancakes are all cooked, serve immediately with the peach salsa.

Chia Coconut Pancakes

It’s about time I posted a breakfast, right? I was psyched about this one as it’s different but easy to make.  AND the nutritional value is out of this world.  There are a lot of pancake recipes out there that use wholewheat flour, but coconut flour is new and now my new best friend.  Coconut flour is a delicious, healthy alternative to wheat and other grain flours. Ground from dried, defatted coconut meat, coconut flour is high in fibre and low in digestible carbohydrates. A single 2 Tbsp serving of coconut flour delivers 5 grams of fibre with only 8 grams of carbs.  Lovin’ that, right?!

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And don’t even get my started on Coconut Oil!  Coconuts are everywhere now and I’m loving it!  From shampoo to moisturiser, to cooking and putting into your smoothies (yes!  smoothies!) you can’t go wrong with Coconut Oil!  Listen up!

Here are the Health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids that accelerate and stimulates metabolism, and definitely gives you more energy.  Coconut oil has a good quantity of caprylic acid in it which is well known to kill off excess candida by targeting harmful bacteria.  It is also rich in lauric acid which protects your heart by reducing total cholesterol and increasing the good cholesterol.

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And here is an astounding fact about coconut oil; even though it is a fat, it can actually help with weight loss!  The healthy medium chain fatty acids do not circulate in the bloodstream like other fats; they are sent directly to the liver and are converted into energy. Thus the body does not store the fat in coconut oil as fat; it uses it to produce energy instead.  Loving that one!

Also, it doesn’t produce an insulin spike – instead, it actually helps to control blood sugar by improving the secretion of insulin.  So, good for diabetics!  And lastly, (although there are MANY more benefits!) coconut oil as studies done on residents in the Pacific Islands showed that their diets included 30-60% of their calories from saturated coconut oil and yet they have a nearly non-existent rate of cardiovascular disease!

And don’t even get my started on the topical benefits.  Yes!  You can put it on your skin and hair! It speeds up healing on the skin but is also a great moisturiser as well as conditioner for the hair!

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If you’re wondering how the heck are we going to make pancakes without eggs?!  Well, that’s one of the many beauties of chia seeds…. they can be used as an egg replacement as well!  Yes, C’est vrai!  Simply combine 1 Tbsp of Chia with 3 Tbsp of water and let the seeds expand for about 20 minutes, and voila!  You have a seriously healthy alternative to eggs!  The benefits of Chia Seeds are seriously UNREAL – well, have a look at my other post called ‘Chia Seeds – A Cool Superfood’ and you’ll see why.  With the combo of coconut and chia – this breakfast is super special, nutritious and superfood delicious!  Grab yourself these ingredients!

Makes about 12 silver dollar pancakes:

6 Tbsp chia combined with 18 Tbsp water (let sit and expand for at least 20 minutes)

1/3 cup coconut oil

2/3 cup coconut milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 cup coconut palm sugar

1/2 cup coconut flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

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You will first need to combine the chia seed mixture, coconut oil, coconut milk, vanilla and coconut sugar in a large bowl. You can then add coconut flour and baking powder. Mix again until lumps are incorporated. Scoop about a 1/4 cup of the mixture onto your hot pan to make your silver dollar pancakes.  YUM!

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