Pancake Tuesday Special| Healthy Recipes

Sourdough Pancake

Sourdough Blueberry pancakes, unlike the traditional pancake this sourdough version offers a more complex flavour, they are tarter, richer and slightly denser. The traditional process of sourdough fermentation enhances the nutrient profile of grains, deactivating naturally occurring anti-nutrients while also increasing folate content and the availability of minerals.  A few months ago when I not so accidentally stumbled upon cooked,  a Netflix documentary that explores food through the lenses of the four natural elements – fire, water, air and earth. ”COOKED is an enlightening and compelling look at the evolution of what food means to us through the history of food preparation and its universal ability to connect us. It Highlights our primal human need to cook; the series urges a return to the kitchen to reclaim our lost traditions and to forge a deeper, more meaningful connection to the ingredients and cooking techniques that we use to nourish ourselves”.

I am neither a chef nor an expert in food, yet the unique relationship to food is as long as I remember. I’ve never been to a culinary school. I have never won a competition nor do I want to. Food for me is more than just that. I spend quite a significant amount of time watching food related documentaries and TV programmes and reading about food. The food chemistry intrigues me. This passion wasn’t a coincidence; it was leading me to a greater understanding. So here is a few healthier Pancake version, which I hope you like too.

 Baked Sweet Potato Pancakes

Beware as this is a BAKED PANCAKE!! Baked Sweet Potato Pancake but you can’t bake PAN CAKES? Oh yes, I can. When you want something homemade and tasty but don’t feel like doing a pile of work, then you definitely can. As is often the case I found a sweet potato pancake recipe while surfing the web looking for something else. I wanted to try it but as is also often the case I hadn’t thought to write down the recipe when I found it. I had a fair idea of the ingredients but no clue of the quantities. I was adamant to give it a shot so I but the head down and got busy making some pancakes with my leftover sweet potato mash.

After making the batter, I started cooking them in the pan. To my dismay, the pancakes were sticking to the pan, and the kitchen was filling up with smoke fast. I was so disappointed; I wanted to have a new sweet potato recipe under my belt but more than that I was looking forward to my little sweet potato pancake treat. You know we are always on the look for healthier and tastier kids friendly recipes.

I’m not one to give up easily. Words like ‘stubborn’, ‘relentless’, ‘bull-headed’ and even ‘obsessive’ have been bandied about in the past (by my husband of course, but I have plenty of words for him too I can assure you). I turned on the oven, laid a grease-proof paper on the tray and spooned on the batter. I did a trial run, 12 minutes in the oven, and I was pleasantly surprised that the pancakes were not only tasty and beautiful but held together and lifted off the tray easily. I thought I had to share this ‘from failure to success recipe’ with you, so It had to be made look beautiful for the pictures. Cream or/and honey usually associated with pancakes, so I dolloped on some yoghurt(instead of cream) with a generous drizzle of raw honey.

 

Spelt Flour Pancake is also Dairy free and sugar-free.

Spelt is an ancient grain, it contains gluten, less than the regular wheat but it does contain gluten. Spelt is a member of the grain family and has certain properties which make it in many respects quite different such as the Protein.  Spelt is protein rich, and all these proteins contain all of the nine amino acids needed by the body. These amino acids are called ‘essential’ because the body can’t manufacture them. If you need them, you will have to eat them.

This old flour by nature is a whole food, unlike wheat where the vital nutritional bran and germ usually removed during milling. The substances of spelt found in the inner kernel of the grain. Spelt has high water solubility meaning the grain’s vital substances can be absorbed quickly into the body with the minimum digestive work. In addition to protein spelt contain fats, crude fibre and a significant amount of B17.

 

Matcha Green Tea Pancake

Matcha Green Tea Pancake is a hit every time I make it. Adult or small people it hits the spot. The texture is amazing with the coconut, a sweet, nutty smell from the Spelt flour and a pillowy feel with the creamy almond milk.

With melting butter on top, it’s like magic in the mouth. Matcha also has significant health benefits; it’s a good brain food, good for the heart, aids burn stored fat in the body and has anti-cancer properties. From press to plate this recipe can be made within an hour. It pairs well with some coconut yoghurt!

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