Jumbo Cacao Coconut Protein Pancakes
Good morning my lovelies! I'm now 1 week into my new blog and I'm loving it. It feels great to be able to finally share more with you. As much as I love sharing pictures of my food on Instagram, there's a whole lot more to my life than that! It's nice to be able to get a more personal, to share my thoughts and rambles as well as my recipes so you can try out some of my creations for yourself.
Now recently, I must be honest, I've rather lost my love for social media. With so much 'nonsense' being put out there and so many fad diets and obsessive fitness regimes running rife, it's hard to remind yourself what's what and what a balanced lifestyle really is. If like me you're feeling fed up, constantly frustrated, put down, or in that comparison trap, then DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Get rid of that which does not serve you. If it's not making you happy then why are you still looking at it? Unfollow, unsubscribe, and remove any negativity . I know it's easier said than done, but for your own peace of mind, I promise it's so important. Only let into you life that which serves you.
With that in mind I wanted to share one thing about social media that am really grateful for. I've met some really amazing people over the years. This remains as true today as it did when I began back in 2014. I wanted to share this to remind you that social media isn't all negative. It just depends on how you use it. If you're constantly scrolling through Instagram thinking "oh I wish I looked like XXX" or "I will only eat XXX from now on" then I'm afraid you're using it for the wrong reasons (well that's my opinion anyway!). Instead, I hope that together we can use the many social outlets out there to inspire us to try new things, to visit new places, and to meet new people.
I'm sharing this because one of the lovely girls I got to know a fews years ago through social media is now one of my nearest and dearest friends. In fact, she's been staying at mine this weekend and we're off to explore Vegan Life Live together today at Alexandra Palace!
With a friend (and fellow foodie) to stay, of course it had to be #PancakeSunday for two! I've written this recipe for 1 person, but it can be easily doubled for two (like we did). I decided to go for two jumbo pancakes this time as they're even quicker to make, so are perfect for when you've got a friend over. This is a high protein, vegan and gluten free pancake. But most importantly, it's thick, it's fluffy, it's full of cacao, and my oh my it's delicious. And for once, it's not just my opinion you have to trust. My dear friend thinks so too!
Jumbo Cacao Coconut Pancake
Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 1 person (easily doubled)
Vegan. Dairy free. Gluten free.
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed and 6 tbsp water (a.k.a. 'flax eggs') (one regular egg plus one egg white would also work here if you're looking for a non vegan version)
- 3 tbsp (approx 40g) chickpea flour (or rice, buckwheat, or all purpose)
- 2 tbsp chocolate protein powder (I used That Protein Choco Mocha Super Protein, a blend of organic brown rice protein, raw cacao and coffee. Any chocolate protein powder would work here, but I love this one as it's entirely natural and tastes delicious).
- 1 tbsp coconut flour
- 1-2 tsp brown rice syrup or maple syrup
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum (optional, but helps bind GF baking)
- A pinch of sea salt
- 120ml coconut milk
- Coconut oil, for frying
Toppings - whatever you fancy! Here's what we went for:
- Almond butter/peanut butter
- Fresh berries
- Sliced banana
- Dried mulberries
- Choc shot
- Hemp seeds
- Start by making your 'flax eggs'. Simply mix 2 tbsp of flaxseed with 6 tbsp water in a small bowl. Leave in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to thicken and form a gel (or even better, prepare the night before and leave in the fridge overnight).
- In a mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (chickpea flour, chocolate protein powder, coconut flour, baking powder, xanthan gum and sea salt).
- Add the wet ingredients (mashed banana, flax eggs and coconut milk) and mix well until no lumps remain. You could do this in a small blender if you prefer.
- Now prepare you toppings (before cooking), so that you're ready to eat as soon as it's done!
- Heat a small amount of coconut oil in a large frying pan (making sure to get the pan nice and hot to start with) and then pour the entire mix into the pan and quickly spread across the whole pan, by gently
- Now turn the head down and cook you jumbo pancake 'low and slow' for 2-3 minutes, or until bubbles begin to appear on the top. Gently flip over using a large spatula and one other heatproof utensil. You'll need two to ensure it doesn't break!
- Cook for a further 1-2 minutes on the other side, then slide onto a plate, add your chosen toppings, and serve straight away whilst still warm and fluffy inside!
I know what you're thinking. You wish you'd been there to have a jumbo pancake too. Well, why not give it a try? I promise it's not difficult once you know what you're doing! I'd love to see how you get on or if you have any questions. Feel free to tag me @mylifeisforliving, use the hashtag #mylifeisforliving, or comment below.
Until next time,