Carrot Cake Pancakes

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These don’t need much of a write-up. They’re delicious yet healthy. They’re fluffy and amazing and they taste like carrot cake and you need them in your life.

Just make these okay?

Please.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, 2/3 mashed and the rest sliced
  • 1 small carrot grated
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons flour (I used chickpea)
  • 1.5 tablespoon plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • handful raisins and almonds chopped roughly
  • butter/olive oil to cook
  1. Mix together the mashed banana and the egg
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients
  3. Mix well
  4. Heat a pan and lightly coat with butter/oil
  5. Drop in ~1.5 tbs of the pancake batter and wait until the bottom is browned
  6. (bubbles should form on the pancakes)
  7. Flip and cook on the other side
  8. Transfer all pancakes to a plate and top with remaining banana slices, chopped fruit and toppings of choice

Topping Ideas

– honey, maple syrup, coconut chips, nuts, peanut butter, dried fruit, chocolate chips, flax seeds, cream cheese, caramel, butter

 

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal with Toppings

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Chocolate for breakfast? Whaaaat?

I was never an oatmeal person but recently I’ve converted. Or maybe I just like to have an excuse to pile on toppings. I’ve always been big on toppings – ice cream sundaes, pizzas, tacos – it’s the toppings that cinch the deal.

And this breakfast couldn’t be easier. The basic oatmeal is 4 (!!) ingredients and takes around 5 minutes. Decide on what type of oatmeal you want to have, add toppings, and you’re good to go!

Anyway. This is an extremely healthy yet indulgent breakfast. Feel free to play with the toppings and add ins however you wish!  I’ve given you a basic oatmeal recipe with lots of variations! The one pictured above is chocolate banana oatmeal with banana slices, chocolate sprinkles, honey, cashew butter and toasted hazelnuts.

Variations:

– Chocolate Banana – Add 1 tsp cocoa powder and 1/2 mashed banana, top with the other half of the banana slices and chocolate sprinkles/chips

– Pumpkin pie – Add 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice/cinnamon and 1/2 cup pumpkin puree

– Apple pie – Add 1/2 diced apple, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and a handful of raisins, replace sugar with honey

– Cinnamon banana bread – Add 1/2 mashed banana and 1/2 tsp cinnamon, replace sugar with honey

– Coffee – Add 1 tsp instant coffee powder and increase sugar by a bit

– Peanut Butter & Jam – Add 1 tsp peanut butter, top with peanut butter and jam

– Pina Colada – Add 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut, top with pineapple/mango/peach

– Fruit & Nut – Add chopped up dried fruits (raisins/dates/dried figs/cranberries/apricots) and nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts/pecans), replace sugar with honey, top with nut butter and more dried fruit and nuts

– Banana Nut Crunch – Add 1/2 mashed banana and chopped nuts, top with granola and sliced banana and more nuts

– Chocolate explosion – Add 1 tsp cocoa powder, chopped dates (optional) and chocolate chips, top with more chocolate chips or chocolate sauce

– Or you could just play around with the add ins and toppings to suit your fancy!

More Topping Ideas

Fresh fruit (berries, mango, pineapple, peach, apple, pear, banana etc.)

Dried fruit

Nuts

Nut Butters, Nutella

Chocolate sprinkles, Chocolate chips, Chocolate sauce

Shredded Coconut

Honey, Maple Syrup, Cinnamon sugar

Granola, Popped Amaranth

Flax seed, sunflower seeds, toasted pumpkin seeds

Basic Recipe:

1/2 cup quick oats

1 cup milk (I used normal low fat milk, but a non-dairy milk like almond or soy would also work)

1/2 – 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar (according to taste, added ingredients and toppings)

1 tsp vanilla essence

Cook milk over low heat

Add oats and sugar, bring to a boil

Add vanilla essence and other add-ins, cook for a a couple of minutes

Transfer to a bowl and add toppings

Pancakes

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I love breakfast. It’s my favorite meal of the day – probably because it’s the only meal for which you can have dessert and people won’t look at you like you’re crazy.
Pudding for dinner is a no-no but french toast for breakfast is okay.

I don’t get it but I’m not complaining. Especially when pancakes are on the menu.

Pancakes have always been a personal favorite for me. With maple syrup or whipped cream, fresh fruits or chocolate chips, pancakes are always amazing.

This is a simple but delicious recipe for pancakes. Whenever there’s buttermilk at home, I find an excuse to make these!

There are tons of heavy, decadent pancake recipes out there. Although peanut butter-chocolate pancakes like these or these tiramisu pancakes would be delicious, these simple poppy seed buttermilk pancakes are light and perfect to quickly whip up and satisfy a morning sweet craving.

They are practically fool proof. I’ve made them several times, changing up the flavors and flours and they always turn out fluffy and divine.

Adapted from here

I add some brown sugar for sweetness and some vanilla essence to give it a bit more flavor. I normally don’t have baking soda so I substitute it for all baking powder and the texture is still quite fluffy. If you don’t have/like whole wheat flour, feel free to use all purpose but I love the nutty, wholesome taste it gives. And of course, it’s much healthier.

Variations:
– Add 1 teaspoon lemon zest or orange zest
– Add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
– Use walnuts or almonds or any other nut instead of sunflower seeds

Poppy Seed Buttermilk Pancakes (Makes around 8 pancakes)

1 cups white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/5 cup poppy seeds
1/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds
1 1/4 cups organic buttermilk
1 large organic eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 tablespoons butter (softened)
1 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
a bit of butter or olive oil for the pan

Mix flour, baking powder, salt & seeds in a large mixing bowl.
Add buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, butter and sugar and mix until combined well.
Heat a dab of butter or 1/2 tsp olive oil on a flat pan
Pour some batter on the pan and wait for a a minute or two until the pancakes fluffs up and is brown on the bottom. Flip and cook the other side.
Add a bit more oil or butter as required and repeat with the rest of the batter.
Serve hot, with maple syrup or honey and some fresh fruits and nuts.