Pancake day recipes
Who doesn’t love a pancake? They’re easy, quick, delicious and you can eat them at any time of day. Pancake Day, on 28th February 2017 is a great time to whip some up. The tradition comes from Catholic Shrove Tuesday, the day before the start of Lent, when pancakes were eaten to use up foods like eggs, milk and sugar before the 40 days of fasting began.
5 great ideas to improve your pancakes:
1. Flour. Substitute plain flour for wholemeal to increase the fibre content. Or use gluten-free buckwheat, which also contains fibre and essential nutrients.
2. Add vegies. Pancakes don’t have to be sweet. Up your vitamin intake by adding finely chopped or grated vegies to your batter for a savoury pancake that’s great for any meal. Carrots, corn, zucchini and mashed pumpkin work well and you can add toppings such as roast tomato and avocado.
3. Add nuts. Add healthy fats and protein to sweet pancakes with a sprinkling of nuts. Hazelnuts contain fibre, potassium, folate and vitamin E, and pecans contain fibre and antioxidants.
4. Sweeten with fruit. There’s no need to smother your pancakes in maple syrup. Use fruit to add natural sweetness as well as extra vitamins and minerals. Try a mix of berries such as raspberries, strawberries and blueberries, or caramelised banana or pear.
5. Milk. Replace the full-cream milk in your batter with skim or, for a tangy taste and a super-fluffy batter, buttermilk. It’s high in calcium and beneficial bacteria.