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Try a plant-based alternative this Pancake Day


By David G Scott

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Today is Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Tuesday, when people celebrate by eating pancakes before the fasting period of the Christian calendar known as Lent.

A plant-based chocolate pancake recipe from Little Cooks Co will give you the perfect treat for all the family.

Try plant based pancakes for Shrove Tuesday.
Try plant based pancakes for Shrove Tuesday.

Little Cooks Co is on a mission to teach kids to love cooking and eating healthy food and to create happy family memories along the way.

Packed with fibre-rich chickpeas and cashews as well as being refined sugar-free, these pancakes avoid the dreaded sugar crash for the kids, and will keep them fuller for longer.

What’s more, you can get kids involved in sieving the flour, flipping the pancakes and spreading the chocolate sauce on their own pancakes, crafting real family memories all from the kitchen counter.

Packed with nutritious chickpeas and cashews, these decadent pancakes are deliciously good for you.

Prep: 5-10 minutes

Cook: 5 minutes

Serves: 4 pancakes

Skills: Sieving flour, whisking, flipping a pancake, chopping fruit

Ingredients you’ll need:

For the pancakes:

100g chickpea/gram flour (your can purchase this at Little Cooks Co)

200ml water

Glug of olive oil

For the chocolate sauce:

60g cashew nuts

60g dates

130ml dairy free alternative to milk

15g cacao powder

For topping:

1 banana

Implements:

Blender

Measuring scales

Frying pan

Spatula/turner

Sieve

Mixing bowl

Whisk

Cooking instructions:

Sieve the chickpea flour into a mixing bowl and whisk in the water and a small splash of olive oil.

Heat a frying pan with a little olive oil. When it's hot pour some batter into it, shape it into a circle and then flip when it starts to bubble and the sides come away (around 2-3 mins) - you will need to use a spatula/turner and if it sticks just give it another minute to cook.

Cook for another 2-3 mins on the other side and then repeat until all of the batter is used up (you may need a splash more olive oil after the second or third pancake).

Blitz the chocolate ingredients in a blender until smooth – add a splash more milk if it needs it to blend easily.

Spread a big dollop of chocolate sauce over one half of a pancake, add sliced banana and then cover with the other half of the pancake.....enjoy.

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