Pancakes – to avoid or not to avoid, that is the question!

Happy Pancake Day!

Who doesn’t like pancakes?  If you are one of those people, turn away now.  This isn’t going to interest you at all!  For those of you that do love pancakes,but worry about the eating too much rubbish side of life, here are a couple of ideas to make them even healthier.  Keep that in mind. Pancakes, which aren’t quite a health food, aren’t as bad for you as you might think, especially if you make them yourself.

Alas, I have no standard recipe for you.  I don’t really do too well with recipes (which is a shame, but there you go).  I often just take a standard recipe, and make some changes depending on what I feel like. Hence my spelt pancake recipe here.   Keep the tips below in mind, and you won’t go far wrong.

Use REAL ingredients:  butter, or at least not hydrogenated margarine are better than margarine which is full of stuff which you just can’t process.  Organic eggs are going to be full of good stuff.  Likewise organic milk is going to have milk in it, without the addition of grim growth hormones and antibiotics.  If you don’t do dairy, rice milk is good in pancakes, and a bit of oil and some bicarb will help the panckes rise instead of eggs and butter.  Wholemeal flour is a better choice, in terms of fibre, but it can make the pancakes a tad heavy – as it’s a special treat, maybe go half and half!  Or you could try spelt flour which is easier to digest!

The least healthy part of a pancake is always going to be what you put in it.  Try swapping sugar for honey, chocolate spread for some melted dark chocolate, or syrup for real maple syrup.

Blige, that sounds lush.  See, no reason at all to avoid pancake day.

2 thoughts on “Pancakes – to avoid or not to avoid, that is the question!

  1. Great tips – I love pancakes.
    the recipe isn’t so much a recipe ; it’s just:
    100g plain flour
    a pinch of salt
    1x organic free-range egg
    0.5 pint of milk (I use organic skimmed)

    method:
    sieve the flour (with a pinch of salt) into a bowl
    crack in the egg
    add a little of the milk and whisk until smooth
    now gently add the rest of the milk whilst whisking.
    bingo – you’ve made a pancake mix!

    now take 1x ladle of mix per pancake and fry in a pan with a little oil or butter (yup – i know it’s bad but better than marg, eh?)

  2. Thanks Mike – lovely simple recipe. And absolutely: butter is far better than marg, as it is stable at high heat. Which is always a good thing!

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