Blueberry and almond pancakes

Another Anna Jones inspired mmmmeal. I’ve done these pancakes twice now. The second time I tried it with fried bananas but it didn’t really work for me – though I’d happily add raw sliced banana next time. I also prefer almonds to pecans.

These pancakes are sweet, crunchy, soft, and filling but because there’s no egg, they don’t leave you feeling sluggish.

They’re the best pancakes I’ve ever had except possibly the ones I had at the Bryant Park Hotel in New York (thank you Nicki Thomas for that trip) which also involved bacon, cream and strawberries… I still daydream about those pancakes. Anyway…

I made these for Shaun last weekend and he gave them a big thumbs up. At least I think he did but in truth I was focusing more on eating my own pancakes.

What to use – serves 2

100g porridge oats

1 teaspoon of baking powder

Pinch of sea salt

70g flaked almonds (20g for the flour)

200g organic blueberries

150ml almond milk (or you can use cow’s if you prefer)

Coconut oil to fry in

Organic maple syrup to drizzle over – I use this

Banana – to chop and serve with if you like

Greek yoghurt – I like to add a dollop of this

How to use it

As per Anna’s advice, I milled my own flour using porridge oats. But I also added 20g of flaked almonds to the porridge oats which sweetened the flour and gave it a nuttier vibe. Can flour have a vibe?

To make the flour, I just put the oats into my Nutribullet and whizz them for a couple of seconds. Nothing more complicated involved.

Add the pinch of sea salt (you can leave it out – won’t have a huge impact). Make a well in the middle and add the milk. Stir to make your batter. Leave to rest for a couple of minutes.

Heat a non-stick frying pan to a medium heat and add a teaspoon of coconut oil. I found I had to top it up as I made the pancakes.

Spoon in a ladle of batter. Add about 7 blueberries per pancake – just drop them onto the pancake. After a couple of minutes flip the pancake over and cook for a couple of minutes on the other side. Put into a warm oven while you make the other pancakes. This made about 4 pancakes – 2 each.

To serve, put the pancakes onto your plates, throw over the rest of the blueberries, the almonds, and drizzle over maple syrup. I also added yoghurt as mentioned above.

Eat.

Mmm rating: mm mm mm

Cost per person: £2.50 – depends how expensive your blueberries are – organic are pricey

Calories: Not sure on this one but probably quite high – definitely a treat

What to listen to while cooking: Something upbeat to start your weekend off in an energetic fashion – Ella Henderson – Ghost

What to watch while eating: Not sure about watching tv over breakfast. Maybe read a book or newspaper or check Facebook instead?

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