Pancake day is one of my favourite days of the year and they tend to be quite a regular breakfast for me as I adore them. Whether you have them for breakfast, lunch or dinner they always satisfy and can be really versatile - adapting to whatever topping combinations you fancy.
However, pancake day could throw those who are gluten free, plant based/vegan or dairy free into a panic as we know the basics of pancakes are eggs, butter and milk. FEAR NOT - As I am currently trying out a plant based diet I wanted to share a recipe that I use to show how easy it is to still enjoy pancakes and not miss out. It is super simple, no fuss, cheap, and ticks all the above boxes if you don't eat dairy or gluten OR if you just want to try something new!
Vanilla Coconut Pancakes
Makes roughly 6 pancakes
1 Cup of Gluten Free Oats
3/4 Cup Coconut Milk
2 TSP of Maple Syrup
1-2 TBSP of Desiccated Coconut (optional)
1 TSP of Vanilla Extract (optional)
Coconut Oil (for cooking)
1. Blend the oats into flour in a blender
2. Add remaining ingredients to the blender and blend till everything is mixed
3. Heat a frying pan with a little coconut oil and pour in the pancake mix making mini pancakes
4. The batter may seem thicker than what you're used to but that is how it should be. Allow your pancakes to brown on one side before flipping
5. Once both sides are browned, repeat till all the mixture is used up and then stack, add your toppings and serve!!
NOTE: Multiply the batter as many times as you need in order to feed all the mouths at your pancake party so you only have to create the batter once!
Flour Substitution: If you are not a fan of coconut flavour then you can take it out, either substituting it with almond flour or no flour at all. The recipe will still work.
Milk Substitution: This also goes for the coconut milk, you can use another nut milk of your preference
FACT: Oats are in fact gluten free...so why do they sell gluten free oats? Oats do not contain gluten however there could be cross contamination in factories with other grains that do contain gluten where oats are processed. So, if you have Coeliacs disease or extreme reactions to gluten then it is always best to buy GF oats to be on the safe side. But if you are just avoiding or have decided to reduce the amount of gluten in your diet then the likelihood is that you should be fine with normal oats if you cant get any GF oats.