Hi guys, I really wanted to share with you my healthy Pancake Day – which having been gluten-free for the past 14+ years, hasn’t always been the easiest or yummiest thing to do!
I’ve experimented over the years with gluten-free pancake mixes and also pre-made gluten-free pancakes (which I think are tiny and more like scotch pancakes than the thin, larger pancake I associate with pancake day!)
But this year I have this pancake mix shown below, that I’ve tried, tested and given the green light to make my pancake day ‘flippin’ fantastic this year (like what I did there, playing on the action of flipping pancakes in the pan 😉😉)
Pancake Day the healthy way – All about the healthy pancakes on my menu:
This pancake mix is super healthy as it is mainly made of a mix of brown rice flour, quinoa, buckwheat, tapioca flour and flaxseed. Plus, not only is this mix gluten-free but it is also: GMO free, Sugar free, Vegan, Vegetarian and Made in the UK. I know right, I felt healthy just looking at the box!
Product Review: SweetPea Pantry Grainy Brainy Pancake Mix.
Well me and my older brother had lots of fun in the kitchen trying these pancakes, although he had even more fun watching me try to toss a pancake in the pan! See my photo below for the mess I made as it fell overboard and broke apart… Lets just say he is the biggest tosser out of us two (shhh don’t tell him I said that!)
We followed the directions on the box and tried our 1st pancake. We felt the mixture was too thick and because of this, it was hard to spread around the pan and took longer to cook because of its depth.
There was no time-wasting, we took the executive decision to add in an extra amount of the chosen milk or milk alternative as directed on box. That extra bit of liquid made the consistency of the mixture SO much better for spreading around the pan, shorter cooking time and making more of a traditional thinner pancake too.
My parents joined in with the taste testing – neither are gluten-free but both said they enjoyed the taste of the pancakes, but could tell they were eating a healthier version than their normal traditional batter pancakes with full-blown gluten and wheat flour in.
Personally, I love the feeling of knowing what I’m eating is a healthier version. However, I know for some it may spoil or change the treat that Pancake Day is to them, esp if they treat themselves to lashes of sweet & sugary treats on top of their pancakes.
Myself, I am a maple syrup kind of girl. However, if you are looking for healthier toppings as well as a healthier pancake this year, maybe you could try some of these…
- Strawberries, blueberries, Acai berries & others in the berry family.
- Low-fat yoghurt
- Natural local honey.
- Coconut sugar
- Coconut butter
- Natural honey & mixed nuts and seeds (linseed, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, poppy seeds etc…)
Here is why we celebrate Shrove Tuesday as Pancake Day:
Some may take part in Pancake Day but not actually know what the origins of this tradition are. Pancake Day is actually ‘Shrove Tuesday’ and it is the day of feasting before Lent starts the following day on Ash Wednesday. As Lent is traditionally a time of fasting for the Catholics and Christians who follow this tradition, people used up their eggs and oils by making pancakes so that the ingredients weren’t wasted being uneaten throughout Lent.
Well, whichever type of pancake or toppings you choose this year, I hope you have an enjoyable Pancake Day this Shrove Tuesday. Maybe you are also considering giving up something for the Lent period that follows? Or thinking of adding in something new to do instead and making a new habit this Lent?
Well I have a free gift that would be perfect for this. It is a free printable ‘Weekly Gratitude Diary’ and each day during Lent you write down things you are grateful for that day, no matter how big or small! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.
This new habit can really have positive and joyful results. Click the blog title below to read all about why this is such a good thing to try: The Power of THANKFULNESS! Top Tips for logging GRATITUDE, to bring more happiness & inner peace into your life, through the joy of gratefulness!
Enjoy your pancakes everyone and feel free to let me know in the comments what your chosen topping is. Please also let me know in the comments if you have downloaded my free gift and how you are getting on using it… Helen
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