Some things need testing, a bit of tweaking here and there, a little bit of adding and subtracting. Mixing, making, eating. Jotting down tweaks, re-doing the recipe, scribbling all over your notes. Some things take some work. Some things work the first time around, but some things don’t. This weekend was a lot of trial and error. A lot of washing up the same bowls, heating up the same gadgets. Only for it to continuously not work. I take my hats off to anyone who creates a recipe book. Here’s me, on a Saturday, practically throwing my mixing bowl through the window in frustration, all for one recipe.
I was trying to make waffles. I love waffles. If I could, I would eat everything in waffle form. Something about them just gets to me. Their perfect shape. Full of corners and squares. Their crisp shell with a fluffy inside. I’m drooling just typing about them… sorry too much information. So, here I was this weekend, trying to make these waffles work. Every single attempt resulted in me scraping them out of the waffle iron, in a thousand little pieces. The shame of it was, they tasted SO GOOD, but they looked so bad. I eventually admitted defeat, this mix and my £20 waffle iron just weren’t meant to be, not for now anyway. Instead, this mix and PANCAKES. Because whats nearly as good as waffles? You got it, PANCAKES.
So here we are, a tasty, veggie packed snack. Be it for breakfast, brunch or dinner. The flavours from the veg are subtle, and a great way to sneak in some extra goodness into your day.
Butternut Squash and Carrot Pancakes (v)
Notes; These can be made gluten-free by swapping spelt flour for buckwheat flour. I used a flax ‘egg’ to help bind the mix, don’t have ground flax? Just add one egg instead.
Makes 6 – 10 pancakes
300g (2 cups) spelt flour
250ml (1 cup) unsweetened almond milk
1 medium carrot (scrubbed and grated)
50g (1/2 cup) grated butternut squash
1 flax ‘egg’ (1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons water)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
70g coconut sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
Topping suggestions: Cacao nibs, banana, peanut butter, maple syrup, yoghurt, plums, mango, ice cream…
First off, make your flax ‘egg’. Mix the ground flax with the water in a cup, and leave to one side for 5 minutes.
Add all the ingredients, except the milk, into a bowl and give it a really good mix. Make sure the carrot and squash get evenly distributed throughout the flour.
Add the flax ‘egg’ to the bowl.
Slowly add the milk, a little at a time, until you have your desired pancake mix consistency. I like mine a bit thicker.
On the hob, heat some coconut oil in a large frying pan. Once hot, ladel some of the mixture into the pan.
Leave to fry on one side for around 3 minutes, until bubbles start to appear in the pancakes.
Flip them and cook on the other side for another couple of minutes.
Keep them warm in a low oven while you cook all your mixture.
Serve with ALL THE TOPPINGS!
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