One of my favourite things about the weekend is brunch. Brunch is hands down the best meal. It allows you to sleep past breakfast but still have breakfast foods. It makes drinking alcohol in the morning socially acceptable and when enjoyed with your girlfriends, it usually involves lots of extremely highbrow conversations about the questionable events from the night before or the latest Kardashian scandal.
Last weekend, this is exactly what my friend Amy and I decided to do. After rolling out of bed at midday, we stumbled downstairs and created these delicious FODMAP-free and guilt-free pancakes. They’re fun to make and even better to eat.
Ingredients: (makes 8 pancakes)
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1tbsp flaxseed
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 5 tbsp golden syrup or maple syrup (optional)
- Coconut oil
Start by cracking the eggs into a large bowl.
Add golden syrup or maple syrup for a sweeter taste.
Mash a banana (the riper the better) and add this and all the remaining ingredients to the mix. I chose to use rolled oats as they are high in fibre and full of vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin B and magnesium. Whilst oats are often not entirely gluten-free, they are low in FODMAPs and therefore can be eaten by everyone on the FODMAP diet. Those avoiding gluten completely can use gluten-free flour.
Blend all your ingredients together. I used this handheld blender.
Then the fun begins! Add a pinch of coconut oil to a frying pan over a medium heat and add approximately half a cup of your mixture, depending how big and thick you want the pancakes to be. Move the mixture around the pan to make an even layer and leave it to cook for about 30 seconds – just enough time to pose for a picture.
When the bottom of the pancake turns golden, flip it over and let the other side cook. Amy and I took it in turns to try and create the perfect pancake and master the flipping technique. We had some inevitable disasters along the way – it’s much harder than it looks!
When the pancake is ready, put it aside and repeat until you’ve used all of your mixture up. We were feeling adventurous and made some chocolate pancakes by adding cacao powder to half the mixture.
To speed up the process, you may want to have two pans on the go. We used the time while the pancakes were cooking to prepare the toppings. We went for a selection of fruit, chia seeds and golden syrup. Remember, it’s brunch so literally anything goes!
Finally, brunch is served!
We enjoyed a good girly catch-up and a delicious meal.
In the wise words of Charles Spurgeon: “there is hardship in everything except eating pancakes”.