As we all know its pancake day pretty soon, and recently I have been going bananas for them… literally. Now is the time to get my pancake game right up and I have been chomping my way through the stacks to create some delicious healthy recipes. I mean everyone loves pancakes right, but everyone loves healthy pancakes more. My Instagram feed is continuously full of yummy looking stacks oozing with chocolate or honey loaded wit delicious tasty toppings. I mean why cant we eat pancakes all day every day, especially when they are healthy and full of benefits. Now you may think that pancake batter will only work when loaded with sugar, butter, milk and flour.
Well you are wrong. Here is where the literally bananas come in. Yes that is right the base of my healthy pancake mixture is bananas. I wanted to give my pancakes an extra boost of healthiness. So as well as jamming them full of bananas, cinnamon and flax seed, I added a great big tablespoon of turmeric and saffron.
SO WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ADDING TURMERIC AND SAFFRON
Well Turmeic has always been a staple in our cupboards. However I am used to adding it into curries and other savoury dishes, not putting them into sweet desserts. Yet there is another reason why it is so great to use turmeric in your cooking. Many high quality studies show that it has major benefits for your body and brain. It has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. This is because it has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. It is also shown to improve brain function and give you a lower risk of brain and heart disease. These are just some of the long list of health benefits turmeric contains. So why not make a pancake mix out of this hey, this is a great way to incorporate turmeric into your diet.
What better spice to pair up with turmeric than saffron. Now saffron is known to be one of the most expensive spices in the world. Originating from the Middle East, the process of picking and making saffron is a costly one. Each flower only produces a few strands, and it take tens of thousands of strands just to make a single ounce. This can make it worth more than gold in weight. So what are the benefits, well saffron has been used medicinally to reduce fevers, cramps and enlarged livers, and to calm nerves. It has also been used externally to for bruises, rheumatism, and neuralgia.
TURMERIC SAFFRON PANCAKES INGREDIENTS (SERVES 2)
TURMERIC SAFFRON PANCAKES METHOD
Place the saffron strands in 1cm of boiling water.
Mash the banana in a bowl until mushy, then add the eggs and mix well until fully combined.
Add the flaxseed, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric and saffron into the mixture and whisk again.
Get your non stick pan – the best is tefal… and add a tsp of coconut oil on medium heat.
Pour in 1/8 of the mixture into the pan, and wait until the mixture bubbles.
In the meantime slice the bananas, and place them into a pan with the honey on medium heat. Let the bananas sautee in the honey.
Once the pancakes are bubbling flip them over as they are ready.
Stack the pancakes up and pour over the bananas and honey.
Interesting fact : In France it is common to touch the handle of the frying pan and to make a wish while the pancake is turned, holding a coin in one hand.
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