Chocolate Orange Pancakes - Gluten Free & Vegan


Happy Pancake Day! 

I say it every year, but I much prefer pancake day to valentines day! 

This year I wanted to make some pancakes with a twist, and my absolute favourite flavouring is chocolate and orange!



(Terry's if you want to make a Vegan Chocolate orange then you would make me extremely happy!) 

These pancakes are made with simple ingredients that you should already have in the cupboard. The only ingredient I had to go out and buy was an orange. I used a fresh orange rather than juice or essence because I wanted that wholesome taste and the zest is full of flavour. But if you would rather use extract then go for it!

The addition of the chia seeds in the mix is purely to add in extra fibre and omega 3 fatty acids. They don't expand much, so you barely notice them in there! 

I haven't given a measurement for the chocolate as I know some people will prefer to add in mountains of chocolate and some people will prefer just a sprinkle. If you want to make them even chocolatier, then the addition of a tablespoon of cacao powder will do just the trick!


The texture of these pancakes is super soft and spongey, you wouldn't believe that they are vegan, and those of you that don't like banana, you can't taste it! 

Toppings wise, I used Pip and Nut crunchy peanut butter, a mixture of seeds and sultanas (I basically finished off the remains of a jar!). But any kind of berry, nut butter, fruit or chocolate would be amazing on these!

Ingredients:

45 Grams of Gluten Free Oats
25 Grams of Gluten Free Flour (I use Dove's Farm)
1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
Half a Ripe Banana - Mashed
2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
100 ml Plant-Based Milk (I used Almond)
Juice and Zest from Half an Orange
Chopped up chocolate (I'll let you decide how much you want to add!)

Method:

1.  Put the oats in a food processor or blender and blitz them until they form a flour-like consistency. 
2. Add in the other ingredients and blend until you have a smooth but thick batter mix (if it is a little too thick for you then add some more milk. 
3. Leave in the fridge for about 10 minutes for the batter to thicken. 
4. Stir in the chopped chocolate. 
5. In a frying pan, add your oil (I used a spray on coconut oil, but olive oil works well too) 
6. Pour in some of the mixture in the pan. This mixture should make 8 round pancakes - depending on how thick you like them! 
7. Cook them on a low heat, and when bubbles start to form, they're ready to flip. 
8. Stack them up, add your toppings and enjoy! 






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