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vegan banana pancakes for soothing the soul

Some days you just feel rubbish, exhausted after a weekend’s sociabilities, your brain feels super wired and you just can’t seem to motivate yourself to do much more than cuddle on the sofa with a duvet, hot water bottle, music to soothe your soul and your laptop to keep posting endless blogs on the internet in hope that you’ll feel better.

But there is always one more thing – pancakes!

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These wonderful little beauties have given life to my weary spirit more times than I care to imagine, beautifully soft, filling, comforting and subtly sweet – they are completely vegan, gluten and refined sugar free, so no crazy unpredictable highs and lows of sugar crashes that you really don’t need when you are already feeling a little low.

To make:

1 cup brown rice flour
3/4 cup plant-based milk (rice, soya, almond or oat all work)
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp GF baking powder
Pinch sea salt

Extra toppings: Chopped banana, fresh blueberries, raspberries, raisins, coconut, cacao nibs, ground cinnamon, soya yoghurt (or anything else you love!).

1). Simply mix all ingredients in a big ol’ bowl and leave to thicken for 5-10 minutes.
2). When ready, gently heat some oil up in a frying pan over a medium-high heat, and drop a big glob of batter into the pan. Press chopped banana slices and blueberries into the pancake, and leave to cook on one side for about a minute and a half, then flip over and cook on the other side for a further 30 seconds or a little longer if needed, depending on the thickness.
3). Turn over onto a waiting plate, and repeat the process for however many pancakes you would like! This mix makes between 4-5, depending on size. These are more like fluffy, thick canadian-style pancakes rather than crepes, so give that lovely sweet, comforting feeling that feels wonderfully nourishing to a weary soul.
4). Top with yummy fresh fruit, yoghurt and a little maple or rice syrup if desired!

These are a complete staple in our house, and I love how simple they are to make, yet how deliciously satisfying they feel to my soul when I’m in need of just a little self loving and comforting.

Enjoy!

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