Gluten-free Blueberry Pancakes

Anyone who knows me will know that I am a huge fan of pancakes. They are the perfect weekend breakfast as they feel like the ultimate indulgent treat yet they are so versatile and with a few simple modifications, you easily can transform them into a perfectly nutritious yet equally decadent stack! It all depends on which ingredients you choose to use – swapping the white flour and refined sugar for ground oats and maple syrup is a great place to start.

If you avoid gluten and dairy like myself, or if you’re just looking to enjoy your favourite weekend breakfast in a more healthy way, look no further! Here is my step-by-step guide to making the perfect healthy pancakes.

Ingredients

1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 mashed ripe banana
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground flaxseed
1 tsp maple/date syrup

2 tbsp almond milk

Optional add-ins: 

1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
Handful of blueberries
Dark chocolate chips
 
Topping suggestions:
Fresh berries, Raspberry Chia Jam, Sticky Toffee Date Spread, chunks of Homemade Chocolate, homemade granola (try my Banana Nut Crunch Granola or Nutty Cinnamon Granola, banana slices, maple syrup, raw honey, date nectar, peanut butter, almond butter, homemade cacao sauce (healthy chocolate spread), freshly squeezed lemon juice, desiccated coconut, cacao nibs…

Method

1. Mix the wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry ingredients in another.
2. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk everything together thoroughly.
3. Heat a frying pan with some coconut oil and add 2 tbsp of the batter per pancake.
4. Cook for about 2 mins per side until golden, then flip.
5. Add as many toppings as your heart desires – the more the merrier!

 


 
 
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Daylesford Farmshop & Café is a beautifully decorated restaurant in the heart of Notting Hill. Almost all the fresh ingredients are organic and grown locally on the Daylesford farm in Gloucestershire.


The breakfast options include chia, goji berry and flaxseed Bircher muesli with natural yogurt and stewed fruits, or scrambled egg whites on sourdough toast with smoked salmon. There are several seasonal salads on offer, such as raw winter vegatables with avocado oil and cider vinegar, and raw green kale, butternut squach and spirulina crusted pumpkin seeds. The supper dishes range from the steamed lemon sole or Daylesford beef burger, to chilled raw cashew soup with spirulina, kale and pumpkin seed pesto.


To top everything off, their cold-pressed juices are to die for!


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Nutella Chocolate Brownies Gluten FreeThe Best Chocolate Brownies Gluten Free
These brownies taste like heaven and have that melt-in-your-mouth texture that will satisfy any craving. They are sweet and rich, plus they’re completely free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar – a much healthier take on this classic chocolatey dessert!
 
There’s seriously no better way to relax than one of these chocolate brownies in hand and watching re-runs of old Friends episodes! I love tucking into these as an afternoon snack alongside a Matcha Latte or Hot Chocolate!
 
If you make these, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @cerealandpeanutbutter as I LOVE seeing your creations!

Makes 15 brownies

Ingredients

  • 175g dairy-free butter
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut sugar
  • 85g dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 85g gluten-free self-raising flour (I use a blend of rice, maize and buckwheat flour)
  • 50g cocoa or cacao powder

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180°C and line a brownie tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. Put the dairy-free butter into a saucepan and melt it on a low heat. Pour it into a large bowl, then stir in the sugar and vanilla.
  3. Break the eggs into a small bowl and stir them with a fork. Add them to the large bowl and stir well.
  4. Sift the flour through a sieve into the large bowl.
  5. Add the cocoa powder and chocolate chips and mix everything well.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the tin and smooth the top with the back of a wooden spoon or spatula.
  7. Bake for about 40 minutes.
  8. Chill in the fridge until set and then cut into 15 squares.
 
 
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My new favourite way to start the day is fast, easy, light and incredibly satisfying. Fruit parfait is a highly nutritious breakfast and versatile treat –  you can make it however you choose, mixing up a range of ingredients with different fruit and decorating it with a variety of tasty toppings. 




Ingredients:
Base: Healthy Chocolate Mousse OR Açaí Smoothie OR coconut yoghurt
Strawberries
Banana
Other fruit of choice such as tangerine/kiwi/peach 
Raspberry Chia Jam (or other jam) 
Mixed seeds such as chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
 
Instructions:
1. Alternatively layer the base, granola, fruit and seeds. 
2. Repeat until you have used up all the ingredients. 
3. Serve fresh in a tall glass.
 
 
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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Scientific research has proven that people who eat breakfast are generally slimmer and healthier, as it revs up your metabolism, makes you feel energised and helps to reduce cravings throughout the day.
Pancakes Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Breakfast Healthy
 
Cereal – Aim for cereals that are high in fibre and avoid those that are loaded with sugar. Try my homemade granola (Pecan Pie Granola, Coconut Almond Butter Granola, Chocolate Chip Quinoa Granola, Superfood Goji GranolaNutty Cinnamon Granola or Banana Nut Crunch Granola) with almond milk or homemade Pecan Milk, and I always add fruit, typically chopped banana and fresh berries.

Porridge
– This is oatmeal that has been boiled and prepared slowly until a thick consistency is reached. Health benefits of porridge include appetite regulation, higher energy levels, oxygen transport, muscle recovery, strong bones and boosted immunity. I like to add a spoonful of Raspberry Chia Jam, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a few walnuts which are high in fibre, protein and essential fats.
 
Eggs – There are so many different types – poached, scrambled, fried, boiled, omelettes or my FAVOURITE: SHAKSHUKA… The egg-white are rich in protein, vitamin B, vitamin D and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper, whilst egg yolks are a source of cholesterol, calcium, vitamins A, D, E and K.
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Smoothie – Fruit smoothies can be an easy way to nourish your body with essential nutrients. All you need is a blender, fruit and a base (water/milk). I tend not to follow recipes when making smoothies; instead I just blend together a few of my favourite ingredients. Check out my Zesty Passion Fruit Smoothie Jar or my Açaí Bowl recipes, or for something heartier how about my Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake!
 
Pancakes – Who said pancakes can’t be healthy? A simple way to make them healthy is by adding mashed, grated or chopped fruits or vegetables to your pancake batter, enriching it with vitamins and minerals as well as flavour. Try mixing in banana, pumpkin, cranberries or sweet potatoes. Another trick is to swap regular wheat flour for oats, flaxseed, buckwheat or brown rice flour, which are suitable for coeliacs or people following a gluten-free diet like myself! Try these Chocolate Hazelnut Pancakes or these Almond Butter Popcorn Pancakes. My favourite toppings include spreads like my Walnutella, Sticky Toffee Date Spread and Raspberry Chia Jam, or melted Homemade Chocolate with berries.
 
Pancakes Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Breakfast Healthy
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