Indy Power's stacks of love: Gluten-free and vegan chocolate pancakes
Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to make these chocolate pancakes, whether it's a bit of self-love or you're making them for someone special. I make all my pancakes in the blender - less washing up and they're ready in minutes.
Serves 2. Gluten-free & vegan
120g gluten-free oats
300ml nut milk
15g nut butter
7g ground flaxseed
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp baking powder
10g cacao powder
Coconut oil for frying
Toppings: berries, nut butter, dark chocolate, maple syrup
1. Add all of the ingredients to your blender. Blend on high until smooth. Let it sit for 2-3 minutes, it will thicken as it rests. Blend again.
2. Place a non-stick pan on medium-high heat. Add in about half a teaspoon of coconut oil. When it's melted, pour about a sixth of the mixture into the pan. Cook for about 60 seconds on the first side until lots of bubbles have formed in the centre, then flip and cook for another 30 seconds.
3. Repeat with all of the mixture, adding a little more coconut oil to the pan as needed. Stack them on top of each other as they're done to keep them warm.
4. Serve with nut butter, a drizzle of melted dark chocolate and fresh berries.
You wouldn't think it to look at them but I actually got the idea for these pancakes because I was trying to find a way to get some extra iron into my diet. When eating a plant-based diet it's really important to make sure that you are getting enough calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin B12 (more on this one another day). Cacao powder is a great source of iron and adds about 5g to these pancakes. Lentils, beans, nuts, seeds, oats and leafy greens are other good plant-based sources. It's also worth boosting your vitamin C as plant foods contain non-heme iron, which the body can't absorb as well as the heme iron found in meat. Pairing iron-rich foods with vitamin C helps to increase absorption.
Speaking of Valentine's and chocolate puts one thing on my mind - Booja Booja chocolate truffles. If you haven't tried them, they're organic, dairy- and gluten-free chocolates that are one of my favourite treats. They're vegan and no matter what way you eat, I genuinely think they are some of the nicest chocolates ever (my non-vegan mother will agree!). They come in a few gorgeous flavours. My favourites are the almond salted caramel, but there's a few new ones that I've yet to try that sound even better - toffee strudel and honeycomb caramel. If you need a last-minute Valentine's gift, I get them in Nourish (nourish.ie) and the pretty boxes are perfect for gifting.