HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY dear readers!
I hope that this special day is one filled with plenty of love, happiness and of course an excuse for you to all indulge in various foods especially dessert or at least I know I will be ;P I know that most guys and maybe most girls don’t really celebrate Valentine’s day as they think it is a holiday conjured up by the people at Hallmark so that people spend various sums of money on their loved ones whether it be insanely expensive roses or taking your boyfriend or girlfriend out to a fancy dinner…I still naively think it’s a nice day just to remind your loved one that they are special and treasured by you. They say every day should be a special day and that is completely true but why not once in a while celebrate your love and care for all your loved ones by just doing the little things =)
I decided to make Mr Muscles pancakes for Valentine’s Day. I wanted to make him heart-shaped pancakes but unfortunately it did not turn out that way as my batter was too thin and as I was pouring out my batter into the pan, the mixture would always spread too quickly. I made some deformed heart pancakes at the start but decided to just settle on normal round sized pancakes. I made this pancakes vegan and used wholemeal spelt flour as the base then added in mashed strawberries and a bit of maple syrup to sweeten them up. I was really happy with the way they turned out albeit a few odd-looking pancakes from the first few batches. Mr Muscles seemed to enjoy the pancakes which I served with some chopped strawberries and some pure maple syrup.
I loved the fact that with each bite of the pancake, there was a lovely burst of strawberries in your mouth. The pancakes weren’t too sweet and I liked that as you got most of the flavour from the strawberries itself. Next time I might process the strawberries in a food processor as I found it very difficult to mash the strawberries with just a fork. This also added problems during cooking the pancakes as the strawberries would spread in lumps on the pan and therefore it was harder to cook the pancakes more evenly for each batch.
Vegan Strawberry Pancakes
- 1 1/4 Cups of Wholemeal Spelt Flour
- 2 Tsps of Baking Powder
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 1/4 Cups of Vegan Buttermilk (1 1/4 Cups of Buttermilk + 1-2 Tbs of Apple Cider Vinegar)
- 2 Tbs of Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbs of Pure Maple Syrup
- 1 Tbs of Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Cup of Mashed Strawberries
- Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
- Make your vegan buttermilk in a smaller bowl by placing some apple cider vinegar into the milk and leave it aside to let it curdle for a few minutes.
- Add in the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract into the buttermilk mixture and whisk.
- Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine being careful not to overmix the batter.
- Add in the mashed strawberries by folding them in gently.
- Put your pancake batter mixture into a pancake pen or a snap lock bag with one side snipped off for easy pouring.
- Heat up an oiled fry pan on low heat and once the pan is hot, pour your batter into the pan (usually about 1/4 cup worth of the mixture depending how small or big you want your pancakes)
- When you notice bubbles forming on your pancake and the sides starting to cook, flip your pancake over and cook the other side for a few minutes. Each side should only take a few minutes.
- Place your pancake on a plate and cook the rest of the pancake batter until there is no mixture left.
- Serve your pancakes with chopped fruit of your preference and some maple syrup if you want them slightly sweeter. ‘
Here are a few cute valentine’s day themed food pics I found on the net:
Until next time!