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Happy Pancake day! Lent for vegans (and those aspiring to be)

Happy Pancake day everyone!

And I mean everyone, because this recipe is inclusive of myself and all my vegan pals- it’s my favourite thing to do.

Not only is it Pancake day today, but my five month Veganniversary! Who needs a valentine when you can give compassion to the planet.

On the first day of the year, I spent it with my good pal Izzy (a non vegan, but now veggie… yay!) and we decided for breakfast (very late) to make pancakes…. and they were delicious.

Since I’m vegan and had been for a few months then, of course, we looked for a vegan recipe. It was actually my first shot at pancakes as a vegan so it was more than excited (and not disappointed).

We adapted the ‘Genius Kitchen’ recipe to ensure they were just how we liked them, but it truly was a good base point so full credit to them for the idea.

Here’s our recipe for the vegan pancakes:

INGREDIENTS

  • 140g flour (or 1 cup in American terms)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon of baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 225mls of milk alternative (my favourite for the recipe is almond, but oat is definitely the second yummiest and any will work!)
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

 

Now you’ve got all of your ingredients, it’s time to make pancakes.! This recipe is for good old fluffy pancakes (the best). I’m sure they can be adapted to thinner ones by spreading the mixture yourself or using another recipe but I love them this way so I’m happy with this. I could never master fluffy pancakes as a non vegan, so why now?!

METHOD

  • Preheat your pan to a medium heat
  • Mix all of the dry ingredients together
  • Mix your dairy free milk and oil together
  • Mix together your two mixes until smooth
  • Spritz your pan with a little dairy free butter or oil (I find the sprays work best for this purpose)
  • Pour your marvellous mix into the pan. It will be a fairly thick mix so not naturally spread.
  • Once the bottom layer is cooking beautifully and the thick mix above seems firm enough, flip! I haven’t found it easy to flip in a fun way, but I never did so before easier…. spatulas are safer, but whatever floats your boat!
  • Keep cooking and turning until cooked to your liking
  • Enjoy with your favourite topping!

I’d also love to give you all some topping ideas:

  • Sugar and lemon- a classic
  • Biscoff spread
  • Apple and peanut butter
  • Dairy free chocolate spread. I find the best one to be meriden’s cocoa and hazelnut butter as it’s similar to Nutella and as much as I love Sweet Freedom, they tend to be too rich for me.
  • Bacun (meat and egg free) and maple syrup
  • Vegetable gravy- my friend Adie introduced me to gravy on pancakes last year and I fell in love.
  • Raspberry coulis and fresh mango
  • Passionfruit coulis and desiccated coconut

There are a million and one other topping combos but I love these few the most.

Mixing in vegan cheese whilst it cooks is also gorgeous! Although it doesn’t melt quite as well as normal cheese, if you get Tescos mozzarella style cheese, it is wonderful.

Pictured: Myself and Izzy yesterday making these pancakes

OTHER LINKS BETWEEN VEGANISM AND LENT

I have a lot of people in my social network, and readers, too, that want to either go vegan or reduce meat and dairy from their diet. So why not lent? Isn’t it a perfect chance to do so?*

*DISCLAIMER: If you suffer from an eating disorder with restrictive eating habits I do not recommend cutting food groups out for the sake of restriction. I have an eating disorder and it took me longer than I wanted to go vegan because of safety and wanting to do it for the right reasons. I have found veganism has allowed me to thrive, but I went vegan in a good mindset. Please put yourself first and only go vegan when it is safe for you to do so.

My friend Kajal went Vegan for lent two years ago. We did think it was only for lent at the time, but once vegan, I promise, you’ll never want to go back! That was something I realised when I went vegan (though I did have ‘for life’ in mind when doing so).

The history behind lent is using up all of a certain kind of food (those being thrown into pancakes these days) – so why not, instead of restricting yourself from chocolate, crisps etc, go vegan? Choose compassion- for both the animals, environment and yourself. Continue nourishing your body with good foods- vegan style.

Veganism has improved my attitude towards food a lot but generally, I find I feel physically better after eating, too, and if compassion doesn’t tempt you there are so many more health benefits.

Lent is the perfect opportunity to make a snap choice and go vegan, and I highly recommend you do- as Kajal did, and me later on- you won’t go back.

If I didn’t go vegan 5 months ago, I surely would have for lent. I’m glad I did before, but I hand this to you: here is your chance to take the leap into a world of compassion.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and consider making a positive impact by sending out a message to our toxic meat and dairy industry- the swap for even one bottle of plant milk, or a veggie meal a week, will do a world of good.

Love always,

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