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SO February may not be as bleak as January, but it’s still pretty morbid. It’s cold, grey and dreary, the excitement of the New Year has faded and the Easter holidays still seem like years away.

So it’s understandable why I’m already counting down the days until I can scoff a thousand sugary, buttery pancakes covered with chocolate and Nutella and syrup and bananas and as much sugar as I can possibly load onto them. ~heaven~

Pancake Day is my favourite day of the year. I have been known to mix a big jug of pancake batter and make and eat one pancake after another for an entire evening, and on the 28th February this will be completely legitimate for a whole day.

It’s never too early to plan your day, and maybe do a trial run or two (and eat the results). We’ve brought together the best recipes onto one page, so whether you want a quick and easy recipe or you have dietary requirements, no one should miss out on the tastiest celebration of the year.

 

1. Easy Pancakes

Source: BBC Good Food

Ingredients: (serves 12) 

  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 300ml milk
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  1. Put the flour, eggs, milk and a pinch of salt into a bowl or large jug, then whisk to a smooth batter. Set aside for 30 mins to rest if you have time, or start cooking straight away.
  2.  Set a medium frying pan or crêpe pan over a medium heat and carefully wipe it with some oiled kitchen paper. When hot, cook your pancakes for 1 min on each side until golden, keeping them warm in a low oven as you go.
  3. Serve with lemon wedges and sugar, or your favourite filling. Once cold, you can layer the pancakes between baking parchment, then wrap in cling film and freeze for up to 2 months.

2. Gluten and Dairy Free Banana & Chocolate Pancakes

Source: The Detox Kitchen

Ingredients: (serves 2) 

  • 2 eggs
  • 150ml rice milk
  • 150g rice flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 100g dairy-free chocolate
  1. Beat the eggs and add in the rice milk. Mix well with a whisk, then sift in the flour and baking powder gradually, making sure to vigorously whisk the mixture so that it is not lumpy. Continue to whisk until smooth, then add in the honey and a pinch of salt.
  2. Finely dice half the banana and add to the mixture along with a handful of vegan chocolate chips. Mix well and leave the batter to rest for 10 minutes. Place the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and melt, on a low heat, in the microwave.
  3. Add a drop of oil to a small non-stick frying pan and pour in a small ladleful of the batter. Cook for one minute on each side. Top with the rest of the banana (sliced) and melted chocolate.

3. American-style blueberry pancakes

Ingredients: (serves 10) 

Source: BBC Good Food

  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 300ml milk
  • a knob of butter
  • 150g pack of blueberries
  • sunflower oil
  • golden or maple syrup
  1. Mix together the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Beat the egg with the milk, make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and whisk in the milk to make a thick smooth batter. Beat in the melted butter, and gently stir in half the blueberries.
  2. Heat a teaspoon of oil or small knob of butter in a large non-stick frying pan. Drop a large tablespoonful of the batter per pancake into the pan to make pancakes about 7.5cm across. Make three or four pancakes at a time. Cook for about 3 minutes over a medium heat until small bubbles appear on the surface of each pancake, then turn and cook another 2-3 minutes until golden. Cover with kitchen paper to keep warm while you use up the rest of the batter. Serve with golden syrup and the rest of the blueberries.

4. Gooey Chocolate Pancakes

Ingredients: (serves 4) 

Source: All Recipes

  • 160g plain flour
  • 20g cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  1. Whisk flour, cocoa powder, sugar and salt together in a large bowl. Beat eggs, milk and vanilla in another bowl; mix in the melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry; mix just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  2. Heat a lightly greased pan over medium-high heat. For each pancake, pour 1/2 ladle of pancake batter into the pan and cook until bubbles appear in the centre of the pancake, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and cook an additional minute on the opposite side.

5. Sweet Potato Spelt Pancakes

Source: Sneaky Veg

Ingredients: (makes 10) 

  • 300g mashed or pureed sweet potato
  • 60g plain flour
  • 40g spelt flour
  • 20g oats
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar (optional)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 200ml milk
  • 25g melted butter
  1. Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until well combined.
  2. Whisk together the eggs, milk and melted butter. Stir in the dry ingredients, followed by the mashed sweet potato. Add a tiny bit more milk if the mixture seems too thick. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Heat a little butter in a non-stick frying pan over a medium-low heat. Put a large spoonful of batter into the pan and with the back of the spoon shape into a circle if needed. Cook for 2-3 minutes until you can get a spatula underneath and flip it over without it falling apart. Cook the other side for 2-3 minutes. Repeat with the rest of the batch.
  4. Serve with maple syrup or honey and fresh fruit.