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01 Oct 2012

Vegan MoFo 2012 – Never was a pancake girl

Breaking brekky routine and kicking off with a recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance.

Happy Vegan MoFo all! As I mentioned in my last post, October is the month I delve into my cookbooks, ignore any well-trodden, comforting favs and pick an unmade something-something. Let’s get into it shall we?

Vegan MoFo 2012

If Tori Amos and I have one thing in common, it’s that we both don’t go for cornflakes. And while I don’t know about Tori, I can also add pancakes to my list. They’re just not something I’d usually have for breakfast… or even order from a cafe menu. I generally find them too sweet and often get into a pickle trying to flip them.

But in the spirit of my theme, I thought I’d give pancakes another go.

What better way to kick off my first Vegan MoFo than to choose an overlooked pancake recipe from a classic vegan cookbook, Vegan with a Vengeance. I bought this book after Veganomicon and I must say that it’s hidden in big-sister’s shadow ever since. Certainly a candidate worthy of more attention.

Vegan with a VengeanceBreakfast: Banana-Pecan Pancakes

It’s a long weekend here and given we had plans to get out of the house for the day, I really hoped that this pancake recipe wouldn’t give me much grief to make, being also quick and filling.

The recipe does not include any additional sugar, which I thought was a plus. We also had quite a few over-ripe bananas to use up and this would get rid of four… extra bonus points!

I substituted a little spelt flour to the mix and used a blender so the banana was super-smooth before folding in the pecans.

Making banana-pecan pancakes

On cooking these, I was reminded why I don’t make pancakes that often. I generally have issues with the batter sticking to the pan and this time was no exception. I guess I need more practice, but by about my fourth pancake, I was getting better with timing and pan temperature.

These pancakes were fairly dense from the bananas and not overly sweet. I served them with blueberries, more banana slices and a little maple syrup.

Banana-pecan pancakes served with blueberries and maple syrup

Breakfast: Banana-pecan pancakes

While I still have some pancake skills to master, overall these turned out pretty well. They were a tasty, fruity and filling start to our day. All good boxes to tick!

And with that, day one of MoFo is done. Thanks for dropping by and good luck if you’re participating in Vegan MoFo 2012. I look forward to reading hundreds of posts and discovering many new blogs in the process. :)

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8 comments

  1. These are one of my fave pancake recipes, I love that they don’t include sugar and they really don’t need it, do they? Yum!

    Mands — October 1, 2012

  2. No they don’t need any extra sugar. My bananas were very over-ripe so were sweet enough!

    miscdebris — October 1, 2012

  3. Gosh, the long weekend was wonderful wasn’t it!
    I’ve *always* been a pancake girl – used to make them with my grandmother – and these sound (& look!) lovely. Although, knowing my sweet tooth, I’d probably go pretty hard on the syrup come serving time… :)

    Elizabeth — October 1, 2012

  4. I’ve never been much of a pancake gal either but these look so good. I need to try them with blueberries one of these days.

    Mel — October 1, 2012

  5. Glad to hear you enjoyed your long-weekend Elizabeth. Ah memories! I used to make pikelets with my nan, and loved to eat them with lemon juice and a little brown sugar. Never for brekky though… Perhaps I’m pikelet girl? ;)

    miscdebris — October 2, 2012

  6. Yes, do give them ago Mel! These were frozen blueberries and they were very juicy when they thawed out. The extra liquid from the fruit helped me ease up on the maple syrup ;)

    miscdebris — October 2, 2012

  7. THose look awesome actually! And quite healthy :)

    Federica — October 5, 2012

  8. Love, love, love the Tori reference. Except now I will forever sing ‘pancake girl’ instead of ‘cornflake girl’.
    ~ Ingrid

    Ingrid — October 13, 2012

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