Thursday, March 26, 2015

Strawberry Pancakes

Breakfast is an important meal of the day. It should be healthy & should be satisfying your appetite. The recipe I'm sharing is a vegan version of pancakes here. You won't see any difference in texture & taste. They are simply awesome & will make you crave for more. 
Being a food explorer and a Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian by diet, it is not so hard as people assume. These days restaurants are offering few options in their menu for vegan & vegetarian enthusiasts too. As said me & my hubby we both are food explorers. I'm proud to say that we have covered almost all variety of cuisines near by. Without limiting ourselves to that we plan to visit Las Vegas almost every year & love to enjoy the fine dining experience offered by different resorts over there. So when I got an opportunity to experiment on a specialty menu designed by Chef Tal Ronnen exclusively for Wynn Resorts,Las Vegas I was totally jumping with joy. 
These pancakes were inspired by the above menu designed for vegan & vegetarian enthusiasts who visit restaurants at Wynn. I took "Peach Pancakes" dish & transformed it to Strawberry Pancakes with Strawberry compote.  
Enjoy making these pancakes as they are if you are a vegan or you can replace them with the dairy versions and can enjoy the dish.
Prep Time-10mins
Cook Time-15mins to 20mins
Serves-8-10 pancakes
1Cup all-purpose flour
1/4Cup steel cut oats
1Tbs baking powder
3Tbs brown sugar
Pinch of salt
1Cup + 1/4Cup coconut milk / non-fat milk
1Tsp vanilla extract
2Tbs peanut oil / butter
Peanut oil to make pancakes
For layering
2Ripe bananas sliced
Maple syrup /honey of your choice
Dollop of butter {optional}
Strawberry Compote
1Cup chopped fresh or frozen strawberries
3Tbs brown sugar
1Tsp lemon juice
Strawberry Compote 
- In a pan take strawberries, sugar & lemon juice. Place it on stove & cook for 30mins or till the compote comes together. In between cooking mash the fruit with a ladle to make a smooth compote.
Making Batter
- In a bowl sift flour & baking powder. Add in steel cut oats along with sugar & salt. Mix them with a spoon.
- In a small bowl coconut milk, vanilla extract & oil. Mix them together.
- Now add wet ingredients to the dry ones & fold together. Allow the batter to sit for 10mins to 15mins.
- Heat a pan with peanut oil. Add a ladle full of batter to pan. The batter will slowly spread a little.
- Cook till the one side comes to light brown & fill it to other side. Cook for 2mins or less.
- Remove the pancake from pan & repeat the same with rest of the batter.
- Layer it up as you like or you can try the below way of layering it.
- Enjoy the healthy breakfast.
- You can replace all non-dairy products with dairy products. 
- I used very less of syrup while serving it. Indulge in as much as you want.
- You can replace strawberry's in compote with your choice fruits. 
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