Celebrating today with these grain free pancakes. Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday as it’s also known here in the UK is traditionally the last day of ‘indulgence’ before Lent. Pancakes were associated with this day because they were a way to use up all the rich, fat dense foods like eggs and milk before the 40 day fasting season commences.
Did you also know that Shrove Tuesday was once a half day holiday in Britain? Wish it was today, i’d be sticking my pancakes to the ceiling right now rather than on my way into work… gah!
When was the last time you held a pancake race? It’s a very British thing to do, mind you with the weather outside I think most of us will stick to a pancake tossing competition in the kitchen. The tradition of the pancake race is said to have originated in 1445 when a housewife from Buckinghamshire was so busy making pancakes that she forgot the time until she heard the local church bells ringing. She raced out of the house to the service still carrying her frying pan, tossing her pancake as she ran down the street to prevent it burning. My kind of woman, never let good food go to waste!
Whilst traditional pancakes are made from flour, eggs and milk, today i’ve created a healthy, grain and dairy free alternative. Quick and easy to make using a base of just ground almonds, avocados and eggs… indulge away. These pancakes are good for you.
Makes 4 – 5 small pancakes
- 1 cup ground almonds
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 avocado
- pinch of salt
- Fresh smoked salmon
- Chosen fat for frying (Ghee or butter. Coconut or olive oil for a dairy free option)
For the avocado cream
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- squeeze of lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
In a food processor or hand blender, whiz up both halves of the avocado until smooth. Split the mixture in two and place half to one side. Using the half in your bowl, add the eggs, almonds and a inch of salt. Mix to form a thick batter.
To make the avocado cream, stir in the remaining ingredients to the half avocado you placed to one side.
Heat your chosen oil in a frying pan on a low to medium heat. Add a table spoon of the pancake mixture and flip once golden on one side. Repeat adding more of your chosen fat if needs be to the pan in between pancakes to prevent sticking.
Top with avocado lemon cream and fresh smoked salmon.
Simple, healthy and delicious. I hope you enjoy.
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