Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Easy & Healthy Vegan Mild-Chocolate Pancakes

My father recently introduced me to a beautiful melody, Nain Dwaar Se Mann Mein, sung by Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar, and I haven't been able to get my mind off it! The beauty behind this melody, lies in it's ability to shift back and forth from a slower tune to a faster beat, yet still maintain it's overall rhythm and raag. Lata Mangeshkar brings to it a level of sweetness and humility that is hard to find with any other singer, even today.

This melody, to me, is one I could listen to in any mood. Very few pieces of music have the ability to invoke emotions in absolutely any mood and bring about a calm, yet jittery sensation within one's soul, and this goes to the top of the list. What a render, what a composition! You're guaranteed satisfaction, reassured of a world of authenticity, and left resting peacefully...

Amazing, HUH?

Now, off to today's delicious breakfast recipe - to enjoy healthy pancakes whilst listening to heartwarming melodies on a sunny Sunday morning, with a delightful glass of mango juice. It's worth the effort taken you see, because as they say... have breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper..

I've always wanted to host a really big fancy breakfast with lots of varieties and goodies, like what you get in the First Class Airline Lounges! You could sit there for a good 3 hours just slowly devouring the pastries, pancakes, cutlets, waffles, fruits and juices. What more could one want to start off a day, aye?

So on Sunday, we had a big, big, BIG breakfast with a my close friends. On the menu, we had Vegan Chocolate Pancakes with Blueberries and Maple Syrup, Buttered Toast, Museli and Dried Fruit Cereal, Assortment of Fresh Fruit, Potato and Quinoa Patties, and Mango Juice. Are your mouths watering? :P

The food went so fast that I didn't get a chance to snap clicks of everything together, but I did manage to get a few good snaps of the pancakes later on...

These pancakes are so easy to make, and can be whipped up in just 10 minutes.
What's better? THEY'RE VEGAN.
What's EVEN better? THEY CAN BE MADE HEALTHY!! The secret is adding some flaxmeal to add an element of protein and fiber.
What's SUPER? You can store them in the fridge and have them the next morning AND THEY'RE STILL SOFT! SCORE!!!!

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 - 10 minutes (depending on how many you're making; takes 2 - 3 minutes per pancake)
Yield: With my measurements, you can easily make about 15 - 20 decent sized pancakes.
2 cups of self-raising flour or plain flour
2 cups of Chocolate flavoured soy milk (or any other milk; it doesn't have to be soy or chocolate)
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon of flaxmeal
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1.5 tablespoons of oil
A tiny pinch of salt

Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the soy milk and mix it really well.

Add the sugar, vanilla essence and salt.
Mix very well with an electric mixer to make it a smooth batter with no lumps.
Add baking powder, salt and oil. Blend for a whole minute till the batter is smooth and silky.
FINALLY, add the flaxmeal powder and mix in well into the batter. Flaxmeal thickens the batter, so add an extra tablespoon of milk if you want.

Heat a pancake griddle/pan/saucepan/tava/whatever. When it reaches optimum heat, lower the heat to simmer and pour two small circles of pancakes about 1 cm apart so they don't stick together. Spray a tablespoon of oil around them to absorb and cook. Cover the pan and allow it to cook well for a good 2 minutes. Flip it over, and close the lid again on it.

[NOTE: The reason you lower the heat and cook the pancakes on a low heat is because you want it to slowly become brown on the bottom while the pancakes cook wholly. If you keep it on a high heat, your pancakes will burn at the bottom and still not be totally cooked before you flip it over]

When cooked well on both sides, serve it hot with some butter, maple syrup and blueberries or any other fruit of your choice!



Sri Om