It’s Shrove Tuesday, a great excuse for yummy pancakes and they are pretty healthy. Those winter Olympic athletes could be having them for breakfast with bananas to get a low fat, high carb plus protein start to the day. Here’s our delicious recipe to try with coconut flour which is gluten free, perfect for those of us who are gluten intolerant or sensitive or who just like the coconut flavour for something different.
½ cup (20g) coconut flour
¾ cup (95g) gluten-free plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon caster sugar
1 cup (240ml) milk
Small handful of blueberries
Dollop of crème fraiche
Sieve dry ingredients into mixing bowl. Whisk 1 egg with milk and add to flours. Mix well. Spoon dollops of batter into buttered hot frying pan. Spread a little, turn after a few minutes. Serve warm with blueberries and crème fraiche.
Enjoy for breakfast or a delicious dessert or snack.
Check out our recipe for Quinoa porridge with mango and berries.
A slow release carbohydrate at breakfast helps maintain a steady blood glucose level over the morning. Adding protein keeps us satiated.
Quinoa boiled in water contains about:
2% fat, most of which is mono or poly unsaturated
2.8% dietary fibre.
It has a little iron and vitamin E
This is fairly similar to other staple cereals (although strictly speaking it’s a grass seed).
Boiled quinoa has a little less protein than cooked pasta but a little more than oats. Generally speaking, these staples need extra ingredients to up their nutritional value.
Quinoa is special because it is a complete protein, meaning that it contains all the amino acids humans can’t synthesise and must obtain through the food we eat. This is great for vegetarians.
Our breakfast recipe combines Quinoa with ground flax seeds and a little milk. This seriously increases the quantity and quality of protein – and essential fatty acids.