Gluten Free + Vegan Buckwheat, Banana and Cinnamon Pancakes

A fluffy gluten free and vegan banana and cinnamon pancake recipe for one!

When you start craving pancakes… you simply have to have pancakes!

Finding a good gluten free and vegan recipe is pretty tough though… and I’ve been working on my recipe for the last few weeks and I’ve finally hit a point where I feel happy with it!

I use buckwheat flour in this recipe and despite it’s name, it’s gluten free! I use it in my banana breads, pancakes and my mug cakes. It’s delicious and it’s also a really good source of protein!

Trying to create fluffy vegan and gluten free pancakes is like performing a science experiment! You need just the right amount of each ingredient to make them rise up and become fluffy!

This recipe uses a over ripe frozen banana because they hold tremendous flavour, but don’t worry if you don’t have a frozen one. Just use a very ripe banana instead!

I hope you guys enjoy these pancakes!


Gluten Free + Vegan Buckwheat, Banana and Cinnamon Pancakes

Serves: 1 (4 little pancakes)

What you will need:

Fry pan, 2 medium sized bowls, measuring utensils.

Ingredients:

1/2 Frozen overripe Banana (can use fresh too)
1 tsp Flax meal (Linseed Meal)
3 tsp Water
1/3 cup Buckwheat Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda (Bicarb)
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
just under 1/2 cup Almond Milk
1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp of Olive Oil

Method:

  1. Place the banana in a bowl and cook in the microwave for 1 minute. Once finished, drain out any water that sits in the bottom of the bowl.
  2. Add the flax meal and the water to the banana and mash well. Sit aside for 5 minutes to create a flax egg (this is a very important step).
  3. In another bowl place the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon and mix well.
  4. Add the almond milk and the apple cider vinegar to the banana mix, stir and then add to the dry mix. Stir until mixed and then set aside for a couple of minutes to further bind and to let the vinegar and soda do its magic.
  5. Heat the oil in a pan on a medium heat. Using a 1/4 of a cup measuring utensil, scoop out the pancake mix into the pan (no need to spread out, leave them thick for fluffier pancakes) and cook on a low heat.
  6. Cook for a few minutes on each side, until they bubble up or until golden.
  7. Serve with your favourite toppings.

I serve mine with coconut yoghurt and melted frozen raspberries OR banana, blueberries and maple syrup!

If you like this recipe share your thoughts with me over at @stephsanzaro ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy cooking!

Steph xx

Vegan + GF Date and Banana Mini Loaf

A delicious recipe for my Walnut and Banana loaf! This recipe is gluten free, vegan and healthy! Enjoy

Who doesn’t love a warm piece of banana loaf?
Well I know that I do!

A few months ago I was playing around in the kitchen and I decided to create a gluten free and vegan banana loaf! The result? Something seriously delicious.

The only problem with this recipe?
You’re going to have to try and stop yourself from eating it all at once!

In this recipe I soak dates in water to create a sweet flavour in the recipe instead of using granulated sugar. You use both the dates and the water that you soak them in, which is then enhanced by a little pure maple syrup.

You can easily make this recipe completely sugar free by replacing the maple syrup with the alternative of rice malt syrup. This is would be a more PCOS friendly way to make this recipe, another alternative is to use date syrup that you can buy from the supermarket in the health food section.

This recipe creates a dense and firm textured loaf, but should still be moist.

This loaf is a great little snack idea and can be served just as is, or with a little bit of coconut yoghurt on top!

I hope you enjoy!

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Quinoa Flake Banana Cookies

Gluten free, healthy, refined sugar free, banana cookies!

One of the foods I used to love to snack on were cookies! More specifically ANZAC cookies! But be it as it may… most cookies and biscuits contain gluten and a lot of refined sugar!

But what about a HEALTHY alternative???
An alternative that is TASTY andddddd good for you????
With no refined sugars or gluten?????

Well I have the answer!!!

My Quinoa Flake Banana Cookies!
These cookies are a yummy little snack to have during the week that contain a serious punch of protein!

The handy thing about quinoa flakes is that they are a complete source of protein, meaning it contains all essential amino acids! In this recipe I use protein powder and almond butter as well, so you’ve got the triple threat of protein!

You’ve got your chia seeds for a healthy source of Omega 3 fats and Banana for some healthy vitamins and minerals. Cinnamon is also great for managing your blood sugar levels.

Best part being… they are GLUTEN FREE and still soft and tasty!!!

If you enjoy this recipe, please share it on your instagram and tag me at plantbasedbody__ ๐Ÿ™‚

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QUINOA FLAKE BANANA COOKIES

TIP:

You can get quinoa flakes from any health food store or from Woolworths health food section or baking section.

What you will need:

Mixing bowl, wooden spoon, fork, measuring utensils, scales.

Ingredients:

1 over-ripe small Banana
20ml Coconut Oil
50g Quinoa Flakes
1.5 tsp of Cinnamon
2 tsp of Chia Seeds
5 drops of Stevia
35g of Almond Butter
1/4 tsp of Baking Powder
15g of Vanilla Vegan Protein Powder

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Mash the banana in a big mixing bowl using a fork.
  3. Add in the coconut oil and mash.
  4. Next add all of the dry ingredients. Stir well with fork or wooden spoon.
  5. Add in the almond butter and the stevia and stir until the mix is all combined and forms cookie dough.
  6. Once the mixture is all combined divide the mixture into 6 equal parts.
  7. Roll the parts into small balls with your hands and squish into cookie like patties.
  8. Place them 5 cm apart on the baking tray and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and eat warm or once cooled store in an airtight container.

Serves: 6 small cookies

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I hope you enjoy this really easy recipe that you can add to your weekly prep day! These are so good and practically guilt free!!

Happy cooking lovely’s,

Steph xx

Green Dream Smoothie.

Green can be healthy AND yummy too! This recipe for my Green Dream Smoothie is my current obsession and will be yours too!

Hola friends!

I am currently obessesed with this green smoothie creation. It is so easy to make and you can add or edit the recipe how ever you choose!

Depending on how I feel I will either have a drinkable smoothie or a smoothie bowl with yummy toppings on top. I will offer a variation for either type of smoothie.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!


Green Dream Smoothie

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

1 frozen Banana
1/2 tsp of Spirulina
1 handful of Baby Spinach
1 tsp of Maca
1 tsp Chia Seeds
1 scoop of Vanilla protein powder
1/2 a cup of Almond milk (for bowl) or 1 cup (for smoothie)
1 cup of Ice

Method:

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender or nutribullet.
  2. Blend. Stop and start the blender and use a spoon to mix it all and then blend again. You may need to bang it a few times and shake it up, then continue blending until all smooth.
  3. You can always add extra water or almond milk if you need to.
  4. Serve in a bowl with your favourite toppings or in a glass as a smoothie.

For this recipe I topped mine with macadamias, shredded coconut, cacao nibs, walnuts and pumpkin seeds.

But the ultimate topping? PEANUT BUTTER!
Trust me.


I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I do ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy smoothie making!

Steph xx

Salted Caramel Protein Smoothie

Because who doesn’t love salted caramel? Its basically dessert for breakfast!

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This recipe is by far one of my favourite recipes I have in my little noggen. It is another one that I religiously ate for breakfast day after day!โœจ

It is packed with protein and healthy fats to help keep you fuller for longer. The dates enhance the caramel flavour and the pink salt really makes it! ๐ŸŒ

Salted Caramel Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:

1/2 a ripe frozen Banana
1 cup of Almond milk unsweetened
1 heaped tbs of Vanilla plant protein
3 or 4 pitted Dates
2 tsp of Chia seeds
1 tsp of Maca powder
1/2 tsp of raw Cacao
1 heaped tbs of natural Peanut Butter
Decent crack of Himalayan pink salt
Handful of ice

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients to a nutribullet
  2. Blend until contents is smooth and well mixed

Happy cooking lovelys,

Steph x