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Pancakes

Laura Miller

This week, Laura's flapping some jacks. Seriously, she's making pancakes. And they're delicious.

Banana Pancake Stack with Nutella

Ingredients

  • 4 flax eggs (1 flax egg = 1 tablespoon ground flax to 3 tablespoons water)

  • 2 ripe bananas

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

  • 1/2 cup almond milk

  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour (any gluten-free flour will work)

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • Pinch of salt

  • Nutella

Instructions

  1. To make flax eggs, add water to the flax seed, stir and let sit for 15 minutes.

  2. Mash bananas with a fork in a small bowl.

  3. Add flax eggs, coconut oil and almond milk; mix well.

  4. In another bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients together. Fold in wet ingredients, using a spatula, and mix until well incorporated.

  5. Preheat a cast-iron skillet and spray with coconut oil.

  6. Once skillet is at medium-high heat, using a ladle, add batter to the skillet. Flip when underside is ready.

  7. Stack cooked pancakes with a layer of Nutella in between each cake. Eat and enjoy!

Banana Pancake Stack with Nutella

Homemade Nutella

Ingredients

  • 1 cup hazelnuts, soaked overnight

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

  • 2 tablespoons almond milk

Instructions

  1. Drain hazelnuts and place in high-speed blender or a food processor, add coconut oil.

  2. Blend until smooth, smooshing down the sides as needed (may take up to 10 minutes! or more!) until the hazelnuts become a smooth consistency.

  3. Add maple syrup and vanilla, blend again

  4. Add cocoa powder and almond milk and blend until smooth.

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Transcript

- Pancakes are a serious comfort food and as a kid, I could eat 'em all day long. Now, I have two of 'em and I need to go take a nap. These pancakes we're gonna make though, are made of bananas and flax which is just gonna keep your body moving. Let's go make 'em. Here's the shopping list for whatever lucky son of a gun gets to wake up with you. Don't give these guys any flack. Flax seeds are packed with omegas, fiber, and protein. So, for being such a tiny seed, they really pack a big punch. Also, they're best when you buy them whole and grind them up yourself. That's where you get the most nutrition. So, we're gonna start this recipe off by making some flax eggs. That is just putting water straight into some ground flax. We're just gonna let it sit for about 15 minutes and it's gonna set up and have that texture of an egg. And, while we're waiting, we're gonna make some nutella. To start off, I'm gonna take these hazelnuts which I've soaked overnight and just pour them through a strainer to get rid of that water. That's perfect. I soaked 'em overnight to soften them up. It also actually makes them easier to digest. I'm just gonna put these straight in the food processor. I'm gonna add about a half a cup of coconut oil. This is just to help it get creamier faster and it helps it set up. It takes some minutes. Now I'm gonna add the sweetener, which I'm using maple syrup. You could use whatever you like. Some vanilla. Now I'm gonna blend it up again. And, last, I'm gonna put the cocoa powder in. And blend some more. And, just to finish up and get the consistency we want, I'm gonna add a couple tablespoons of almond milk. Just a little at a time until we get to that nice, creamy nutella consistency. We just wanna make sure that it's nice and spreadable to put on our pancakes. Okay, texture looks great. I think we are just about done. Oh, uh-uh. [Voiceover] No whey! - We're not putting corn syrup or whey or any of that other crap in here. Just all plants. So we got our nutella in here. We're gonna start by mashing up some bananas. You can just do that really easily with a bowl and a fork. So you wanna go for bananas that are kind of on the riper end of ripe. And now, we're just gonna mash it up. Do the mash, the monster mash. It'll be a smash. So just get all the lumps that you can out. It doesn't need to be like a puree. You just want it mashed. This banana looks good. Looks like our eggs are freshly hatched, let's just add them into the banana. You're really... It's got a real vibe going on. Start mixing this around. Okay, we're gonna add the coconut oil. The coconut oil's nice because it helps it to bind, gives it some moisture and we're also gonna put some almond milk in here. So, these are all of our liquids, all together in one bowl. Let's just make sure they're mixed up as well as they can be. So now we're done with our wet ingredients. We can just set these aside and mix up our dry ingredients. I have some oat flour here. You can really use any gluten free flour but I like this one just because it's oats. It feels breakfast-y. Also, some cinnamon. Some baking soda to help it get nice and fluffy. And, a pinch of salt. Let's just whisk that up. And then, we're just gonna add the wet ingredients straight into the dry bowl. And mix it up a little bit more. Okay, this batter's ready to go. Let's make it into some pancakes. So, the skillet is getting nice and hot. I like using cast iron because it's actually a really good way of fortifying your food with iron, which is really important for vegetarians and vegans cause we're not necessarily always getting the iron they need. I think we're ready. First, I gotta grease this up using my mister... Where'd I get it? Is that what you asked? TJ Maxx. I have coconut oil in here that I'm just gonna spritz. So, you could just pour it in but I'm using a ladle to do this. And I'm holding it really close to the skillet because if you hold it really far away sometimes the bubbles can break. And we like those bubbles. And now, we wait for some minutes. Pancakes have a lot of names. Hotcakes, pancakes, flapjacks, pancakes. Ready? I was trying to do something cool. How bout a pancake joke while we're waiting? One banana pancake, two flax eggs, and a veggie sausage walk into a bar and the bartender says, "Sorry, we don't serve breakfast." Alright, these are done. Okay, so between pancakes, we're gonna spray our skillet again. Okay, what did one pancake say to the next? See ya on the flip side! Okay, we're finishing up these last two. And these are our finished pancakes. So now we've got our pancakes and our nutella done. Let's put the two together, see what happens. We know what's gonna happen but... Now this will be delicious as is or I can put maple syrup right on top. Or, I could take it to the limit and start stacking them. The nutella acts as the spackle. I like to smush it down so you can see it coming out the sides. Alright, and we are all done. I'm just gonna eat some of this. Whoa! The cut makes the whole thing worth it. Oh my God! These pancakes are no joke.

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