For those who know me, I am a peanut butter fiend but also a bit of a health freak, always trying to stay fit and healthy! So, when Mum bought Jamie Oliver’s most recently published book Everyday Superfood I decided, like with all newly purchased things, to test it out. With all of Jamie’s recipes, they never cut out any of the basic three food groups and always aspire to the ideal balanced diet, using only pure and unprocessed ingredients to create healthy and tasty dishes. It’s sometimes hard with healthy food to pinpoint that delicious flavour that we find in so many unhealthy foods these days because our palettes are evolved to a certain level of sugar or fat in foods to make them what many people consider “delicious”, found in foods such as chocolate and pizza. Don’t get me wrong, I do love these foods, I’m not hating on the goodness of badness, however I believe eating healthy makes you feel healthy and that’s why I do it.
Nevertheless, I still find ways to sneak in elements of the yummy stuff into my diet now and again. Hence why these pancakes are so darn delicious, stacked up and filled with peanut butter and homemade jam to make a perfectly sweet and salty breakfast, snack or dessert for anyone, even the gluten-free ones.
The original pancake recipe is from that book of Jamie’s and contains what he named Granola Dust. It sounds peculiar I know but if you think about it for a second, it’s actually an ideal component for so many things such as pancakes and as a substitute for protein powder in smoothies! Containing the goodness of homemade granola without being processed like normal plain flour, this granola dust carries many of the benefits to assist in a healthy diet as many of those expensive packaged powders such as LSA (Linseed, Sunflower, Almond).
Basically, this Granola Dust consists of about 250g granola (I guess you could use any type that you have in the cupboard or make your own), 1 tablespoon of ground coffee and 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Then you can just use this mixture as if it were flour.
3 tablespoons of Granola Dust
1 tablespoon of wholemeal self-raising
Jam (I used Blueberry Chia Jam)
As long as you maintain these ratios, you can make as many or as little pancakes as you like. They freeze really well so you can make a big batch and just heat them up when you want them.
1. Mix together pancake ingredients. Heat a pan and add 1tbsp coconut oil.
2. Pour enough pancake mixture into the pan to make two little circles. Allow these to cook for a bit.
3. Place a dollop of peanut butter on one of the circles, followed by a dollop of jam.
4. Once the pancake discs have cooked a little, flip one of the discs on top of the other with the PB and Jam on it and squish down a little. Wait until cooked through.
(Be careful not to have the pan too hot, otherwise the pancakes will burn and not be cooked through.)
See! It’s as easy as that! Perfect peanut-buttery pancakes made in 5 minutes and eaten in less than 5 seconds.