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Pancake Day recipes to make you drool!

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08.02.16

What are you going to have on your pancakes tomorrow? The only day of the year where consuming approximately 24 pancakes is acceptable!

Historically, pancakes were made on Shrove Tuesday so the last of the fat or lard was used up before Lent.

Do you go savoury or sweet? How long should you fry them for? When should you toss it?

Pancake Day is all about tossing and flipping your pancakes before topping them with some tasty treats.

Of course, there is the classic lemon and sugar combo, but if you're after something a little more adventurous, we've got some great ideas on what you can add to your Shrove Tuesday treat.

Here are our favourite recipes..We're giving you savoury ideas, and sweet ones too! (note: one may be slightly healthier than the other...)

Basic Batter Recipe (for both sweet and savoury)

Makes: 4 pancakes Ingredients:

Method:

1. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl, then make a hole in the middle of the flour using a spoon.

2. Break the egg into the hole. Add a little of the milk and beat with a wire whisk.

3. Beat in the flour to make a thick batter. Gradually whisk in the rest of the milk, then pour the smooth batter into a jug.

4. Lightly grease a small non-stick omelette pan with coconut oil and wipe out any excess with kitchen paper.

5. Heat the pan until very hot and then pour just enough batter in to cover the bottom thinly. As soon as the top is dry and the bottom is golden brown, flip the pancake over with a fish slice or round-ended knife – or if you’re feeling brave, toss it.

6. Cook for 1 minute or until the underside starts to brown. Slide the pancake on to a plate.

7. Grease the pan again with the kitchen paper and make more pancakes in the same way, keeping the cooked ones warm while you make the rest.

Ideas for Savoury;

- Spinach, cheese, mushroom and cured ham

- roasted vegetables, grilled tomato and creme fraiche

- smoked salmon, dill, avocado, chilli and ricotta

- grilled bacon and maple syrup

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Ideas for Sweet;

- coconut sugar and freshly squeezed lemon

- sliced peaches, natural yogurt and honey

- fresh strawberries, Giving Tree strawberry crisps, mascarpone, blueberries and lemon juice

- nutella, nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew) and banana

- Rhubarb compote and vanilla creme fraiche

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Two ingredient Banana Pancakes

Makes: 8 small pancakes

Ingredients;

1 medium ripe banana 2 large eggs

Optional extras (choose a few!):

  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder, for fluffier pancakes
  • 1 spoon of protein powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or a mix
  • granola
  •  fresh fruit, like blueberries, raspberries, or chopped apples
  • Giving Tree fruit crisps ( we like strawberry on ours)
  • Maple syrup, jam, chocolate spread
  • Natural yogurt

Method; Mash the banana: Peel the banana and break it up into several big chunks in a bowl. Use a fork to thoroughly mash the banana. Add any extra ingredients: These pancakes are pretty great on their own, but a few extras never hurt. Add 1/8 teaspoon of baking powder for fluffier, lighter pancakes, and whisk in salt, vanilla, cocoa powder, or honey to flavour the pancakes. Save any chunky, heavy ingredients — like nuts or chocolate chips — for when the pancakes are in the pan! Stir in the eggs: Whisk the eggs together until the yolks and whites are completely combined. Pour the eggs over the banana and stir until the eggs are completely combined. Heat a frying pan over medium heat: Melt a little coconut oil in the pan to prevent sticking, if you like. Drop roughly 2 tablespoons of batter onto the hot pan. It should sizzle immediately — if not, turn up the heat slightly.

Cook for about 1 minute: Cook the pancakes until the bottoms look browned and golden when you lift a corner. The edges should also be starting to look set, sprinkle with toppings

Sprinkle any loose toppings, like nuts or chocolate chips, over the top of the pancakes as the first side cooks.

Flip the pancakes: Best to do this very gently and fairly slowly — the opposite of regular pancakes. Gently work a spatula about halfway under the pancake, then lift until the unsupported half of the pancake is just barely lifted off the pan. Lay the pancake back down on its other side. Some of the loose batter will probably spill onto the skillet as you do this; just be sure to lay the pancake on top of the spill and nudge any excess back under the pancake. Cook for another minute or so: Cook the pancake for another minute or so, until the other side is also golden-brown. You can flip the pancakes a few times if you need to in order to get them evenly browned. (Flipping is much easier once the second side is set!) Continue cooking the pancakes: Transfer the cooked pancakes to a serving plate and continue cooking the rest of the batter.

Add your toppings!

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The great debate.. to snack or not to snack?

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27.01.16

There seems to be a big divide between those who think snacking is a good thing and those who think snacking is bad.

Here at Giving Tree HQ, we've always been solidly in the pro-snacking camp (for reasons which we will get on to..)

Some of you will often be the ones to be totally avoid snacking and stick to a strict three daily meals, or others will admit to snacking two or three times throughout the day.

'Snacking', to some means 'eating when you're not truly hungry' and has bad connotations. Others, may see it as 'snacks' are generally unhealthy, empty calorie foods and explain the defensive side!

But here we are loud and proud that snacking is OK! When it’s done right, snacking can be a healthy habit that may help you manage your weight and balance your diet.

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Six Reasons Why Snacking Can Be a Healthy Habit

1. Smart snacking may prevent you from overeating at meal time. Most of us get hungry every 3-4 hours. So, if there’s a long stretch between meals, you’re likely to get hungry – which is why a snack would be appropriate. But if you resist the urge to snack and try to “tough it out”, there’s a good chance you’ll just make up for it by overeating at your next meal.

2. Smart snacking can help you reduce your overall calorie intake for the day. Healthy snacking can help certain people control their total calorie intake for the day – rather than thinking that you're going to add calories right on top of everything you're already eating. But if a well-planned, healthy snack helps you eat less at mealtimes, then you’ll cut your daily calories overall.

3. Smart snacking can help you to work more healthy foods into your day.  The more often you eat, the easier it will be to work in your daily servings of healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, and calcium-rich dairy products.

4. Snacks can help you maintain your physical and mental energy. When you eat regular meals and snacks, it can help keep your blood sugar more stable throughout the day – a good defense against between-meal dips in blood sugar that can sap your mental and physical energy.

5. A substantial afternoon snack can help control portions at dinner – which tends to be the largest meal of the day. Lots of people manage to control their eating pretty well during the day, but really cut loose at night and eat a huge dinner. For those, a larger afternoon snack – almost a small “second lunch” – makes it much easier to cut back at the evening meal.

6. Encourage children to associate snacking with healthy foods and veg from a young age, and when serving children with treats such as chocolate, make a point of this not being a 'snack' but something that shouldn't be eaten regularly.

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(picture courtesy of @rachel_hosie)

When Is The Snacking Habit Not Healthy?

You might want to take a closer look at your snacking habits if:

– You’re eating unhealthy, high calorie foods like sweets, crisps, and fizzy drinks. Not only can these high calorie snack foods contribute to weight gain, they offer little nutritional value. – You’re eating for reasons other than hunger. Snacking wisely means that you choose healthy foods to eat in between meals to help control your appetite and meet your nutritional needs. But if you tend to snack when you’re not hungry – maybe you’re bored, stressed, angry or tired – it’s a habit you might want to think about breaking.

What Makes a Snack Healthy?

One reason snacking has gotten such a bad reputation is because so many common ‘snack foods’ are high in fat, sugar, salt and calories. You’ll want to steer clear of those, and instead put together a snack that will provide a mix of low fat protein and healthy carbohydrates.

Healthy Snack Ideas

– Protein shake made with nonfat or lowfat milk, protein powder and fruit. You can scale the size down a bit for a ‘snack-size’ shake and try adding Giving Tree strawberry crisps.

– Plain nonfat yogurt, sweetened with a little honey and cinnamon, topped with fruit. – Giving Tree pumpkin and broccoli crisps dipped in hommous

–  Cottage cheese topped with diced veg or fresh fruit

– Small handful of nuts – almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans or soy nuts

– Sliced hard-boiled egg on tomato slices with a twist of fresh ground pepper

– Edamame soybeans – heated up, drizzle with a little low-sodium soy sauce

– Canned tuna mashed with avocado and spread on a few whole grain crackers – Few slices of turkey or smoked salmon wrapped around Giving Tree broccoli crisps

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Let us know what you think of our snack ideas, we love to hear from you!

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