Pancake Day 2016: healthier pancakes two ways

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Tuesday 9th February is Pancake Day – the last day before Lent where we celebrate and prepare for Easter and the coming of spring. If you’re looking for a lighter, healthier option this year we have two excellent new recipes that fit the bill.

Whether it’s thin crepes or fluffy American-style pancakes you crave, both of these recipes deliver on taste and make it easy to celebrate the season without compromising your waistline.

Blueberry Buckwheat Crepes with Greek yoghurt and Blueberry Lemon compote


Buckwheat has been used for delicate crepes in France for years. Amazingly, Buckwheat is not actually a grain and so this recipe is perfect if you like to eat Gluten Free. The blueberries add flavour and colour and are perfect for a filling breakfast. Fancy crepes for dessert? Swap out your greek yogurt for vanilla ice cream for an extra sweet treat.

Makes: 8 crepes

You’ll need:

For the crepes

  • 250g Buckwheat flour
  • 75ml sparkling water
  • 100g blueberries
  • 100ml milk
  • 50g melted butter
  • 3 eggs

For the compote

  • 250g blueberries
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 200g Greek Yoghurt to serve


  1. Firstly puree the blueberries and sparkling water together until a fine puree. Then whisk the eggs, milk and the melted butter in a separate bowl. Place the buckwheat flour in a large bowl and pour first the egg mix and then the blueberry puree into the centre of the flour. Whisk well to combine until smooth. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes whilst you make the compote.
  2. To make the compote place the sugar, blueberries and lemon zest into a small saucepan and then place on a medium heat. Bring to the boil, then turn down and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Then when you are ready to go, heat up a frying pan to a medium­ high heat, add a touch of oil and a tiny knob of butter, then pour about 4 dessert spoonfuls of the mix into the centre and swirl around quickly to cover the pan and produce a thin pancake. Then flip over and cook on the side for one more minute.
  4. When ready fold the pancakes over into quarters, then place 2 on each plate and spoon over some Greek Yoghurt and compote.


Spelt and vanilla blueberry pancakes with Agave syrup


Fluffy, light and packed full of zingy flavour, adding spelt and blueberries helps make this recipe as healthy as it is delicious. Instead of maple syrup, try using a touch of agave syrup – it gives the sweetness you crave but with a lower GI.

Makes: 8 – 10 pancakes

You’ll need:

  • 500g White Spelt flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • 600ml of milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g blueberries


  1. Mix the dry ingredients together, then whisk in the egg, milk and vanilla.
  2. Heat up a little veggie oil in a large non­stick frying pan. Then add a large dessert spoonful at a time to make mini pancakes and cook in batches. Add about 3/5 blueberries to each pancake before turning them over and cook for about 3 minutes each side. Keep warm in a very low oven if needs be.
  3. Serve with agave syrup, icing sugar and more blueberries.

Recipes courtesy of Seasonal Berries 

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