As a special Pancake Day treat, we have a guest blog from The Dopey Vegan, an incredible vegan, gluten free and diabetic-friendly blogger, who has brought to the table an indulgent vegan pancake recipe that will blow your mind!
Blood Orange and Chocolate Pancakes, with a Gooey Hazelnut and Chocolate Centre
In the fast paced world we live in, more and more people are turning away from religion in the traditional sense. Many of the traditional smaller Christian festivals have been all but forgotten (for example May Day) but Shrove Tuesday endures. And I can really only put this down to one thing: Everybody LOVES pancakes!
Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. Elsewhere in the world it is also known as Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday. Traditionally this movable Tuesday in February or March was a time for feasting before the fasting of lent. Pancakes may have become the go to food because they used up items traditionally given up for lent, such as eggs, butter and fat. This year Shrove Tuesday also falls on a newly created day; Galentine’s day! The day before Valentine’s. A day to celebrate the love you have for your gals, or just friends in general. Ok so I’m fully aware Galentine’s was probably created by some clever marketing bod in a stuffy office somewhere, but any excuse to celebrate love is a winner for me. We probably don’t do it nearly enough. With these two days coinciding what better way to show the people in your life you love them than to make some delicious pancakes? Answer: there is no better way!
Blood Oranges are a sweeter cousin to the classic orange. They are currently in season, although obviously not grown in the UK, I managed to find these babies that had been grown in Spain. So not too far on the air miles. If you can’t find blood oranges, this recipe would also work well with your everyday orange. Chocolate and orange go together like, well… chocolate and orange, and we all know that’s a match made in foodie heaven, right? My sister described these pancakes as tasting like Terry’s chocolate orange, so I knew I was on to a winner. I tried the batter with both normal plain white flour and plain gluten free flour, I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between the two, so no worries if you or your friends have a wheat intolerance. Once I had the basic chocolate and orange batter ready to go I knew I wanted to give these pancakes that extra special something.
Pancake day when I was younger always involved me and my sister making mounds of plain pancakes and then drowning them in Nutella. There are plenty of vegan chocolate and hazelnut spreads, but they often come at a hefty price. So, for this recipe’s extra something special, I decided to give these pancakes a melt in the middle homemade vegan nutellary centre.
Just look at that ooze! If for some bizarre reason you are not feeling the hazelnut chocolate filling, these pancakes are still really good with just the chocolate and orange batter. You’re basically getting two dishes for the price of one, you can thank me later.
While for many of us celebrating Shrove Tuesday is no longer about feasting before a 40 day and 40 night fast, it is still a time to be with those you care about and make a food that most people in their daily lives don’t have time to eat for breakfast. Making pancakes is fun, get everyone involved, get a flipping contest going, just please be careful of low ceilings!
Makes around 5-6 pancakes, depending on size.
For the batter
- 80g plain white flour (or plain gluten free flour if needed)
- 3 tablespoons raw cacao (or 100% cocoa)
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- zest of 1 blood orange
- juice of 1 blood orange 3 tablespoons maple syrup or other natural sweetener (I used this because it was cheaper than maple syrup)
- 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 100ml hazelnut milk (or any other plant-based milk)
- For the hazelnut chocolate centre
- 100g vegan milk chocolate
- 100g vegan dark chocolate
- 100g roasted chopped hazelnuts
1) Melt the milk and dark chocolate in a bowl over bowling water on the hob, or in the microwave.
2) Place the chopped hazelnuts into a blender and blend until you have a fine consistency. Stir the hazelnuts into the chocolate.
3) Spoon circles, around 1/4 of a cup, of the chocolate and hazelnut mixture onto a tray lined with grease-proof baking paper. You should be able to make about 6 circles. Place the tray into the freezer and wait for your circles to freeze, this will take at least half an hour.
4) In a large bowl combine the flour, cacao, arrowroot, baking powder and orange zest. In the centre on the bowl make a small well.
5) Place all the other batter ingredients except the milk into the well.
6) Pour the milk into the well slowly, all the while whisking with the other ingredients.You want to combine the milk and flour mixture slowly, start with the dry ingredients closest to the well and then work your way to the outsides of the bowl. Keep whisking until the batter is smooth, it will have lumps in from the orange zest, but make sure there are no flour lumps.
7) Heat a non-stick frying pan with a little oil. Once hot, ladle about 1/4 of a cup into the centre of the pan.
8) Place a frozen hazelnut chocolate circle on top of the batter.
9) Ladle another 1/4 to 1/2 cup of batter on top of the frozen hazelnut chocolate, making sure it is completely covered.
10) When you begin to see bubbles forming on the top of the pancake it is time to flip. Gently work a spatula around the edges, teasing it off the pan. If the batter feels sticky or wet
anywhere on the underside the pancake is not ready. Be careful to fully support the chocolate hazelnut centre when flipping.
11) Cook on the other side until ready, and then indulge!
Enjoy Pancake day everyone!
If you’ve attempted The Dopey Vegan’s incredible blood orange chocolate pancakes today let us know, we’d love to see your creations! Tag @revival.collective and @thedopeyvegan in your pictures on Instagram.
We highly recommend you check out The Dopey Vegan’s other recipes for some more vegan yums and visit her blog
Photos by The Dopey Vegan.