‘Jaffa’ Hotcakes

IMG_5072Sunday mornings have just been that much better since we have really started to embrace ‘Pancake Sunday’. I must say this combination is definitely  up there as one of the best we’ve made so far (Although I feel like I say that after every batch of pancakes we make!)

I would like give a big mention to Botanical Cuisine for their incredible dairy free ‘Orange and Lucuma Cashew Yoghurt’ which we used to top these pancakes… For anyone who is yet to try it, we highly recommend it! I consider this ‘yoghurt’ to be as good as coyo and that is really saying something coming from me! (Here’s a link to their website if you want to find out more http://botanicalcuisine.com).

To decorate (and to compliment the chocolate-orange theme we have going on) we decided to melt some Loving Earth orange and gubinge raw chocolate to dip freshly sliced orange in. As I’m sure you can imagine, this was a great addition!

Ingredients 

Serves 2

Pancake mix

1/4 cup buckwheat flour
1/4 almond meal
1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch cardamon
Juice and zest of 1 small blood orange*
2 organic free range eggs
1 tbsp chia seeds (soaked)
1 tbsp honey
1  tsp lucuma powder
1 tsp coconut oil (to cook)

*We used blood orange but any will do (however blood orange delivers a more intense orange colour and flavour) – save 1 or 2 teaspoons for the choc-orange sauce
Cacao-orange sauce

1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp coconut flower nectar or honey
1/4 tsp tahini or almond butter
1-2 tsp blood orange juice and zest
Method
  1. Combine buckwheat flour, almond meal, lucuma, baking powder and cardamon in a mixing bowl
  2. Add in eggs, soaked chia seeds, orange juice/zest and honey and mix until all ingredients are combined
  3. Now, prepare your choc-orange sauce…
  4. Combine cacao powder and coconut nectar in a small bowl, add a dash of boiling water and mix together
  5. Add in tahini (or almond butter) and orange juice/zest and mix
  6. Now time to cook the pancakes!
  7. Place 1 tsp coconut oil in a non-stick pan and allow to melt on medium heat
  8. Once the pan has heated, add in a small amount of the pancake mix and leave to cook for 1-2 minutes (or until bubbles start to form around the outside) then flip and allow the other side to cook for a minute or so
  9. Repeat this process for the rest of the mixture
  10. Serve and top with Botanical Cuisine ‘orange and lucuma cashew yoghurt’ (optional) and your choc-orange sauce

Read why eating the whole orange is more beneficial than just taking a Vitamin C tablet, here.

Oranges, like other citrus fruits, are best known for their exceptional Vitamin C content.  Vitamin C is an essential anti-oxidant nutrient for human health, vital for connective tissue health, immunity and tissue repair.    Severe deficiency of this nutrient results in the now rare disease, Scurvy.  However, Vitamin C in oranges appears to be more bio-available and afford greater free radical protection of DNA than the vitamin alone (when compared in like for like dosages).  Yet another example of the whole food being more beneficial than one of its constituents (the whole being greater than the sum of its parts).

Other important identified phytochemicals in oranges include flavanones such as herperidin, which have been associated with a lowered risk of various cancers,  hypertension and inflammatory conditions including asthma and arthritis.  Many of these nutrients, however, are found in the rind of the orange.  Other compounds found in citrus peel, called polymethoxylated flavones, have also been shown, in some studies, to have an effect of lowering cholesterol to a similar degree to statins.  Hence, in this recipe using the zest allows us to capture more of these properties.

Other health benefits of oranges include the fact that they are high in fibre, are low GI (glycaemic index) and contain other nutrients including carotenoids (anti-oxidant molecules that are also pre-cursors to Vitamin A), Vitamins B1, B5 and B9.

For maximum nutrient content, purchase organic oranges, as fresh as possible.  The longer they are stored, the more nutrient depletion occurs.  Some of nutrients in oranges are also sensitive to heat, however in this recipe this should be minimal due to short cooking time of hotcakes, no cooking of choc-orange sauce and accompanying fresh orange segments.