Give your pancakes a healthy kick by adding in avocado.
It’s nearly Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pancake Day, the day we all try and do the perfect pancake flip and inevitably fail, well… most of us. Whether you have yours with lemon juice and a sprinkle of sugar, topped with fruit or slathered with Nutella, this year, why not try something different and add a healthy kick to your pancake in the form of an avocado? Ultra-healthy and nourishing, low in saturated fats, salt and sugar, this original recipe will delight the palates of young and old alike. Adding avocado to traditional pancake batter also lets you enjoy all the many benefits of this versatile food. Rich in nutrients, avocados are an excellent source of vitamins B, E and K and healthy monounsaturated fats, an easy-peasy way to get one of your 5-a-day!
This recipe is also easily adapted to vegan diets. Simply replace the eggs with plant-based yoghurt! Use around 2 heaped tablespoons of plant-based yoghurt for 1 egg.
Photo and Recipe Credit: World Avocado Organization
1 avocado, pit and skin removed, roughly mashed 125ml unsweetened almond milk
130g all-purpose flour
2 free-range eggs
1 banana (any will do, but the riper the better)
2 tsp. baking powder
A pinch of salt
Toppings (optional): avocado or mango roses, blueberries, pomegranate seeds, kiwi slices, banana slices, coconut chips. Maple syrup
1 In a food processor or blender mix the avocado, milk, flour, eggs, banana, baking powder and a pinch of salt together thoroughly. If necessary, stop throughout and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
2 Heat a large non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the vegetable oil a few drops at a time until it coats the entire surface.
3 For each pancake, spoon ±3–4tbsp. of batter into the skillet, using the back of the spoon to spread the batter into a circle.
4 Cook until golden brown on the bottom. Flip to cook on the other side until brown. Repeat this process with the rest of the batter.
5 Stack and serve with your favourite fruit and toppings (including more avocado, of course!). If desired, drizzle with maple syrup.
About the World Avocado Organization
The World Avocado Organization is a non-profit organisation founded in 2016 whose members are avocado growers, exporters and importers from around the world – including the top four grower supplier countries to the EU and UK. The World Avocado Organization promotes the consumption of avocados based on their nutritional value and recognised health benefits. It also shares information and insights on avocado production, supply chains and sustainability with the public.