Vanilla Oat Pancakes

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These pancakes are a real winner especially if you have an active weekend coming up! I love trying to make breakfast feel special at the weekend - it is my favourite meal of the day but in the week most of us are  bait too pushed for time to make anything adventurous. Last Sunday, my best friend (and videographer) had got in from an 8 mile run as part of his marathon training and we had a busy day of filming and my first ever radio interview lined up. 

(You can liisten here)

. I wanted to make us both a breakfast that would aid his recovery and for me to just really enjoy!

Making pancakes sounds like the sort of thing you do at the weekend so I set about making these and ended up loving them. I wanted to include hemp protein but was worried about the effect that would have on the taste and texture so the vanilla powder and a dash of maple syrup make it a lot more subtle! I hope you love them as much as we did - and its a great excuse to get an awesome picture so #mindbodybowl as I'd love to see your creations!

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Ingredients

(Serves 2-3 - about 6 American style pancakes)

200g oats

2 tablespoons of chia seeds

40g of hemp protein powder (optional)

1 teaspoons of vanilla powder

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

200ml of water

200ml of almond, oat or brown rice milk

coconut oil for cooking

Toppings: coyo, strawberries, banana, pomegranate - you can also add extra sweetener

In a small bowl, soak the chia seeds in 6 tablespoons of water until they make a gel. Warm the oven to about 100c.

Place the oats in a food processor and blend until a smooth flour forms. Then pour the flour into a bowl and add the other dry ingredients. Add the liquid slowly, starting with the milk, then the water and then the maple syrup, stirring as you go. You want the pancake mix to be quite thick so hold back on the water or add more as required.

Heat a little coconut oil in a frying pan, then add the first sixth of the mixture, flattening and shaping it with a spatula or spoon. Keep the heat fairly low so that the mixture cooks through without burning. Once it begins to brown, flip the pancake and cook the other side. Repeat this step until all of the pancakes are cooked. Keep the pancakes warm in the oven until you have finished cooking them all, then top with all your favourite things to serve. I went with a mountain of fruit and so didn't use any extra sweetener but you can add that in!

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