I can’t be more grateful than having this delicious, warm, wintery, chocolaty and healthy pancakes which also boosts the immune system and will energise you!!!
These pancakes will not only satisfy your taste buds, warm your belly and nourish your body but they will also boost your immune system too in this chilly weather! It can’t get healthier than this, pretty simple steps to follow and surprise your loved ones this weekend for brunch or even as a dessert, how fun!
Who said we can’t have a pancake for dessert? We totally can!
Why is this pancake immune boosting? Because is been packed with superfoods, some adaptogen herbs, healthy organic ingredients and made with Love!
Clean eating is very easy as long as you know what goes into your food and ultimately in your body, at the end of the day, we are what we eat, or you are what your eat’s eat.
As you may know by now, everything I make is gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free. I do this as I have had a couple of below health issues and wish to encourage other benefits;
1- food intolerances/Gluten sensitivity
2- IBS (used to have and don’t wish to revert it, it’s not fun!)
3- Trying to reduce Inflammation in overall
4- Healthier and cleaner option. Digest and ingest better without putting so much pressure on my digestive system especially gut lining.
5- I have PCOS and have to keep my insulin level at bay! I do this by eating whole grains like quinoa, buckwheat, oat, amaranth, flax and brown/black rice which they count as complex carbs and slowly release into the bloodstream after ingestion and won’t spike my sugar level. It also keeps me fuller for longer. I make sure to gain the benefits of iron, zinc, folate, protein, fibre and flavonoids in my diet by rotating them in my diet.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a very common and heterogeneous disorder. Depending on the criteria used to diagnose PCOS, incidence estimates range from 4–9% of reproductive age women using the 1990 National Institutes of Health criteria [1–3] and as high as 12–21% using the 2003 Rotterdam criteria [4–7].
Is anybody else suffering from any of the conditions ? I am here to help and guide you through healthy living to heal your body and your PCOS without taking any pharmaceutical medications. Book free a consultation today.
Please note: “Any gastrointestinal symptoms, such as chronic or severe abdominal pain, bloating, or diarrhoea should be discussed with a doctor. Your doctor will need to assess for many other conditions that may be causing symptoms. Self-treating may delay proper treatment. In addition, it is important to continue consuming gluten prior to being tested for celiac disease – following a gluten-free diet prior to being tested may result in a false negative. If you still want to follow a gluten-free diet after celiac disease or any other health problems have been ruled out, talk to a dietitian to make sure your diet contains all the essential nutrients.”
Here’s a quick glance at some of the top health benefits associated with the ingredients in this recipe:
- Paleo flour blend: Paleo flour blends are made with the best gluten-free flours, like almond flour, coconut flour, arrowroot flour and tapioca flour. I prefer not to use white or wheat flours because they are bleached and can be hard on your digestive system. The flours used in the Paleo blend are full of healthy fats, fibre and nutrients. Almond flour, for example, is packed with L-arginine, magnesium, calcium, potassium and manganese.
- Oat flour: If you’ve been looking for a gluten-free flour to use in your recipes, I want to let you know that oat flour is one of the best gluten-free flours. But wait, is oat flour gluten-free? According to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, yes — oats are technically gluten-free since they aren’t a type of wheat, barley or rye grain, which are the three groups of whole grains that naturally contain the protein gluten. Instead of containing gluten; oats and therefore oat flour actually have a protein called avenins. Oats are considered safe for those with a gluten allergy or gluten intolerance, easier for most people to digest, and much less likely to cause negative reactions. Reports show that “perhaps less than 1 percent of celiac patients show a reaction to a large amount of oats in their diets.” So the good news is that as long as you use 100 percent pure oat flour that has not been contaminated by gluten-rich flours, it’s a great choice for people looking to avoid gluten.But not only is oat flour gluten-free — it’s also loaded with nutrients and health benefits. How exactly can oat flour benefit your health? Oats have been shown to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease, lower cholesterol levels and more. From oat flour pancakes to oat flour cookies to oat flour bread, there are so many awesome ways to use this gluten-free flour to reap these amazing health benefits.
- Maca root (lepidium meyenii) is an adaptogen and a member of the cruciferous family, like broccoli and cabbage, but due to it’s unique properties it considered one of the world’s natural “super-foods” that help the body naturally adapt to stressors like a busy schedule, demanding job, or illness, for example. Maca is grown high in the mountains of South America, mainly in high altitude regions of Peru. The pleasant-tasting root is usually available in powder form after being harvested and grounded down. The maca root benefits include a positive effect on hormone balance, energy levels, and a health booster. And not only is it a natural source of healing nutrition, but it also has a long history of being a safe superfood that has been consumed for its medicinal benefits for thousands of years in regions of the Andes Mountains.Maca Root benefits include increased fertility in both men and women, hormone balance, immune system booster, and increased energy, stamina, improved sexual function, memory, and focus.Another unique fact about maca root is that historically it has been considered a very potent aphrodisiac and a traditional fertility secret of populations living in the Andes.Consuming maca often makes people feel more “alive”, energetic, and leaves them with a sense of well-being, all of which are thought to be due to its ability to restore proper hormone balance and elevate “feel good” endorphins. Another benefit of maca is its relatively high amount of absorbable plant-based nutrients, including protein, fibre, calcium and magnesium, among others.
- Maple syrup: Most people already consume plenty of sugar – likely even way more than they actually need. That being said, maple syrup is one of the sweeteners you should be using in small amounts and a good alternative to cane sugar when used in moderation. Similar to the contrast between whole and refined grains, unrefined natural sweeteners like maple syrup contain higher levels of beneficial nutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals than white table sugar or high fructose corn syrup. It’s also why we see the many health benefits of raw honey. When used in appropriate amounts, maple syrup nutrition benefits can include the ability to lower inflammation, supply nutrients and better manage blood sugar.
- Cordyceps: Prized for their natural ability to fight free radicals, infections and inflammation, cordyceps are impressive disease-fighting mushrooms that have been used for centuries to reduce symptoms of respiratory disorders, coughs, colds, liver damage and much more. They’re a true “superfood” in the way that they fight the effects of ageing and stress, help keep the body free from disease, and also increase energy levels.
London has received the first frost warning as the temperature decreasing very fast and going to be minus during the night! At the moment, I am sitting in my lounge and curling up in a thick hoody, socks, long sleeve jumper and I have turned the heater on high but still feeling cold! brrrrrrr:)) I am sure this brunch had enough goodness to nourish my body and boost my immune system.
Have a nourishing weekend full of mindful intentions and positive vibe!
Immune Boosting Pancakes
These pancakes have been made with superfoods, adaptogens, healthy organic ingredients and love to boost your immune system! Simple and easy to make to wow the crowd! Be creative with your toppings and go seasonal!
- 1 cup Oat flour Gluten-free
- 1/2 cup Almond flour ground almond
- 1 tsp Maca powder superfood
- 1 tsp Lucuma powder superfood
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon,cardemon, ginger
- 100-150 mls Almond Milk or any plant based milk of your choice
- 1/8 tsp Cordyceps adaptogen
- 4 tbsp Chia seeds superfood
- 1 1/2 tbsp Coconut blossom nectar
- 1/2 tsp Baking powder
- pinch of Salt Himalayan or sea salt
- 20-30 grams Coco butter or more for serving more than 2
- 3 tbsp Cacao powder or more to thickens
- 4 tbsp Maple syrup or more to your taste
Mix All your dry ingredients first then add your wet ingredients.
Pour into your high-speed blender and mix well to a smooth runny batter, if it is too thick add more almond milk to reach the right consistency.
Heat up your non-stick pan over a medium heat, pour your batter with a big spoon into the desired shapes and size.
Let the bubbles reduce in one side and cook then flip it over. total time 3-4 minutes.
In the meantime prepare your chocolate sauce
Pour water into a medium size pan and let it boil then reduce the heat and add a glass bowl on top of the pan. (bain marie style)! Melt the coco butter
Add the CaCao powder and whisk, if its too runny add a bit more to reach a nice glossy consistency.
Add the maple syrup and viola! the chocolate sauce is ready to pour all over your pancakes.
If you don't use to have any adaptogen herbs before, go slowly and add little by little, your taste buds have to adapt to it to enjoy otherwise it would be too over-powering. Also you have to know which adaptogens to use for each recipe to go along with other ingredients! Good luck x