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Vegan Pancake Day

A while back I was sent Purition’s Vegan box, and I knew exactly what I wanted to make with the powders: pancakes. It only seemed fitting with it being pancake “week”, that I should get in the kitchen and rustle up some panqueques.

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I have featured Purition products on my blog previously so if you want to know further about them, then you can read more here. As I have posted recently, I don’t feel like there is a real need to include protein powder in my diet, though I do still use it for it’s convenience. Purition shakes are a little different, as they are more of an all encompassing shake, packed full of good stuff like healthy fats, fiber and micro-nutrients as well as plant protein. They are a good way to take your smoothie, porridge, or pancakes next level.

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Vegan Chocolate Purition Pancakes (Serves 1)

1/2 ripe Banana
1/2 Cup Non-Dairy Milk
1/2 Cup of Flour (I used Rude Health’s Sprouted Spelt)
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
Half a Sachet/Scoop of Purition Vegan Chocolate Shake
1 tsp Cacao Powder
Pinch of salt
Toppings of Choice

Add the banana and milk to a food processor and blend together. I recommend using a ripe spotty banana as it will make the pancakes nice and sweet, unfortunately I didn’t have one on hand. You can always add a tsp of any kind of sugar to the mix to sweeten it up.

Add the rest of ingredients to the food processor and blend together. You might need a little more milk if it’s too thick, I added a drizzle more to get the right consistency.

Heat a pan to medium-high heat, and add a little oil to grease. Dollop out scoops of the mixture, cook for a couple of minutes on each side and serve.

I got about 6 smallish pancakes out of this mix, I prefer them that way for stacking. You can always double the recipe for more pancakes. I topped mine with some cherries, cacao nibs and a chocolate peanut butter drizzle made from peanut butter powder and a tiny bit of cacao powder mixed with water.

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The Purition powder was an easy way to add some extra protein, fiber and healthy fats to the pancakes. You can add your own protein powder of choice or just replace it with a ground seed mix (chia/flax). I wouldn’t recommend leaving the mix to stand before cooking as it will thicken due to the nuts/seeds in the blend.

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I love pancakes, and I really don’t make an effort to make them enough, so I am going to remedy that this week and make/eat all of the pancakes.

Have an amazing pancake day, and let me know what pancakes/toppings you are going for!

 

 

Disclaimer: I received the shakes from Purition for review purposes, all opinions are my own.

 

Tibits Vegan Days

Last Friday I was invited to one of the UK’s leading Vegetarian restaurants Tibits to check out their foodie delights on one of their new dedicated Vegan days. It happened to be World Vegan Day as well, so the place was packed out with plenty of Vegans and non-Vegans alike checking out the cuisine.

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Tibits is part of a popular group of Swiss-based Vegetarian restaurants. Located in the Heddon Street Food Quarter, off Regent Street, it offers a huge array of Vegetarian and Vegan cuisine with a unique “food boat” offering over 40 delicious hot dishes, salads, soups, desserts, smoothies, cocktails, wines and beers. The focus is on fresh, healthy and flavourful food and it certainly delivers!

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On a normal day 80% of Tibits menu is Vegan, but they are now running regular Vegan days to cater to customer demands. On these special Vegan days all the hot dishes and desserts are vegan as well as a large array of the salads. The menu changes seasonally and there was plenty of Autumnal fare on offer. They serve food from breakfast until late evening and there is also a wide selection of fresh juices, organic wines and other drinks. The restaurant is stylish and contemporary, but with a fairly relaxed vibe.

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On arrival we were warmly greeted by the manager, and shown to our table. Tibits is a buffet style restaurant, so you can go around the hot food and salad bar and pick what you want. Everything is well labelled for people with other allergies like nuts or gluten. You pay by weight of the plate rather than per plate. This is a popular system in Brazil and I think this is a good idea as it ensures you don’t go overboard, and you get to try a little bit of everything you want to. How much you spend is really down to yourself.

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I think between us we pretty much covered almost everything on offer! I also got a fresh juice, which was delicious, but I can’t remember what was in it, definitely carrot and fennel amongst other things.

Nick was a bit apprehensive before getting to the restaurant, but the food really sold it to him, there was a nice mix of healthy, vibrant food, as well as deep fried options which satisfied him! I loaded up my plate with some greens and then a mix of some amazing dishes including: falafel, hummus, Thai green curry (that had a kick!), pumpkin salad, quinoa salad, fennel antipasti, and edamame. Nick had some focaccia Mexicana, wedges, Indian rice, lots of falafel, Orechiette Pasta Salad and a bread roll on top! He was devastated to have missed the onion rings though!! It was all really delicious, and I loved trying a little bit of different dishes.

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We both really enjoyed the meal and we were not stuffed afterwards which was nice. As everything was Vegan we had to sample the dessert, we tried Vegan victoria sponge and sticky toffee pudding as well as some mixed berry muesli/yoghurt on the side with some figs and grapes. The cakes were really delicious, and they were bite size so it was nice to try a bit of each- Nick did have two portions of the sticky toffee though! He also said that the victoria sponge was better than regular victoria sponge, it tasted like they had used ground almonds as it was certainly very light. I also had a fresh mint tea to go along with it.

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We both left with happy belly’s, as I’m sure did the rest of the Vegans in the restaurant that evening. The selection of food was really fantastic, and it’s nice to go out somewhere where you know what is going into your food, and it’s not something you have to feel bad or guilty about afterwards. It’s really great to know that there are places that are willing to dedicate full evenings to delicious Vegan food.

I would certainly visit again, and I think Nick was won over as well! The next vegan days are: 18th November and 29th November.

Disclaimer: The meal was complementary but all opinions are my own.