These Healthy Mince Pie Pancakes are gluten-free, refined-sugar-free, can be dairy free, and are high in protein and fibre. Containing banana, oats and Greek yoghurt, they area brilliant way to use up leftover mincemeat after Christmas!
If, like me, you really enjoy the festive season, there’s a bit of a lull just after Christmas. Those few days where you know it’s almost time to take the decorations down and get back into normal routine. Despite feeling exhausted, and relieved that you have some time to wind down and relax, there’s a bit of sadness at the realisation that Christmas is over 360 days away.
But of course, we have our presents and plenty of food to sort that out. Food like this perhaps..?
Among the various bits and bobs leftover after Christmas, there’s usually half a jar of mincemeat left in the fridge. Remember these Healthy Mince Pies? Well, I still had some of the healthy homemade mincemeat left in a jar. So, I racked my brains as to what I could do with this leftover Christmas fruit preserve.
Enter: Healthy Mince Pie Pancakes!
Work your way through a pile of these cute little pancakes while you reminisce Christmas memories…
Made without flour, butter or refined sugar, these pancakes are packed with nutrition.
From the Greek yoghurt, we get protein and probiotics, while the oats add dietary fibre and many health benefits. The bananas contribute towards our 5-a-day (1/6th of a banana in each muffin!) and give us plenty of vitamins. Instead of refined sugar, we’re using just 1 tbsp of honey or maple syrup. These both have brilliant health benefits, and are natural & unrefined!
As for the topping, we’re using the healthy homemade mincemeat from my mince pie recipe, which is refined-sugar-free. If you don’t want to make your own mincemeat, or have some store-bought mincemeat left to use up, you can absolutely use that too!
To Make the Pancakes:
First of all, we blend a banana, an egg, 1/2 cup of oats and 1/4 cup of Greek yoghurt in a blender. Heat a pan, add a drop of oil, and pour a dollop of mixture in. I like to use a small circular pan to make perfectly round little neat pancakes! With this small size pan (about 4 inch diameter), the recipe made 6 pancakes.
Then dollop a teaspoon of homemade healthy mincemeat (or store-bought) on top. Spread it over the pancake, before cooking the next pancake and placing it on top. Repeat until all the pancake batter is used up:
Mix some Greek yoghurt, honey and milk to make a sauce. Drizzle over the top and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Due to the nutrition and protein that is packed into these healthy mince pie pancakes, they are hearty and filling. So feel free to adjust the ingredients amounts to suit you.
For thinner, larger pancakes, add more milk to the batter and use a bigger pan. For smaller, circular pancakes like I made, use less milk and a small pan.
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