Tuesday 4th March 2014
We heard that the children at Surrey Square Primary are crazy about pancakes, so our fantastic supporters at Village East Restaurant and independent chef Asia Kostka got up bright and early this morning to make a huge stack!
We encourage our Magic Breakfast clubs to be as healthy as possible so these weren't just any pancakes, they were delicious oaty pancakes that contained no sugar but had cinnamon, vanilla extract and ground raw cacao for added taste and nutrients.
We played ‘guess the topping’ which included pomegranate, mangoes, pineapple, prunes, dates, passion fruit, pecans and hazelnuts. At first some children were reluctant to try but by the end of breakfast club they were saying ‘I’m going to try everything’. Firm favourites were the mangoes and pineapples!
Breakfast club coordinator Roberta said ‘it’s so nice to see the children trying different things, we’ll know what they like now and can serve it up again’.
Surrey Square Primary has a free breakfast club for 25 children and also delivers bagels to the classrooms at the beginning of lessons to ensure no child is starting school hungry.
A big thank you to Asia Kostka and Natalia Ribbe from Village East for their time, energy and enthusiasm this morning.
Here is the recipe if you would like to make Asia’s Magic pancakes:
For the pancake mix, makes 25-30
- 285g flour
- 175g oats
- 43g baking powder
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 150g vegetable oil or coconut oil
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon powder
- 3 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons ground raw cacao beans
- 5 eggs
- 525g of yoghurt
- 550g of milk
1) To make the mix: Grind the oats in a food processor until they're chopped fine, but not a powder.
2) Put the flour, oats, and all other dry ingredients into a deep bowl. Slowly drizzle the vegetable oil into the bowl while mixing steadily with a broad faced pastry spatula. Incorporate well.
3) Finally, whisk together the eggs, yoghurt, milk. Mix well with dry ingredients and let stand. Don't worry if it seems thin at first: the oats will soak up the milk, and the mix will thicken a bit as it stands.
The oats add a power boost with protein, zinc, iron, vitamin B and many others. They aid in the stabilization of blood-sugar levels and are low calorie and high volume. Cacao has the relaxing minerals of magnesium and potassium, and palmitic acid which helps strengthen the brain and heart. It also contains incredibly high levels of antioxidants. Cinnamon, a blood sugar blocker lowers insulin and lowers LDL cholesterol. Vanilla beans contains over 200 organic compounds that stimulate a soothed mind. Vanilloids can help aid against brain inflammation, and increase a sharper mind and thought process.
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