Brighten up your weekend with this Brilliant breakfast

Breakfast! You know you should always eat something first thing right? Well, you wouldn’t drive your car without putting fuel in it (or charging it πŸ˜› !) I know some people can’t face anything first thing, but we should all try to eat within a couple of hours of waking – even if it’s just a piece of fruit! πŸŒπŸπŸ‡

Some people make the excuse that they don’t have time, but your next breakfast will be at the weekend, so no excuses! This doesn’t take long to prepare, then you just put it in the oven and leave it while you get ready (or read the paper)! It will be the weekend after all! πŸ˜›

I’ve been so ridiculously busy the past two weeks (you might notice I didn’t post on Wednesday this week)! Hopefully, from this evening onward I will have a bit of me time! Yay! πŸ˜€ So, what do you think? Should I do a bit more decorating, or finish the decluttering which I started – which resulted in not being able to find anything while it is all in one place waiting to be sorted! 😬

I should really do some more baking! Besides the bread which we’ve still managed to make weekly, we were making a load of baked goods such as pretzels, welsh cakes, rock cakes, shortbread to freeze or last the week (yes, my boys like their bakes)! Is there anything you would like to see? I think I’m supposed to make a cake for next week – I could get some practise in for a foolproof Mothers Day recipe (hint hint boys if you’re reading)!

Oh, I was going to make something green for St. Patricks Day (Happy St. Patricks Day if you’re celebrating)! I was thinking something sweet, minty and naturally coloured – cookies? ice-cream? cheesecake? Maybe with chocolate? Any suggestions? πŸ˜€

Right, back to the breakfast! It was a cold and very windy morning! I thought of having toast and marmite (a great source of B vitamins), then thought how about porridge, but sometimes I’m just not in the mood for porridge! Then I thought, oh! Pancakes! πŸ˜€ Do you know we used to make pancakes almost every day! We love pancakes, but I find they do tend to make the house smell a bit (well, anything cooked in a frying pan really)! Then I thought, you know what… let’s create a pancake style dish which bakes in the oven! πŸ˜€ Yes really! πŸ˜›

Batter, Fillings, Bake!

You could use any thick pancake mix for this, but the recipe below has been tried and tested and works great! Then of course, you can add anything you like to the batter, even divide the batter into sections and make a few different variants! I was going with mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries, currants), then thought, why not throw in a handful of chocolate chips too! πŸ’– Plus a sprinkling of brown sugar for good measure and to sweeten the currants and balance with the dark chocolate. You should make this! It’s as easy as making the batter, pouring it in the tin, scattering over your additions (I’m going to do peanut butter and chocolate next time)! and baking. You can then top your pancake-style slices with all your regular toppings – we used coconut yogurt, nut butter and maple syrup!

Coconut yogurt, peanut butter & a maple drizzle

Wow! That’s all I’m saying! Oh, except you really should try this! All your pancakes baked at once in one pan! No waiting for the next one! No standing cooking whilst everyone else munches away while you cook pancake after pancake! No eating on your own because they’ve finished and left the table! Oh yes! Pancakes in the oven… maybe it should be an ovencake? or a tincake? or just pancake in a tin!? Okay, I’m talking too much today! Come on… join in the conversation below! πŸ˜€

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Oven Baked Pancake Tray

Make all your pancakes at once by baking the batter in the oven! One giant tray full of your favourite pancake mix! Leave it to cook while you get on with your morning routine! Perfect #weekendbreakfast

Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
Gather
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup porridge oats gluten free if required
  • 1/2 cup plain flour gluten free if required
  • 1-2 cups milk (quantity depends on viscosity) dairy free if required
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder gluten free if required
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground linseed/flax sub 1 egg if that’s your thing!
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips dairy free if required
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar
  • * toppings to serve
Prepare
  1. Put the banana, oats, flour, milk, baking powder, salt and flax in a blender and blend until combined. The mixture should be fairly thick but pourable (add more milk if required).

  2. Pour into a lined baking tin (we used a 26cm x 17cm rectangular tin) so the batter is about 0.5cm. You should have some left over.

  3. Scatter your berries, chocolate and half the sugar over the top, then drizzle a bit more batter over to partially cover them. Sprinkle the remaining sugar over the top. The batter should not exceed 1cm (0.75cm is ideal)! 

  4. Bake at Gas Mark 6 (400F / 200c) for 20-30 minutes. The batter should be just starting to get crispy around the edges. The top will likely crack but this doesn’t affect the taste. Cook for a bit longer if you want a crispier bake.

  5. Serve with your toppings. Enjoy!

Tips & Storage
  • Just use the idea and use your favourite pancake batter mix (make sure it is thick enough).
  • Customise the pancakes to suit you and your family.
  • Make smaller individual pancakes by using small round cake tins (don’t forget to line them first).
  • Add your favourite fillings: berries & chocolate; apples & cinnamon; banana & honey; peanut butter & chocolate; or just leave plain for toppings.
  • Blend a spoonful of cacao or your favourite spice to the batter to make a flavoured pancake.
  • Be fancy and make a symmetrical pattern with your fillings, or make a smiley face, a heart, a name…
  • Top your cooked pancake slices with chocolate spread, yogurt, jam, sugar, syrup, more fruits, nuts, nut butter or anything else you fancy!
  • Store any leftovers wrapped in the fridge for up to three days. Reheat by popping in a preheated oven for five minutes.

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I’m sharing this pancake tray over at Fiesta Friday! This week it is co-hosted (not by me this week! πŸ˜› ) by Antonia @ Zoale.com and Abbey @ Three Cats and a Girl

Please come over and visit the party and if you want to add a post, remember to follow the rules by linking to the Fiesta and the two co-hosts so everyone can find you (and you have a chance to be featured the following week)! Also, don’t forget to visit some of the other posts and leave a like, recipe rating or comment! See you there!

If you’re new to cooking, or plant based cooking and needΒ some kitchen inspirationΒ or you’reΒ after some ingredients, check out the above links, or have at look at the items below which are great for this recipe! If you’re looking for a Mothers Day present (Sunday 31st March in UK) the cake plates and cake forks are simply adorable (I know my Mum isn’t reading this so I might have to get her some)!

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Speak soon, Have a great weekend and get some ‘me time’!Β 

Laurena x

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12 Comments

  • Eva Gallon 15th March 2019 at 20:18

    Hi Laurena, hope you’re a bit more rested after another busy week☺ At first, I thought I was going to see a breakfast suggestion of Fry’s vegan sausages and tofu scramble hehe. The oven pancake sounds delicious too, thanks- it reminds me of a baked ‘Dutch Baby’ recipe I saw on Barefoot Contessa before I turned vegan(ish)πŸ˜‰It’s basically a large sweet Yorkshire pudding lol (Sainsbury’s and Waitrose have good vegan recipes for Yorkshire puds if you’re interested). Oh, I don’t think it’s my place to tell you to choose to do the DIY over the decluttering or vice versa 😁

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 15th March 2019 at 21:33

      Would you believe it.. I am still busy! I was hoping to stop about 4pm, but no… still going at 9.30pm! πŸ™ Ooo we made Yorkshire puddings about a month ago – they were good, real good, as in not-identifiable-as-vegan good! πŸ˜› I had to google ‘Dutch Baby’ – never heard of them before but they look good (although I think they need a lot of fat to cook)! Ha, so DIY then is your suggestion? I was hoping for the wind to die down as I still have loads to plant at the allotment! DIY it will be (I would love the room to be finished)! What are you up to this weekend?

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  • Eva Gallon 15th March 2019 at 22:01

    Yes, it’s so windy over here too- nearly got blown away in the 90km winds the other day lol. I plan to go to a Step class on Sunday (I’ve not done this since the 90s!). Usual Saturday supermarket shopping, nothing too exciting (I used to hate being asked what I did over the weekend when I worked in offices, it felt like a sort of competition hahaπŸ˜‰).
    Sorry to hear you’re still very busy. I know it doesn’t sound like it now
    lol but I do understand what that feels like, forever chasing your tail and how exhausting it is😯x

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 15th March 2019 at 22:19

      Ooo a step class, that sounds energetic – my knees have never let me do that! We had a right wind storm too – 106.8kmph! My weekend should be allotment, baking, a book and cake! But it looks like it will be work , DIY, decluttering! Roll on Monday! Lol!

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  • Eva Gallon 15th March 2019 at 22:41

    That’s a good point actually, I think I remember reading ages ago that step classes aren’t so good for your knees, oops. Wow, 106kmph winds! I can still hear strong gales now (to think there was a winter heatwave only a few weeks ago lol). Your weekend sounds good to me… but you put me to shame with the allotment work haha. Hope the strong winds haven’t ruined anything☺

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 15th March 2019 at 22:51

      Not too much to ruin as we’ve been too busy to go! Although, maybe the makeshift tunnel might have been destroyed – oops! Oh well, hopefully soon we’ll have time to get there! Yes! We went litterpicking on the beach without coats just a few weeks ago! Wow,! Hopefully it will all settle down soon! Enjoy your weekend! x

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  • Angie | Fiesta Friday 15th March 2019 at 23:11

    Oh, I’ve tried this a few times. Definitely very convenient. And my suggestion for something green on St. Patrick’s Day would be Shamrock Shake. Like the one you get from McDonald’s (so good!) but of course you’ll come up with something much better, healthy and natural, with no artificial anything.

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 15th March 2019 at 23:21

      Thanks Angie. Oh, what do you call it? A baked pancake? A tray of pancake? What do you put in it/on yours? Wait, you have a Shamrock Shake in McDonalds? What flavour is it? I’m now thinking how I can make a minty smoothie bowl with choc chips (a healthy one yes, you’re right)!

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      • Angie | Fiesta Friday 16th March 2019 at 11:42

        Over here we call it sheet pan pancakes. Maybe I should post mine. I don’t know why I didn’t. I guess I forgot. McD’s shamrock shake is vanilla mint flavored. I love it, very refreshing. They only have it around this time of year, then it’s taken off the menu.
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        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
          Laurena@LifeDietHealth 16th March 2019 at 12:51

          Sheet pan pancakes? I’m guessing you don’t call the tins ‘baking trays’ then! Ooo, I’m going to make me a McDonalds shamrock shake! Thanks x

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  • Antonia 16th March 2019 at 21:37

    This is awesome, Laurena! We love pancakes too, and I can’t wait to give this a try! I haven’t ever made a pancake tray. Thank you for sharing your delicious and creative recipe with us over at Fiesta Friday!

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 16th March 2019 at 22:37

      Thanks Antonia. It really is a great thing! I hope you love it as much as we do! What will you put in/on it? Thanks for co-hosting this week… enjoy the Fiesta!

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