As part of my diet & bid to have more energy I have cut out white flour & white bread. I've seriously cut down my wholemeal bread intake to about 6 small slices a week (instead of per day). The only things that I thought 'oh my god how will I cope without that' about were:
* White cheese sauce. I make a mean lasagne & honestly didn't know how I'd cope without using white flour to make my beloved cheese sauce. (I found a way though, but more on that another day).
* cakes! I love cake...I'm still working on this one.
Breakfast is a big deal in our house & pancakes usually feature at least once a week. Life without them would be a sad affair. So once I committed to this diet I set about finding a good alternative. I tried a few recipes that produced 'ok, but not the same as the real thing' results, before making these. I was inspired by a Nigella Lawson Flourless cake that uses egg whites as the rising agent. They are truly delicious and as good as the real thing! Here is the recipe for those of you looking for a guilt free pancake fix.
For those of you following slimming world the whole recipe contains 2 syns for the maple syrup. This serves 2-4 people so is between 0.5-1 syn per serving depending on how greedy you're feeling. You can make it syn free by replacing the maple syrup with sweetener if that's what you want to do.
Tablespoon of maple syrup.
Teaspoon of vanilla extract.
1. Separate all 6 eggs. Whisk the egg whites together until they are soft white peaks. Similar to that of meringue mixture.
2. Mix up the egg yolks with the maple syrup & vanilla extract.
3. Now gently mix the yolk mixture in with the egg whites. I use a metal spoon for this. Your mixture will look like this:
4. Now spray your frying pan with some fry light spray (I like the buttery spray for making pancakes) & spoon the mixture in to the hot frying pan. It will look odd to begin with, almost like fluffy clouds rather than pancakes. See:
But if you leave it to cook on that side for about a minute & then flip it over it starts to look like a pancake.
5. Cook on both sides until cooked all the way through. It will feel springy to touch when cooked properly. Repeat until you have used all the mixture. This makes roughly 12 pancakes.
Serve with toppings of your choice
This has been a BIG baby led weaning hit here & Niamh is a big fan of hers with fresh strawberries.