Have a Fantastic FoodSavvy Pancake Day!

Why Pancakes? ?

Pancakes are traditionally a way of using up all the leftover rich foods before the start of the Christian period of Lent. Eggs, fats and milk based foods were all used up on Shrove Tuesday (a.k.a. Pancake Day) prior to the 40 days of fasting. Nowadays, whilst some people do still follow this tradition, the majority of people just tend to enjoy eating pancakes! 😀 ?

Pancake Recipes…

As Life Diet Health is a plant-based blog, we always avoid eggs and dairy milk… but we do still have pancakes! 😀 In fact, there are already 11 pancake recipes on this blog! These are our favourite recipes:

Peanut Butter Pancakes

Universal Sweet or Savoury Pancakes

Simple Pancake Stack

Pancake Toppings

The great thing about pancakes, is that you can literally eat anything with them! Yes, lemon and sugar on traditional crepe style pancakes is delicious, but so is fruit, chocolate, nut butters, custard, cream or jam (no, not jam, I’m not a fan)! 😛 Of course, you can have vegetables, cheese, or meat (or their plant-based alternatives) in a pancake, making it like a tortilla, enchilada or burrito! ?

and more toppings

Another great thing about pancakes is you can chop and change – have the first one traditional, then try chocolate and banana, or stir-fried vegetables, or even black beans and sweetcorn with barbecue sauce. You can also add flavours to the batter – try a spoon or two of cocoa powder, some grated cheese, pureed spinach or just throw in a handful of blueberries! ?

Toppings too complicated?

We think having pancakes is a great way to use up all those little bits of food to stop them going to waste! 🙂 We like to get everything out on the table, then let everyone add their own toppings or fillings!

Is there a pancake hack?

If you haven’t bought your pancake ingredients yet, please think about minimising your plastic purchases! Pancakes are really easy to make and much nicer than buying ready made (in plastic film), buying a ready made liquid mix (in a plastic bottle), or buying a box mix (in a plastic bag)! ? Plus, making your own is much more fun and you can have a pancake tossing contest! ?? ? p.s.: The juice of a fresh lemon?is also much more delicious than anything in plastic! 😛 Oh and before you throw the used lemon in the bin, use it to shine up your taps! ???⭐

Happy Pancake Day! ?

Are you having pancakes today? For breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? All three?

What are you going to have on yours? Drop us a line below…

Speak soon

Laurena x


  • Eva Gallon 25th February 2020 at 20:00

    Happy Pancake Day or what’s left of it☺I strayed away from the traditional this year but you can’t beat the classic lemon & sugar filling/topping in my opinion?Speaking of which, what a great idea using the used lemon halves to clean taps: I must remember to do that before placing them in the dishwasher (for the fresh fragrance). Someone’s banging drums outside lol

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 25th February 2020 at 20:15

      Thank you Eva? I loved the look of your Palatschinken… That reminds me I need to play with my Hungarian Beigli recipe (before Christmas comes again?)! A dishwasher? You have a dishwasher?! Oh the luxury?! Drums? For pancake day??

  • Eva Gallon 25th February 2020 at 21:27

    Ooh…I had to look up the Beigli- this must be the poppyseed-filled pastry my Hungarian friend was talking about (I’ve had something like this here in Germany too, it’s very filling!) Yes, luckily the apartmentt came with a dishwasher? I always seem to wash loads by hand too but having a dishwasher definitely helps. Now you mention it, when we moved into our house back home there was a new dishwasher that had already been installed but I didn’t even use it until around a year and a half after we moved in… I don’t know what I was afraid of lol. Re the drums: I looked out the window and spotted a row of girls or women dressed as nuns or maidens in white banging these drums…maybe it’s a traditional ritual? They were also heading in the direction of the train station so they could have just been making their way to the main carnival/party in town lol. Rather late but Germans love to party! You should see all the litter, sweets and empty wine/beer/spirit bottles strewn all over the streets (I’m surprised litter louting is allowed here???)

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 26th February 2020 at 11:44

      Beigli is so so delicious! The chestnut version is great too, but it’s the poppyseed one I love. Maybe I should get working on that today! 😛 O.K.! Drums, nuns… that’s a bit strange! Noooo to the rubbish! Will someone pick it all up? It seems a bit strange that all that recycling is done there yet people still drop litter!? 🙁

      • Eva Gallon 26th February 2020 at 12:20

        I love adding poppyseeds to Weetabix but would much prefer a pastry with chestnuts in?I’ve been pleasantly surprised hubby’s really into the poppyseed bakes here lol. Anyway, yes, it was a bit strange re the nuns and drums! I agree, it’s a massive contradiction between this recycling culture and allowing people to litter during these events. Strangely enough, you won’t find many public bins or see many (if any) road sweepers here? Also, green policies are quite big here but so are fireworks! I’ve seen a lot more fireworks than back home. Have a good day☺

        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 26th February 2020 at 13:35

          Poppyseeds to weetabix? That’s a new one! Do they have lots of paoppyseed bakes there? Maybe I should just do a general search to see what I can find! I’ll try a chestnut beigli recipe too! 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your day. x

          • Eva Gallon 26th February 2020 at 15:42

            I think it’s a good combination, you should try it lol- it works just as well in porridge (imo). I’ve seen a strudel-type thing with loads of poppyseeds in (a bit too much for my liking) and also in a sort of Danish bun: they’re called ‘snails’ here or at least the region we’re in☺

          • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 26th February 2020 at 16:18

            Snails!?oh yum!??

  • Julisa 26th February 2020 at 08:31

    Pancake day is a much loved event for us so we had a bit of a feast… Bacon, bananas, blueberries, raspberries, cream, sugar, lemon, orange, syrups, chocolate sauce were all options!
    We even made a few extra pancakes at kiddies request, put them in Tupperware and will use them for snacks/pack up additions for the next couple of days. Delicious and thrifty ??
    And of course we ended it all with a tossing contest, be rude not to!!

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 26th February 2020 at 11:49

      Yay Julisa! ? That sounds totally amazing! I’ll have raspberries with chocolate sauce on mine please! 😀 I love that you are being #FoodSavvy and using containers to store extras in… have you ever tried to freeze them? (I’m testing cake and scones in the freezer this week)! Ooo, tossing contest – I’m sure that produced LOADS of giggles! 😀 Floor? Ceiling? ?


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