When it comes to breakfast, I don't often take the time to make anything too fancy or special. But on the occasional lazy Sunday morning, I do enjoy a stack of homemade pancakes!
The problem with making pancakes just for myself is that it's hard to make the right amount for a single serving, especially since most recipes are designed with large families in mind. So when it came to finding a recipe for single serving pancakes, I turned to Chocolate Covered Katie, who has lots of pancake and cupcake recipes that make just the right amount for one person! And the best part about these recipes is that they are all vegan, which means you don't have to attempt to measure out a fraction of an egg in order to adapt the recipe for one serving!
Katie's recipe for blueberry pie pancakes have gotten a lot of attention around the web, so I knew that they would be good. But instead of using blueberries, I wanted to include some of my other favourite ingredients - strawberries, bananas and coconut!
For assembling the pancakes, I was inspired by a recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Stacked Pancakes that I saw on one of my other favourite blogs, Oh She Glows. I loved the idea of layering the pancakes with slices of fruit and topping it with a thick, creamy "soft serve" type sauce.
So I decided to combine the two recipes. For the pancakes themselves, I used Katie's recipe:
Vegan Single Serve Pancakes
I followed the recipe at the link above, but with the following modifications:
I used light spelt for the flour, and coconut milk beverage (from the carton, not the can) for the liquid. I also left out the blueberries, and added 2 tbsp of unsweetened shredded coconut to the batter to bring out the coconut flavour even more.
I have to say, I think these are my favourite pancakes that I've ever had, even just plain! Not only did I love the taste of them, but they were so fluffy!
See how fat these guys were...
But then topping them with the frozen strawberry-banana sauce took them from great to amazing! Even though making that sauce broke my blender (it was getting old anyway, and apparently couldn't handle frozen strawberries), it was worth it! I was a bit worried that topping pancakes with a cold sauce instead of maple syrup might be strange, but I actually really liked them that way!
I also liked the fact that I didn't feel stuffed after eating these pancakes - they were actually pretty light and not too filling, which I prefer when eating breakfast.
Here is the recipe I used for the sauce:
Strawberry Banana Soft Serve
Adapted from Oh She Glows
half a frozen banana, chopped
one and a half frozen strawberries, thawed slightly and chopped
1-2 tbsp yogurt (I used strawberry-banana flavoured yogurt)
Place all ingredients in a powerful blender and process until smooth.
To assemble the pancakes:
Once the pancakes have cooked, place them on a plate and top with sliced fruit and the strawberry banana soft serve. You can make these more fun by stacking the pancakes with layers of sliced bananas and/or strawberries and the soft serve in between each pancake.
Since I only made two pancakes, the stacked effect wasn't as stunning as Angela's pancakes...and when I looked at my photos afterwards, I realized I had inadvertently created a little pancake monster (see his eyes and tongue sticking out):
This is definitely my new go-to recipe for single serving pancakes...and even though I loved the strawberry-banana-coconut combination, I'm looking forward to trying other ways of stacking them - I already have Angela's spiced pumpkin butter pancakes in mind for the fall!