Who can resist a stack of delicious spicy pancakes topped with bananas and an amazing chocolate sauce? No need for resistance. These spiced kefir pancakes are a healthy and delicious take on the much loved British drop scone or Scotch pancake.
Despite my love of chocolate, cakes, biscuits, puddings and most things sweet, I do not, as it may seem, indulge all day long or even every day. Most of the time, I try to eat healthily. One of our regular breakfast ingredients is kefir, which CT has been making for many years now. We drink it as it is, use it in smoothies, on muesli and add it to porridge.
Spiced Kefir Pancakes
I woke up one Sunday morning thinking, why don’t I try making pancakes with some of that kefir. It’s not a revolutionary idea I’m sure, but I’d not thought of it before. Turns out, kefir makes the most fabulous pancakes. So this particular morning, it was spiced kefir pancakes with manuka honey and crème fraîche chocolate sauce.
For those not yet in the know, kefir is a fermented milk beverage, similar to yogurt but easier to make and with its own distinctive taste. The culture comes in the form of strange cauliflower like pieces and it grows. It comes from the Caucasus region and is highly regarded as a probiotic.
These spiced kefir pancakes are a healthy take on our much loved drop scones or American style pancakes, rather than traditional English flat pancakes. They’re incredibly easy to make. It’s mostly just a case of stirring or whisking everything together. You do need a little patience when it comes to cooking them though. Because unless you have an extremely large pan, you can’t fry them all at once and will have to do it in batches.
They contain no sugar of any kind; the chocolate sauce is plenty sweet enough. I used a mix of wholemeal spelt and buckwheat for nourishment and easier digestion. And whilst I’d normally fry my pancakes in butter, I used a little rapeseed oil instead.
Manuka Honey and Crème Fraîche Chocolate Sauce
The chocolate sauce is also easy to make. Like the pancakes, it’s pretty much a question of stirring everything together. Though this time, you don’t need to fry anything.
I’ve sweetened the sauce with Manuka honey, although there is a little refined sugar from the dark chocolate too. Manuka honey is famed for it’s therapeutic properties. I also added a little maca powder, which is a Peruvian super food and gives a caramel tone to the sauce. I don’t know if I was on a microbiological crusade, but I used my homemade crème fraîche instead of cream in the chocolate sauce.
It’s a really delicious chocolate sauce and as well as pouring it over pancakes or waffles, you can partner it with ice-cream, raspberries and poached pears.
We enjoyed these spiced kefir pancakes with sliced banana in addition to the chocolate sauce. It makes for an indulgent, but most satisfying breakfast.
Other Kefir Recipes You Might Like
- Cornish hevva cake
- Matcha green tea spelt scones
- Orange kefir smoothie
- Overnight oats with raisins, apple & pumpkin seeds
- Plum upside-down cake
- Wholemeal spelt soda bread
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Spiced Kefir Pancakes – The Recipe
Spiced Kefir Pancakes with Manuka Honey and Crème Fraîche Chocolate Sauce
- 250 ml kefir (can use buttermilk or watered down yoghurt)
- 1 large egg (I used a duck egg)
- 230 g flour half wholemeal spelt, half buckwheat (but most flours would do)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 heaped tsp maca powder (optional)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 drops cardamom extract (I used Holy Lama Spice Drops)
- 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
- 2 heaped tbsp crème fraîche
- 1 scant tbsp Manuka honey
- 40 g 70% dark chocolate – chopped (I used Willies’s Cacao 72% Venezuelan Gold)
- 1 banana – sliced
- Beat the egg and cardamom extract into the kefir until well combined.
- Sieve the dry ingredients into a bowl, make a well in the centre then pour in the kefir and stir from the inside out until all is well combined.
- Place the crème fraîche and honey into a pan and heat to just below boiling point.
- Remove from the heat and add the chocolate. Leave to melt, then stir until smooth. Keep warm on a very low heat.
- Add a tsp of oil to a ceramic frying pan or other non-stick pan and place on a medium heat. Spoon the pancake batter into heaped rounds in the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes or until bubbles start to rise to the top. Flip the pancakes over and repeat.
- Stack on a plate and put in a warm oven until all of the pancakes are cooked.
- Stack 3-5 of the warm pancakes onto a plate, top with banana slices and drizzle over as much of the chocolate sauce as you like.
Pancake Day is fast approaching, so these gorgeous drop scones with manuka honey and crème fraîche chocolate sauce join many others in a pancake party for Family Foodies over at Bangers & Mash. This monthly blog event is co-hosted by Eat Your Veg.
I’m also sending the kefir pancakes off to Lucy at Supergolden Bakes for #CookBlogShare.