Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)
Fancy some easy to make, healthy, gluten-free Saffron Pancakes this Pancake Day and beyond? Why not give these delicious pancakes a try?
This recipe is great nutritionally – packed full of fibre, potassium, protein and numerous vitamins and minerals from the eggs, banana and fruit topping to keep you fuller for longer.
Did you know that Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus, commonly known as the “saffron crocus”? This spice is native to Southern Europe but can be found in many countries today and over the centuries, there have been many uses of this spice. Egyptian healers used it to treat gastrointestinal ailments, and in Roman times, it was used to promote wound healing and relieve upper respiratory complaints. There are studies today that link Saffron to promoting a healthy cardiovascular system, having a positive effect on sexual function in men, may help to alleviate the symptoms of PMS, and in the improvement of anxiety and depression.
To make you will need:
(For 2 pancakes)
1 ripe banana
150g buckwheat or almond flour
150ml milk of your choice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Honey- to serve
Fresh fruit of your choice to sprinkle over.
How to make:
Place the flour and baking powder into a bowl and stir together. Break the egg into the bowl, add the milk and Saffron and beat to make a smooth batter. Slice the banana thinly.
Pour a splash of oil into a frying pan, roll it around to cover the surface and heat until hot. Gently heat a non- stick frying pan with a little oil and spoon a ladle of the mixture into the pan in a circle, place a few slices of banana on top and allow to cook gently for a couple of minutes and then flip it over and allow the other side to cook. Repeat for all pancakes. Serve with honey and fresh fruit and sprinkle with seeds. Enjoy!
Want to read more?
Shamsa A, Hosseinzadeh H, Molaei M, Shakeri MT, Rajabi O. Evaluation of Crocus sativus L. (saffron) on male erectile dysfunction: a pilot study. Phytomedicine. 2009 Aug;16(8):690-3. doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2009.03.008. Epub 2009 May 9. PMID: 19427775.
Agha-Hosseini M, Kashani L, Aleyaseen A, Ghoreishi A, Rahmanpour H, Zarrinara AR, Akhondzadeh S. Crocus sativus L. (saffron) in the treatment of premenstrual syndrome: a double-blind, randomised and placebo-controlled trial. BJOG. 2008 Mar;115(4):515-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2007.01652.x. PMID: 18271889.
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