Pancake Day is almost upon us and I for one can’t wait to try out a new and fresh way to celebrate. In the past you may have experimented with the classic American style or the beautifully light and thin crepe, so perhaps this year you want to experiment with something different. Why not try making 2018 the best year for pancakes with our secret ingredient - probiotics.

Pancake Day is a fantastic way to indulge in a sweet treat with the added benefit of good bacteria!

Why Pancakes Are Great With Probiotics

Pancakes for breakfast? Always…and that is why pancakes and probiotics are a match made in heaven. The best time to take probiotics is during breakfast. Probiotics are a fantastic way to improve our natural balance of good bacteria. Which is vital to our gut health and in turn our immunity. After all ‘70% of your immune system is based in the gut.’1 So with a happy gut, you’ll be happy, too. Good bacteria is incredibly beneficial for our gut health, which in turn creates a multitude of benefits. Helping improve your skin, digestive system, immunity, etc. Simply take your probiotic when you're eating the pancake or leave the pancake to cool slightly and sprinkle with the contents of a probiotics capsule or sachet (great for kids, too!).

Our favourite easy peasy recipe

2 eggs

110 g plain flour (use wholegrain for a healthier option)

200 ml milk

75 g sparkling water

pinch of salt

butter for the frying pan

garnish of your choice: any combination of fruit; salmon & cream cheese; grilled bacon & maple syrup; grilled bacon & avocado; cheddar cheese

Instructions

1. Whisk all ingredients together in a mixing bowl for about 1 minute or until smooth.

2. In a moderately hot frying pan swirl in a knob of butter until slightly foaming.

3. Place a dollop of the pancake batter in the pan and tip the pan around from side to side to evenly coat it with batter.

4. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface then flip over and cook for another minute.

5. Serve warm with any topping of your choice.

Top tips:
Ladling the batter across from a mixing bowl into the pan can sometimes make a mess. Fill batter into a jug and use this to pour batter into the pan. Also, save time - this batter can be made the evening before and refrigerated.


A family feast with a healthy twist!

Pancake Day, all day, every day!

Here's a quick guide to freezing and reheating your homemade pancakes:

Why have pancakes just on one day? If you want to be able to snack or keep your warm sweet treats for a rainy day, make your pancakes and freeze the batch in individually bagged serving portions, ready to dig in whenever you want them.

Simply prepare the batter and make your delicious pancakes then once they are fully cooked and cooled you can begin freezing them The best way to freeze them without sticking is to place a layer of baking paper in-between each pancake and layer in a freezer bag, with one bag per portion. That way you can microwave them (20-60 seconds) or in the oven (very low heat - 10 minutes).


Have fun with probiotic pancakes to give you and your family the best start to the day!


Enjoy this article? You might also be interested in:

- Do vegans and vegetarians have healthier gut bacteria?

- The Food Myth - ‘You can get all the probiotics you need from your diet.’

- 5 ways to get more from your probiotics!


References:
1. Rizzardini, G. et al. (2012) Evaluation of the Immune benefits of two probiotic strains Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12 and Lactobacillus paracasei CASEI 431(R) in an influenza vaccination model: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Br.J. Nutr. 107:876-84

Comments

  • can you use a US conversion? ounces, teaspoons, tablespoons, instead of ml, g, etc???or give US the alternative? please.

  • Response from OptiBac Probiotics

    Dear René,

    Thank you for your comment.

    The Standard Unit System (SI system), which uses measurements like grams, litre and millilitres, is the standard measurement system used in medicine, science and food industries in most parts of the world. The imperial system is used mostly in the United States.

    With that being said, although we are a UK based company, we strive to make all the contents on our website easy to read and understand for our many customers around the globe. So we really appreciate your comment and we've taken it on board!

    I've attached the imperial measurements for the ingredients in the blog below;

    • 110 g / 3.88 oz plain flour

    • 200 ml / 7.04 fluid ounce milk

    • 75 g / 2.64 fluid ounce sparkling water

    I hope this helps, but let us know if you have any further questions.

    With kind regards,

    Naomi


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