It brings me great joy when cooking vegan dishes for people which they absolutely love. My boyfriend is a difficult one though as his eating habits are the exact opposite of mine – just yesterday I had a Kauai smoothie along with a wheatgrass shot for lunch whereas he had a double chilli-cheese burger and deep-fried onion rings from Burger King. Sigh. This morning I decided to give him a little treat and honestly knocked his socks off with my cooking: Vegan flapjacks with a rich, homemade chocolate sauce and topped with bananas and frozen berries. Yum!!! The batter is made with soya milk, but you honestly can’t taste it. Sebastian said it tastes just like the real deal (but obviously better)! I must admit, it was a little bit too rich for my liking as I usually only eat fresh fruit or rolled oats for breakfast – but we are all allowed to indulge once in a blue moon.
CHOCOLATE SAUCE: Melt 1/3 cup of coconut oil, 1/3 cup of raw cocoa powder (I use the Superfoods brand), 1/3 cup of maple syrup (you can add more for a sweeter sauce) and 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence in a pot over low heat. Set aside while you cook the flapjacks and reheat it on the stove for a few minutes before serving.
- 1x cup cake flour
- 1x tablespoon white sugar
- 2x teaspoons baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1.5x cup soya milk
- 2x tablespoons vegetable oil
- Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a big bowl
- Add the vegetable oil and then slowly add the soya milk to the bowl whilst mixing
- Mix the batter together until it is smooth – try to get all the flour lumps out
- Heat a non-stick pan on the stove – when the pan is hot, turn the heat down to low
- Drop about 50ml of the batter at a time into the pan
- When the surface of the flapjack is covered in bubbles, flip the flapjack over to cook on the other side
- Place the cooked flapjack in a place and cover with another plate or pot’s lid to keep the flapjacks from getting cold
- Stack four to five pancakes on top of each other and garnish with sauce and toppings of your choice
Have fun with the flapjacks by playing around with different toppings! Blend frozen mangos, strawberries and bananas together for a delicious ice cream to scoop on top of your flapjacks or caramelize walnuts in maple syrup to give your flapjacks some crunch.