This guest post was written by Claude from the Abrams Family World Travel Blog. Claude and his wife have been traveling around the world with their four year old son and are now expecting their second child. If they can travel the world as a family of vegans, so can you!
Inevitably, when travelling for long periods as a family, as we do, you will reach remote regions where obtaining your favourite foods and ingredients are more challenging.
We are in such a place right now – living in an eco village on Brazil’s Bahia coastline close to Itacare. To get supplies, we have to walk 6km along the beach, take a canoe across a river and then walk some more into town. We don’t have a blender either or any of our favourite kitchen appliances.
Yet even in a place such as this, we can make satisfying vegan meals. Our breakfast favourite is vegan banana and chia seed pancakes.
So long as you have access to these basic ingredients and a good non-stick frying pan, these pancakes will give you a satisfying and nourishing start to the day. Chia seeds are exceptionally high in omegas, minerals and protein.
Banana Chia Seed Pancake Recipe
Makes about 15 pancakes
2 cups of plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
A few drops of a liquid sweetener like agave or maple syrup
½ tsp chia seeds
2/3 cups water
A few drops of coconut oil
Put the flour, baking soda and baking powder into a bowl and stir together.
In a separate bowl, mash the peeled bananas into a paste.
In a glass, mix the chia seeds with 1/3 cup of water and leave them to stand for several minutes (the chia seeds will absorb the water and form a gel-like substance).
Add the mashed banana and sweetener to the flour bowl. Then pour in the chia seed mixture and add 1/3 cup water. Mix all of the ingredients together to make your pancake batter. If you’d like to make crepes, add more water.
Heat a drop of coconut oil in the pan and pour in some of the batter (I use a large spoon full). When the pancake becomes cooked on the bottom, flip it over and cook the other side.
It’s as easy as that! Don’t let this simple recipe fool you, these pancakes are delicious. You can eat them plain or add whatever ingredients you prefer, like fruit, cinnamon, coconut, etc.
These pancakes went down so well with our Romanian house mates – who have been running a pancake house – that they said they won’t ever go back to eating pancakes with eggs and milk!