This holiday, yes Pancake Day counts as an official holiday (at least in our books), was introduced to us 2 years ago to be precise. We were wee little ones roaming around in London, having the time of our lives thinking nothing could get any better than this. Well, it did get better, so much better when Pancake Day was introduced to us. When we heard about Pancake Day we grew very excited for the fast approaching holiday. We knew exactly where we would go: The Breakfast Club. If any of you have been to the Breakfast club in London than you will understand how excited we were to get to celebrate Pancake Day there. The Breakfast Club typically has about a 30 minute wait outside at all times, but it is always well worth it. Once you walk in you can tell you are in for a feast. Piles of eggs, bacon, toast, waffles, and pancakes clutter everyone’s tables as waiters whip past you carrying more delectable treats. We looked at the menu and went straight for the pancakes, because how could you not in a place like this? We decided to share two types of pancakes so we could really get the most out of this glorious holiday. This was probably one of the best decisions we made while in London. We ordered chocolate banana pancakes and… wait for it… peanut butter and jelly PANCAKES! I had never tasted something so delicious before, and I grew up only eating peanut butter sandwiches sans jelly as I thought it was icky. The peanut butter and jelly was smeared between each stack of pancake, creating a melty oozy pile of deliciousness that we just couldn’t stop eating. There were even strawberries and peanuts crumbled over the top that added that perfect crunch to every bite. And the chocolate banana pancakes were okay too, I guess.
If we ever When we go back to London you bet one of the first places we will be visiting is The Breakfast Club. But, in the meantime, seeing as how neither of us are planning on going to London anytime soon, we had to find a remedy for the peanut butter and jelly pancake shaped hole left in our stomachs. Meet our version of the peanut butter and jelly pancake. Ours, may not be quite as amazing as The Breakfast Club, but they sure do hit the spot when you are craving pancakes and peanut butter and jelly all rolled into one. Plus, they are super duper healthy, which means you can eat twice as much (right!?)Now, onto the best part of the pancakes: the peanut butter and jelly topping. For our jelly we made a simple batch of raspberry chia seed jam. For this all you need is 2 cups of fruit, 1 tablespoon chia, and 1 tablespoon plus a little extra of sweetener. We chose raspberries for our jam and honey for our sweetener, but we debated whether to do maple syrup or honey for a while. Heat the 2 cups of fruit and the sweetener on low, stirring so it doesn’t burn. Once the fruit is soft (about 5 minutes) mash it with a fork to the consistency you prefer. We wanted ours to be a bit chunky so we didn’t mash it thoroughly. Once the fruit is mashed, add in the chia stirring occasionally for about 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it sit for a few minutes so the chia can set up. Serve warm over a big stack of pancakes or let it cool completely and store in a jar in the fridge.
For our peanut butter we just used the kind you grind yourself at the grocery store. We bought ours at my local food store in Hanover, NH. Any type of nut butter would also work well. We just wanted to go for the classic. Onto the pancakes! We followed Top With Cinnamon’s Two Ingredient Pancake recipe. We chose this recipe because it was quick and simple and we always, I mean always have over ripe bananas on hand. But we both thought this might have been a bit better with a more traditional pancake recipe if you had the time to make it. We also decided to add about 2 to 3 tablespoons of oat flour to the batter to make it less eggy and more fluffy. This is just personal preference though. Feel free to add in any fixings you enjoy such as cinnamon or some more peanut butter! We smeared peanut butter and jam between each of the pancakes and then stacked them on top of each other. These pancakes were so hard to resist eating while taking pictures! Olive agreed! Happy Pancake Day everyone, we hope you enjoyed our pb&j pancakes! Leave a comment below if you made your own version or what your favorite pancake toppings are!