Blueberry pancakes with tahini drizzle

Styling: Carlie Monasso. Photography: Samara Clifford


Brunch guests will think they’ve died and gone to heaven when they taste these pancakes. It may look like a decadent recipe but it’s quite the opposite, in fact.  It’s low in sugar and has nothing but healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates.  Oh, it’s gluten free too.

Blueberries are my favourite fruit – apart from tasting delicious, they are one of the healthiest fruits. They are low in sugar, high in vitamin C, they can even reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer thanks to their high content of anthocyanins (which is what makes them blue). Studies show that they can even improve memory in older folks.

The tahini drizzle is what really takes this recipe to the next level! Tahini is high in protein, minerals and calcium, as well as being high in unsaturated fat (the good fat), and vitamins B and E.  It is also helps slow the release of sugar into your bloodstream.

I’ve used buckwheat and coconut flours, both are a great source of protein and fibre, while buckwheat can also lower your risk of developing high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It’s a great source of magnesium and contributes to healthy blood sugar levels.

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Styling: Carlie Monasso Photography: Samara Clifford

You will need:
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups almond milk
1 cup blueberries
1 cup buckwheat flour
1 tablespoon rice malt syrup
1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch Himalayan rock salt (or sea salt)
Coconut oil (for frying)

Tahini drizzle:
½ cup tahini
¼ cup Coconut oil (melted)
1 tablespoon pepita seeds
1 tablespoon rice malt syrup

What to do:
1. Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

2. Whisk egg, milk and vanilla extract in a separate mixing bowl.  Add ½ cup blueberries then add to dry mixture and combine all ingredients.

3. Cook pancakes in frying pan over medium heat until golden brown on both sides.

4. Combine tahini drizzle ingredients and serve with pancakes and remaining blueberries.  If you’re up to the task, wow your family and friends by making an epic stack like the one in these pictures (credit to food styling sensation Carlie Monasso).

Makes approximately 6-8 medium pancakes.

Note: I haven’t added sweetener to the pancake mix because

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Zara is a healthy home coach and keynote speaker on a mission to empower 1 million people to takes steps towards a healthier home. Zara learned about the link between our homes and our health after going through two different types of cancer. Zara is passionate about shining the spotlight on what she believes to be the least understood health challenges of our time, and sharing the things she wishes she had known, that could have prevented the illnesses she has been through. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading health influencers, Zara was a finalist in the 2014 Bupa Health Influencer of the Year Awards. She has appeared on TEN News, Today Show and The Project, been featured in the Herald Sun, I Quit Sugar, and contributed Medibank’s Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online publications. Zara contributed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s first comprehensive report on breast cancer in young women in Australia.

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