It is coming up to what we think is one of the best days of the year – Shrove Tuesday (or as we prefer to call it, Pancake Day!)
But how did Pancake Day come about? Well, Shrove Tuesday is always the day before the first day of lent (40 days of fasting or abstaining from a food/activity before Easter). The word ‘shrove’ comes from the word ‘shrive’ which means to free yourself from sin. In America, Shrove Tuesday is also known as Mardi Gras which means Fatty Tuesday in French – we think we prefer this name.
The idea of Shrove Tuesday is to get rid of any indulgent and fatty foods in the house before the beginning of Lent. It is thought that pancakes were commonly eaten on this day throughout history, as they provided a way of using up eggs, flour, and milk in one dish.
In Christianity, some Christians ate pancakes on Shrove Tuesday as they believed pancake ingredients represent the four pillars of Christian faith – eggs for creation, flour as the sustenance of the human diet, salt for wholesomeness and milk for purity.
Either way, we love that there is a day for indulgence and we are jumping on board with this delicious pancake recipe!
- 2 bananas
- 1 egg
- pinch of cinnamon (optional)
- a little oil for frying (we recommend coconut oil)
- In a bowl mash the two bananas with a fork into a pulp.
- Add the egg to the banana pulp and whisk together (add the cinnamon if you’re using)
- Melt a tsp of coconut oil into a frying pan
- Pour some of the batter into the frying pan and fry until golden brown on either side
- Top with fresh fruit and chunks of our Primal bars (we used raspberries and chunks of our Coconut & Macadamia bars). Or go crazy with other toppings – another potential topping we think would taste nice would be slices of banana, dark chocolate chunks and chunks of our Hazelnut & Cocoa bar!