Best pancake recipes for your eyes

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Tuesday, 01 March 2022 Share this blog: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Copy link Copy Link

Pancake day is Tuesday 1st March this year (a little late! Isn’t it always in February?) Well yes, it usually is, but it’s late this year because Shrove Tuesday always falls on the 7th week before Easter.

A versatile dish, pancakes can be breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. Our thick pancake recipes have ingredients that are especially good for your eyes. You could use a ready-made pancake mix, but it always tastes better made from scratch. Maintaining healthy eyes through food can be fun and tasty. These delicious pancakes also count for at least 1 of your 5 a day. Healthy and delicious? A winning combination, we think you’ll agree.

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Chocolate orange pancakes

Oranges are packed full of vitamin C, just like other citrus fruits such as grapefruit, kiwi and lime. Vitamin C helps keep the blood vessels in your eyes healthy, which can help reduce your risk of cataracts. This pancake recipe is like dessert for breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 135g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 130ml milk
  • 1 teaspoon cacao powder
  • 2 large oranges
  • 100g chocolate
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp butter or olive oil

Method:

  1. Stir the flour, cacao powder, baking powder, sugar and orange zest together until combined. Don’t overmix.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the milk, egg and oil or melted butter.
  3. Mix the liquid into the dry ingredients.
  4. Put the pan on a medium-high heat and pour in a little oil or butter.
  5. Pour about 4 tbsp of pancake batter into the pan and cook until bubbles start to appear on the surface. Then flip to the other side and cook until golden brown.
  6. Serve with melted chocolate and orange segments on top.

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Carrot cake pancakes

Carrots have long been associated with good eye health. The beta carotene inside carrots allow your eyes to function better in low light conditions. Although it won’t give you full-blown night vision, it will protect your eyes from free radical damage, which is also pretty great.

Ingredients:

  • 135g plain flour
  • 150g carrot
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 130ml milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 100g cream cheese
  • 50g walnuts
  • 180g icing sugar
  • Butter or oil

Method:

  1. Pulse the carrots in a blender and add milk, egg, oil and raisins.
  2. Add the flour, baking powder, brown sugar, mixed spice and salt to the wet mixture until just combined. Don’t overmix.
  3. Pour a little oil or butter into a medium-hot frying pan.
  4. Pour about 4 tbsp of batter into the pan and cook until bubbles start to appear on the surface. Then flip to the other side and cook for a further few minutes.
  5. Using a whisk or a fork, mix the icing sugar and cream cheese together.
  6. Serve the pancakes topped with frosting and walnuts.

best pancake recipes for eye health bacon egg

All day breakfast pancakes

There are few things better in life than a full English breakfast, and these pancakes take inspiration from that great dish. Topped with spinach, bacon and poached eggs, this is the perfect way to wake up in the morning. Both eggs and spinach contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which protects against age-related macular degeneration as well as the harmful UV rays in the sun.

Ingredients:

  • 135g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 rashers of bacon
  • 5 eggs
  • 4 large handfuls of spinach
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 130ml milk
  • 2 tbsp butter or olive oil

Method:

  1. Stir the flour, baking powder and salt together until just combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the milk, 1 egg and oil or melted butter.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ones. Don’t overmix.
  4. Pour about 4 tbsp of batter into a medium-hot frying pan and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip over and cook for a further few minutes.
  5. In a separate frying pan, fry the bacon rashers.
  6. In a pot of boiling water, poach the remaining eggs.
  7. Wilt the spinach.
  8. Top pancakes with a poached egg, spinach, and bacon.

Supplements for eye health

If your diet isn’t varied enough to include these eye-loving ingredients, you can supplement. Ocuvite Lutein contains lutein, vitamins A, C and E, and zinc which all help to support a healthy macular as you age.

You could also top your pancakes with nuts and seeds. Apart from being generally good for your health, they also contain omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E, which can help to protect the eyes against age-related macular degeneration. Some pumpkin seeds on top of your carrot cake pancakes or some almonds on your chocolate orange pancakes would finish them off nicely.

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