Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday always falls exactly 47 days before Easter – with this date changing every year.

Eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday comes from a tradition of using up any rich foods in the house, such as eggs, milk, butter, sugar, before the 40 days of fasting – Lent.

In France, it’s called “Mardi Gras” aka ‘Fat Tuesday’ mainly because we use up the fatty foods before Lent.

Rather than using those rich foods, I chose to use other ingredients to make some delicious, healthy, egg free, dairy free, processed sugar free pancakes.

Once you have all the ingredients, these pancakes are quick and easy to make.


  • 1 cup of organic gluten-free oats
  • 1 ripe medium size banana (with brown spots)
  • 1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal mixed with 2 ½ tablespoons of water
  • ¾ cup of almond milk or Bonsoy soy milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Optional: to enhance the taste, you can add some cinnamon or vanilla.

The banana replaces the egg as a binder but also give the pancakes some natural sweetness. Bananas are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals.

Flaxseed meal is also a great binder, full of antioxidants and minerals.

The oats provide a fluffy texture with a delicious oatmeal flavour and lots of healthy dietary fibres.


  1. Mix the flaxseed meal with the water and let it thickens for few minutes
  2. In a blender, mix thoroughly the banana and milk. Then add oats, baking powder, flaxseed meal and salt. Blend again until all is well combined.
  3. Set aside few minutes to thicken up.
  4. If it appears too thick, you can add some milk and if it appears too runny, you can add some oats and blend again.
  5. Coat a pan with coconut oil and heat over medium heat. Place ¼ cup of batter onto the pan and spread out a little with a spoon. Cook until golden brown on both sides.
  6. Top with maple syrup, peanut butter, blueberries, bananas or any other of your favourite toppings.

Enjoy your delicious pancakes!

Annie McCue
Head of Therapy Team
Taymount Clinic