Five spice pumpkin pancakes

I love the combination of Pumpkin and five spice, normally I BBQ chunks of it but I thought I would try something different and it paid off! Let me know what you think.

Ingredients

For the Pancakes

1 cup of pumpkin puree

1 cup of oats

3 spring onions

1 tbsp cornflour

2 small red chillies

3 cloves of garlic

A big handful of baby spinach

2 tsp Chinese five spice

Salt and pepper to season

For the Salad

3 small lettuces of your choice

1 cucumber (sliced)

8 baby tomatoes (sliced or quartered)

Tbsp Pumpkin seeds

Tbsp sesame seeds

Tbsp basil seeds (or chia)

1 big tbsp kimchi

Lemon juice

Teriyaki sauce for dipping

Step 1

Prep the pumpkin – peel it, scoop out the middle (save the seeds separately if you wish as you can dry these out and add to salads) and chop it into cubes.

Step 2

Add pumpkin to a pan of water and bring to the boil and cook until soft.  Whilst this is cooking put the oats in a blender and blitz until it’s nearly flour. Pour into a bowl and add the cornflour, fives spice and salt and pepper.

Step 3

Drain pumpkin and blitz in the blender with the chilli and garlic to make a puree.

Step 4

Chop the spinach and spring onion then add to the oat mixture along with the pumpkin puree and stir it all together. You want it to be a thick sticky consistency. Then put in the fridge for 30 mins to cool.

Step 5

Roll out 5-6 balls and squish them into pancakes on a corn floured surface. Make sure each side has been coated with corn flour and the pancakes are about 1-2cm thick. (you can freeze the pancakes you couldn’t eat for another day)

Step 6

Add a little oil to a frying pan on a medium heat and cook pancakes on both sides until golden. Then remove from the heat and let stand for a few minutes

Step 7

Make your salad by combining all of the ingredients (except the kimchi and teriyaki) and mix well.

Step 8

Plate up! Add the salad to a bowl of your choice, add a dollop of kimchi. Then cut your pancakes into quarters and top the salad. Add a little teriyaki on the side for dipping and your good to go!

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