Pancakes are one of life’s little pleasures. Just a few simple ingredients, whisked up to make a light, golden cake, filled with something special. These vegan pancakes prove you never have to miss out. 

I like my pancakes to be golden and slightly crisp on the outer edges with a soft centre, ready to burst with a sweet filling. And yes, I always make a big deal of flipping each pancake! 

Slightly sour cherries and dark chocolate are one of my favourite flavour combinations; team this with almond and it becomes out of this world. A compote of sophistication, for the humble pancake, if you will. 
Makes approximately 6 pancakes

For the pancakes: 
200g plain flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
400ml almond milk 
2 tsp sunflower oil
For the cherry, chocolate and almond compote:
200g cherries, stones removed 
4 tbsp maple syrup 
100g dark chocolate, grated  
1/2 tsp almond extract 
1 tbsp flaked almonds
4 tbsp sunflower oil for cooking 

1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, vanilla extract, almond milk and sunflower oil until smooth. Refrigerate for a couple of hours, or overnight. 
2. To make the compote, add the cherries and maple syrup to a pan and cook over a medium heat, stirring frequently for 4-5 minutes. Stir through the grated dark chocolate, almond extract and flaked almonds (reserving a few flaked almonds for sprinkling), and cook for a further minute. Set aside to cool slightly. 
3. To make the pancakes, heat the sunflower oil in a frying/pancake pan. To test if the oil is hot enough, drop a teaspoon sized amount of the pancake batter into the pan, if it sizzles and starts to go golden, it’s ready. For each pancake, add in about 2 tbsp of batter, flattening it out with the spoon. When the first side is golden after a minute or so, flip over and cook the other side. 
4. To assemble, fill the pancake with the compote, fold over and sprinkle with a few flaked almonds. Serve immediately. 


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