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Parsnip Pancakes

parsnip pancakes

These make a lovely change for the weekend – or even a lunch or light dinner. They are a great treat with a healthy kick of goodness. You can make the mixture the night before and just add a splash of water in the morning to loosen it up. The mixture will last for 2 days in the fridge. The pancakes taste delicious with lemon juice, maple syrup and a dollop of almond butter, or for a savoury dish we have it with butter, bacon or smoked salmon, and sliced tomato.

Parsnip Pancakes

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Serves: 8 Cooking Time: 25 mins


  • 225g flour (I use buckwheat flour)
  • 3 eggs
  • 200ml milk
  • 150ml water
  • 120g peeled and grated parsnip (2–3 parsnips)
  • coconut oil or butter, for greasing



Pour the flour into a large bowl or jug, make a well in the middle, crack the eggs into the well and whisk into the flour using a metal spoon. Add a little milk and stir until you get a thick smooth paste, then add the rest of the milk gradually, stirring between each addition. Add the grated parsnip and water give it a good whisk.


Heat a frying pan over a medium heat and add a little coconut oil or butter.


Once hot, use a ladle to slowly pour puddles of the batter into the frying pan – you should be able to fit at least 2 in the pan if you are making smaller ones.


For the larger crepe-style pancakes, add an extra 50ml water-whish. Put the mixture in the middle of the frying pan and swivel.


Don’t use too much mixture or they will be too thick.


Turn them over after 1–2 minutes and cook on the other side for a further 1–2 minutes.


The best time to turn the pancakes over is when the bubbles on top start to burst and the edges of the pancakes have started to firm up – any sooner and they will fall apart, any later and they will start to burn. Cook until both sides are a light golden brown, then remove from the pan.


Add a little more oil for the next batch, if needed. Stir the batter and repeat. Keep going until you have cooked all the batter.


Tip: you could make the big pancakes and cut them in half to serve for younger ones rather than making 16 little ones. * Keeps for up to 3 days in the fridge * Freezable for up to 3 months: Let the pancakes cool completely and place in a plastic container with a sheet of baking paper separating each one. To reheat, defrost completely and lightly fry on each side until hot.