An Alternative Shrove Tuesday

One of Easter’s celebration days, Shrove Tuesday, celebrated this year on 25 February, has unusual beginnings. Also known as Pancake Day, it began as a way to use up the luxury ingredients in the household ready for people to fast during Lent.

Last year, we brought you a pancake recipe. This year, mindful of food intolerances, we’re giving you places to enjoy gluten-free, dairy free and vegan pancakes. Take your pick; they’re all delicious!

Cardamom Pod, Brickworks, Southport

Cardamom Pod Brickworks’ beautifully presented dishes include vegan PUMPKIN PIE PANCAKES with honeycomb and native wattle seed cashew cream, homemade healthy Nutella sauce, seasonal fruit, gingerbread soil; gluten-free BANANA & WALNUT PANCAKES with house coconut ice cream, blueberry gel, black sesame tuile, caramelized banana and vanilla bean coconut cream foam.

Nude Sisters, Mermaid Waters

In this beautifully feminine healthy lifestyle café, you’ll find VEGAN NUTELLA HONEYCOMB PANCAKES on the menu; fluffy spelt pancakes with house-made chocolate hazelnut spread scattered with cookie crumb, vegan honeycomb and salted caramel COYO ice cream.

Marie Anita’s, Mermaid Beach

Marie Anita’s Gluten-free Health Cafe caters for those who want/need dairy free, sugar-free, vegetarian, vegan and/or raw food. Marie’s menu includes vegan BUCKWHEAT PANCAKES topped with caramelised maple banana, raw cashew cream, raw blueberry chia jam, organic maple syrup and coconut ice cream.

BSKT, Mermaid Beach

BSKT is the ultimate café for the health-conscious beach set with unadulterated, nutrient-rich food. VEGAN DUTCH PANCAKES are buckwheat and banana rolled pancakes filled with strawberry coconut yoghurt, vegan chocolate, lime pepita praline, fresh strawberries and coconut ice cream.

Blendlove, Southport

Commencing its life as a raw vegan cake business, Blendlove is known for its generous vegan meals spanning breakfast and lunch. Their SUMMER PANCAKES are perfect seasonal fare: gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan, they’re topped with fresh berries, caramel date sauce, sweet dukkah, florals and seasonal fruit.

Doko Demo V, Miami

This vegetarian café’s menu features two pancakes: gluten-free and dairy-free BANANA PANCAKES with seasonal fruit, dairy free ice cream, chocolate and pure maple syrup, as well as nut-free fluffy VEGAN PANCAKES with fresh berries, fruit, vegan ice cream and pure maple syrup.

Milkman’s Daughter, Mermaid Beach

LEMON RICOTTA PANCAKES (pictured) are a sensational treat set in a bed of maple granola with vanilla custard (VO turmeric vanilla custard), walnuts, passionfruit, fresh berries, flowers and zest.