Saffron Pancakes


I don't celebrate my birthday anymore, well not the typical way anyways. So I still get excited about my birthday and subconsciously count down how many days are left until I get a year older. I'm 24 years old now.

So how do I celebrate my birthday? As I've mentioned in this post, I'm an introvert. As many individuals of my kind, I enjoy my company and I love spending time with myself. 


I also love pancakes. So the plan was this, make pancakes after my yoga practice and layer them with chocolate spread. the chocolate was a crucial part of the plan. But, as I was looking through my jars, then checking in the freezer, I realized that I'm out of cocoa powder. Seriously?

Sure I can run to the store and get some cacao, but since I'm trying to limit my waste production and there isn't a bulk store in Riyadh that offers cacao powder, I started looking for alternatives. 


Now I can tell you that I'm glad I ran out of cacao!

Benefits of Saffron

  • The scent of saffron may reduce stress hormone levels
  • Saffron eases the symptoms of PMS
  • Can prevent and treat Alzheimer's
  • Can improve sexual dysfunction in men and women
  • Saffron works as well as antidepressant drugs without the side effects.
  • As effective as prozac in treating clinical depression
  • Improves memory

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did x

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Saffron Pancakes



  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup cashew milk
  • 1/3 cup mashed sweet potato or butternut squash or a ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup water

Saffron Cream

  • 1 cup mashed sweet potato and butternut squash
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger, cardamom, and saffron
  • 1/3 cup water or plant milk
  • 5-7 soft dates


  1. Sift the flour then add the cinnamon and baking powder
  2. In a blender mix all the wet ingredients until smooth
  3. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry
  4. Preheat a pan over medium-low heat and cook each side for 1-2 minutes or until the surface is covered in bubbles
  5. Keep cooked pancakes in the oven on 200F to keep them nice and warm
  6. Meanwhile, make the saffron cream
  7. Mix all the ingredients in a blender and blend then taste and adjust to your liking
  8. Layer the pancakes with the saffron cream and enjoy!