Funky pandan pancakes with Lion’s Mane mushroom

This new pancakes recipe with Lion’s Mane mushroom is inspired by the “punched cake” or pandan cake. One of the dishes that Laura’s mother and grandmother have taught to her, from the culinary heritage of Indonesian cuisine.

These pandan pancakes with Lion’s Mane powder are perfect to fold up into your lunch box to take with you, as a Sunday morning breakfast or as an Asian dessert with some ice cream and warm fruit. Remember pandan is already quite sweet by itself, so you don’t need to add more sweeteners.

What is pandan?

Pandan is a herbaceous tropical plant that grows abundantly in Southeast Asia. In China, pandan is called “fragrant plant” because of its unique, sweet aroma. The leaves of the plant are used to give a unique taste and aroma to flavor desserts and drinks as well as savory dishes. You can usually find pandan paste, extract, or powder at your local Toko. Pandan not only gives dishes sweet flavor, but it also tints the ingredients with a green color, which makes every dish looks funky!

Lion’s Mane as a functional mushroom

The use of mushrooms, culinary or medicinal, is deeply interwoven in Asian culture for many thousands of years. 

Lion’s Mane mushroom is especially prized for the harmonizing effect it has on the human body and mind. This mushroom is commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat an unhealthy lifestyle, ruled by stress. Like feelings of restlessness, fears, and sleepings disorders, especially when problems manifest in the stomach and intestines area.

Known in China as Shishigashira and in Japan as Yamabushitaki, this mushroom seems to be having promising brain-enhancing properties. Several encouraging studies in Japan, tell us that Lion’s Mane appears to be able to generate and repair nerve cells and neurons by stimulating NGF. Nerve growth factor (NGF) belongs to the family of proteins. They are involved in the survival and maintenance of neurons in adult humans.

Fun fact, these mushrooms were not only being used in many Asian cultures. The Native Americans used Lion’s Mane as a styptic; they applied dried powder to scratches and cuts to stop the bleeding. The mushrooms were almost always inside Native Americans medicine’s Bag.

I hope you enjoyed your history lesson for today. Now over to the recipe for these delicious pancakes! 

Ingredients & instructions

For about 10 pancakes

  • 100 grams of whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons of lionsmane
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • Teaspoon vanilla sugar (extract or marrow is also possible)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 10 drops of pandan extract


Mix the dry ingredients first, then the wet ones.
Now put everything together and mix well.
Bake in the frying pan with a little bit of oil, until bubbles appear, then flip them over.
Repeat until you have your desired amount of pancakes. Enjoy!

funky pandan pancakes with mushroom powder
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