Beghrir – Moroccan Semolina Pancakes with Maple Nutmeg Roasted Plantains – {Vegan}

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These Beghrir / Baghrir aka Moroccan pancakes topped with maple and nutmeg roasted plantains make a great breakfast. And best of all they are suitable for vegans and refined sugar-free.

A stack of vegan pancakes (beghrir, baghrir) on a white plate toped with plantain cubes and strawberries

I think I told you before how much we eat pancakes in this house right? But incase you missed it – we eat them A LOT. Three times a week minimum. So I am always looking for ways to jazz up our pancakes and move away that some same old same old. Enter these Beghrir semolina pancakes topped with maple and nutmeg roasted plantain. A fusion of Moroccan and Sierra Leonean cuisines.

What are beghrir or baghrir

Beghrir or baghrir, are very popular breakfast food in Morocco. These are seriously spongy airy Moroccan pancakes made with semolina. The yeasty batter ends up in thick crepe-like pancakes with hundreds of air bubbles on the top of each pancake as it cooks. These unique pancakes are full of hundreds of holes, which are the perfect vessel for carrying a whole load of different flavours both sweet and savoury.

A stack of vegan pancakes (beghrir, baghrir) on a white plate toped with plantain cubes and strawberries

How to make Beghrir

The yeasty Beghrir or Baghrir Moroccan pancake batter is easy to whip up. All you do is place the ingredients for the pancake into the blender and blend into a batter. Most pancakes are really flexible, ie you can measure ingredients informally and they will still work. With these, you need to get the measurements right so that the batter is the right consistency for the bubbles to work.

After mixing the batter, simply decant into a bowl and cover. Then you have all the fun waiting to see it bubble up to double its size before frying the pancakes.

To cook the Beghrir

Step 1. Heat a frying pan over medium heat, lightly brush on a bit of oil using a silicon brush.

Step 2. Add ladles of the Baghrir batter to the frying pan. You don’t need to swirl the batter just let the batter spread out for itself.

Step 3. Cook the pancake for 2 mins and keep an eye out as the bubble start appearing on the surface. You should cook it till the surface is dry and not sticky when touched.

Tip. In Morocco the pancakes are not flipped, instead, they would be transferred on to a clean plate and set aside to cool, whilst the rest of the batter is cooked.

Me, well I like it flipped and cooked for a min so that the top is slightly crispy. You can try both ways and see what you think.

A stack of vegan pancakes (beghrir, baghrir) on a white plate toped with plantain cubes and strawberries. A fork is grabbing some plantains

 Maple roasted plantains

The maple roasted nutmegy plantains, on the other hand, were one of my staple Sierra Leone style breakfasts. Simply cube the plantains, ad the flavourings and bake until done. The nutmeg and plantain flavours really complement each other and are enhanced when caramelized with the maple syrup. Finger-licking good.

A word about these plantains – they need to be served warm. Do feel free to prepare them beforehand and simply warm them up in the oven before serving.

These Beghrir pancakes topped with maple and nutmeg roasted plantain are also dairy-free, refined sugar-free and suitable for vegans. I have got your back with the perfect breakfast or snack (and film night suppers when watching Casablanca).

More Pancake Recipes

Oh and if you need more pancake recipes especially for pancake day then how about these Keto Pancakes,  Polish apple pancakes from Little Sunny Kitchen and these Protein Pancakes from the Diabetes Strong.

So here is how to make Easy Beghrir Moroccan Semolina Pancakes with Maple Nutmeg Roasted Plantains. Please do try it and if you do make it, then please do tag #recipesfromapantry on Instagram or twitter so that I can pop over and have a look. It is really, really awesome for me when you make any one of my recipes.

Post updated Jan 2018.

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A stack of vegan pancakes (beghrir, baghrir) on a white plate toped with plantain cubes and strawberries
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4.93 from 14 votes

Beghrir or Baghrir Moroccan Pancake (Semolina Pancakes) with Maple And Nutmeg Roasted Plantain - African Flavours (Vegan)

Beghrir or Baghrir Moroccan Semolina Pancakes with Maple And Nutmeg Roasted Plantain
Prep Time50 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 35 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: African
Servings: 6
Calories: 405kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

For the semolina pancakes

  • 400 g (14oz) fine semolina
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tsp dried fast acting yeast
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 750 ml (3 cups) lukewarm water

For the maple roasted plantains:

  • 2 plantains peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Salt
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions

  • Place everything to make the pancakes into a blender and blend for about 30 secs until it forms a smooth batter.
  • Pour the pancake batter into a bowl, cover and keep in a warm place for about 45 mins until it has doubled in size and is frothy.
  • Preheat the oven to fan-assisted 160C / 180C / 350F / gas 4 and lightly oil a lined baking tray.
  • Add the plantain cubes, oil, nutmeg and salt into a bowl and mix until the plantains are well coated.
  • Transfer the plantain cubes to the baking tray place in the preheated oven and bake for about 20 mins or until done. Make sure to turn the plantain cubes half way through cooking.
  • When done take the plantains out of the oven, mix in the maple syrup and return to the oven for a further 6 mins.
  • Preheat a frying pan over medium heat, lightly brush on a bit of oil using a silicon brush and add ladles of the batter to the frying pan.
  • Cook the pancakes for about 2 mins till bubble appear on the top of the pancakes, then turn them over and cook for a further 2 mins until they are cooked through and golden.
  • Repeat with the remaining batter until all the pancakes are cooked.
  • Serve the pancakes topped with the plantains and drizzled with extra maple syrup.
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Notes

In Morocco the pancakes are not flipped, instead, they would be transferred on to a clean plate and set aside to cool, whilst the rest of the batter is cooked.

Nutrition

Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 625mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 670IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3.5mg

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32 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These pancakes look so delicious! I never heard of Beghrir but making pancakes with semolina sounds just interesting enough for me to definitely give this recipe a try. Thank you for a great idea 🙂

  2. I love yeasted waffles, so yeasted pancakes sound very tempting. I have a bag of semolina begging to be used, I see that there’s no egg in the list, is that intended? I’m loving the stack and plantains on top is just genius!

  3. Semolina pancakes? Now that is something I would love to try. And paired with maple roasted plantains they must taste divine! 🙂

  4. These pancakes look really delicious. I love plantains but have never made them at home before. I’ll have to give it a try now!

  5. 5 stars
    No wonder you have pancakes so frequently in your house – these Semolina Pancakes look amazing! What a lovely combination of flavours with the maple syrup and the nutmeg. Beautiful photographs too!

  6. Wow.. you must have that ‘pancake flip’ down a lot better than I do! I make pancakes once, MAYBE twice a year because I have such a hard time getting them right! The husband loves though- I should try them more often!

  7. Pancakes always go down well In our house and we have them every Sunday, so finding new ways to enjoy them is good with me!

  8. What a unique way to make pancakes! I make yeasted waffles all the time, but have never had pancakes made with yeast. And the roasted plantains sound really yummy, too. I’ll have to give these a try. Pinning!

  9. 5 stars
    The pics are so gorgeous. Love the idea of topping the pancakes with roasted plantain. This sound like one yummy breakfast I need to try soon 🙂