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Pancake Day is on Tuesday 28th February 2017. Growing up in Brazil, I didn’t even know that Pancake Day existed. Luckily my mum used to make pancakes on weekends, so we didn’t miss out on the fun. There is nothing like waking up to the smell of pancakes… I would quickly open my eyes and run to the kitchen, hoping for a “taster” before breakfast time.
Once I moved to the UK, I wanted to carry on our family weekend tradition as pancake was one of my favourite dishes when I was younger. My mum uses an easy pancake recipe: 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of milk, 1 egg and a sugar to taste, which I first shared on the blog 4 years ago.
Over the years, I have experimented with different pancake recipes: American pancakes, rainbow pancakes, American-style banana stack with warm chocolate dipping sauce, summery sweet and savoury pancake recipes, blueberry and chocolate pancake and American-style protein pancake. I am always looking for new and creative ways of making pancakes, especially those with hidden fruit and vegetables.
As pancakes are so easy to make, I truly believe they should make an appearance more often – not just on Pancake Day! Little man thoroughly enjoys making pancakes and eating too. It has become part of our family tradition, just like it was as I was growing up in Brazil. Little man loved creating Mickey Mouse banana pancake and sweetcorn-based Minion pancakes. As you can see, we love pancakes in all shapes and forms.
I went to Tesco to purchase the ingredients for our pancake. The store is now decorated for Pancake Day and you can find everything you need, from frying pans and non-stick cooking sprays, to a range of toppings, including traditional lemon and sugar, chocolate spread, honey and syrup.
My newest pancake recipe is gluten-free, sugar-free and lactose-free. It is full of goodness from oats and natural sugar from bananas. Not only are those pancakes deliciously tasty, they are healthy and will keep you satisfied until lunch time.
Healthy Banana Oat Pancake
- 1 cup of soya milk (or milk of choice)
- 2 cups of oats
- 2 eggs
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- Honey/ syrup for serving (optional)
- Fresh berries for serving (optional)
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Heat a non-stick frying pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray over medium heat.
- In a blender, combine the banana, oats, milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract, eggs, salt and baking powder.
- Blend for a couple of minutes until the mixture is smooth.
- Pour spoonful of the batter onto the frying pan.
- Cook for a couple of minutes until it starts bubbling.
- Flip and cook the other side of the pancake for another couple of minutes.
- Continue with the remaining batter.
- Serve with fresh berries and a drizzle of honey (optional).
Those healthy pancakes were a success with our family, especially little man. He couldn’t believe there was no sugar as “it tastes so sweet”. I explained to him that it was the natural sweetness from the ripe banana.
We enjoyed it with a drizzle of honey and mixed berries, however you can have them with your choice of toppings. I usually get frozen berries as defrost quickly and make a perfect breakfast topping.
What is your favourite pancake topping?