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Healthy Banana Pancake Recipe

healthy pancake recipe
healthy pancake recipe

After a healthy banana pancake recipe? Read on, and I’ll share my favourite recipe with you.

Today, as part of Zero Waste Week, I’ve got a great healthy banana pancake recipe. And as well as being so good for you, it also takes care of any black bananas lingering in the fruit bowl! No food waste! It’s a win-win!

It’s also a great recipe to have to hand for the next time there’s a solitary banana left in the fruit bowl that looks like it’s seen better days. Just grab two eggs and get frying!

Before we begin, let me share with you my top healthy pancake tip. Black bananas are the best bananas to use in this recipe. This is because they are much sweeter than just-ripe bananas.  

healthy banana pancakes

What’s So Healthy About Them Anyway?

Oh, and you may be wondering what’s so healthy about this healthy pancake recipe?  

Well, you actually use the banana in place of flour and milk!  Bananas are a bit magic.  As well as having the ability to take on the texture of ice-cream, they also have the ability to take on the texture of pancake batter.  It sounds crazy, but they really do have to be tasted to be believed!  Of course, the texture isn’t 100% pancake-like, but it’s pretty darn close.  Think French Toast and you’re pretty much there, texture-wise!

If you’re in any more doubt about the pancake’s health properties I’ve got more for you! As these pancakes are made without flour they’re gluten-free (which is linked to food intolerances). What’s more, they’re also sugar-free. Meanwhile, the banana and egg pack the pancakes full of protein, and the coconut oil for frying may also be amazingly healthy too!  Your body will positively sing for joy after eating these!  I told you it was a healthy pancake recipe, do you believe me now?!

Healthy Pancake Recipe with Banana and Blackberry

I used blackberries as they’re in season this month and taste amazing right now. However, feel free to substitute with whatever soft fruit you have to hand.

Healthy Pancake Recipe: Banana and Blackberry Pancakes

This healthy pancake recipe for banana and blackberry pancakes is gluten free and free from refined sugars. It’s also a great way to use up black bananas!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 6 small pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 Blackened Banana
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup of Blackberries washed and cut in quarters
  • 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of Dessicated Coconut
  • 1 teaspoon of Coconut Oil for frying

Instructions

  1. With a fork mash up your banana until fairly smooth. You still want some lumps in it otherwise your pancake will be a little flat!
  2. In a separate bowl beat your eggs, then add to the mashed banana.
  3. Add the cinnamon, dessicated coconut and blackberries and mix well.
  4. Gently heat the coconut oil in your frying pan until hot and fry your pancakes*.
  5. Serve with maple syrup or honey.

An important word on frying these bad boys.  Because they don’t contain any flour they handle a bit differently to their floury counterparts.  You want to fry the pancakes very very slowly on a very low heat.  Slow and steady definitely wins the race here.  

Aim for around 4 minutes on the first side, but do check to ensure they’re not burning on the bottom. They do colour up darker than pancakes made with flour, so don’t be alarmed if they quickly begin to look a little on the dark side!

Once the pancakes have started bubbling on the top a little you then want to get in with a spatula and flip them over.  If you’ve cooked them for long enough they will flip over in one piece.  Promise!  You’ll want to cook them for around 3 more minutes before serving.  As they take a little longer to fry than normal pancakes I find it best to have multiple pancakes on the go – around three or four to a pan to reduce cooking time and save energy!

Enjoy this healthy pancake recipe!  Let me know how you get on making it!

ps: I’ve never made a pretty looking pancake in my life – it’s my Achilles heel! ;)

Autumn, Food & Drink

Fruit and Vegetables in Season in September

fruit vegetables in season in september

Want to know which fruit and vegetables are in season in September in the UK? Read on to find out!

September has really crept up on us this year, don’t you think?  So I’m back sharing the best of what fruit and vegetables are in season this month.

September is a bountiful month for fresh seasonal British produce. So much so, that the shops are bursting with cheap homegrown produce this month. Fruits like blackberries are at their very best, whilst vegetable-wise courgettes and runner beans are also at their peak. Do take a look at the full guide though for more ideas of what to eat in September.

And don’t forget to download the free printer friendly guide to fruit and vegetables in season in September! You can print it off and pop it on your fridge, to help you when meal planning. Alternatively, pop it in your bag for when you go to the supermarket to help remind you at the shops.

fruit and vegetables in season in september

The Fruit In Season In September

The Vegetables to Eat Now

There is so much produce in season in September, that the question is where to start!

  • Artichoke
  • Aubergine
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts (try this tasty Brussels Sprout Gratin)
  • Cabbage – Red, White, Savoy and Spring Green
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Chillies
  • Courgettes
  • Cucumber
  • Fennel
  • French Beans
  • Garlic
  • Horseradish
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce – Cos and Iceberg
  • Mangetout
  • Marrow
  • Onions
  • Pak Choi
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Radishes
  • Runner Beans
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Spring Onions (see my tip on how to store spring onions to make them stay fresher for longer)
  • Squash (try roasting your butternut squash seeds to make a tasty snack too!)
  • Sweetcorn
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Watercress
  • Wild Mushrooms (see my post on how to dry mushrooms if you have too many!)

The Herbs & Nuts to Eat Now

Don’t forget that it’s not just fruit and vegetables that are in season in September – there are loads of herbs and nuts too.

  • Chestnuts
  • Chives
  • Cobnuts
  • Coriander
  • Oregano
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Rocket
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Sorrel
  • Thyme

There’s so much tasty produce on offer that I don’t know where to start! I’m thinking perhaps this recipe for aubergine koftas. It calls for aubergine and spinach – both of which are in season in September. What are you cooking/baking this month?  Print off the free guide to help you out!