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Healthy Pancake Recipe: Banana and Blackberry Pancakes

healthy pancake recipe

healthy pancake recipe

Today, as part of Zero Waste Week, I’ve got a great healthy pancake recipe that as well as being so good for you, also takes care of any black bananas lingering in the fruit bowl!

Black bananas are the best bananas to use in this recipe as they are sweeter than just ripe bananas.  It’s 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!

healthy banana pancakes

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 pancakes healthy properties, as they are made without flour they’re gluten free (which is linked to food intolerances), and are also sugar free.  The banana and egg pack the pancakes full of protein, and the coconut oil for frying is also 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?!

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

Healthy Pancake Recipe with Banana and Blackberry

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! ;)

Food & Drink, Food Waste Tips

Make Berries Last Longer With One Simple Ingredient

make berries last longer

make berries last longer

While we’re still in blackberry season, I thought I’d share with you a great tip to help extend make berries last longer in the fridge before going off.  Not just blackberries, but raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and any other berry you can care to think of.  This is especially great if you’ve picked more blackberries than you can eat or have some left over from making delicious jam!

The secret to make berries last longer is quite surprising – vinegar!  I love using vinegar as a great chemical free cleaner, but who would have guessed that using vinegar can help your berries to last longer in the fridge?

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How to Make Berries Last Longer

According to Cooks Illustrated all you have to do is rinse your berries in a solution of one part vinegar (white vinegar or apple cider vinegar works best) to three parts water.  Then dry the berries in a salad spinner lined with kitchen roll until completely dry, and store in a kitchen roll lined airtight container to help make berries last longer.

I don’t own a salad spinner and I’m not about to go out and buy one to add more plastic to my kitchen, so instead I filled a bowl with one part vinegar to three parts water and gave my berries a short soak for a minute.  Then I drained and rinsed my berries, and gently patted them dry with a clean (dark coloured!) tea towel, before placing them in the fridge in a tub on top of a folded piece of kitchen roll to help absorb any water.

wash berries with vinegar

 

Ready to go in the fridge!

Cooks Illustrated say that the vinegar wash acts as an antiseptic agent – helping to remove any spores or bacteria on the surface of the fruit that can cause mould.  I think the act of completely drying the fruit may also play a factor in extending their life as well, as I’ve found that washing berries without then drying them before storing them always speeds up the rotting process.

My verdict is yes, it indeed helps to make berries last longer.  The berries that I have picked in the past started to go off after 24 hours, but using the vinegar and drying technique I stretched this batch into lasting two days.  It could have been more but I didn’t want to risk them rotting and wasting perfectly good berries so we ate them!  And to dispel any worries: no your fruit doesn’t taste of vinegar!

Will you be trying this?  Let me know how you get on!

update: my berries lasted a whole week!