It’s no secret that pancakes are easily my favourite food. Whether it’s a traditional wafer thin crepe with a drizzle of lemon and honey, thick American style pancakes piled with fruit and yoghurt or a deliciously savoury sweet potato pancake stacked high with guacamole and fried eggs, they’ve all got a place in my heart…or better yet, my belly!
But one of the recipes I turn to most often is a good old fluffy banana pancake – think thick American style, this is a pancake with great substance, sweetened naturally with ripe bananas and spiced with warming cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Kind of like banana bread in pancake form. And I sincerely love banana bread too. In short, one of the best kinds of pancake there is and perfect for a lazy brunch or quick post-run indulgence alike. On the rare occasion there are leftovers I have been known to reheat in the toaster and spread thickly with almond butter, banana slices and a smidgen of salt. This makes, quite possibly, one of the best and easiest afternoon snacks I have ever eaten.
I hope you give this simple recipe a go – next time you’re faced with a clutch of overripe bananas, change it up a little and make a banana pancake…or two.
Happy baking friends!
Easy banana pancakes – makes around 4 pancakes, just enough for one hungry person
1 medium ripe banana
1 free-range egg, beaten
50 grams or 1/3 cup buckwheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
a grating of nutmeg
Mash the banana really well and whisk with all the other ingredients until you have a smooth-ish batter.
Heat a little coconut oil in a large frying pan and once it’s hot cook your pancakes – a couple of tablespoons of batter per pancake should do it.
Flip after a minute or so when you see bubbles forming on the surface and cook for about a minute on the other side.
Stack high on a plate and go crazy with your toppings! A few of my favourites…
– sliced banana, almond butter, toasted almonds and cacao nibs
– sliced orange, fresh berries, coconut yoghurt, chopped pistachios and bee pollen
– warmed apples slices and chopped dried figs, toasted sesame seeds and a drizzle each of honey and tahini
*This recipe is easily doubled or tripled when feeding more than one greedy soul.
**These pancakes are dairy and gluten free, provided the baking powder is gluten free and all toppings are kept dairy and gluten free.