Flavour of the moment: Banana, fear not I will not go on my rant about ripe bananas again but here is another way for using up those delicious golden gifts.
This recipe is a tradition of James and I’s whenever we used to travel to see each other. Now that he’s living here we had the luxury of having them ‘just because’ and for old times sake. I quite literally spent the whole week counting down to Banana-Pancake-Day a.k.a Saturday and they didn’t disappoint. The original recipe I found was on Pinterest but as with all the best loved recipes it has been adapted over time. I think these are best topped with a generous portion of Nutella and some strawberries.
Ingredients: (Makes 8-10)
- 2 cups of wholegrain spelt flour (or any wholegrain flour of your choice)
- 2 tsp of baking powder
- 1/4 tsp of salt
- 1/4 of a cup of coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp of nutmeg
- 2/3 cup of hazelnut milk (or regular milk)
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 3 ripe bananas
- 2 tbsp of plain yogurt (I used low fat Greek)
- A punnet of strawberries
- A jar of Nutella
- Preheat the oven to a low heat and put as many plates as people eating plus an extra one in.
- In a large bowl combine and stir all the dry ingredients.
- In a smaller bowl mash the bananas (using a fork or similar)
- In another small bowl whisk the milk, yogurt and vanilla extract together.
- At the milk mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients and stir.
- Stir the bananas into the mixture.
- Slice the strawberries and place in a bowl on the table with the Nutella.
- Heat a pan with some oil and once hot reduce the heat slightly and add a large heaped tbsp of mixture to the pan, use a spatula to spread it out slightly, once one side is cooked turn it over to cook the second side. Add this to a plate in the oven and re-oil your pan.
- Now the first pancake is cooked, depending on your pan size you can cook several at once. These make for very thick pancakes and may take a couple of minutes to cook on each side. It is important to remember that once you’ve initially got the pan nice and hot to turn it down a bit before adding the batter to the pan.
- Keep adding pancakes to the stack in the oven until you’ve used all the batter.
- Serve on warm plates and top with Nutella and strawberries.