Pancakes for breakfast is one of the greatest joys in life! However they aren't always the healthiest option first thing in the morning so I've come up with a version that are slightly better for you, but taste just as good!
Suuper simple pancakes as (similar to most of my breakfasts!) the two main ingredients are bananas and oats! The oats act as a flour replacement, and the bananas are binding so are a great egg alternative therefore this recipe also happens to vegan (egg and dairy-free) and is free from refined sugar and flour! They're really easy to make and really easy to play around with as you can throw in whatever fruit you like, or try experimenting with different toppings like syrups, peanut butter, raisins, berries. You'll be whipping up a different batch every weekend!
I'm not the best as measurements as I tend to just wing it, this rough recipe is enough for 1 person and makes around 3 pancakes that are similar size to scotch pancakes so double/triple accordingly for how many you want to make it for!
1 cup of rolled oats
A few spoonfuls of water/milk
A spoonful of coconut oil
I usually do this all together in a food processor but if you don't have one it's not necessary, you just may find the pancakes are chunkier and more likely to stick to the pan.
First blend up your oats by themselves, for a minute or so to make them smoother and more flour-like. Then add the sliced banana (mash your banana first if not using a food processor), and blend with water or milk of your choice until smooth. The mixture should be quite thick, similar to the consistency of custard.
Then heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a frying pan and drop generous spoonfuls of pancakes and flatten and shape them into circles. I can fit all 3 at once which makes it a bit easier to serve all at once. Fry one side for a couple of minutes until golden then flip with a spatula and fry the other side until the same.
Serve, drizzle or sprinkle your topping and enjoy!
If you'd like to add berries press them in before you flip to let all the yummy juices ooze out.
I love to stack them up like American-style pancakes and chose to top mine with fresh blueberries and a Coconut flavoured Choc Shot from Sweet Freedom, which are syrups but made with natural fruit extracts so are a bit healthier for you, although you only need a tiny bit for that added sweetness!
The final result is these lovely, fluffy pancakes! They taste quite similar to banana fritters, and the banana adds natural sweetness so no need for any added sugar. Such a fab Sunday morning treat when you want to put a bit more effort into breakfast - no one will know they are actually quite good for you!
My name is Helen Davison and I'm a NIMH registered practising Medical Herbalist based in Ramsbottom, Lancashire. I've had a keen interest in herbal remedies since my early teens and would experiment creating my own balms and bath bombs using natural ingredients, which prompted me in discovering and pursuing a career in Western Herbal Medicine.