I know the only thing pancakes have in common with dessert is the word ‘cake’. So the fact that they feature on a dessert blog is just creative liberty. But there’s no way I could ignore them. I recently came across ‘oat and banana pancakes’ and some very complicated ways to make them. This one by Cookie and Kate was the simplest and my favourite. No flour, no sugar, no guilt. I simplified it further depending on what I had in the kitchen.
Most pancakes generally make me feel like excessively full when I’m done eating. These ones don’t, pinky swear. And they taste delicious.
And just two days ago, a friend asked me to share something healthy so it felt like a sign. It’s going to be a happy Sunday 🙂
What you’ll need:
3 ripe bananas, mashed
2 tbsps melted butter (or coconut/olive oil if you prefer)
1 tbsp honey (adjust depending on sweetness of bananas)
1 cup oat flour (or 1 cup oats, finely ground)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt if using unsalted butter
Milk to thin the batter, optional
What to do:
1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the mashed bananas, butter and honey. Lightly beat the eggs and add to the banana mixture.
3. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt.
4. Add the flour mixture to the egg and banana mixture. Stir till the dry ingredients are moistened but do not over-mix. The batter will be thick. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk to thin it out a little, but oats absorb liquid quickly so don’t be tempted to add too much milk.
5. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes till small bubbles appear on the surface.
6. Heat a good non-stick pan and add a small knob of butter or a teaspoon of oil. Depending on your pan, you may even be able to make the pancakes without any fat, but the butter adds flavour 🙂
7. Pour two large spoonfuls of pancake batter into the pan, spread it out as much as possible and cook till you see bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake, and the edges no longer look glossy. Flip and cook the other side till golden-brown.
8. Serve hot with butter, honey, sliced bananas aaaaand peanut butter!
If you’re feeling a little enthusiastic like I did, have some fun with cookie-cutter pancakes 🙂 Christmas came a little early this year!