Fluffy Banana Pancakes

We eat pancakes for a lovely relaxing weekend breakfast fairly regularly, simply because the kids love them. When my son asked for them recently I felt like I needed to jazz things up a bit, I do tend to get bored quite easily.

I’ve tried a few different jazzy additions to my pancake batter like blueberries, raspberries, chocolate chips and seeds but these banana beauties seem to impress the most.

A banana pancake might sound rather humble but it tastes anything but. The flavour is actually quite subtle but that is to its merit and it is matched by an equally delicate whiff of vanilla. What’s more, adding a mashed up banana to my pancake mix seems to make them lighter and fluffier, almost cloud like.

So roll up your sleeves and get whisking, banana pancakes are calling.

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Fluffy Banana Pancakes Recipe

Serves 5 – 6 hungry pancake lovers

Ingredients

  • 450ml milk (plant milk will work but I tend to use semi-skimmed)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 banana, mashed to a puree
  • 1 teaspoon of good quality vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of caster sugar
  • 330g plain flour
  • 3 heaped teaspoons of baking powder

Method

  • First of all decide if you want to serve these as soon as they are cooked to eagerly waiting greedy people, or if you want to serve them all as a big stack once you’ve cooked them all. If you want to cook them all before serving, pop your oven on to about 100C and pop in a baking tray with a bit of foil over it so that you can keep the pancakes warm and soft.
  • In a large jug thoroughly whisk the eggs, milk and vanilla then whisk in the banana and sugar.
  • Mix the flour and baking powder together then add this to the other ingredients and whisk again.
  • Heat a pan to a medium heat and smear a very small amount of butter or oil in your pan.
  • Drop large tablespoons of pancake batter into the pan and cook for a couple of minutes. I can usually get 3 at a time in my pan.
  • Flip over your pancakes once they are golden and cook for a further minute on the other side. You should see them puff up nicely.

Warning! One of the best pieces of culinary advice I have ever received is NEVER PAT A PANCAKE or press down on it or it will loose it’s puff! If we wanted a flat pancake we’d be making crepes.

  • Keep cooking in batches until you have used all the batter.
  • Serve with more banana, honey, pecans, chocolate spread or, my fave, blueberries and maple syrup.

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