Sunday, 9 August 2015

Healthy Banana, Blueberry & Oats Pancakes Recipe

During the week I can never be arsed spending time making fancy breakfasts and usually just opt for something quick and easy so, on a weekend, I like to have something a bit more special. I'm trying to eat cleaner at the moment so have been following a lot of vegan recipes and decided to give these blueberry and banana pancakes a go after seeing them on Deliciously Ella. I've changed the recipe a bit but I can honestly say these are GORGEOUS. I seriously wish I'd made a stack of 10 instead of 5 because, my god, they were good and I suggest you all go whip some up right now...
I have to say, I wasn't expecting to like these since banana is the core ingredient and I don't really like banana flavoured stuff that much. However, I was seriously proven wrong and, after eating these, I honestly don't think I could go back to using a regular pancake recipe. 
Instead of eggs, milk and flour, these pancakes are made with mashed banana, coconut/almond milk and oats. With blueberries bursting in the middle, a generous dash of maple syrup and a dollop of natural yoghurt & caramelised bananas on the side. 

Ingredients (for 1 person - this made about 5 pancakes)

For the pancakes...
Half a banana, peeled and mashed
75ml coconut/almond/soy milk (I use coconut)
50g oats

On the side...
Half a banana peeled and sliced
A tablespoon of yoghurt (I did use natural yoghurt but obviously you could use a soy version)
Maple syrup

How to make

1) First of all, put your oven on so finished pancakes can be kept warm whilst you make the rest. 
2) Whizz your oats in a blender so they turn into more of a flour and put aside in a bowl.
3) Blitz your mashed banana and milk together in the blender and then fold into the bowl of flour and stir to create a batter
4) Leave to set for a couple of minutes and pop your hob onto a medium heat so you can fry your banana slices
5) Fry your banana slices for a minute on each side to caramelise them slightly and then leave in the oven to keep warm
6) Now it's time for the pancakes! Add a bit of coconut oil to the pan and - once melted - add about a tablespoon and a half of mixture. 
7) Flatten into a circular shape and fry for a couple of minutes until firm, then add some blueberries and flip over to cook for another few minutes.
(I made about 2-3 pancakes at once as they take a little longer than regular pancakes and don't take up much room so if you're using a big pan, it will save time.)
8) Pop your finished pancakes in the oven to stay warm whilst cooking the rest
9) Once all are ready, stack on top of each other and drizzle with maple syrup and serve with your caramelized banana slices and a dollop of yoghurt for dipping.
Eat and enjoy! I can't wait to make more of these as they are so tasty yet still ridiculously healthy (well, until you go a bit OTT with the maple syrup, that is...)
Will you be trying these out? 
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