Deliciously light and fluffy banana pancakes, made healthier by using wholemeal flour for extra fibre. Serve in stacks with sliced banana and crunchy pecan nuts, or mixed berries.
125g/4½oz wholemeal self-raising flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 large egg
150ml/¼ pint semi-skimmed milk
1 ripe banana (approx. 150g/5½oz), roughly mashed
1 tsp sunflower or vegetable oil, for frying
To serve (optional)
2 bananas, sliced
25g/1oz pecan nuts, roughly broken
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
runny honey or maple syrup, to serve
yoghurt, to serve
Put the flour and baking powder in a bowl and mix lightly. Make a well in the centre and break the egg into it. Add half the milk and beat, using a wooden spoon, to form a thick batter.
Reserve 1 tablespoon of the remaining milk and add the rest to the batter, along with the mashed banana. Mix until combined.
Place a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Brush a little of the oil over the pan with a heatproof brush. Once the pan is hot, pour a small ladleful (around 2 dessertspoons) of the batter onto one side of the pan; it should spread to approximately 9cm/3½in in diameter. Make three more pancakes in the same way.
Cook the pancakes for 1½ minutes, or until bubbles appear on the surface and the edges look dry and slightly shiny. Quickly and carefully flip over and cook on the other side for 1½ minutes, or until light, fluffy and pale golden brown. If you turn the pancakes too late, they will be too set to rise evenly. You can always flip again if you want the first side to be a little browner.
Transfer to a warm plate (in a single layer so they don’t get squashed) and cook another eight pancakes in the same way, brushing the pan with a little more oil between each batch. (If the batter begins to thicken too much, add the reserved milk.)
Serve in stacks with sliced bananas, pecan nuts and a little ground cinnamon, with a spoonful of yoghurt and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup if you like.
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Source: BBC FOODS
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