How to make pancakes: Best recipes for Pancake Day

Posted on: 6th Feb 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Banana pancakes with strawberries

225g wholemeal flour

3 tsp baking powder 

½ tsp sea salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

2 large, ripe bananas, mashed

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

400ml skimmed milk

Butter, for frying



In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.

In a separate bowl, combine the banana, egg, vanilla and milk then whisk to combine.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Slowly stir everything together to form a smooth batter.

Heat a large frying pan or skillet over a high heat and melt the butter. Reduce the heat to medium and add a ladleful of batter to the pan. Cook until bubbles start to appear of the surface of the pancake, then flip and cook on the other side for a further minute. You should have enough batter to make six pancakes.

Serve hot with strawberries and pure maple syrup. Or why not experiment with toppings? Cherries and yoghurt, or dark chocolate chips both work well. 

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Treat your loved ones to these banana pancakes with strawberries

Blueberry waffles

70g oats

½ tsp baking powder

Sea salt 

1 ripe banana, mashed

1 egg, beaten

4 tbsp skimmed milk

3 tbsp fat-free Greek yoghurt, plus 2 tbsp to serve

125g blueberries

1 tsp vanilla extract



Preheat and grease your waffle maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Put the oats into a blender and blend to a floury consistency. Transfer to a bowl with the baking powder and season with salt. 

Put the banana in a bowl, then add the egg, milk, yoghurt, blueberries and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Pour this mixture over the oats and stir well.

When your waffle maker reaches the right temperature, spoon a ladleful of the mixture into each section. There should be enough mixture to make four standard-sized square waffles.

Cook the waffles for four minutes, or until golden and cooked through. Divide the waffles between two plates and top with a spoonful of Greek yoghurt and a few extra blueberries to serve. 




Recipes taken from Hungry Healthy Happy by Dannii Martin (£20, Jacqui Small), photographs by Jacqui Melville. 

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Indulge in these delicious blueberry waffles