Banana Pancakes

This is my favourite go to recipe for weekend breakfasts and even the occasional dinner. There’s no sugar in here, save the natural sweetness of bananas, along with any other fruit for variety. Great in the summer as well with a bit of yogurt on the side for kids who want something to dip them in.

It’s also a relatively safe recipe for kids to join in with, especially helping to blend and mix the batter.

Ingredients

  • 250g self raising flour
  • 275ml whole milk
  • 2 eggs, medium/large
  • 1 large or 2 small bananas. The softer the better
  • Any other fruit like chopped strawberries, whole blueberries, raspberries etc.
  • Unsalted butter

Method

  1. Put your 250g of self raising flour in a large mixing bowl
  2. Pour the milk into a separate bowl, or if you have one, a measuring jug (easier for pouring out of)
  3. Crack the two eggs into the milk and partially beat them with a fork
  4. Pour the milk/egg mixture slowly into the flour, while mixing/turning the flour with a spatula 1
  5. Keep the spatula action going and mix all that stuff up
  6. Chop/smush your bananas into the mixture. Make sure that it’s all blended evenly, otherwise you’ll get large chunks of partially cooked banana in your pancakes
  7. Get a pan going on low heat. It’s going to be running for a while, so you don’t want it to overheat and burn
  8. Add some butter and cover the pan with it. Take care not to let it burn
  9. Prep a side plate for the pancakes to come off to. Optional: put a paper towel on the plate to soak up any excess butter
  10. Use a tablespoon’s worth of batter per pancake. For smaller pans, you can get away with 3 or 4 at a time
  11. Watch them until they start to show holes in the top. Once the holes are pretty evenly dispersed, flip them.
  12. Press down lightly on any thicker cakes so that all the batter is cooked. If you have a chance to squeeze the juice out of a blueberry, do that too
  13. Check after a minute or so to see how they’re doing (both sides should be starting to brown) and them shift them onto the side plate once they’re cooked
  14. Cut them in half so that they cool down faster, particularly for super hungry kids
  15. If there are any whole blueberries left, smoosh them so that they don’t pop in your kids’ mouths. Those suckers can get hot
  16. Start serving what you’ve made and keep cooking the rest, adding a bit of butter to the pan on each batch

Cleanup is a cinch. Bonus points for singing an adapted version of Jake’s ‘Bacon Pancakes song (Makin’ pancakes, makin’ ‘nana pancakes. I take bananas and I put ‘em in a pancake…).

  1. Don’t have a spatula? https://youtu.be/2XbCWmY0eqY

Author: Jim Christian

Papa Makes is run by Jim Christian, curriculum developer for FireTech Australia and author of “How to Code in Minecraft” for Dennis Publishing and “How to Think Like a Coder: Without Even Trying!” for Pavilion Books.

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