Sunday, 21 June 2015

Good Things In: Wholemeal Banana Pancakes

In an effort to put good things into my body which will show on the outside, here's a recipe I came up with the other day for a healthy brunch.

These pancakes include protein, fibre, calcium, D vitamins, potassium, many more good things and, if you're careful with your oil in the pan, not a lot of fat. Such a simple recipe proves that including these things in your diet needn't be overly complicated!


INGREDIENTS:

1 banana (preferably soft)
1 egg
A small cup of coarse wholemeal flour
A small cup of  plain flour
A cup of milk
A teaspoon of oil per pancake

(Proportions intentionally vague depending on the desired thickness of your pancakes)


METHOD:

1) Mash the banana thoroughly with a fork in a roomy bowl or jug. Then beat in the egg.

2) Stir some flour into the banana/egg mixture and then alternately add milk and flour, using  fork to beat this.

3) Keep incorporating milk until the batter is as thin or thick as you'd like.

4) Heat a spoon of oil in a frying pan (preferably non-stick). I used sunflower oil as I find olive oil leaves a funny taste in sweet dishes, though it is considered healthiest for the heart! As long as you stay away from animal fats however, you should be fine.

5) Cook the pancakes til brown on both sides.

6) I squeezed some lemon juice on to mine. There was no need for sugar or sweetener since the banana made the pancakes themselves quite sweet-tasting.

7) I also served with some natural yoghurt (Glenisk, as I always have when I'm in Ireland) which contains, among other body-loving things, bacteria to aid digestion.




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