We eat these wholemeal no-added-sugar pancakes for breakfast about twice a fortnight*. Yum! On the rare occasion when there are left overs, they freeze well for JJ’s preschool morning tea.
1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour
1 overripe banana (I keep a stash in the freezer)
Smidgen of oil or tallow for frying.
Defrost the banana. Add everything to a bowl and mix. Once combined, fry at medium heat.
You could get all fancy pants and whisk the egg or puree the banana before adding, but to be honest I don’t bother… This is a rough and tumble style recipe that I whip up at the spur of the moment. The banana flavour isn’t very strong – it’s there to replace the sugar.
Sometimes I’ll add some frozen blueberries to the mix, or sometimes I’ll add a second banana and a tablespoon or so of pure cocoa powder. Occasionally I’ll add chopped strawberries and a touch of maple syrup to the top, because I confess we have a weakness for maple syrup in the Banya household.
And just to add a touch of irony, I quite often use an icing sugar pen to draw on letters and numbers to the tops of the pancakes. (You need to wait until they cool somewhat otherwise the icing will melt too much.) Now I know this adds sugar to an otherwise sugar-free recipe, but it’s fun. Play matters, and if we can add a little bit of educational play to a healthy-ish breakfast, then we’re off to a good start to the day. 🙂
Here is a photo that I took late last year of some blueberry pancakes that have the letter “O” drawn on.
This was back when JJ first started showing an interest in learning letters, and we had an “O” day. We did all sorts of “O” things, like practising drawing the letter “O”, stamping with the octopus stamp, making an octopus outfit, eating Cheerios, reading from our alphabet books, and lots more.
It seems strange looking back on JJ playing on the balcony of our old place, basking in the summer’s sun.
Will it ever be that warm again?
*Yes I know that twice a fortnight is the same as once a week. But there is method to the madness. You see the buttermilk comes in a 600mL carton, so whenever we buy a carton we need to cook two batches before the expiry….