Banana Pancakes with Warm Golden Syrup

These delicious pancakes are the ultimate breakfast treat which will be loved by both adults and children. They’re really great if you have some over ripe bananas in the fruit bowl at the end of the week and are so easy to make. So maybe teach the children to make them so that you get breakfast in bed!!

Serves 4

50g plain flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

¼ tsp salt

1tsp sugar

1tsp vanilla extract

2 bananas

1 egg, separated

1 tsp butter

150ml buttermilk

Low- fat cooking spray

4 tbs golden syrup


Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl and add the salt and sugar. Cut one banana into thin slices and dice the other. Put to one side. Using an electric mixer, whisk the egg whites until stiff.

Put the butter into a large mixing bowl and microwave on high for a few seconds to melt, add the buttermilk, egg yolk and the diced banana, then use the electric mixed to create a thick but smooth batter.

Mix the batter and the dry ingredients together to combine and make the batter, using a metal spoon fold in the egg white carefully into this mixture, the reason we do this is to keep the air in the egg whites that you have created with the mixture and this helps to make the pancakes light and fluffy.

Heat a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat, spray with the low-fat cooking spray, using a dessert spoon, spoon the mixture into 4 small dollops, they will be about 10cms across. Cook the pancaked for 2-3 minutes on each side, turning them gently using a large palette knife. When cooked, remove and keep warm while you cook the other batch.

Place the golden syrup into a glass bowl and microwave on full power for 1 minute, stir and warm for another 30 seconds. Serve immediately by placing two pancakes each on 4 warmed plates, scatter the banana slices over the pancakes and spoon over 1 tbs per serving.

If you like you can also serve with a tablespoon on natural yogurt and a scatter of fresh raspberries.

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