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Blueberry Banana Pancakes

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Blustery grey skies outside, Jack Johnson and ukuleles inside.

After a long week working with food, it feels very decadent to spend a Saturday morning playing with pancakes, using up that last ageing banana, and trying out these beautiful bergamot lemons from Riverford Organic

The banana is these gives them a miraculous natural sweetness. Genius. But I'll be honest, I've found some banana-based pancake recipes a bit stodgy. Don't worry, I think I've found a hack for that – these are as light as angel pillows.

 

Serves 2.

Gluten-free,  Refined sugar-free

Ingredients.

1 ripe banana
2 local or organic eggs, separated into yolks and whites
2 tbsp buckwheat or brown rice flour
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 tsp baking powder
Handful of blueberries
Zest of 1/2 an unwaxed organic lemon (try not to skip, really makes this recipe)

Teeny pinch of good-quality salt (natural sweetness enhancer)

 

Make.

In a mixing bowl, mash up your peeled banana with a fork or potato masher. Combine the banana mush with everything but your egg whites.

Give yourself a moderate upper arm workout by whisking these to a medium peak before folding into the mix. If you're in a morning rush, don't worry, you can just combine the whole egg, lightly beaten, but I find it this technique makes them lighter and never stodgy (see also, corn fritters).

*A note on sweetness. We all have different sweet barometers. If yours is a little higher than mine, or your banana isn't super-ripe, you can add a a spoon or two of your favourite natural sweetener to the mix.

 

Cook.

Fry these in table-spooned  batches on a moderate heat (a high heat can burn the natural sugars of the banana) using a paper-towel dabbed with coconut oil or butter to wipe the pan clean between pancakes. 

 

Serve.

Stacked with fresh blueberries, coyo or yoghurt, sliced bananas, maple syrup or honey and lemon zest/ wedges.

I don't reckon you'll regret making these. Let me know how it you get on in the comments below.

 

'Til next time.. let's keep putting love into food.
 
Josie x
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