Pancakes for One

Today was the kind of day that I just didn’t fancy facing until at least 11am. I’ve got an exam on Wednesday and the thought of yet another day packed with reading and revision just didn’t excite me enough to wake up early.

The problem I often find with waking up around lunchtime is that I never know what I want to eat. Shall I have cereal and call this breakfast? Shall I make a sandwich and call it lunch? Or shall I just open the fridge and see what I can whip together and justify it as a meal? The latter is what happened this morning. Hello, pancakes for one!

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The outcome? Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes with Berries & Maple Syrup. Oh yes, I had a good morning.

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These pancakes are delicious; warm, gooey chocolate oozing out of fluffy banana pancakes smothered in sweet syrup, was your breakfast as tasty as that? Didn’t think so.

This recipe was inspired by a hugely popular American blogger – Chocolate Covered Katie – and her recipe for Banana Split Pancakes. This is my version, with the cheeky addition of maple syrup, and with metric measurements for all of us British foodies who don’t own cup measures! Her original recipe is vegan, and this one is easily made vegan as long as you use non-dairy milk and chocolate chips.

This recipe makes 4 large or 5 medium pancakes and is super quick and easy to rustle up for a Sunday brunch or midweek snack!

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First, measure your flour, sugar, baking powder and chocolate chips into a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, mash half of your banana and add in your milk, vanilla and chopped berries. Whisk this all together.

Once mixed, pour your wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and gently fold together until just combined, you don’t want to lose any air!

Next, heat a heavy-based frying pan or flat griddle over a medium-high heat. Once hot, add a splash of oil or a little knob of butter and once melted, drop in a couple of tablespoons of the pancake mix on either side of the pan. I cooked mine in two batches, two pancakes in the first batch and three in the second.

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Let the pancakes cook for about 2 minutes (sometimes 3, just check they’re not burning!) without touching them, then flip them once and only once and allow them to do the same on the other side. Don’t be tempted to keep flipping or pressing down on your pancakes, I know from experience that this does nothing but make them chewy, rubbery and gross!

Once cooked for about 2 minutes on each side, place your pancakes between the fold of a clean dry tea-towel to stay moist and warm while you cook the rest. Repeat these steps to cook the rest of your pancakes.

When all your pancakes are cooked, serve them in a stack or just side by side on a plate, top with slices of the remaining banana and drizzle them with maple syrup, chocolate sauce, caramel, whatever you need to make them even more yummy!

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Now grab a fork and enjoy your fluffy, sweet, delicious pancakes, no matter what time of day it is!

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Pancakes for One

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4-6 pancakes

Pancakes for One

Sweet and fluffy banana pancakes with berries and chocolate chips, perfect for breakfast or any time of the day!

Ingredients

  • 50g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar or your preferred sweetener
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder (not necessary if using self-raising flour)
  • 1tbsp chocolate chips or finely chopped chocolate
  • 75ml milk (non-dairy if vegan!)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 medium or large banana (half mashed, half sliced)
  • Handful of chopped raspberries, strawberries or cherries

Instructions

  1. Measure your flour, sugar, baking powder and chocolate chips into a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, mash half of your banana and add in your milk, vanilla and chopped berries. Whisk this all together.
  3. Pour your wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and gently fold together until just combined, you don’t want to lose any air!
  4. Heat a heavy-based frying pan or flat griddle over a medium-high heat. Once hot, add a splash of oil or a little knob of butter and once melted, drop in a couple of tablespoons of the pancake mix on either side of the pan.
  5. Let the pancakes cook for about 2 minutes (sometimes 3, just check they’re not burning) without touching them, then flip them once and only once and allow them to do the same on the other side.
  6. Once cooked for about 2 minutes on each side, place your pancakes between the fold of a clean dry tea-towel to stay moist and warm while you cook the rest. Repeat these steps to cook the rest of your pancakes.
  7. When all your pancakes are cooked, serve them in a stack or just side by side on a plate, top with slices of the remaining banana and drizzle them with maple syrup, chocolate sauce, caramel or whatever you like!
  8. Enjoy!

*As mentioned above, these pancakes are easily made vegan by swapping the milk and chocolate chips out for dairy-free alternatives!

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