Banana and Walnut Paleo Pancakes

Shrove Tuesday has completely coincided this year with my obsession with this Banana and Walnut Paleo Pancake recipe.  It is versatile, very healthy and produces quick but absolutely scrumptious pancakes.

Banana and Walnut Paleo Pancakes

This year is the first year I will actually be eating pancakes on pancake day and I’m very excited about it.  It always seems to fall on a day when I’m dieting.  This year is no exception but thanks to this recipe I am not letting that stop me.  Don’t be scared that I’ve labeled these paleo or skip over as you don’t follow the paleo plan, I would happily serve this to anyone happening to drop by and would make absolutely no apologies.

Mashed Banana

The simplicity of the recipe is that it only really relies on 2 ingredients, 1 egg and 1 banana, whatever else you throw in is up to you.  As they do not contain flour they are much lighter which also means you can quickly whip up a batch mid week without being weighed down all morning by a heavy breakfast.

I have just included the recipe below for 1 person as it’s a cinch to size up depending on how many you are feeding.   Make sure the banana is a couple of days old so it’s mashable and also more bananary.  I do like to add some sort of ground nut to the recipe but it’s by no means a requirement, it just adds a bit more flavour and texture.  Feel free to substitute the walnuts with almonds or pecans if you prefer.  You can also mix it up by adding blueberries into the batter or a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or a touch of lemon zest.  Go wild at the weekend and top with a heaping of crispy salty bacon drizzled with maple syrup.

Banana and Walnut Pancakes

With these little lovelies every day can be pancake day.

Banana and Walnut Paleo Pancakes

For 1 person

1 x banana
1 x egg
¼ tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp ground walnuts
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp salted butter (optional)

  1. Peel and mash the banana then whisk it up with 1 egg.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and ground walnuts.
  3. Melt 1 tsp coconut oil in a frying pan. Ladle in the pancake batter, you should be able to get 3 pancakes from this batter, each about 40-50ml.
  4. Heat the pancake through on a gentle heat for 3 mins on the first side, then flip over and heat for 1½ mins on the other side.
  5. Serve anyway you want but I like them with a good knob of butter.

Raspberry and White Chocolate Banana Bread

Raspberry and White Chocolate Banana Bread

This recipe is not yet gluten-free

Why are bananas so fun?  They are great to eat, they are great to say, you can play cops and robbers with them and they look kinda funny too.  There is a reason why slipping on a banana skin is a comedy staple as opposed to a mango skin or a peach skin which can be just as hazardous I’m assuming.  The banana not only does the job but it looks the part.  They are the stand up comic of the fruit bowl.  But c’mon you know why I like bananas.  They are just so great to bake with, especially on a grizzly October day.

I like to buy bananas, arrange them regally in the fruit bowl, perching on top of the apples and oranges.  Then I forget about them.  Deliberately.  A banana in its prime is no good to me so I will keep a subtle eye out after day four, checking for black spots, the other fruit if still around cowering under its blackening skin.  Only when I’m sure that it is definitely past-its-best will I pounce, launching myself into a banana baking bonanza.  This is the ideal stage for mashing, its flavour having matured into its innate bananainess and perfect now for its signature recipe, the banana bread.

The banana bread is such a popular and universal family favourite that when I man cake stalls we have to issue a missive that people don’t donate banana breads, otherwise that is all we would have.  It’s probably because they are easy to make well, they mistakenly sound very healthy and the cook has the added pleasure of indulging in the heady scent as the banana bread nestles in the oven, the wonderful aroma permeating the kitchen.

This recipe is adapted from a Donna Hay classic, all I did was add the raspberries and white chocolate, just because.



Raspberry and White Chocolate Banana Bread

125g unsalted butter, softened
200g soft brown sugar
2 eggs
185g plain flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
4 medium sized bananas, mashed
125g raspberries
100g white chocolate

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.  Line and butter a 900g loaf tin.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until the mixture is pale and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition
  4. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  5. Fold in the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.
  6. When just combined, fold in the bananas, then the white chocolate, then the raspberries.
  7. Pour into the loaf tin and bake for 1 hour 10 mins.
  8. Leave for half an hour in the tin before removing and cooling on a wire rack.