meals, Mealtimes

Fruit Smuggling 101: Mammy’s Bog Standard Banana Porridge Pancakes

That’s them there; no lashings of maple syrup, no Greek yoghurt, no flourish of berries, just plain old porridge pancakes. By all means, if you have all of the aforementioned knocking around the kitchen then feel free to add them at will, I just don’t want to scare anyone off who may be thinking “Christ, baking powder? Why would I have baking powder?”

As it happens, this recipe does call for baking powder on a number of websites, however, I’ve made them without baking powder and they’ve turned out just tickety-boo. So, what you need is…

  • 1 1/2 cups porridge (dry, straight from the packet… like an eejit, I used cooked leftover porridge the first time. Gloopy AF)
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of milk

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Stick it all in a blender (they keep saying “food processor” but I used ye trusty hand blender), whizz it up, add a dollop to a hot frying pan (slick with rapeseed oil / olive oil / butter, whatever TF you have beforehand) and cook on each side until toasty.

Bish, bash, bosh, shove into a child’s gob and Bob’s your proverbial. Don’t have time to do this first thing in the morning? Once you’ve stopped guffawing; I blend a batch wheneve the will takes me and leave in the fridge overnight to cook in the morning. Or, you can cook a batch and leave to cool before putting in the fridge overnight and reheating by popping them into the toaster. The second option is probably preferable.


To serve, dollop jam on them, or dip them in yoghurt, or slather them in Nutella, or smear them in butter, whatever you fancy. Child doesn’t like banana? Chuck in some berries instead.

So, that’s that. If you want to get all technical, you could follow the below recipe (via Healthy Mavin) , you know, if you like making life a bit more taxing… Let’s face it, most of it’s going to end up on the floor so why bother.

That aside…

  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or other milk) – more for thinning out
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt
  • coconut oil, for cooking
  • optional add-ins: chocolate chips, mixed berries, nuts…

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