Sunday 12 June 2011

WHB: Banana Oat Pancakes

I love reading foodie magazines but I never make as many of their recipes as I intend.  Then they pile up in the house and I go through them in moments of good intentions.  I had one such moment recently and found a recipe for Banana Oat Hotcakes in a freebie magazine from a local supermarket.  Having tried oaty pancakes before, I was quite keen on one that had fruit inside it as well. 

Sylvia is quite keen on pancakes so we have had them a few times recently for weekend brunch.  We had a lazy morning yesterday.  It is a long weekend here.  No need for hurrying.  Sylvia helped with mixing as usual.  She also insisted on bringing the chair to the stove to watch them frying.

She is already showing that she is the daughter of a food blogger.  Lately, when I have got out my camera, she wants to take photos.  I found an old digital camera for her.  When I served her some pancakes she was clicking away.  She still needs to learn about the direction to point her camera.

She loved the pancakes.  Well she ate some of mine and then one of her own.  It is amazing watching her curiosity.  She was interesting in cutting them up with a (plastic) knife and then eating them with a fork.  I shouldn't have let her use the ceramic plate because she managed to send it clattering across the floor and got a wee fright.

E was having a sleep-in.  His pancakes were cold by the time that her got up.  I don't mind cold pancakes but I couldn't believe he warmed them up by toasting them.  I was most displeased.  "Are you a bit naughty?" Sylvia asked E.  From the mouths of babes!  I loved the pancakes.  I think I prefer the denser texture of the oat pancakes to the ricotta hotcakes I made recently.

I made only minor amendments to the recipe.  I only had one banana so I halved it, which is really enough for our household.  I only realised as I was making these that the recipe called for instant oats.  I only stock rolled oats these days so I used these.  They were fine but might have benefited from a little soaking so I have altered the recipe slightly.  In an ideal world I would have made a raspberry sauce with the berries I have in the freezer but as usual I got distracted.  They tasted excellent with maple syrup.  E and Sylvia preferred honey. Definitely a recipe to repeat.
I was particularly keen yesterday that Sylvia have a good breakfast.  I was glad she had pancakes and a boiled egg.  We went to her cousins joint birthday party at Dizzy's Castle at lunchtime and the food was fairly ordinary, though Erica and Andy brought along superb gf chocolate birthday cakes for the birthday boy and birthday girl.

The kids weren't that interested in the food.  They were far more excited by all the play equipment.  It was only my second visit to one of these indoor play centres and Sylvia and I learnt the hard way what a drop slide is.  I was happy when her cousins took her off to explore all the climbing, little cars and balls.  She had a lovely time and has been telling us all about it today.

I am sending these pancakes to Yasmeen at Health Nut who is hosting this week's Weekend Herb Blogging #287, the event coordinated by Haalo and founded by Kalyn.

Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
This time last year: SOS Beetroot and rhubarb soup
This time two years ago: Novice Nutella cupcakes accompanied by guitar
This time three years ago: Choc Honey Muffins
This time four years ago: HotM #4: Deconstructed pumpkin hummus

Banana Oat Hotcakes
Adapted from Coles Winter Magazine 2010
Made 12 medium pancakes

30g butter
2 tsp golden syrup (or other sweetener)
1 banana, mashed
1 egg, lightly beaten 
1/2 cup (and 2 tbsp milk if needed)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
1/2 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup self raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
butter, for frying

Melt butter and golden syrup together in microwave (or on stovetop).  Add banana, egg, milk, vanilla and oats.  Add flour and baking powder.  Mix til you have a thickish batter.  Heat a frypan over medium heat.  Melt a little butter in the frypan and use a paper towel to wipe most of it off so the pan is liberally greased rather than awash with butter.  Drop dessertspoons of batter into the frypan.  Fry a few minutes until a few bubbles appear and the mixture dries out a little to look cooked.  Flip over and fry another minute or two until the other side is golden brown.  Serve warm with butter and golden syrup or honey.

Update 4 May 2013 - am still making these regularly.  Sylvia likes her pancakes in the shape of her initial.  Have tried to veganise them with chia seeds instead of egg but a bit soft.  Today we were out of soy milk that I usually use these days.  I used coconut milk, added 1/4 cup dessicated coconut and only 1/2 cup self raising flour (and upped the baking powder to 1 tsp), and I used 1 and 1/2 banana.  They were lovely and light and a little tropical.

Update February 2015 - we are still making these pancakes regularly.  I have posted a vegan version of the Banana Oat Pancakes that we make if I don't have eggs in the house.

On the Stereo:
No need to argue: The Cranberries


  1. A confession: I also collect supermarket magazines. And keep them in a drawer, for the 'one day' that I get around to making the recipes I mentally flag to make. I'm thus very impressed you made these hotcakes, not just because they look delicious, but because you actually used your Coles 2010 Winter magazine!

  2. Aw, I love that Sylvia has learned that one must take photos before eating! Haha, there's going to be a whole generation of food blogger children who won't realise that some people actually eat first... :P

  3. I often think how funny it must be for the kids of food bloggers, taking pictures of food all the time. I wonder how long it will take before they realise that other people don't take a picture of their dinner before they eat it :-)

  4. I had to burst out laughing at that "are you a bit naughty" comment. Too cute!

    These pancakes look absolutely delicious! I'd totally be fine with eating them cold :P

  5. Hehe I'm the same with many magazines. And I just had to say how Sylvia has grown! I think she would be the cutest food blogger ever :D

  6. I am now craving pancakes lol!

  7. beautiful, Johanna.And I love that floral pattern plate of yours.

  8. wow! those pancakes look WONDERFUL!

  9. Sometimes store magazines have the best recipes! This one certainly looks delicious. It's so nice that Sylvia is warming up to cooking and photography! (Before we know it, she'll be doing guest posts on the blog). ;)

  10. You're right about the "daughter of a food blogger" idea, my son already plays to take pictures of his food. I will prepare this pancakes for him, thank you!

  11. wonderful looking pancakes especially when I am a fan of bananas!

  12. I have a fairly serious food magazine habit, too, but am trying to discipline myself a bit these days. I only subscribe to two mags and try to resist impulse buys at the newsagents. I have also set myself a rule that I MUST make at least one dish from each magazine I get, to justify buying it.
    So far, so good.

  13. Thanks Kari - feels like I am getting up to date to cook from a winter 2010 mag :-) seems I am not the only one with the magazine habit

    Thanks Hannah - just seems like one more thing to distract sylvia from her dinner at the moment but you are right about a whole generation of food blogger kids thinking differently about food

    thanks brydie - one day they will realise it is not considered normal by everyone but by then they will be experts at photographing food :-)

    Thanks Joanne - I can confirm that they are very good cold and that Sylvia was probably right

    Thanks Lorraine - I like to think Sylvia is the cutest food blogger but I am biased - nice to know I am not alone in this belief

    Thanks Lisa - I could eat them every morning

    Thanks Anh - I love that plate too and am sad the local shop where I bought it is closing down

    Thanks Simply Life

    Thanks Ricki - the store magazines here aren't that great but are getting better - but I miss the ones in the UK

    Thanks Graziana - hope your son enjoys the pancakes - and that he takes a super photo of it

    Thanks Jerry - hope your bananas are cheaper than ours at the moment ($13 a kilo here right now after the cyclone in Far North Queensland)

    Thanks Amanda - love your magazine rules - I gave up my one magazine subscription this year (Veg Times) and still have so many editions of the magazine hanging around the house that I can't justify buying more unless I make more of an effort to use the ones I have - though I still buy the occasional mag at the shops

  14. I love toasted pancakes!! That's exactly how I warm up leftovers. :) They get nice and crispy.

  15. I found your blog by searching through food blogs from eatcookshare and I have tons of food mags to my husband gives me a look when I get them .he knows better to say anything it will do him no good lol he just shakes his head I have a freezer full of bananas just waiting to be turned into pancakes thanks for shareing


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