The other morning we ran out of milk, so instead of going to the shops to get more I decided to make some brekky with stuff we already had in the house. I’ve been trying to be a bit more creative with the healthier options lately, but I had a craving for pancakes, plus we had a fresh bunch of bananas (my favourite fruit) so banana pancakes it was!
Although I don’t follow any special diets, I have made these banana pancakes before and turns out they are Paleo. These are so easy to whip up, with only 2 ingredients…. bananas and eggs! (and a few add-ins to make them tastier and fluffier!). These lovelies remind me of banana fritters but more pancake-y (ha), and while they don’t beat the usual pancakes they are pretty tasty!!
I have only ever made cashew cream once, and that is in my Peppermint Slice (the healthy version), and today I wanted to be a bit healthier and makeover the usual pancake toppings of cream or icecream. And it was pretty good. I was fairly skeptical about it being too bland, but nothing a bit of vanilla and a splash of maple syrup couldn’t fix! To top it off I added a little extra drizzle of maple syrup (the real stuff!!) and some raspberries. (YUM)
Banana Pancakes (Paleo) with Vanilla Cashew Cream, Raspberries and Maple
Pancake recipe found on Our Best Bites
Cashew Cream adapted from The Healthy Chef
1 large banana, mashed well2 eggs, beaten 1/2 tsp of baking powder a pinch of cinnamon 2 tsp vanilla extract
Mash all the ingredients together in a bowl. I actually used a hand held stick blender to get the batter fluffy and smooth. Cook in a small frypan with some coconut oil. These pancakes will be a bit fragile so it may take a little bit longer to cook on one side before flipping!
VANILLA CASHEW CREAM
1 cup of cashews, soaked1 cup of water, plus extra for soaking Vanilla extract/paste, to your liking a small drizzle of pure maple syrup, optional (But I find it adds a bit of flavour, not much is needed!)
Place cashews in a saucepan with water (enough to cover the cashews) and boil for 15 minutes- if you want to get this done instantly… otherwise… soak cashews in water for 4 hours or overnight if preparing ahead.
Place all ingredients into a bowl and blend with a stick blender, or place in a food processor until smooth.
ASSEMBLY AND TOPPINGS
Pancake….Cream….Rasberries…Pancake… and so on to create a stack! Or assemble however you wish!
Other toppings that would be lovely are…. banana slices, strawberries, mango, kiwi fruit or blueberries, whole fruit jams, stewed fruit, fruit puree or coulis.
You could also add protein powder (maybe vanilla, chocolate or unflavoured) to add an extra kick and flavour!
Other options are adding different spices or cacao/cocoa to the pancakes, mix in or sprinkle with chia seeds, desiccated/shredded coconut, LSA or buckinis!
Get creative a make up your own combinations!!
Eat, share and enjoy,