Pancake Day may seem to many of us like a day of indulgence where we eat pancake after pancake topped with lashings of chocolate and other sweet treats. However, there is a way that you can make Pancake Day work for you and your Ideal weight plan, by trying our alternative recipe and controlling your portion size.
Our recipe substitutes the traditional flour element of pancakes for bananas. To make our scrummy pancakes all you need is two eggs and one banana for a personal portion of pancakes that fits with our 1, 2 and even 3 plan.
Easy to make
Simply mash bananas in a bowl and add the whisked eggs. Warm a frying pan and add a teaspoon of oil (olive, rapeseed, or other vegetable or nut oil). Spoon the desired amount of mixture into the pan leaving to fry for 30 seconds before flipping and allowing the other side another 30 seconds to cook.
To top your pancakes we recommend fruit such as blueberries or strawberries, or if you plan allows it, yoghurt makes a lovely topping to complement the banana used to create your batter.
If you’re not keen on the idea of our banana pancakes then we have 5 top tips of how to make a traditional pancake recipe much healthier.
1. Use wholemeal flour instead of white. This will add texture to your pancakes as well as boosting the amount of fibre.
2. Use skimmed or soya milk instead of whole. You’ll be surprised how much this can lower the calorie count.
3. Swap chocolate for fruit. Even if your pancakes follow the conventional recipe make sure you choose a healthy option for what you add on top.
4. If Pancake Day isn’t the same without a sugar and lemon topping, use powdered sweetener instead of sugar to satisfy your sweet tooth.
5. Don’t just think that by using a healthy batter and topping you’ve escaped a sinful treat, what you use to fry your pancakes in is just as important. Check your meal matrix for oils and fats that are allowed on your plan and make sure you are conscious of how much you are using so that you don’t end up going overboard.