Photo: Dorling Kindersley Limited
Adding mashed banana to this pancake batter adds a glorious sweetness, as well as blood pressure-lowering potassium. Make the pancakes small so they stay moist.
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 ripe banana
1 egg, beaten
4 tbsp skim milk
2 sweet apples
1-2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tbsp mild olive oil
7 oz fat-free plain yogurt, to serve
1/3 cup unsalted pistachios, roughly chopped, to serve
lemon wedges, to serve
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and vanilla extract. Use a fork to mash the banana to a pulp, before adding it into the bowl along with the egg. Mix together everything in the bowl and then incorporate the milk gradually, whisking well to give a smooth and lump-free batter. Set aside.
Core the apples and, leaving the skins on, slice them into rings 1⁄2in (1cm) thick. Dust each ring with a little ground nutmeg.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat. When hot, add the apple rings, laying them flat on the base of the pan so that they brown evenly. Cook for 1–2 minutes, and then use a spatula to flip them and cook the other sides. When done, transfer them to a plate and keep them warm.
Add another 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan. When the oil is hot, add one ladleful of batter into the pan to make a small thick pancake 3–4in (7.5–10cm) in diameter. Cook two or three pancakes at a time in batches—whatever fits easily. Lift and swirl the pan to distribute the oil evenly, then leave it to cook for 2 minutes until bubbles appear on top and it is golden brown underneath. Flip over and cook for another 1–2 minutes until the second side is cooked. Keep warm while you cook the rest.
Pile three pancakes onto each serving plate with the warm apple rings stacked between them. Serve warm, with a good dollop of yogurt, a sprinkling of pistachios, and lemon wedges.
Protein 18g, Carbohydrates 55g, Fat 24g, Fibre 7g, Sodium 361mg.
If you have a sweet tooth, opt for ripe bananas. The riper a banana is, the sweeter it tends to be as more of its resistant starch is transformed into natural sugars. Ripe bananas also have higher antioxidant levels.
Recipe by Anne Harnan and excerpted from Eat Better Live Longer: Understand What Your Body Needs to Stay Healthy, published by DK Canada, Penguin Random House. Photo by Dorling Kindersley Limited.