Healthy blender banana pancakes

These healthy blender banana pancakes are a great breakfast or brunch idea. You can also add protein by swapping some of the oats for protein powder.

Pancakes have to be one of the best breakfast foods around.

My fond memories of pancakes go back a long way. It was my favourite breakfast to eat at my grandparent’s house when I was a kid. My grandma would cook the most fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth pancakes that were almost dripping in butter. While they were sizzling in the pan and defusing their delicious smell throughout the house, my brother and I would walk out into the paddock and pick lemons to juice. I think the only nutritional saving grace from this story is that the lemons were homegrown and organic, and perhaps offered some vitamin C.

It would be my job to set the table, while my brother juiced the lemons. Then we’d sit out on the veranda and enjoy stacks of pancakes covered in powdered white sugar and lemon juice. And because visiting my grandparents was a rarity (and grandmothers love to spoil their grandchildren), I would eat this dessert-like “breakfast” almost every other morning of my visit. No wonder I had a weight problem until my early 20s.

Back at home, my mum also made a mean batch of pancakes on rare occasions. They were ever-so-slightly healthier than my grandma’s recipe. By that I mean she used wholemeal flour instead of white. But having a single mum meant she had to get in and out of the kitchen quickly. So her recipe cut cooking time by making use of a blender. Such a clever woman.

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The traditional pancake recipe has little to offer nutritionally. I mean, it’s basically cake mix that’s cooked in a pan – pan cake, geddit? Who ever thought starting the day off with copious amounts of white flour, refined sugar and low-quality fats definitely wasn’t interested in health. But man, are pancakes delicious.

Just like my grandma and mum had done before me, I decided to create my own pancake recipe. But I knew these third-generation pancakes couldn’t be made from your run-of-the-mill pancake batter. I was determined to create a healthy pancake recipe that did their creation’s justice.

Since deciding to respect my body with my food choices, I’ve tried plenty of healthy pancake recipes. I did the two eggs and a banana mashed together – too soggy. I tried protein powder pancakes – ok, but a little dense. I even tried the expensive, gluten-free packet mixes – so-so.

So I spent a morning in the kitchen, trying different ingredient combinations. Subbing less-than-healthy ingredients for ones packed with nutrition. Trying different amounts of ingredients to achieve different textures. The blender definitely got a workout that morning. Finally, I perfected what I think may be the perfect healthy pancake recipe. But I may be biased.

Give this healthy pancake recipe a go and let me know what you think.

Healthy Banana Blender Pancakes
Serves 2
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
6 min
Total Time
8 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
6 min
Total Time
8 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 banana
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1/2 cup milk
  4. 1/2 cup wholemeal or buckwheat flour
  5. 1/2 cup rolled oats
  6. 2 tspn baking powder
  7. 2 tspn vanilla essence
  8. Spray oil or butter for pan
Instructions
  1. Spray pan with oil and heat over medium heat.
  2. Add all ingredients, except oil, to a blender and blend until smooth batter forms.
  3. Cook for 3 minutes or until bubbles begin to form.
  4. Flip and cook for 3 minutes more.
  5. Stack and top with desired toppings.
  6. Pictured: strawberries, blueberries, 70% cocoa dark chocolate.
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Let’s chat below! What’s your favourite brunch food that you’d like me to put a healthy twist on? French toast? Big breakfast? Hash browns? Tell me in the comments below.

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