Quick and easy 2 ingredient pancakes
So it’s been a while since I last posted I know. A lot has happened in my life since my last blog post. The most important being the arrival of my beautiful now 9 month old little girl named Willow. A pregnancy filled with months of all day long nausea and severe back pain caused my motivation and confidence to go array. Since Willow’s arrival she been keeping me busy especially now that she is standing up and cruising about. It has been an amazing, fun, wonderful, crazy and hectic few months as you can imagine. Over the past few years eating healthily has always been a focus in my life but it is now more so than ever. Not only do I want to make sure I’m getting the right nutrients for Willow but I also want to make sure I am setting a good example to her as she grows up. Like all new moms having a small baby around means I no longer have the luxury of taking lots of time to plan and cook healthy meals. Meals need to be quick and easy with simple ingredients that I already have on hand.
We first introduced Willow to solids at 6 months as she was sitting up by herself and grabbing at my plate for a few weeks prior. After doing a bit of reading we decided to give the ‘Baby Led Weaning’ approach a try (I’ll be writing a post on this again if you are not too sure what this is). We started by giving her various vegetables such as avocado, sweet potato and carrots and followed on with fruits such as banana, mango and peach. She loved it all and it was wonderful to see her exploring foods for the first time. The one thing she didn’t seem to like however was eggs. Whether they were scrambled, boiled, poached, fried or omelette style it did not seem to matter she just did would not eat them. She would pick it up, examine it, start to bring it to her lips but always back out at the last-minute with a look of disgust. I’m not sure why and was quite disappointed as eggs are such a versatile and nutritious food that can be made so many ways. I wasn’t giving in easily however and started to think of other ways to try to get her to eat them.
That is when I came up with what I thought was the original ingenious idea of trying mashing bananas (one of her favourite foods) and mixing it with an egg to make a pancake. After a quick google search it turns out I was not as bright or original as I had thought and the ‘two ingredient pancake recipe’ had been all over the internet for years! I feel like I had been missed out on something all my life. Why had no one told me about this before! I couldn’t believe how well it turned out. It look exactly like a pancake and had a similar texture. The banana made it sweet enough that it didn’t require any extra sweeteners and it was so quick and easy to make. It’s also gluten-free, dairy free, grain free and most importantly tasty. Topped with some Greek yogurt and berries it soon became my go to breakfast for Willow.
The one thing I will say about it is it can be temperamental depending on your egg or banana size and the ripeness of your banana. The banana should be ripe enough in order for it to mash properly and to have the right amount of sweetness but not so ripe that it is brown and mushy inside before you even mix it. Here is the recipe I used
- 1 egg
- ½ ripe banana
- Coconut oil (for frying)
- Other optional add ins include: a handful of blueberries, a dash of cinnamon, teaspoon of vanilla extract, some ground flaxseed
- Mash the banana in a bowl.
- Whisk the egg and mix with the mashed banana
- Heat some coconut oil in a non stick frying pan and add a large coin sized amount of pancake mix.
- Allow mix to cook for a few minutes until bubbles begin to form and flip over to cook on other side.
- Repeat with any remaining mixture.
- Serve as is or with a dollop greek yogurt, coconut yogurt or whipped coconut cream and top with some berries.