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The annual Stuff Your Face With Pancakes Day is on the horizon, so we’ve compiled a list of four alternatives to the classic (but admittedly delicious) butter/lemon/sugar combos.

These treats are definitely worth skipping dinner for…

1. Peanut Butter Pancakes

A recipe that incorporates every #fitfam fanatic’s favourite condiment, these pancakes are just the right amount of sweet and salty. Pair them with some raspberries or a drizzle of honey to bring out the flavours. Make sure to use crunchy peanut butter to get the desired consistency. Recipe available here.

 

2. Paleo Pancakes

If you’re a Paleo follower but still want to have some indulgence to celebrate the advent of spring, try The Civilized Caveman’s super easy paleo banana pancakes. With only four ingredients, you can’t go wrong.

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas – mashed (the riper the better)
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup nut butter
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

1. Combine all of your ingredients using a blender (or some elbow grease if you don’t have one) and mix well until you have a batter

2. Grease your frying pan with coconut oil and pour your batter making 3-4 inch pancakes

3. Cook 2-3 minutes per side and then flip for 2-3 minutes

4. Serve topped with some butter or topping of your choice

 

3. Chocolate Protein Pancakes

These amazing chocolate protein pancakes are an amazing way to get involved in the Pancake Tuesday fun while sticking to your high protein workout diet.

You can switch up the chocolate protein for vanilla or banana for a different twist, or try cooking some banana slices into the batter on the pan from an extra fruity twist. This recipe from Jennifer Meyering is one of our favourites.

 

4. Oatmeal Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce  

Tired of your morning oats but want to stay full until lunch? These oatmeal pancakes are a little bit more ingredient heavy than some of the others but they’re worth the effort!

The buttermilk gives them a nice tang and the cinnamon adds some great extra flavour. If you want to keep your sugar intake low, instead of blueberry sauce, use fresh blueberries and some Greek yoghurt as a hearty and healthy topping. Recipe details here.

 

BONUS – The Classic

You need to have a staple pancake recipe in your life and THIS IS IT. It's foolproof, tasty and you probably already have all the ingredients in your cupboard. There is no excuse – to the kitchen with you. Happy Pancaking…

Ingredients

  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil (plus extra for frying)
  • Pinch of salt

Method

1. Put the flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs into the middle, then pour in about 50ml milk and 1 tbsp oil. Start whisking from the centre, gradually drawing the flour into the eggs, milk and oil. Once all the flour is incorporated, beat until you have a smooth, thick paste. Add a little more milk if it is too stiff to beat.

2. Add a good splash of milk and whisk to loosen the thick batter. While still whisking, pour in a steady stream of the remaining milk. Continue pouring and whisking until you have a batter that is the consistency of slightly thick single cream. Traditionally, people would say to now leave the batter for 30 mins, to allow the starch in the flour to swell, but there’s no need.

3. Heat the pan over a moderate heat, then wipe it with oiled kitchen paper. Ladle some batter into the pan, tilting the pan to move the mixture around for a thin and even layer. Quickly pour any excess batter into a jug, return the pan to the heat, then leave to cook, undisturbed, for about 30 secs. Pour the excess batter from the jug back into the mixing bowl. If the pan is the right temperature, the pancake should turn golden underneath after about 30 secs and will be ready to turn.

4. Hold the pan handle, ease a fish slice under the pancake, then quickly lift and flip it over. Make sure the pancake is lying flat against base of the pan with no folds, then cook for another 30 secs before turning out onto a warm plate. Continue with the rest of the batter, serving them as you cook or stack onto a plate. You can freeze the pancakes for 1 month, wrapped in cling film or make them up to a day ahead.

Trudi McDonald is a food bloggersporadic tweeter and lover of travel, gin, cheese and tracksuit bottoms (in no particular order).

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We might have overdone it a bit over Christmas, drinking all the prosecco and all the mulled wine, but this little beauty of a smoothie will get you right back on track.

Filled with everything you need to cure a hangover, it's perfect for getting you back on track before work starts again.

Delish has an easy video to follow so you can whip this up in no time!

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OK, so we made it to the gym, we did our warm-up, ran on the treadmill, hammered out a few weights and now it's time to go home (thank god). 

Lazy girls aren't really workout girls, but it has to be done, right? And when the lazy girl has to make something to fuel themselves afterwards… it can almost be as hard as their workout (because who has the effort?!).

At this stage there are thousands of post-gym smoothies out there – and they're all very complicated. 

So, while this one isn't as fancy as the rest, it will do just the trick after a hard(ish) workout:

Almond and Banana Smoothie (serves two sweaty girls)

500ml almond milk

2 frozen bananas (if using fresh banana add some ice)

2 teaspoons almond butter

2 teaspoons Greek yoghurt

A grating of nutmeg

2 teaspoons of maple syrup

And BLITZ!

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Are you sick of how healthy bananas are? Do you hate how fruit doesn’t cause obesity?

Well finally there is a solution to the problem that nobody had.

DestapaBanana is a new device that allows you to inject a caramel core into a banana – without removing the peel.

This way you can carry around your Frankenstein banana for a quick, on-the-go hit of diabetes.

To create this monstrosity, you hold the banana in the DestapaBanana’s tube vice, which extracts the core of the banana. Then you replace it with a sugary liquid of your choice from the refillable bottle.

The DestapaBanana is not available to buy yet, but we’re sure such a useful and necessary product will be in every home in no time…

 

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This just gets funnier every time….we mean, poor Niall!

One Direction star Niall Horan has been stung by what he describes as an ‘inflatable banana epic fail’.

Niall took a stage dive after he plucked a banana from a fan in the audience at the Gillette stadium in Massachusetts last night. 

It seems that banana was just too slippery to tame!

The three-second mishap would have probably bypassed almost everyone, until Niall tweeted about it! 

And now for a close-up…

 

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It’s never easy trying to keep healthy, especially with all the food trends that keep constantly popping up.

But it seems that a scientist Rodney Bilton, professor of biochemistry at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK, has now revealed some surprising new food rules when it comes to having a healthy diet.

Eat unripe bananas
They might not look as nice, but unripe bananas have been proven to be healthier in the long run. Green bananas stimulate the release of a hormone, glucagon, which boosts the rate at which our bodies burn fat.

Don’t mash the potatoes
This can be hard because we do love our mash, but ignoring the butter and milk that’s present in our favourite mash potatoes, there is also a lot of sugar there too. So heating, mashing and pureeing any potato releases the sugar faster out of the vegetables. So when it comes to having the spuds, it’s better to have them boiled rather than mashed.

Stay away from Tofu
A meat substitute for vegetarians but unfortunately quite high in fats too. Rodney said that any processed foods labelled as containing vegetable oil will invariably contain partially hydrogenated fats – and traces of trans fats – which will increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Stay away from smoothies
You may think you have a safe bet with smoothies but they are loaded with sugar – fructose to be precise. Our body can only handle a limited amount when it comes to sugar and some smoothie companies even manage to sneak some fruit syrup in there. So if you need to make smoothies limit to once and a while and make your own.

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We’ve all heard of banana bread, but this latest bread trend has managed to combine our two favourite fruits into one delicious sweet snack.

What you’ll need:

  • 225g plain flour
  • 1tsp. baking powder
  • 1tsp. bicarbonate of soda
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 100g melted butter
  • 100g chopped strawberries

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  2. Grease and flour a bread loaf tin, then set aside.
  3. In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda to combine and remove any lumps.
  4. In another large bowl, beat together the caster sugar and eggs until mixture is pale.
  5. Stir in the mashed banana and melted butter.
  6. Fold in the flour mixture, making sure it is fully combined.
  7. Fold in the strawberries.
  8. Pour mixture into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 55-60mins.
  9. Keep an eye on the loaf towards the end of the cooking time and if the top gets a little too dark, make sure to cover with tin foil.
  10. Remove from the oven and test with either a fork or skewer. If the fork/skewer comes out clean from the centre of the loaf, your bread is baked.
  11. Allow the bread to cool in the tin for 20 mins. before removing the loaf to a cooling rack.
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We know this is a bit naughty, but how tasty would this French toast recipe be for brunch this weekend?!

What you’ll need:

  • 50ml whole milk
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 2 thick slices slightly stale brioche
  • 2 knobs unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • pinch – ½ tsp ground cinnamon, to taste
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled and sliced
  • Maple syrup, to taste

What you’ll need to do: 

  1. Whisk together the milk and eggs in a wide shallow bowl.
  2. Dip the brioche slices into the egg and milk mixture for one minute, making sure the liquid soaks into the brioche on both sides.
  3. Heat a knob of butter in a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted, fry the brioche slices for two minutes on each side until golden-brown and crisp. Remove from the pan and place onto a serving plate.
  4. Combine the caster sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
  5. Add another knob of butter to the pan over a high heat. Once melted, add the sliced banana to the pan, toss in the melted butter and fry for two minutes, or until caramelised lightly on the outside.
  6. Serve the French toast with the caramelised banana, a sprinkle of the cinnamon sugar and a drizzle of maple syrup. Yum!
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When there are bananas about to go off, it can be a difficult decision to throw them away.

You may not have gotten around to eating them (good intentions and all of that) but you don’t want to waste them either.

Well, why not throw together a delicious banana bread?

This recipe makes a moist and tasty cake that will go perfectly with a cup of tea.

What you’ll need:

  • 240g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 110g butter
  • 200g light brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 60ml buttermilk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Handful of walnuts, chopped

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a loaf tin.
  2. In a bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and cinnamon.
  3. In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar together.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and combine well.
  5. Stir in the mashed bananas.
  6. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix. Try not to over-mix as the cake will be heavy.
  7. Bake the cake for about an hour or until a wooden skewer comes out clean.
  8. Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup and a cup of tea.
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That’s right – one ingredient! This “ice-cream” will curb that sugar craving without ruining your healthy eating regime.

What you’ll need: 

Serves one

  • 1-2 small bananas

What you’ll need to do: 

  1. Slice the banana (s) and put into a lunchbox, freeze for 2-3hrs.
  2. Remove, place banana into a blender and pulse until smooth.
  3. Enjoy!

Some topping ideas: 

  • Nuts
  • Chocolate chips
  • Marshamallows
  • Raw cacoa nibs (for the superfood element)
  • Fruit
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These pancakes are the best thing to happen to breakfast since…ever. Two healthy ingredients blended together to make a pancake, amazing!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 banana – chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

(Yes, that’s it!)

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Place the banana and egg in a bowl and blend using a hand blender until smooth.
  2. Heat 1/4 tsp coconut oil/olive oil in a single egg frying pan (you know, the tiny ones).
  3. When the oil is heated add about 1/2 ladle to the pan and allow to cook on the bottom before (carefully!) flipping over and cooking the other side. Be careful not to make it too thick or it may not cook properly in the middle.
  4. Continue until you have used all of the batter.
  5. Serve with fruit and some honey drizzled on top.

Top tips:

  • Add a handful of oats before you blend for a more balanced breakfast.
  •  Throw in some cinnamon for a lovely aroma and warmth.
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