'Eat Happy' Exclusive: Perfect Pancakes | Melissa Hemsley
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‘Eat Happy’ Perfect Pancakes

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‘Eat Happy’ Exclusive: Perfect Pancakes




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My ‘Perfect Pancakes’ from Eat Happy! Although made with bananas, these pancakes don’t taste strongly of them. Banana is used to give substance and a natural sweetness, while the quinoa flakes and egg not only add protein but also help bind the mixture. I make these about 1cm thick and very rustically shaped, but if you’ve got a pancake ring, whip it out to make a pretty stack. If you want to double the recipe (especially if you have bananas that need using up), any extra pancakes will keep in the fridge for a few days, or you can freeze them. Pop them in the oven or fry in a pan to reheat.

This recipe is perfect when you have bananas that need using up!


1. Place all the ingredients for the pancakes (except the oil) in a blender or food processor and whizz for about 30 seconds. Alternatively, mash the bananas with a fork and mix in a jug with all the remaining ingredients.

2. Melt a little of the coconut oil in a large frying pan on a high heat.

3. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the batter into the pan and use the back of the spoon to swirl into a rough circle about 1cm thick and 8cm wide. Repeat to make another two to three pancakes, depending on the size of your pan. Reduce the heat to medium and leave the pancakes to set for 1½ minutes. When they start to bubble, flip each one over and cook for 1 minute on the other side.

4. Remove from the pan and repeat with the rest of the batter, using a little more of the coconut oil each time, until you have made eight pancakes. Place the pancakes on a plate in a low oven to keep warm while you make the rest.

5. Serve as is or add your favourite toppings.


  • 2 ripe bananas (total 200g), peeled
  • 100g quinoa flakes
  • 180ml any milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • A tiny pinch of sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1½–2 tablespoons coconut oil, for frying

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  • Christine fuller
    Posted at 21:41h, 05 November Reply

    Hello Melissa love a great healthy pancake ‘ silly question but for the quinoa does it have to be cook first – I am guessing so …. miss seeing you and your sister on a cooking show. Any other pancake recipes please share. Thanks. From Australia 🇦🇺🤗

    • Melissa Hemsley
      Posted at 10:43h, 06 November Reply

      Hi Christine, so glad you love the pancake recipes! It’s quinoa flakes used in this recipe (not quinoa) which are quick cook, so don’t need cooking first.
      Melissa x

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