Date & Banana Mini Pancakes
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Date and Banana Mini Pancakes

A simple recipe that will always please. As there is no added sugar in this recipe, Annabel thinks they are probably a health food. ;-)
Author: From Annabel Crabb & Wendy Sharpe's new book "Special Delivery"


  • 2-3 ripe squishy bananas
  • 5 dates pitted and finely diced
  • 200 gms 7oz/1 1/3 cups self raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 200 ml 7fl oz milk - or use 170 ml (5 1/2 fl oz/2/3 cup) of milk and 2 Tbsp plain yoghurt for extra rise
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • butter to serve


  • In a large bowl, smash the bananas into a sloppy mess, then sprinkle in the dates, mixing as you go. the main challenge here is to have the dates evenly distributed instead of clumped together.
  • Now sift in the flour, alternating with the eggs and milk here and there, until you have one big bowl of lumpy batter.
  • Heat a lick of oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Drop tablespoonsful of the batter into the pan: you should be able to cook 3 or 4 pancakes at a time. When the edges start to bubble, turn them over and cook for a minute on the other side: you are looking for a light to golden brown colour.
  • Serve with butter - and lashings of tea.
  • For an off-site breakfast, pack up the cooked pancakes in an open topped basket with your smartest, cleanest tea towel over the top. Or, if you know the person well enough, take the jug of batter along and elbow your way into the kitchen.