Banana pancakes and Jack Johnson

''Make you banana pancakes, pretend like it's the weekend now. Can't you see that it's just raining, there aint no need to go outside"

Anyone who owns a toddler (or indeed, a cricket playing husband) will know that rainy days can be pretty miserable. Toddlers (and cricket playing husbands) need to get outside to stretch their legs, see new things and try to drink muddy puddles (i'm talking about the toddler here). 

If I wake up and see that the weather is grim and soft play is on the horizon then I at least try to start the day off well. There's something extra special about actually preparing breakfast - not just pouring it into a bowl or popping it in the toaster. Even if the rest of the day goes to shit (and it usually does on rainy days) at least you've tried!

So with that in mind, you should try banana pancakes, stick on some Jack Johnson and hope for the best. 


  • 125g plain flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 2 banana - one mashed (can be the hideous brown one at the bottom of the hand bag) One sliced (this should be slighty less over ripe!)
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 25g butter (melted) plus extra for the frying pan
  • 125ml milk

Mix the flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl. Make a well in the center and add one mashed banana (the brown bottom of the hand bag one), the eggs butter and milk, and whisk to form a smooth batter.

Heat the extra butter in a non stick frying pan and ladle small dollops of the batter into the pan. Push a few slices of banana into the batter. You'll have to cook these in batches as the mixture will spread. Once bubbles have formed on the top of the pancake flip it over and cook for a further minute. 

Turn up the Jack Johnson and serve with a dollop of yogurt or creme fraiche or a drizzle of honey. 

This recipe was inspired by this one on the BBC website...though it suggests you serve with bacon and maple syrup which is, quite frankly, an abomination (sorry Canada!)