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James' world famous pancakes

Updated: Feb 21, 2023

It's Shrove Tuesday, you haven't planned and your local supermarkets have been emptied of pre-made batter, the kids are now crying. Nice one.

If this is you, fear not. Literally all you need to whip up some delicious and fluffy pancakes is self-raising flour, a ripe banana, and oat milk.

Food engineer: James Fotherby

*Serves six pancakes. Unbelievably simple*


· 1 cup of self-raising flour

· 1 ripe banana.

· Oat milk (Oatly barista if you're feeling fancy).

. A splash of sunflower/olive/vegetable oil.

· A dash of cinnamon or nutmeg and vanilla extract.

· A syrup of your choice (golden, maple, agave... the world's your oyster).

· That's literally it.


1) Mash up your ripe banana in a small bowl with a splash of oil to form a wet paste (yum). This is your egg replacement and gives the pancake its sweetness.

2) Sieve your self-raising flour into a large mixing bowl.

3) Add oat milk into the flour and mix. You're aiming for a runny yoghurt-like consistency.

4) Mix in the mashed banana, spices, and vanilla extract.

5) Add the batter to an oiled pan on medium-heat in whatever shape you like (round circles, four-leaf clovers, Oleg from Frozen...).

6) Using a spatula, flip pancakes, and place artistically on a plate.

7) Repeat steps 5 and 6 until all the batter has been used up.

8) Embellish pancakes with whatever topping you fancy. I quite like nuts, sliced banana, and agave syrup.

Top-tip: You'll know when the pancakes are ready to flip when you see small bubbles appearing on the surface. Wait until you seen an even spread of bubbles before flipping.

Level-it up with a dollop of dairy-free yoghurt (alpro is the best), fresh fruit, or chocolate chips.

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