If you’re looking for a healthy, filling breakfast or snack, Slimming World Banana Pancakes could well be for you. Despite not actually being a lover of any fruit, including bananas, these are like little bites of heaven and regularly make it onto my meal plan more than once or twice a week.
It’s one of those recipes that everyone seems to have their own version of. I’ve seen them with added sweetener (even for a sugar junkie like me it makes them way too sweet as you get a natural sweetness from the banana), yogurt, milk, no oats, with oats and so on. This is my favourite version, which I’ve found stops them looking like banana flavoured scrambled egg, which they tend to do when you don’t add the oats, but play around and see how you can make them suit your taste.
1 banana (or two if you’re feeling greedy)
35g porridge oats (Hex B or 6 syns if you’ve already used your Hex B for the day)
- Grab a bowl and add your oats, break the banana over the top and add your egg.
- Blitz with a hand held mixer.
- Heat a frying pan and spritz with fry light.
- Once hot add your pancake batter (I do 2 tbsp at a time to get fluffy American style pancakes, which are easier to turn over) and cook until browned.
- Flip over and brown the other side.
- Repeat until your batter is used up. I find 1 banana makes 3 – 4 small pancakes and 2 makes up to 6 which REALLY fill you up.
- Serve with your choice of topping. I have a tbsp of melted Nutella which I drizzle between the layers for 4 syns and it’s worth every one. Try agave syrup or Sweet Freedom chocolate syrup for a lower syn alternative.
Just take a moment to appreciate those fluffy pancake layers smothered in Nutella
Syn free if you count it as a tweak and use your Hex B.
35g Porridge oats are 6 syns and if you count mashed bananas they are between 4 and 5 each, although I can’t seem to find a definitive answer, so check with your consultant if you have one.
A note on bananas and Slimming World
You may know that bananas are free foods when you follow Slimming World. However if you mash them they gain a syn value. The reasoning behind this I’ve found online is:
Q: Why are some fruits Free when raw, but have a Syn value when cooked, juiced or pureed?
A: While fruit in its natural form is bulky, filling and often time-consuming to eat, in cooked, pureed, liquidised or smoothie form it makes it very easy to over-consume and is a very effective way of adding a lot of extra energy (calories) in a non-bulky and non-filling way, which doesn’t satisfy your appetite in the same way as eating fresh whole/sliced fruit. Consider eating an orange. Peeling, breaking up the segments and eating just one orange can be a lengthy process. Now think about the juice that orange would produce – it contains a similar number of calories, yet it’s gone in a gulp – in fact it takes 8 oranges to make a small glass of orange juice and it’s not filling in the slightest! It’s all about getting the most (optimum) satisfaction from your foods with Food Optimising. We count juiced, pureed and cooked fruit as Syns to protect your weight losses.
You may have guessed but i don’t syn bananas, mashed or otherwise. I don’t eat fruit, or much veg for that matter, so to me any fruit I include in my diet can only be good fruit. I get the reasoning above, but to me if I wouldn’t usually eat bananas it makes no difference whether I have them whole or otherwise. Plus if I was to enjoy a bowl of porridge oats for breakfast with a sliced banana or two on top, like many Slimming Worlders do, I wouldn’t have to syn the bananas, so it makes absolutely no difference to my calorie intake the way I eat the bananas and in actual fact it allows me to eat fruit in a way that I enjoy, which I wouldn’t be doing otherwise.