Today is Pancake Day!
Some of you might think there is not such a thing as Pancake Day but over here, in the UK, it is the real deal. Radio ads have been running for the last couple of weeks, same as in the TV and 90% of the people I asked today are having pancakes for dinner.
Pancake Day falls the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Those in the States will point out that that day happens to be Mardi Gras. Yes, correct we are actually in the same boat. As you might know (or in case you don’t know), Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” in French and it indicates not only the end of the carnival season but also the beginning of that time of the year when fasting and other religious obligations take place, time that Christians call Lent, time of self-examination and giving up lots of good things so by making an effort you get ready for Easter (more or less).
With this brief intro, makes total sense that pancakes are eaten. They are basically the perfect and ultimate combination of those forbidden things such as fat (butter), sugar and eggs! I must point out that in Spain we don’t have any special celebrations on Tuesday but on the other hand, we do have the “Burial of the Sardine”. However it is not too massive (I think) and certainly not as glamourous (and fun) as Mardi Gras or Pancake Day.
As “diet started on Monday”, tonight didn’t have pancakes but a couple of weekends back I tried a flour-free / gluten-free / sugar-free and specially Guilt-Free recipe that I must share with you. If you like bananas, you are going to love it and if you are not too good in the kitchen, fear not. It is dead easy and super simple.
For 8 fist-sized pancakes all you need is:
– 2 Bananas
– 2 eggs
– ¼ Teaspoon of baking soda
Crack the eggs and mix with the baking soda. Although some recipes online say you only need the bananas and the eggs, you want to use the baking soda as without it you’ll get just a banana omelet and that is not really the result we are looking for.
Blend the bananas with a food processor. Again, some might suggest just mashing them with a fork but the smoother they are, the better they will mix with the eggs.
Mix eggs, baking soda and bananas together. Heat a little bit of oil in a frying pan and once hot pour the batter. Cook pancake and enjoy!
I scooped about two spoons of batter for each pancake as I prefer small ones. Basically because they are easier to flip but that is up to you.
Serve, decorate, eat and repeat if necessary ;) Blueberries are a great combination. I am not a big fan of them, so feel free to have them plain or try with strawberries, almonds or even more bananas! Ah, and because the batter is already sweet enough you don´t need maple syrup so perfect to keep those calories under control.
When I was little, we used to have pancakes on Sundays. Not every weekend but when we did the wait was totally worth it. Did you celebrate Pancake Day? Do you have a special Pancake Day? Share your tips and tricks!