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Coconut pancakes with caramelised bananas



Coconut pancakes with caramelised bananas

These delightfully decadent pancakes are a great way to use up leftover coconut milk. They can easily be made vegan – just swap the egg for a ripe, mashed banana.




For the pancakes

  • 225g/8oz self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon or vanilla extract
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 275ml/9½fl oz coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or sunflower oil, for frying
  • desiccated coconut, to serve (optional)
  • clear honey or maple syrup, to serve

For the bananas

  • 20g/¾oz butter or coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 2–3 bananas, peeled and sliced thickly on the diagonal




  1. Sift the flour, caster sugar, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl, then stir in the cinnamon (if using vanilla extract, stir it into the wet ingredients in the next step).

  2. Beat the egg and coconut milk together in a separate bowl using a balloon whisk. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and gradually add the egg, drawing the mixture in from the sides a little at a time to avoid big lumps.

  3. Wipe a small amount of oil around a non-stick medium frying pan set over a medium heat. Add about an espresso cup full of batter to the pan, then another, leaving a little space between the two.

  4. Cook for 2 minutes, or until bubbles appear on the surface of the pancakes and the undersides are golden brown. Flip and cook for another 1–1½ minutes until both sides are golden brown. Keep warm in a low oven while you cook the remaining batter, you should have about 8 pancakes in total.

  5. Remove the last of the cooked pancakes from the pan to the oven, and increase the heat to cook the bananas. Put the butter or coconut oil and the soft brown sugar in the pan. When melted and combined, add the sliced bananas and stir gently until softened and caramelised on both sides.

  6. To serve, stack the pancakes onto plates and top with the caramelised bananas, a little coconut, if using, and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.



Coconut pancakes with caramelised bananas

Coconut pancakes with caramelised bananas

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