Simple, Sweet Banana: Pancakes & more

20 Jun 2018
POSTED BY Y Magazine

A nutritional heavyweight, the banana is one of the most versatile fruits when it comes to baking. Gayathri Das whips up an easy breakfast that’s sure to leave you wanting that second helping!

Plentiful, affordable, and available throughout the year, the curved yellow sweet banana may just be the world’s everyman fruit – found in every household, in every country, across every continent.

Peel one back for an immediate energy-boost, or the perfect midday meal. Bananas are rich in potassium and help in the supply of oxygen to the brain. They also regulate blood pressure if eaten on a regular basis, and aid in good bowel movements. Rich in iron, they help in haemoglobin production – and low in calories, they’re perfect for weight management.

Here’s how you can go bananas in the kitchen with a simple recipe that will upgrade your breakfast game.

Banana Pancake


  • 2 bananas
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 5 drops of vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp oil


  • Blend the bananas with sugar, vanilla essence, milk, and eggs until smooth. Mix the flour and baking powder separately and then mix in — without lumps — with the banana mixture. Heat a pan and grease it with a little oil. Keep the heat low and pour the batter in the form of a small pancake. Cook for two minutes, flip over, and cook for another two minutes. Remove it from the pan. You can serve it with maple syrup, chocolate syrup, or your child’s favourite ice cream.

Banana Cake


  • 4 bananas
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½  cup powdered sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp vanilla essence
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tbsp baking powder


  • Beat the egg well with the salt. Add the sugar and oil in parts and beat again. Mix the vanilla essence in gently. Mash the bananas in a separate bowl (you can use your blender too) and add this to the above mixture and incorporate thoroughly. Mix the all-purpose flour with the baking powder. Sieve the mix into the banana mixture and mix well without lumps. Grease your baking tray with oil. Place a butter paper over it and pour the batter until the baking pan is 3/4 full. Remove all the air bubbles. Place it in your pressure cooker and bake for 40 minutes on a medium flame. After 40 minutes check your cake with a skewer. If it comes out clean, your cake is ready. Serve this cake with your child’s favourite syrup and enjoy the smile on
    their face.

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