Light Banana Pancakes By Nicola Millbank

I adore Milly’s Real Food cookbook by Nicola Millbank (I collect cookbooks and this one has quickly become a firm favourite) and her light banana pancakes below, are simply amazing! My kids keep asking for them and I know your family will love them too.

They’re utterly perfect for leisurely breakfasts over this long weekend and I’m going to make a batch to freeze and add them to packed lunches too.

Milly’s Real Food is a beautifully vibrant, easy-to-follow cookbook bursting with delicious recipes like this one below (check out her Baked Greek Eggs on the blog too) and I love her ethos that we should enjoy everything in moderation. Yes to that!

Milly's Real Food Book

Now go make her light banana pancakes!

Light banana pancakes

I must have been American in a previous life because to me, there is no better thing than pancakes and bacon with lashings of maple syrup. Ever the optimist, I like to think eating this on a frequent basis won’t do too much damage, but I think we all know where that discussion is heading (after all, it’s a little bit of what you fancy that’ll do you good, not plate after plate!).

Instead, on the days I have a pancake craving, I make these. Banana is mashed into the batter so you don’t need to use as much flour and you get a light and airy batter that cooks just as well.


  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 level tbsp self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil, for brushing
  • 6 tbsp icing sugar
  • zest and juice of 1 orange


In a blender, blitz the bananas, eggs and flour until smooth.

Allow the mixture to rest for a few minutes.

Heat a non-stick pan over a medium heat and brush with the vegetable oil. Ladle tennis ball-sized dollops onto the pan and cook for a couple of minutes until bubbles form on the surface now they are ready to flip. Using a spatula or fish slice, carefully flip each pancake over one by one.

Cook the pancakes for another minute or two, then transfer onto kitchen paper. You may need to cook the pancakes in batches of 34 depending on the size of your pan.

Mix the icing sugar with enough orange juice and zest to form a loose icing with a drizzling consistency. Stack the pancakes, drizzle with the orange icing and serve with fresh raspberries.

To Serve:

a handful of fresh raspberries.

You can pre-order the book on Amazon here or on HarperCollins website here.

Photography by Susanna Blavarg.

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One Response

  1. Lianne

    These pancakes look amazing plus they are better for you too! I’ve made banana pancakes before so know they are delicious but I have to try them with that orange icing!!!
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