Vegan Banana Pancakes

I'm writing this post on a train, which is a new one for me and I can't help but think the person seated behind can, and is, reading the words I'm currently tapping. Paranoid much? I also can't seem to get my dongle thingy to work, which means I can't show the ticket inspector my booking confirmation email - the machine was broken at the station I departed from! I'm a tad confused as to why she needs to see anything other than my reference number though. I mean, what would happen if I didn't have a laptop or a phone that could access the internet? Ugh, nothing is ever straight forward! To add to my list of woes (they're not really woes just minor grumbles) I've run out of credit on my phone and am afraid to top up because we'd agreed I would go on a contract to try and avoid such situations as this. edit: I did try to top up after i wrote this and couldn't because the signal was so rubbish - nothing is ever straight forward! What I am happy about is the fact I get to go home for the weekend! Whoop and whoop again. This feels like the best thing that's happened, well, all week. It's almost like a late Christmas gift and couldn't come at a better time because isn't the weekend after New Years supposed to be the most depressing one of the year or something? I suppose it could be really, I mean, it should be for us considering every last one of our direct debits seemed to come out of our account this week so we are broke brokety broke. Thank heavens for amex! How I do covet that little card sometimes and never more so than now when it has enabled me to be with my ludicrously amazing husband for two whole nights.

Apparently I have lovely cooked breakfast to look forward to tomorrow, including vegan hash browns, which Hubbie discovered in Sainsbury's (labelled 'n all - v.exciting!). I think this evening, however, will most definitely call for a large glass of red, chocolate and cuddles.

Enough of my babbling.

Today, I offer you a humble pancake recipe. Banana ranks up there amongst my favourite pancake varieties and whilst normally I love to toss in chopped pecans I opted for the au natural version on this occasion. Sometimes simpler is better and never was this so apparent than last night when I managed to ruin a perfectly lovely cauliflower mash by throwing in three huge minced garlic cloves. I loves me some garlic I do but this was too much even by my standards and in one fell swoop I turned triumph into tragedy - a lesson learned my friends! Back to the topic at hand....despite my pan/skillet troubles (f.y.i. my designated pancake pan is forever ruined - a story for another time) I managed to eventually turn out some light and fluffy pancakes that were delicate in taste and didn't fill you up so much you didn't want lunch - can you tell that bothers me? There are three opportunites in the day for eating and I for one am taking full advantage, so medium sized, light, small stack pancakes are always a winner in my book.

If I weren't having a delicious cooked breakfast in the morn I would most certainly be busting out a few of these bad boys again. Welcome to the weekend!

vegan banana pancakes

1 cup organic plain flour

1 heaped tsp baking powder

1 tbsp sugar (or agave nectar/brown rice syrup etc)

splash of vanilla extract

pinch salt

3/4 cup soya milk (or any non dairy milk)

1 ripe banana

1 tbsp soya butter

In a bowl mash the banana with a fork and set aside.

In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients and thoroughly stir with a spatula.

Combine the soya milk, banana and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and whisk. If it is too dry add a little more milk. You want the mixture to be pourable but not too runny. They should easily form they're own shape when poured or ladelled into the pan.

On a medium heat melt the butter in a frying pan/skillet and then add to the pancake mix. Give it another thorough whisk and then carefully pour into the pan - the size depends on you, my preference is small to medium. When bubbles appear on top it is ready to flip over. Cook for a minute or two on the other side and keep warm in a very low oven or a pancake warmer if you're lucky enough to own one. Repeat.

Serve simply with maple syrup.