Banana Oat Pancakes and New Beginnings
I can’t quite believe it’s March already. How is this year going so quickly? I feel as though it’s disappearing faster than ever but at the same time has only just begun.
For me, with every new month brings reflection. I will say, though, that in doing so this month I think it really hit me that we were a third of the way into the year already and I was very much feeling as though I hadn’t really ‘achieved’ much in terms my goals.
One of my main goals I set for myself this year was to improve my food photography and this was one goal, in particular, I felt I had barely touched. I wasn’t changing anything about the way I was taking photos, or actively trying to learn anything new, so with no surprise, I was - and have been - remaining very much stationary. So, I’ve decided that as of now, I am going to try my very best to turn this little passion of mine into something bigger. I’m ready to find those angles and better understand all things composition, styling and editing, all whilst (hopefully) creating some seriously delicious plant-based recipes for all those looking for them. I have ideas. Tick. I have a camera. Tick. So I guess what more do I need? I’ll be honest, I’m a complete perfectionist. Great at times and also rather rubbish at others (like the times you want to try something new but are too afraid because it won’t be ‘perfect’). For so long I’ve put off actually doing anything about my love for food photography because, ultimately, in the back of my mind I knew whatever I produced wasn’t going to be anywhere NEAR as beautiful as all those others out there. But recently I’ve realised that that’s kind of what is so beautiful about a journey. Everyone’s is individual and you shouldn’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 5, 8 or 20. I want to see myself get better, to compare old and new and be proud of the changes, the lessons and the knowledge I acquire, and hopefully with time, I’ll get there. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but I’m going to give it a damn good go at least and who knows, I might just turn out to be somewhat half decent at it. That’d be nice anyway.
So here we have it. My first dive into the world of improving my food photography, and what better way than with pancakes?
Prep time: 5 mins | Total time: 10-15 mins | Serves: 2
1 cup oat flour (blend oats in food processor until finely ground)
1 banana, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
1 cup almond milk (or any plant-based milk)
Coconut oil, for frying
Start by placing the oat flour, salt and cinnamon into a large bowl and mix well.
Next, in a separate bowl, mix together the mashed banana, vanilla and almond milk until well combined.
Combine the dry and wet ingredients together and stir together to form a batter. Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes.
Heat a pan with a generous amount of coconut oil on a medium heat.
Once the pan is hot (and I mean HOT, otherwise the batter will just sit in the oil and it won’t fry as nicely), add about a tablespoon of the batter mixture to the pan, encouraging it into a circular shape. Fry for several minutes and until you see little bubbles forming on the top.
Flip the pancake and fry on the other side for a further few minutes until nice a golden. Place to one side (or even better in a preheated oven to keep them warm) and do the same for the remainder of the mixture.
Top with whatever toppings you like! I love mine with blueberries, pecans and a hefty amount of maple syrup.