Easy Banana Pancakes

It’s the weekend, it’s still grey and a bit gloomy and here in the UK we are in the grips of corona virus restrictions and self- isolations.

What better excuse do you need to have pancakes ( if only to cheer ourselves up). The fantastic thing about these pancakes is that they are sort or healthier as well, and only 3 ingredients so super easy to make. And yes you did hear that correctly.

The added bonus of these pancakes is that they are dairy free, nut free, gluten free and only uses sugar from the banana to sweeten then….seriously what’s not to love right??

Ingredients

  • 1 banana mashed up
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 tablespoons of gluten free self raising flour

To makes these little beauties mash the banana, whisk the egg and add to the banana mixture. Stir in the flour.

Heat a pan on a medium heat, I use some Fry light in it as well, then place in spoonfuls of the mixture. They are very much like traditional Scotch pancakes so when bubbles appear it’s time to flip them and cook the other side.

Voila you’ve made them, this will make about 4-5 small pancakes. Load them up with your favourite toppings and enjoy.

Pancake Day

Well it’s pancake day, pancake day ( those of you of a certain age will recognise the program I’m sure). Anyway I digress it’s a short post today to let you know my super easy 3 ( yes 3) ingredient pancake recipe

It’s sooo easy and makes a lovely fluffy pancake just perfect for the toppings of your choice. I personally think traditional lemon and sugar is the bees knees, kiddo loves chocolate sauce ( we use so free).

So how do I do it. Well all you need is

  • 1 banana mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 table spoons of gluten free self raising flour

Mix it all together to make a batter. Heat some fry light in your pancake pan.

Put spoonfuls in and cook one side until you see bubbles then flip over. Voila it’s that simple and makes a delicious American style pancake. They are gluten, dairy and nut free.

Top with whatever you fancy and enjoy.

My favourite Gluten Free Products of 2019

Well we are nearly at that time again…. New Years Eve. And before the champagne starts flowing and the fireworks start their infernal banging it has got me thinking- just what have been my favourite free from Products of this year?

It’s been a mixed year in the free from field. We’ve lost smaller companies, and seen an expansion in the larger supermarket ranges. “May Contain” warnings have got me on my soap box a lot this year( I’m looking at you Sainsbury’s and Rice Dream) , but on the whole it’s been pretty, especially for those of us that are gluten free.

So to finish off the year I thought I’d share with you my favourite products of 2019.

My absolute favourite of the year has to be the selection of pastries that have hit the market. Croissants have been hit or miss but I love the Marks and Spencer choc chip twists, the apricot danish is pretty good as well. We also cannot forget the Tesco cinnamon swirls that launched last month. Seriously they are amazing.

In Marks and Spencer I’ve been impressed with both the pork pie ( dairy free and no nut warning either), and the spring rolls. Both delicious and great to have some new savoury items on the market as well.

Let’s not forget this from M&S as well👇🏻 this accidental find is both gluten free and a bargain at £2 a jar.

Nomo is my favourite new brand of the year, standing for No missing out they make chocolate that is dairy, gluten, egg, peanut and tree nut free. It is honestly the best dairy free chocolate I’ve tasted. Even better was they made an advent calendar this year. Kiddo was over the moon. It was the first year she’s had a decent chocolate calendar, whoops all round in our house I can tell you.

My top seasonal finds were from Sainsbury’s who this year actually produced a chocolate Yule log AND a Christmas pudding without a nut warning on them. No exaggeration I was so happy I nearly cried… more of the same this year please Sainsbury’s ( I’ll buy some waterproof mascara)

Finally kiddos pick of the year was the mermaid cupcake kit from Tesco, apparently the colours were just too funky

So there we have it, my top picks this year. I’m still hopeful for a gluten free battenburg cake in 2020 ( looks eagerly at Mr Kipling) and for someone to master the croissant. That said, if I find them you’ll be the first to know.

Happy New Year you lovely readers, here’s to a great 2020.

My Favourite Christmas Products ( So Far)

Yes, yes, yes I know it’s only October, but I will not be apologising for the fact that I LOVE Christmas. I really do, and since having mini me I has become even more magical, but I can be a bit of a challenge for those of us with food allergies and intolerances, so I thought I’d share with you lovely lot my favourite products so far- gone on confess it you’ve bought some things to??

This year ( so far) I’ve been really excited by this panettone (£3) from Tesco. I can here coeliacs everywhere rejoice. I’ve tried it- for the sake of my followers, and it doesn’t disappoint, it really is lovely. My only downside is it’s quite small for the price, but hey it’s Christmas. Sainsbury’s are also doing a larger panettone for around £14 but I’ve yet to locate and try one. I’ll keep you posted.

Also from Tesco, and another gluten free find is this Black Forest wreath. At £5 it looks great and will feed a whole lot of guests with no effort. Sadly it does carry a nut warning though ( boo) so will probably not be on my Christmas table

My one last exciting find in Tesco is their Christmas pudding, mainly because it covers so many free from categories including nut and dairy free. As to what it tastes like, in all honesty I don’t know, it’s firmly on my to try list.

My other exciting find is this pretty dairy free chocolate box from M&S although at £8 it’s expensive. It also carries a nut warning despite Kinnerton making the chocolate- don’t worry we are keeping on at them to change it. However it would make a great gift or after dinner treat.

Other things to look out for is the gluten free and vegan mince pie and Christmas cake from Costa, and well as a very cute dairy free chocolate penguin from Asda.

Fear not I’ll update this post when I find things.

Nb- this is not a sponsored post. Just my honest opinion.

Blackberry Smoothie- Dairy and Gluten Free

I know we are in the throws of a heat wave here in the UK, but I couldn’t help noticing that the wild black berries are starting to ripen.

Well it would be rude not to combine these delicious berries with some ice and blend into a smoothie for a refreshing, cooling drink ( or breakfast n my case) wouldn’t it?

Also I LOVE the colour that blackberries produce so always use it a lot at this time of year. This little lovely is also gluten, dairy and nut free as well- hooray

Ingredients

  • Serves 1
  • 100g blackberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1-2 tbs of gluten free oats
  • 1tbs of chia seeds ( optional)
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Good squirt of honey or maple syrup to sweeten.
  • 250 MLS of milk of choice ( I used coconut).
  • A few ice cubes
  • Put everything into your blender/ nutribullet and whizz is all up.
  • Serve up and enjoy straight away.
  • Right back to enjoying the beautiful sun, with a refreshing drink in hand. I’ll be back this week with a review and hopefully a new recipe for you all to try.
  • Pancake Day…. My Free From Way.

    Rejoice it’s pancake day, and may I say it’s always greeted with much gusto and enthusiasm. I’ll admit I’m rubbish at tossing a pancake, it gets stuck on, the cat, or the ceiling or in the pan, I opt for a spatula or let my husband do it. However I do make a pretty mean American pancake, or drop scone, or whatever the heck you want to call them.

    This year has seen an added challenge. Mini me is ( temporarily I’m hoping) having to avoid both gluten and dairy, as well as nuts. So can you make a delicious dairy free pancake? Oh yes you can- and here’s how I do it.

    Ingredients

    • 110g gf self raising Flour
    • 25g teff flour
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1-2tbs caster sugar or 1-2tsp maple syrup.
    • 1 egg
    • 140mls milk of choice ( I used rice milk for the dairy free version).
    • I added chocolate chips ( from Moo Free) but blueberries or just plain work well as well.

    Method

    Mix all the ingredients together to form a batter. Fold in the chocolate chips.

    I use a Tefel pancake pan with no oil. Pour some batter in, when it starts to show air bubbles it’s time to flip and cook the other side.

    There you have it, super easy and great for pancake day.

    Mini Donuts Gluten, Nut and Dairy Free

    Yep you did indeed read the title correctly. Now gluten free donuts ( until recently) have been a bit like unicorns – not real, mythical and things you can only dream about.

    In fact there are 2 delicious producers that I recommend these are Borough 22 and wheat free bakery direct. Check them out if you can ( btw this is not an ad I just really like these).

    Any way I’ve digressed, for Christmas I got a mini donut maker. I mean I got a fab new bag as well, not just this electrical item, but I was impressed with it. This got me thinking will gluten and dairy free work? Only one way to find out…..

    By golly it did, want to know how I did it?? Have a read below.

    Ingredients

    • 125 g gluten free plain flour
    • 120g caster sugar
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1 egg
    • 120ml of milk of choice
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
    • 1tbs butter or dairy free butter melted.

    Method

    • Put dry ingredients into a bowl,
    • Make a well and pour in all your wet ingredients
    • Whisk until you have a smooth batter

    • Heat your donut maker
    • mine takes about 3-4 minutes to cook the little lovelies.
    • Either toss in cinnamon sugar, or ice however you fancy.

    There you go, so easy, and so tasty. Even my husband ( who hates donuts) said they were good.

    Until next time, have a great week.

    Layered Breakfast Pot Gluten free

    For my third Blogmas post I’m sharing a recipe, (well sort or recipe) with you. The lovely people over at Naturelly were challenging people to create a layered jar. I took the challenge and my mango layered pot was the finished result, so far, I’m working on a truly Christmas twist for my next one.

    If you have never heard of Naturelly they produce fabulous jelly/ juice pouches for children. Nut free, gluten free, dairy free and 36 calories so great for little ones- but who says the kids should have all the fun? I’ve given them a grown up twist.

    Anyway the best thing with these jars are they are quick and so easy to make ( or assemble really). They would be so cute on a Christmas morning breakfast table, all prepared so the all important family time and present unwrapping isn’t interrupted. Win win all round.

    I can’t really call it a recipe but here goes any way.

    Ingredients

    • 1 pouch tropical naturelly
    • Chopped mango
    • Yoghurt of choice
    • Granola ( I used Nutribrex)

    The method is simple, layer up how you fancy. I chose mango, yoghurt, granola, mango then naturelly.

    The next step is simple- dive in and enjoy your breakfast.

    Do you like layered jars? What’s your favourite flavour? Let me know in the comments below.

    Disclaimer: I was sent the naturelly to create a recipe, all views and ideas are my own.

    Dorset Apple Cake – Gluten Free, Nut Free

    As Autumn is slowly creeping into winter and the days are getting shorter, you may change your menu choices. Out with the lighter salads and Eaton Messes and in with stews, hot pots and warm puddings ( or comfort food as my nan used to say).

    Enter this Dorset apple cake. Inspired by my grand parents who hailed from west bay, and the fact I’ve got loads of apples from our tree. It’s the time of year to make it. When I was younger my nan would always have a bonfire party, and always make this as a pudding. Our party is belated and was last week, I couldn’t possibly not make it now could I?

    Dorset Apple Cake- Gluten Free

    • Servings: 10-12
    • Difficulty: easy
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    Ingredients

    • 225g butter
    • 225g caster sugar
    • 3 large eggs
    • 450g cooking apples ( peeled and sliced thinly)
    • Squeeze of lemon juice
    • 1tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
    • 225g gluten free self raising flour
    • 25g teff flour

    Method

    • Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a square tin
    • Peel and slice the apples. Cover in the lemon juice to prevent browning of the apples.
    • In a bowl combine the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy
    • whisk in the eggs
    • Add the cinnamon and mixed spice.
    • Mix in the flours until you have a smooth cake batter
    • Pour in half the mixture then cover with a layer of apples
    • Cover the apples with more mixture and a further layer of apples
    • Use the remaining mixture to cover the last layer of apples
    • Cook in the oven for 45-50 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean. You may need to adjust time for a fan-assisted oven.
    • Leave to cool in the tin for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

    NB you can grate the apples and add to the mixture if you prefer apple all the way through.

    So there you have it, easy and satisfying. Right I could do with a slice myself, I’m planning blogmas posts, and really trying to improve my organisational skills- so far it’s not going great. Wish me luck.

    Until next time x

    Days Out With Allergies- Drayton Manor Theme Park

    My Daughter is Thomas mad, I mean obsessed with Thomas. We had a disaster of a holiday, resulting in a broken narrow boat and being stranded by a lock ( thanks Hoseasons) so to make up for said disaster we had our first trip to Drayton Manor Park.

    Munchkin spent the first hour in a mixture of excitement and amazement, and I have to admit it brought back nostalgia from school trips and summer holidays in my teenage years. Thomas Land is fantastic, lots of rides all perfect for little ones, plenty of photo opportunities and trains, lots of trains.

    Personal highlights are the Troublesome Trucks, and Winston’s Car ride. We loved it so much we booked an over night stay a few weeks later in the hotel for the much anticipated 4th Birthday.

    Fast forward to this point, the check in was smooth and very easy. For £30 extra we were offered the themed Thomas bedroom. We said yes- they are amazing from Thomas bunk beds, stunning painted walls, track carpets and breakfast with The Fat Controller the next morning I’d really recommend a stop over if you can ( this is not a sponsored post it REALLY is that great).

    This leads me on to eating in the hotel and park. In every outlet there is full allergen menus, many you do t need to ask its all displayed on the walls. This is from The Burger Kutchen, an actual burger that’s both gluten and nut free. Thumbs up all round ( delicious it was to).

    The Grill in is another excellent choice. Both chef and magnet sign to say your food is safe to eat. They even did a extra safe special treat for mini me on her birthday. We were so touched and could not sing their praises higher.

    I really recommend you go for a day ( or two) to Drayton Manor it’s great fun for all, with or with out allergies.

    Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. It’s all my own views and I was really impressed.