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Banana Pancakes with Ricotta and Chocolate Sauce – We Should Cocoa #63

Banana Pancakes

When I set banana as this month’s ingredient for We Should Cocoa, I didn’t have anything particular in mind, but with the run of wet weather we’ve been experiencing down in Cornwall over the last few days, I needed comfort and cheer. It had to be pancakes. Not just any old pancakes, but something a little luxurious which was also healthy, delicious and above all comforting, Banana pancakes it was then – with added ricotta.

Pancakes are always comforting, so I had that angle covered. I thought adding ricotta cheese and smothering the banana pancakes with chocolate sauce would raise the game on the luxury stakes. For the healthy part, I made the pancakes with buckwheat and used the bananas and some creamy cherry and chocolate flavoured organic yoghurt to sweeten them a little. Using buckwheat flour had the added benefit of making these banana pancakes, gluten free. I made the chocolate sauce with 70% dark chocolate and maple syrup – oh and double cream too! Of course you could leave the cream out of the sauce if you really wanted to.

Pancakes Collage

Pancakes are easy to make, but as I was adding bananas and wanted a smooth light batter, I bunged all my ingredients into my much used Optimum 9200A Next Generation high speed blender. Twenty seconds on high speed and I had the smooth light batter I was after. It was then a simple process of pouring the batter into a lightly greased pan in suitable sized rounds. Smothered with chocolate sauce and eaten hot, these banana pancakes were scrumptious and definitely comforting. Despite the lack of sugar, they were perfectly sweet enough. Although banana was the main flavour, a delightful fruity note came through from the cherry and dark chocolate yoghurt.

Banana Pancakes with Ricotta and Chocolate Sauce (gluten free)
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Healthy and gluten free banana pancakes made with buckwheat flour, ricotta cheese and yoghurt. Delicious on their own or smothered in chocolate sauce and scattered with almonds.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Pancakes
  1. 100g buckwheat flour
  2. 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  3. 90g ricotta cheese
  4. 150ml yoghurt of choice (I used Rachel's organic cherry & dark chocolate)
  5. 1 large egg
  6. 2 small bananas
Chocolate Sauce
  1. 75ml double cream
  2. 50g 70% dark chocolate
  3. 1 tbsp maple syrup
  4. flaked almonds - toasted
Pancakes
  1. Either place all the ingredients into a blender (I used my Froothie Optimum 9200A), or mash the banana well and whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  2. Leave to rest and get on with making the chocolate sauce.
  3. Place a lightly greased large non-stick pan over a medium heat and pour or drop large spoonfuls of batter into the pan.
  4. Cook for about 3 minutes and when bubbles start to appear on the tops, flip over and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
  5. Remove from the pan and either eat immediately or keep warm in the oven until all are ready.
  6. Repeat the process until all the batter has been used.
Chocolate Sauce
  1. Place the cream, chocolate and maple syrup into a small pan and warm over a gently heat until the chocolate has melted.
  2. Stir gently until the sauce is glossy and smooth.
  3. Pour over the pancakes and scatter some almonds over the top.
Notes
  1. Cold pancakes can be kept for a couple of days and reheated in a toaster.
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/
We Should Cocoa BadgeThese banana pancakes are my entry to this month’s #WeShouldCocoa. Not only are the pancakes very bananary, but they contain chocolate from the yoghurt and of course are smothered in dark chocolate sauce.

 

 

Brilliant BreakfastsBeing healthier than your average pancakes, these would make a lovely weekend breakfast treat, so I’m sending them off to Made with Pink for Brilliant Breakfasts. Chocolate for breakfast? Why not?

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I use the Optimum 9200A for smoothies, spreads, sauces and even chocolate making. The post contains affiliate links. Buying through a link will not cost you any more, but I will get a small commission. This helps keep Tin and Thyme blythe and blogging. Opinions are, as always, my own. At point of going to press, the Optimum 9200A is on offer at Ā£299.

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    Helen at Casa Costello
    6th November 2015

    OH how I wish I liked banana – its a terrible inconvenience when recipes look as tempting as yours. Chocolate & Cherry sound more my thing though! Thanks for the mention – Sharing now x

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      Choclette
      7th November 2015

      I do understand not liking bananas. They are a funny thing. I don’t mind the flavour, but I can’t eat a banana all on it’s own.

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    Dom
    6th November 2015

    these really are quite divine but it’s the chocolate sauce that quite frankly has me weak at the knees!

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      Choclette
      7th November 2015

      I know what you mean Dom. Chocolate sauce makes so many things better.

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    Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe
    7th November 2015

    I had chocolate sauce on pancakes last weekend and make banana pancakes regularly so I love the sound of these pancakes. In fact banana pancakes has made manky old bananas in my kitchen seem so much more attractive. I’m thinking about WSC and hope to get something in because this is such a great combination.

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      Choclette
      7th November 2015

      I’ve added bananas to pancakes before Johanna, but these ones were extra bananary – a fab vehicle for chocolate sauce šŸ˜‰ I’m sure you’ll come up with something interesting and tasty.

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    Made With Pink
    8th November 2015

    Chocolate for breakfast – these are definitely my kind of pancakes! I love the use of different ingredients like the yogurt and buckwheat flour. And that chocolate sauce well I’d probably use the whole lot on one breakfast for my self šŸ™‚ Thanks very much for including my coconut pancakes and for linking up to Brilliant Breakfasts.

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      Choclette
      8th November 2015

      Nothing wrong with a bit of chocolate for breakfast. Chocolate porridge is good too šŸ˜‰

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    Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    8th November 2015

    Look at that chocolate sauce oozing on top. These look delicious! I love pancakes as a treat at the weekend. Thank you for including my recipe. šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      8th November 2015

      I agree Jemma, they are a real treat and not something to have too often.

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    Lucy @ BakingQueen74
    8th November 2015

    This looks like a very nice breakfast indeed! What is with all the banana hating, I love em, banana bread is a fave as well as simply bananas

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    Corina
    8th November 2015

    I especially love the sound of that yummy looking chocolate sauce you’ve made to serve with the pancakes.

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      Choclette
      8th November 2015

      If you’re going to have chocolate sauce, it’s got to be glossy CC šŸ˜‰

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    Kavey
    8th November 2015

    Such an appealing combo, these sound super tasty. I’m going to try the banana ricotta combo!

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      Choclette
      9th November 2015

      Haha, thanks Angie, chocolate sauce makes everything more tempting šŸ˜‰

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    Fiona @ London-Unattached
    8th November 2015

    I’m a big fan of banana pancakes, though I’ve never tried adding ricotta. And, I suspect if I made them with chocolate sauce it would end up being addictive!

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      Choclette
      9th November 2015

      Well if you omit the chocolate sauce, these pancakes aren’t too calorie loaded and the ricotta makes them just that little bit more satisfying.

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    bakingaddict
    8th November 2015

    Pancakes were one of my ideas and I’ve also gone for a breakfast theme. I love ricotta pancakes and yours with banana and chocolate sounds delicious. Definitely yes to chocolate for breakfast!

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      Choclette
      9th November 2015

      Ah well I knew you’d approved of chocolate for breakfast Ros. Now what have you prepared for breakfast I wonder?

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    Janie
    9th November 2015

    Mmmm, they look scrummy Choclette! Love the gloss and shine on your chocolate sauce too šŸ™‚
    Janie x

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      Choclette
      9th November 2015

      If you’re going to have chocolate sauce, it may as well be a glossy one šŸ˜‰

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    11th November 2015

    Banana pancakes and chocolate sauce? AND gluten free? what’s not to love?
    Buckwheat is so good for GF pancakes and banana and chocolate are always heaven when sharing a plate. That sauce looks so rich and decadent!

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      Choclette
      11th November 2015

      Yes, thank goodness for buckwheat pancakes, they are really really good. The chocolate sauce was the only decadent bit and if you don’t think cream is bad for you, well hey!

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      Choclette
      12th November 2015

      Thanks Stuart. You couldn’t miss the banana in these and chocolate sauce is a must šŸ˜‰

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    Heidi Roberts
    11th November 2015

    Why am I not surprised there is a chocolate sauce on these pancakes perfect brunch!!

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      Choclette
      12th November 2015

      Haha Heidi, it would be downright strange if there wasn’t chocolate sauce šŸ˜‰

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