Gluten-Free Banana Pancakes!

With my holiday to Portugal in two weeks time, I am starting to think that I should do a last minute health surge to (hopefully!) make me feel that little bit better in a bikini! I wouldn’t necessarily use the word ‘detox’, but I am definitely trying to avoid foods that will make me bloat, and am trying to eat as much fruit and veg as I can. I have never had the flattest of bellies, and I try to do sport as much as I can, but I can confirm that I notice a big difference if I cut out all wheat and limit the amount of dairy (or lacto-free dairy) in take I have. Downside: this can make me a lil grumpy.

So this morning I thought I would try some Banana Pancakes- I had heard of them before and thought I would give them a go- and they were pretty damn good!

Banana Pancakes: 

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Serves 2 people: makes 4 pancakes- don’t worry they’re pretty filling!

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 2 large eggs
  • A pinch of baking soda
  • A dash of vanilla essence
  • Oil- I used olive oil

Method 

Beat the eggs in one bowl and mash the banana in another. Make sure the banana is pretty well mashed, more of a paste. Then mix the banana with the eggs and add the vanilla and a pinch of baking soda. Mix it all together and you have your pancake batter.

I always seem to add too much oil so today I brushed it onto the pan, so I had a thin coat of oil on the pan. Heat the pan on a medium heat. When the pan is nice and hot, spoon out enough mixture for two pancakes- so half the batter.

Leave them to cook for one to two minutes on each side, and then flip them. Once they’re done, put them to one side and do the other two. Remember to add another coat of oil on the pan, and remove any burnt or excess pancake from the last lot- burnt pancake can smell pretty gross.

Then enjoy with whatever toppings you like, or even plain! They’re pretty sweet due to the banana and the vanilla.

Here are a few of my favourite toppings: 

  • Cinnamon and sugar sprinkled over the top.
  • Honey, maple syrup or golden syrup- depending on how healthy I am feeling.
  • Nutella- for my cheat/treat days!
  • Caramelised apple with cinnamon- I have blogged about these before and OMG they taste insane, however do contain a bit of sugar, so probably not the healthiest option.
  • Lemon or orange and sugar.
  • Chopped fruit- strawberries and raspberries are the bees knees on pancakes.
  • Yoghurt- I have lacto-free yoghurts, or soya yoghurts, but my favourite is the strawberry flavoured.

I hope you love these as much as I do- kick start your day with a healthy, non-bloaty breakfast and experiment with your toppings.

Bee xoxo

Holiday Must-Haves

Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen and hydrating moisturiser- the best smelling suncream on the block. Honestly smells insanely good and, most importantly, lasts hours without reapplication. Though I do tan, I have rather sunburn prone skin- so factor 30 for me!

Umberto Giannini Curl Friends Create a Curl Scrunching Jelly- the hair dryer is never appealing on a hot holiday. I love hopping out the shower, pulling a comb through my hair and towel drying it, then scrunching the product from the middle of my hair to the ends. It doesn’t leave your hair crunchy like other products I have tried and helps wavy hair hold curls.

An Epilator- I wasn’t sure about epilators, so I bought a cheap £20 one from Boots to give it a go, and I love it. I always use it before bed as it leaves a “chicken skin” effect that dies down after a few hours. I have to admit it stings a tad, but it’s so worth it- much less hassle!

Bare Minerals Bronzer- for some reason my face never seems as bronzed as the rest of my body after sunbathing. I am in love with this Bronzer. I was given it as a gift in a set and it’s a small pot of dark powder. You don’t need much at all and it lasts all day. It really does look super natural. I highly recommend it.

Makeup Revolution London Highlighter- I have discussed my highlight palette before, but this product would be up on my must haves all year list! I always like putting in the extra bit of effort when we go out on holiday, and I feel the highlighter does this super easily. My personal favourite shade at the moment is the white or the lilac. Even better, you need very little to enhance your summer tan.

Swim Suit and Bikini- I love having the option, one for the summer tan and one for water games.

Lemon- as a natural blonde, I get a great sense of achievement in coming back a few shades lighter. Lemon juice squeezed evenly in your hair throughout the day can do this naturally and quickly! However, I always use conditioner in my hair afterwards to prevent that crunchy and dry feel the next day.

Aussi Spray in Conditioner- leading on from this point, this spray really does work miracles. Chlorine can dry out my hair pretty quickly so preventing the knots and cots is top of my list. This aussi spray is slightly more pricey, but works immediately and smells good enough to eat.

Sarong- I always bring something to cover myself up if I need to, and this year I bought a thin, white, cotton shirt. I love it. It’s so easy to put on, and looks great with bikinis!

Mosquito Spray- I ain’t having no bites.

Nail Varnish- to top up those toes! I always go for pinks and corals as they emphasise a tan.

Deadlines, Burritos and Pina Colada

16th May 2016

Last week was a mash up of emotions!

  • Handed in two massive pieces of coursework. There is no denying it felt amazing. I feel as if I am finally getting the hang of this whole writing essays thing.
  • Officially finished all my lectures and seminars in my first year at University and I am beyond thrilled. Though, I still have an exam to revise for and a webpage to make.
  • Watched ‘Marley and Me’.
  • Beat my record distance on the treadmill at the gym and went every day last week with my friend Hannah. Plus I have even started doing the mini exercise routines by Lucy Wyndham-Read in between revision- they’re so quick and intense, I love them!
  • Managed to throw my favourite Disney mug in the bath, resulting in the mug smashing and creating a chip in the tub- white nail varnish was my only hope. Got angry. Tried to tidy the mess in an angry mood- got porcelain stuck in my finger. Cried. Phoned Hannah. Went for coffee.
  • As someone with majorly outdated music taste, I have recently been loving the Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack. I now know the words to Escape (the Pina Colada Song) backwards- seriously, why wasn’t I born in the 70’s or 80’s?
  • Tried my first Burrito at the Food Fair at University!
  • Spent 4 hours in the Library, later discovering the books are in no way useful.
  • Booked a holiday for next summer!
  • Had 3 coffee dates in one week… oops.
  • Went to the cinema to see Bad Neighbors 2- was in hysterics the entire time.
  • Took my dog for a walk, broke up two fights between my dog and some devil cats, and wrestled my dog away from a fight with a husky.
  • Watched the trailer for ‘Me Before You’ on repeat.

Bring on next week!