Acai Girls’ Peanut Butter, Caramelised Banana & Cacao Pancakes

Indulgence at its tastiest – dig a fork into a batch of these moreish peanut butter, caramelised banana and cacao pancakes

Inspired by our trips to New York, where hangovers were soaked up by dreamy American Style pancakes. When it comes to toppings we think there is no better flavour combo than Banana, Chocolate and Peanut Butter.

These pancakes also have mood Boosting qualities – not only by tasting dreamy also because of the micro nutrients in the toppings:  

Cacao Nibs are a superfood containing a variety of unique phytonutrients, including high amounts of flavonoids, sulfur, magnesium and phenylethylamine. Believe it or not, cacao nibs are one of the best sources of polyphenols and have more antioxidant activity than blueberries, tea and even goji berries.

These characteristics provide many benefits such as reduced inflammation and improved focus, alertness and mood.

Food that’s good for the mind body and soul 

Serves 4

• 405g plain flour 
• 90g sugar 
• 40g melted butter
• 25g baking powder
• 3 eggs 
• 390ml almond milk

For the toppings:
• Manilife Deep Roasted Peanut Butter
• 2 Bananas
• 50g of Butter
• 50g of Golden Caster Sugar
• 80g of Cacao Nibs (added to taste)
• Maple syrup and coconut yogurt to taste

1 Sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl – very important to sieve both to avoid lumps. 
2 Add the sugar to the flour.
3 In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, melted butter and milk.  Pour into the flour and whisk until smooth.  The batter will be very thick, and may be a little lump to start with but will become smooth after a few mins if whisking.
4 Pour the batter into a large jug.
5 Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a little oil to lightly coat the base of the pan.
6 Pour the batter into the centre off the pan so it evenly spreads to the size of your desired pancake, the mixture should begin to bubble and slightly rise.
7 Flip the pancake after a couple of minutes, and cook until both sides are golden brown and the pancake has risen to about 1 or 2cm in thickness.

For the toppings
Slice the two Bananas into 2cm thick pieces.
2 Put a frying pan onto a medium heat and melt 50g of butter and 50g of sugar. Once this has melted and started to slightly bubble,  place the banana slices in the pan to caramelise.
3 Don’t move your bananas for around 30 seconds as this will allow your bananas to gain some colour.
4 The bananas should be turned once the underneath is golden brown, the second side will caramelise faster than the first.
5 Once you have caramelised your bananas, layer them on top of your pancakes with the peanut butter and sprinkle with cacao nibs for that added texture and slight bitterness to offset the sweetness of the bananas.
6 Serve with the maple syrup and coconut yogurt on the side to person.

Recipe and image courtesy of the Acai Girls

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