Today is Pancake Day and what better reason to tuck into delicious, guilt-free pancakes, that can be whipped up in no time!

While it can be difficult to avoid heaps of sugar and tonnes of smooth Nutella on the sweetest day of the year, Banin Shahine, Nutrition Manager at Fitness First has just made it easier for those looking to indulge and still maintain a healthy lifestyle. Choose from with three delicious, easy to make, healthy recipes…

Banana Pancake

Ingredients:
• 1 large ripe banana
• 2 medium eggs
• 1 teaspoon of baking soda
• 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips

Preparation:
• In large bowl, mix all ingredients together until smooth
• Heat a lightly oiled pancake griddle or normal pan over medium heat
• Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle/pan, using approximately ¼ cup for each pancake
• Flip the pancakes on the heated pan and ensure both sides are golden-brown
• Serve pancakes hot with some sliced bananas, and honey or dark chocolate syrup

Cinnamon Bun Pancake

Ingredients:
• 4 tablespoons of oats
• 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
• 1 teaspoon of baking powder
• 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil
• 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup
• 2 medium eggs

Preparation:
• Mix all the dry ingredients and separately mix the eggs, vegetable oil and maple syrup
• Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients
• Mix well until the batter is of a sticky consistency
• Oil spray the pancake griddle or pan and place it over medium heat
• Pour ¼ cup of batter for each pancake onto the griddle/pan
• Flip them on the pan and ensure both sides are golden-brown
• Top them with fresh berries and raw nuts. Serve while hot

Vegan Atayef Pancakes

Ingredients:
• 2 cups of whole wheat flour
• ½ cup of semolina
• 3 tablespoons of sugar
• 1 teaspoon of instant yeast
• 1 teaspoon of baking powder
• ½ teaspoon of salt
• 1 3l4 cups of warm water
• 1 teaspoon of orange blossom water

Preparation:
• In a blender, mix all ingredients together until a sticky batter is formed
• Rest the batter for 2 hours at room temperature
• Heat a non-stick pan on medium heat without spraying oil or brushing butter on the pan.
• Scoop out and place the batter on the pan. Ensure both sides are golden-brown.
• Sprinkle some vanilla powder and serve with sliced fresh fruits