Sinner or Saint: Pancakes


It’s Fry-day!

…is it just me or has this week been the longest week EVER?!!

I can’t wait for the weekend so I can spend the morning – OK, most of the day – in my pyjamas cuddling up to my hubby on the sofa while watching marathon sessions of Luther, Peaky Blinders and Intervention.

During the week I hardly ever eat breakfast. Usually I can only muster enough energy to make a very, very large coffee. But on the weekends, we like to treat ourselves to a hearty breakfast, either at home, at our local Einstein Bros Bagels, or when feeling particularly naughty, at the Seattle IHOP – my mouth is watering at the thought!

I love that Americans eat pancakes whenever they fancy and give these glorious fried rounds of deliciousness the status they so deserve – there are no once-a-year Shrove Tuesday limitations here!


Tomorrow, in true American style, I will be visiting IHOP to indulge in their $3.99 all you can eat pancake promotion challenge – so be warned local Seattlites, there is gonna be a shortage of pancakes after my visit!

Therefore, this week’s Sinner or Saint feature will focus on Pancake Recipes. Eat them for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, or even as a side to a traditional fry up breakfast, there’s a pancake for every occasion. So for those naughty, indulgent days I offer you my Cinnamon Roll Pancakes Recipe, that taste just as delicious as real cinnamon rolls. But never fear, if you’re a January waist-watcher I also have my fabulously fit Banana Pancake Recipe, so now you can indulge in a deliciously tasty breakfast with none of the guilt – hurrah!

…and don’t forget that you can repent for your sins, or celebrate your saintliness at the Arugula & Rocket Store’s January Sale!

Sinner or Saint: Banana Pancakes vs. Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Saint’s Recipe: Banana Pancakes

Servings: 8 Pancakes  |  Difficulty: Easy

Speedo Cafe Pancakes


1 Ripe Medium Banana
2 Large Eggs
½ Tsp Vanilla Extract (optional)
Pinch of Baking Powder (optional)
Desired Toppings


Peel a medium sized ripe banana – the riper the better – cut into pieces and mash it with a fork until smooth.

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs. 

Add the whisked eggs and a little baking powder (optional) to the banana and mix until completely combined. Adding baking powder will result in lighter, fluffier pancakes. 

Add a little oil or butter to a griddle/frying pan and place on a medium heat. 

Drop 2 tbsp of batter onto the griddle for each pancake. It should sizzle immediately, if it doesn’t increase the heat slightly.  

Cook for 1 minute, or until the bottom of the pancake looks browned, then flip to cook the other side.

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Sinner’s Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Servings: 4  |  Difficulty: Easy



Cinnamon Swirl Filling:
6 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, Softened
⅓ Cup Light Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour
2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
Pinch of Salt

2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
1½ Cups Buttermilk
2 Eggs
2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, Melted
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Butter or Cooking Oil, for Frying

1½ Cups Confectioners Sugar
3 Tbsp Whole Milk
½ Tsp Vanilla Extract


To Make the Cinnamon Swirl Filling:

In a medium bowl, mix the butter with the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt to combine.

Transfer to a medium plastic zip-top bag. Squeeze the filling down into one corner of the bag and snip the corner of the bag with scissors. Set aside.

To Make the Pancakes:

In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder and salt.

In a separate small bowl, whisk the buttermilk with the eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract.

Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and whisk until smooth.

Heat a large skillet or fry pan over a medium heat. Add a little butter or oil to the hot pan.

Working in batches of 3, ladle or scoop ⅓ cup of pancake batter onto the skillet. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Squeeze a spiral of the cinnamon filling on top of the pancakes. Continue to cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.

Flip the pancakes and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on the other side.

Remove from the pan and continue with the remaining batter and cinnamon filling. Set aside.

To Make the Icing:

Combine the confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla extract with a whisk. Add additional milk in small amounts, as needed, to make the icing easy to drizzle.

To serve, stack three pancakes on each plate and drizzle with the icing.

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