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Love your leftovers this Pancake Day

February 20, 2012

Pancakes are traditionally made on Shrove Tuesday to use up any remaining butter, milk and eggs the day before Lent begins. It’s also a great opportunity to use up any leftovers from your fridge or kitchen cupboards.

Love Food Hate Waste has the perfect recipe for creating something delicious from leftover yoghurt and overripe bananas which might otherwise go to waste. If you have any spare sultanas, flaked almonds or soft berries at home these all make tasty additions to the batter too.

Research shows that around 31,000 tonnes of milk is thrown away every year in Scotland, and fresh fruit and veg are one of the most wasted food types. Each year in Scotland we buy and then waste around £1bn on food and drink which could have been eaten. That’s an average of £35 per month per household. So instead of sending your leftovers to the bin, why not follow our simple recipe for a Shrove Tuesday treat.

Banana and yoghurt pancakes

Pancakes - a perfect way to use up spare ingredients


  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 125ml milk
  • 125ml yoghurt
  • 2 overripe bananas mashed with a fork
  • 150g plain flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


  • Mix together the egg, milk, yogurt and bananas.
  • Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder into a large bowl then stir in the ‘wet’ ingredients and the sugar. The batter will look a little lumpy.
  • Transfer to a mixing jug and allow to stand for 10 minutes.
  • Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over a medium heat until smoking hot, turn the heat down and pour small amounts of batter into the pan. Cook in batches on each side until golden.
  • Use a palette knife to flip the pancakes and keep them on a plate in a warm place until you’ve used up all the batter.

When you have got the hang of this recipe try and play around with the ingredients and topping. You can make a savoury version for dinner with any spare cheese, ham, cooked chicken, chilli or whatever you can imagine.

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