Banana and oat drop scones (scotch pancakes)

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Serves 2-3 people for breakfast and makes about 20 small drop scones/ scotch pancakes (they are the same thing, right?). Also works with soya yoghurt and non-dairy milk e.g. almond or soya but needs the egg so not suitable for vegans.

Ingredients

  • 100g oats (you can can gluten free oats if you need those)
  • 4 tbsp yoghurt (of any kind – fruit/plain/greek, soya)
  • 1 egg, organic natch
  • 1 banana
  • possibly a splash of milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon of bicarb of soda
  • sunflower oil or butter (better) for frying

Method

  • Attack the oats with a stick blender until they make a rough flour (or buy oat flour but it costs a bomb)
  • Add the egg, banana and yoghurt and carry on blending until you have a rough looking pancake mix. Lumps of banana are fine, unincorporated egg is not.
  • If you need to, add a splash (or more) of milk. Sorry to be vague but it depends on how big and ripe your banana is, what kind of yoghurt. Add milk if its too solid to make pancakes with, but you do want a fairly thick batter, not at all like making crepes.
  • Add the bicarb (or baking powder) and mix it in well
  • Bang the bowl several times on the counter before cooking to pop the little bubbles
  • Melt the butter and when hot enough, drop tablespoons of batter in, I usually do 4 per pan.
  • When the batter bubbles, turn the pancakes over and cook for a few more minutes
  • You can keep them warm in a low oven while you make the rest of the batches or just serve to hungry people as they’re ready
  • Serve as they are or with maple syrup or (even better) rosehip syrup.
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Oat Biscuits

Quick to make simple, crunchy biscuits.

Ingredients

  • 150g porridge oats
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 100g butter or marge (I used soya marge which is pretty neutral tasting, so oat flavour is prominent,  but butter would be delicious)

Method

  • Heat oven to 180 degrees c, grease a baking sheet.
  • Put the oats in a bowl or jug and use a stick blender to turn into a rough flour. You could just buy oat flour but its insanely expensive and oats are dirty cheap.
  • Mix the oats with the sugar and ground almonds.
  • Rub the butter or marge into the dry ingredients to make damp  crumbs.
  • Mould the mixture into rough rounds (or perfect rounds if you wish) and pop on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes and then take out of the oven and leave to cool and crisp. They’ll come out of the oven soft but don’t be tempted to bake for longer, they turn crunchy as they cool.

oat biscuits