Empty your cupboards to make the perfect pancake!

This week is an exciting one for the team at Waste Less Save More as Pancake Day is this Tuesday! (Calling it Shrove Tuesday is obviously more appropriate but we couldn’t help but cut to the chase).

This of course means that it’s time to whip out the maple syrup, lemon, sugar and chocolate spread, but what did we do before realising how great these ingredients tasted on our beloved pancakes?

Some of you may be aware that pancakes were first introduced as a way to eat up all the main foods which were traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent. Ingredients such as sugar, fat, flour and eggs would be used up on Shrove Tuesday and what better way to get rid of these ingredients than by mixing them up in a bowl, frying them on a stove (with the occasional ‘flip in the pan’ if you’re feeling extra adventurous) and then serving them as a delicious dessert.

With this in mind, we are asking you to take a look in your cupboards and pull together all the ingredients you may have lying around before heading to the local supermarket to buy pre-made pancakes. After all, creating your own pancakes from scratch is certainly more fun and better on the bank balance than buying ready-made ones from the supermarket.

If you need a helping hand with your pancakes, you are in luck as we’ve teamed up with with Love Food Hate Waste’s cookery advisor to provide you with a great, easy recipe which uses 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.


–         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


  1. Mix together the egg, milk, yogurt and bananas.
  2. 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.
  3. Transfer to a mixing jug and allow to stand for 10 minutes.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Making the most of your left overs is a great habit to get into this Pancake Day.  Recent research shows that 1.3 million unopened yoghurts are thrown away every day in the UK, and fresh fruit and veg tops the list of the most wasted food type. Each year in Wales we buy and then waste around £600 million on food which could have been eaten. That’s an average of £50 per month per household. So instead of sending your leftovers to landfill, why not follow our simple recipe for a Shrove Tuesday treat.

Happy pancake making everyone and don’t forget to let us know how it went!


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