• Serves10-12
  • Prep (min) 15
  • Cook (min) 25
  • Free from
  • Dairy (DF)
  • Egg (EF)
  • Gluten (GF)
  • Nuts (NF)
  • Peanut (PF)
  • Soya (SF)
  • Sesame (SeF)
  • Shellfish (ShF)
  • Fish (FF)

American Pancakes!

Try these American style pancakes with a twist! Chocolate pancakes with banana, custard & chocolate sauce. Remember to let a grown-up check every packet label for allergens (and traces of allergens) before starting to cook.


1 grown-up

250g gluten-free plain flour
2 tsp gluten-free baking powder
35g cocoa powder
300ml dairy-free milk
1 tsp vanilla extract 
2 tbsp sunflower oil  

Thick Custard
3 tbsp Bird's Custard Powder
2 tbsp sugar 
500ml dairy-free milk

Chocolate sauce
60g cocoa powder
60g sugar
120ml water

2 bananas (sliced to decorate) or berries of your choice!


Method: Make sure you let the grown-up help you with the cooking, as the saucepans and frying pans get very hot!

1. Pancakes In a large bowl sift and mix together the gluten-free flour, baking powder and cocoa powder. Then add your dairy-free milk, sunflower oil, vanilla extract and whisk to make a smooth batter. Set aside while you make the toppings!

2. Thick Custard First, mix together the custard powder and sugar with a splash of dairy-free milk to make a paste. Then slowly warm up the rest of your dairy-free milk in a saucepan, add your paste and stir over low heat for 3-4 minutes until the custard becomes thick & creamy.

3. Chocolate Sauce Place all the ingredients in a saucepan. Slowly heat, stirring continuously on a gentle simmer until you reach your desired thickness. 

4. Time to cook the pancakes... Drizzle some oil in a non-stick frying pan and heat over a medium heat. For each pancake spoon 1-2 tablespoons of batter into the pan and flip your pancake over when you start to see bubbles appearing on the top (1-2 mins). Then cook for a further 30 seconds on the other side. Stack your cooked pancakes on a plate, ready for the next step.

5. The finalé! Serve by stacking two pancakes on top of each other. Add a dollop of thick custard and a few banana slices on top. Then drizzle with chocolate sauce! 

If you are allergic to bananas you can use blackberries, raspberries or puréed apple.