Love your leftovers this Pancake Day!


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.

Jon Molyneux from Love Food Hate Waste commented: “Using up leftovers is really easy, especially on Pancake Day. Save money and a trip to the shops by using up what you already have at home. Pancakes are so versatile and as long as you have the basic ingredients of milk, eggs and flour you can use anything you like as an accompaniment. Plus, it’s a great chance to get creative with your leftovers.”


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.

Jon said: “Once you’ve mastered this pancake recipe idea, why not try something different? Savoury pancakes are great too and can be eaten as a main meal with toppings such as ham and cheese or chilli.”

For more creative ideas for using up your leftovers visit www.wasteawarelovefood.org.uk

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