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Green banana pancakes and red velvet smoothie

BY Pauline Cox

14th Jun 2023 Recipes

Green banana pancakes and red velvet smoothie

With a focus on women's hormones and the effect they have on women's bodies and mental health, nutritionist Pauline Cox's new recipe book Hungry Woman offers great recipes like green banana pancakes and a red velvet smoothie so that you can start your day happy and healthy 

Green banana get up and go pancakes 

These protein-packed, flourless pancakes can be made without the collagen, however, the extra hit of amino acids in the morning is ideal for muscle building and hunger control. When bananas are green, they have less sugar content ... you decide how green you want to go. Delicious hot or cold!

Makes: 12 small pancakes 

green banana pancakes on a wooden table with flowers Credit: Luke Albert


1 greenish banana

2 eggs

1 tbsp collagen peptides (optional)

1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon coconut oil or ghee, for frying

To serve: 

Fresh berries

Chopped nuts and seeds 


1. Add the banana to a blender with the eggs, collagen (if using) and cinnamon, then combine to create a smooth batter. 

2. Heat a small amount of coconut oil or ghee in a frying pan, and when the pan is hot, add 3–4 spoons of batter to create 3–4 mini pancakes. Cook for 2–4 minutes until golden in colour before flipping over to cook on the other side.

3. Serve with natural yoghurt, fresh berries, chopped nuts and seeds for extra goodness. 

Red velvet smoothie 

Nitrate-rich foods such as beetroot are incredibly important for building nitric oxide, a key compound for increasing blood flow to the skin, vagina and pelvic organs, which optimises cardiovascular health, mental clarity, healing and recovery from injury.

2 glasses of red velvet smoothie Credit: Luke Albert


5 to 6 wedges of cold, roasted beetroot 

A handful of frozen raspberries 

2 tbsp cacao powder 

400ml unsweetened nut milk 

1 tsp mushroom powder—I use Lion's Mane (optional)

1 tbsp collagen peptides (optional)

1 tbsp maca powder (optional) 

To serve: 

Seeds and crushed nuts of choice 


1. Add all the ingredients to a blender and combine until smooth. Finish with some seeds and crushed nuts of choice on top (pecans work well). 

Hungry Woman by Pauline Cox book cover

Extracted from Hungry Woman by Pauline Cox (Ebury Press) Photography by Luke Albert

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