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Dec 15th

Banana Pancake Goodness

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banana_IMG_2714_LRAs another year comes to a close, we are armed with more healthy recipes, and we’re making smart choices about nutrition. The wisdom we’ve gained nutritionally can be applied to preparing family favorites in a new and more wholesome way, rather than relying on packaged, store-bought mixes. These hearty pancakes are especially nice on lazy holiday weekends with no particular place to go and nothing urgent to attend to…

Ingredients

1½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
¼ cup rolled oats, ground in blender
¼ cup rolled oats, not ground
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 ¾ cup almond or other non-dairy milk
1 banana, mashed
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp of oil for pan(optional)
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips, for serving
maple syrup, for serving

Directions

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, salt, and spices until well combined. Add the almond milk, mashed banana and vanilla. Gently fold the liquids in, but don’t over-mix, keeping batter lumpy.

Heat a nonstick or stainless steel pan over medium heat until several droplets of water dropped on the surface bounce off of it. Adding a small amount of oil is optional. These will do fine without the oil if the nonstick surface is clear of marks and residue.

Spoon roughly 1/3 cup batter for each pancake onto the pan, 2 per pan if your pan is 10” or larger. Keep an inch or 2 in between, since the batter will expand slightly after pouring.

Cook 3 to 4 minutes until the tops appear almost dry and the bottoms start to brown lightly.

Gently turn the pancakes over with a flexible spatula and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more.

If you prefer to make just a few pancakes, the remaining batter will keep for several days in the fridge since it’s dairy & egg-free.

Serve the pancakes topped with chocolate chips and maple syrup. A small amount of chips goes a long way, melting deliciously onto the pancakes.

Makes 6-8 pancakes, roughly 7” in size

Gwen Coveny is an enthusiastic foodie with a focus on creative, vegetarian entrees and healthy treats. She spends countless hours experimenting with recipes and she finds joy in getting friends and family to try new things. Stay tuned for more culinary inspiration from Gwen in 2015.

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