Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Banana Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce

I’m not a “pancake person,” meaning the toddler can probably count the times I made pancakes in my entire life (and he can only reliably count to about 12 or so…). I also never order them on the rare occasion that we go out for breakfast. However, for some reason I felt like banana pancakes on Sunday. I literally woke up and thought “banana pancakes.” Strange. Anyway. I decided to replace the oil in a traditional pancake recipe with two very, very ripe bananas, and it worked out great. I thought a strawberry sauce would go nicely with bananas and knew that I had some frozen strawberries left in the freezer.

Banana Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce


  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup all whole wheat flour (or your can use 1 cup all purpose flour instead of half and half)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 very ripe bananas, smashed (the ones I used were almost “beyond hope.” I put them in a plastic bag and smashed them up.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • In another bowl beat the egg, then add the milk, bananas and vanilla.
  • Mix the dry and wet ingredients together.
  • Heat a bit of oil or butter in a pan or oil/butter a griddle and pour small ladles of batter in the pan/on the griddle.
  • Let the pancakes cook on medium heat until bubbles form, then flip the pancakes over and cook on the other side until golden brown.
Servings: 12 – 15 small pancakes
Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes

Strawberry Sauce 

  • 12 Frozen Strawberries
  • About 1 tablespoon sugar (use more or less depending on how sweet you like your strawberry sauce)
  • Put the strawberries in a bowl and microwave for about 90 seconds, until there is some liquid.
  • Transfer the strawberries to a small pot and cook them over medium high heat on the stove for about 10 minutes, until some of the liquid reduces.
  • Add sugar to taste.
Servings: Enough for 12 – 15 small pancakes
Prep and Cook time: 12 minutes

These pancakes were awesome, and I may be a “pancake person” after all!!! Oh, and the whipped cream didn’t hurt either… Winking smile

Questions: Do you like pancakes? What are your favorite kind? What’s your favorite breakfast? My “everyday” breakfast is oatmeal, non-fat plain Greek yogurt, and walnuts. I love it. My “special occasion” breakfast used to always be something savory, like breakfast burritos. But after these pancakes, I’m not so sure anymore… Smile

Be well,