Friday, July 8, 2011

Oven Free Banana Bread - Make Pancakes!

I had some perfect for bread bananas, but it is 90 degrees in my kitchen.  I wanted banana bread but the idea of turning on the oven makes me swoon, and not in a good way!  So what was my easy solution you ask?  Why make pancakes of course!  They were delicious bites of banana bread goodness on a plate with maple butter! (From the farmer's market, so yum!)  Here is the recipe:

2 very ripe bananas
2 eggs
3/4 to 1 cup milk, depending on if you like thick or thin pancakes
                          and whether you use white or wheat flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 T brown sugar, maple syrup or honey, optional but yummy
1 tsp cinnamon or Penzey's baking spice (my favorite)
2 cups flour (any combo of all purpose and white whole wheat)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Mash and mix the bananas, eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar and spice.  Mix well.  Stir in remaining ingredients gently.  Let sit while you heat up the pan.  If you are making anything else with breakfast let the batter rest while you do it.  This lets the liquid soak into the grains.  If you can't wait just know they might be a little denser but still delicious.  Heat a griddle over medium heat and grease lightly if pan is not nonstick.  Cook until bubbles appear and first side is brown, flip and repeat.  Don't flip more than once as this can make the pancake tough.  Serve with fresh fruit and maple butter or syrup.

These really taste like banana bread and the batch makes lots of little pancakes!  This is what was left after the kids and I each ate 3.  Did I mention they are really filling?


  1. My goodness, those do look good, I think I might halve the recipe though!

  2. I also wonder what to substitute for the walnuts... last time I tried sunflower seeds and it came out good... but somehow that doesn't sound right for this one, any ideas?

  3. I think pumpkin seeds would be great in this, as that is one of my favorite types of seed for baking and snacking, next to sunflower seeds. Let me know how you like them, and halving the recipe is a very good idea, which I will do next time, as we ate them for three breakfasts!

  4. Hmmm, I will try pumpkin seeds then! We'll see what Max thinks... :)

  5. Yum, just made these this morning... used sunflower seeds and it turned out just fine.. but yeah, glad i halved the recipe or we never would have finished them!