Friday, September 9, 2011

Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes // A Bitchin' Kitchen
Posted by: Maggie

I was planning on waiting til Monday to share these pancakes with you, but it's such a good lazy Saturday morning recipe that I figured it would be more logical to give it to you before the weekend.

I don't really like bananas until they're covered in black spots - anytime before that I find them to be too firm, and not sweet enough to eat. Since I always wait until my bananas are super ripe, and since I tend to overbuy them, I always end up with a couple that I waste. In the interest of not throwing away perfectly good food, I made these delicious pancakes. This is definitely a recipe that I'll make again and again - it was super easy, I had all the ingredients in the house, and it kicked the butt of every pancake mix I've ever tried.

This recipe makes 8 pancakes that are approximately 5 inches in diameter each. I was just cooking for myself when I made these, so I stuck the 5 pancakes that I didn't eat in the freezer, and plan to reheat them in the oven at some point according to the directions here. Has anyone ever tried this? I'll be sure to update this post once I know how they turn out after being reheated from frozen.

Here's what you'll need:

Butter for greasing the pan
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 small, very ripe banana, peeled and mashed well
1 cup milk (I used 1%, but any type should work)
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Maple syrup, sliced banana, and butter for serving

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together mashed banana, milk, eggs, and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold wet mixture into dry ingredients until just combined. Do not over mix or your pancakes will be tough! The batter will be slightly lumpy.

Preheat your frying pan or griddle (this is my favorite griddle for making pancakes). Butter the griddle and spread around so the cooking surface is evenly coated. Using a dry 1/3 measuring cup, scoop batter onto the griddle. Cook pancakes until the bottom is golden brown, and small holes start to form on the uncooked side. Flip pancake to the uncooked side, and cook for about 2 minutes more, until golden brown.

Repeat with remaining batter until it's all used up. If you can't cook a lot of pancakes at once due to having a small griddle, or just a frying pan, here's a tip that I use sometimes: Preheat your oven to 200 degrees, and line a pie plate with foil. As you cook the pancakes, stick them in the pie plate to stay warm, and gently cover with foil so they don't get dried out.

(Note: I updated this recipe on 9/12 to clarify the addition of butter to the recipe. When I made this, I only used butter on the skillet, and did not add it to the batter as the original recipe instructed. I think it's probably why they turned out so fluffy, instead of flat! If you would like to use butter in the batter please refer to the original recipe at the link below. Sorry for any confusion!)

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma, The Kids Cookbook

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  1. Ohhh yes please. I love me some nanna pancakes!

  2. I love Jack Johnson's banana pancake song. It popped into my head as soon as I saw your picture. They look so fantastic. I can smell them now!

  3. These look fantastic! Not only can I not wait to try this recipe (yum!) but the picture is gorgeous!!!

  4. Freezing pancakes are fine. I do it all the time - especially with pumpkin ones since no one else will eat them in my house. AJ is the source for pancake knowledge :) I am making these tomorrow to fortify the troops for soccer practice. Thanks!

  5. Mmmm pancakes! Mmmm bananas! Im inlove!! : )

  6. These sound so good. I have been hungry for pancakes. Thanks for sharing.

  7. yummy pancakes with banana flavour! I loved the recipe and the photographs!

  8. Those r such FLUFFY and beautiful pancakes! Is it the eggs that make them puff up like that?

    And i also thought of the Jack Johnson song...LUV that song...makes me smile every time! <3

    Great post, girlies... :)

  9. I made banana pancakes last week and they turned out HORRIBLE! they were flat and chewy instead of fluffy and tender. Your look like what I was going for...can't wait to try this out. Also, I give my freezer pancakes a quick thaw in the microwave and then finish them off in the toaster.

  10. Banana pancakes?! Sounds delicious. I always have ripe bananas in my fruit bowl and this recipe is perfect to use them up!

  11. Banana pancakes... should try these out, would make a nice change from the ordinary ones.

  12. I made these for a rainy day breakfast today and they were great! Thanks for the recipe :)

  13. it was so easy ,that my daughter of 8years did it herself and everybody loved it ,thanks to share your homely receipt to us

  14. My kids love banana french toast. So I can imagine how much they would enjoy your pancake recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  15. These were so yummy

  16. These were lovely. Thanks for sharing!


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