Pancakes were one of the earliest things I remember watching my mom make.  Granted, back then we used box mixes and doused our stacks in Aunt Jemima and Margarine (please don’t hold this against me…)  Still, I remember studying my mom intensely trying to figure out how she got her pancakes so perfect.

I failed at making pancakes for years.

I know, it seems slightly strange that for someone who loves food so much couldn’t make something as simple as pancakes but trust me, it happened.

 Then one day I realized all I had to do was turn down the heat.  My problem had always been that I scorched the outside and the inside was still gooey (again, a “duh” moment but sometimes you have to learn the hard way- I was probably 13.)

I failed again at making pancakes this past weekend.  I was trying to make these lovely oatmeal pancakes from Kate and it wasn’t happening (I’m pretty sure my downfall was trying to use pumpkin-I didn’t have any bananas.)

 I failed twice and by the third time (late Sunday morning), I gave in and went to the store to get bananas.  I came home, said “screw it” and made pancakes I knew wouldn’t let me down (by this point in time my whole thought process was “pancake, pancake, pancake, coffee, pancake.”)

I didn’t let the previous failures get me down.  I danced around the kitchen, waving my wooden spoon while I  sang some goofy song about bananas. and pancakes. and I’m pretty sure there was a chorus about maple syrup (you can’t leave out the maple syrup.)

I thought about recording it but I realized

a. you had to be there

b. the last thing you need to hear is my voice (there’s a reason I’m a BAND conductor…)

 I’m sure I’ll go back to that recipe but that’s just it.  Cooking and baking is a lot of trial and error.  There’s frustrating moments and moments that make me go, “can’t I just order in?”  But once a meal clicks together, it’s magical.

These pancakes clicked together.  Seriously.  I don’t think it gets any better than roasted banana.  The pancakes tasted like I was eating banana bread straight from the oven.  (I might even try the oatmeal recipe with the roasted bananas!)

Roasted Banana Whole Wheat Pancakes
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Recipe type: breakfast
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or regular ww flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon oil (coconut, sunflower, walnut, or melted butter)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ - ¾ cup milk
  • Topping:
  • ⅓ cup Pecans
  • Butter
  • Maple Syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375˚ and place whole bananas (in peel) on a baking tray. Let roast for 15-20 minutes. Bananas peels should be dark brown and softened.
  2. While bananas roast, place pecans in a skillet and let toast for 4-5 minutes over medium heat. Seat aside.
  3. Turn off oven and place an oven-safe plate inside for keeping pancakes warm.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients and give a good stir. In a separate bowl, mash one banana and whisk together with the wet ingredients. Pour over dry ingredients, stir just until combined-don't over mix. If batter thickens too much (and isn't easily pourable) and a bit more milk.
  5. Heat a skillet over medium heat. When skillet is hot (if you flick water onto the skillet, it should sizzle), take about ¼ cup of batter and pour onto skillet. Let cook for 1-2 minutes (until the pancakes begins to bubble slightly. Flip and let cook for another 1-2 minutes until pancake is cooked through.
  6. Place in oven and continue with remaining batter.
  7. Top final pancakes with butter, pecans, remaining roasted banana, and a bit of maple syrup.

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