I love pancakes… soo much… So here’s another way to use an extremely ripe banana 🙂
So you remember those bananas I had pretty much dying on my counter? Well here’s what I did with the second one. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to save the 3rd one but 2 out of 3, I did pretty good 🙂 These pancakes are soo easy, really tasty and I love the natural sweetness of the ripe banana! Top with some chopped walnuts for some crunch and plenty of syrup and there you have it a breakfast that will keep you full for hours that is actually not bad for you 🙂
By the way my birthday is in 15days! Oh yeah! We are taking a little trip to cali for the weekend and I’m really looking forward to it 🙂 Just a couple of days away will be soo good! And nothing is more relaxing than slurping a strawberry margarita in a cute beach restaurant in Santa Monica, I’m all for it 🙂
Let’s get back to the pancakes! Here are a few tips:
– Don’t overmix the batter! This is Very Important! Mr. Picky likes to make breakfast.Especially on holidays, anniversary and birthdays he makes me breakfast, eggs, bacon and toast. Now although I love it and I appreciate it, the man is not that great at making pancakes. I mean the taste yummy, but they are always supper flat and I like a light, fluffy pancake. One of the reasons is that he overbeats the batter! He whisks it until it’s perfectly smooth and you really don’t want to do that. You want the gluten in the flour to do its thing to create a perfect fluffy pancake every time! So when you add the wet to the dry ingredients, stir with a spatula just until all the dry ingredients are wet and there are no dry spots.The batter will be lumpy but that’s ok, once the pancakes are cooked there won’t be any lumps in the finished product just a perfectly fluffy pancake.
– Don’t smash the pancakes! This is another thing that Mr. Picky does. Once you flip the pancakes, just let them cook. Don’t smash to flatten with a spatula! Just don’t! That also makes for obviously a flat pancake. I’m not sure why he does it, but just please don’t.
– If you want a really light pancake, separate the egg whites and yolks and beat the egg white until stiff peaks form, set aside. Once you combine the wet and dry ingredients together, just fold in the egg whites and cook as directed. This will make the pancakes very light and fluffy with a slightly crispy edges!
– Also to make a fluffier, lighter pancake it’s best to sift all the dry ingredients together a few times! And if you are making a special breakfast for a birthday or your anniversary you can also use cake flour. I never have cake flour layng around so here’s how to make it:
for 1 cup of cake flour sift together 7/8 cup all-purpose flour with 2 tbsp cornstarch
for 2 cups of cake flour sift together 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour with 1/4 cup cornstarch
This can also be used in substituting cake flour in cakes! So no need to buy it anymore, it works just as good!
– You know your pancakes are ready to flip when little bubbles start forming on the surface 🙂 Don’t flip them any sooner or they will fall apart!
– Make sure your pan is hot but not too hot! If your pan is close to smoking, let it cool! Your pancakes will cook wayy too quickly and burn! Also although the outside will appear overcooked, the inside will be most likely runny! So medium low heat is best 🙂
– Once you flip your pancakes, the second side will cook much faster, soo cook for about 1-2 more mins. That side won’t brown as evenly as the first, but that’s ok!
– To keep pancakes warm, preheat oven to 200F and place them on a baking sheet.
So there you have it! Now go make some pancakes!
Comments: Fluffy pancakes that are slightly sweet, quick and yum! I love the crunch from the walnuts 🙂 Leftovers are great frozen and reheated in the microwave.
Will I make it again? yes
Easy Breezy Banana Walnut Pancakes
Makes 7-8 pancakes
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 medium large banana, very ripe, mashed
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- chocolate chips if you are into that kind of stuff 😉
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts for serving
Directions: In a bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl or your measuring cup whisk together all the wet ingredients. Slowly add the wet to dry and stir to combine just until all the dry ingredients are wet and there are no dry spots. Make pancakes! Top with chopped walnuts and plenty of syrup!
Slightly adapted from: Williams Sonoma