Friday, May 11, 2012

Banana Pancakes {Foodie Friday}

If I haven't already said this (and I am sure that I have) I don't like bananas unless they are baked in something. My mom says that I used to eat bananas all the time when I was a little girl and she must have burned my out on them because I can't stand to eat them plain. This is a problem for me because bananas are super cheap and really good for you. The best way for me to get all that yummy potassium is to put them into food. I love pancakes (and who doesn't) so when I saw this recipe on Annie's Eats I made them ASAP. I am an big fan of them, but let me tell you...Caroline loved them even more. She still eats bananas plain so we haven't completely ruined her yet!! She also really loves the banana crumb muffins. Have you made those yet? You should!

Banana Pancakes

Yield: about 8 pancakes

4 tbsp. unsalted butter, plus additional for greasing the pan
1½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. sugar
2½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1 small ripe banana, mashed
1 cup milk
2 large eggs
½ tsp. vanilla extract
Additional banana slices, for serving
Maple syrup, whipped cream, etc. for serving

Preheat the oven to 200˚ F.  Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl; set aside to cool slightly.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; whisk together to combine.  In a another bowl, combine the mashed banana, milk, eggs and vanilla and whisk to blend.  Add the melted butter and the banana mixture to the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix gently with a rubber spatula until just blended (the batter will be slightly lumpy).
Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat.  Grease lightly with butter.  Drop the batter in 1/3 cup portions onto the heated cooking surface.  Cook until a few bubbles form in the top surface and the bottom is golden brown, about 2 minutes.  Carefully flip the pancake over and cook on the remaining side until golden brown, 1-2 minutes more.  Transfer finished pancakes to a plate in the warm oven while you use the remaining batter, re-greasing the pan as needed.  Serve warm with maple syrup and sliced bananas as desired.

Source: Annie's Eats

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