I remember the first time I gave my baby girl a taste of banana. The expression of contempt on that 7 month old baby’s face said it all. ‘How dare you’!’ was the look she gave followed by rageful screams that made such a scene that one of us had to take her out of the Japanese restaurant we happened to be in. However, like most things kid related, what is hated today is loved tomorrow and vice versa. Now she can’t get enough of them. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. My 2 year old daughter either demands them or grabs them herself from the kitchen island.
As a result, we have taken up to stock piling bananas which isn’t such a hardship if you live in Malaysia and tropical fruit is so prevalent. However, as anyone knows, bananas age quickly – especially when it is always hot and humid. The beautiful yellow bananas with a green stem you brought home from the store quickly develop spots the next day. Anything more than 2 days old becomes spotted, brown and mushy. Which I have discovered is great for banana bread but not for toddler snack time.
But, banana bread can only go so far. Instead of baking them into a tasty bread, I turned them into a morning treat ala banana pancakes. Not just any banana pancakes, THE MOST DELICIOUS BANANA pancakes. Made with a buttermilk batter so that they are soft and fluffy with extra banana, a touch of vanilla and sugar then cooked in butter. These pancakes are perfect alone. No need for extra butter or a syrup. Just pick it up and eat it. Personally, I like to make these ahead of time so that I can quickly toast them in the oven and eat on the go while I try to get my daughter from point A to point B in a certain amount of time early in the morning. There are even some leftover for my husband to take for his breakfast on the go because of course, no one can resist THE MOST DELICIOUS BANANA PANCAKES EVER!
Made with a buttermilk batter so that they are soft and fluffy with extra banana, a touch of vanilla and sugar then cooked in butter. These pancakes are perfect alone. No need for extra butter or a syrup. Just pick it up and eat it. #breakfast #pancakes #bananas #kidfood #familyfavorite
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 3 tbsp melted butter (plus more for cooking)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup (240 ml) buttermilk
- 4 ripe brown bananas
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- handful of Macadamia nuts
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and sugar. Mix until evenly combined.
- In a second larger mixing bowl, peel and crush two ripe brown bananas with a fork or your hands if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty. When bananas are thoroughly puréed, add two eggs, melted butter, vanilla extract and buttermilk. Mix together until properly combined.
- Slowly, sift in the dry ingredients and mix together. Try not to overmix, leaving the batter thick and slightly lumpy.
- Peel and slice up two ripe brown bananas no bigger than 1 cm thick. Carefully fold into pancake batter along with a handful of Macadamia nuts (optional).
- Let batter for sit for 10 minutes.
- In large skillet, melt 1-2 pats of butter on a large non stick skillet or frying pan over medium heat.
- Add 1-2 large spoonfuls of batter to skillet/frying pan and cook over medium heat until the top surface forms bubbles then flip and cook on the other side. This should take 2-3 minutes on each side, depending on pancake size and heat of individual stove top.
- When cooked through and a soft golden brown on each side, remove from heat and serve. I personally don’t believe they need any extra syrup or butter, but if you prefer it with little extra something top it with that and enjoy!
No buttermilk? No problem! Just do what I always do and mix 240 ml of milk with 1 tbsp of vinegar or lemon juice, stir together and wait 10 minutes. It always gets the job done.
- Category: Breakfast, pancakes
- Cuisine: Western
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