Monday, January 24, 2011

Turns Out Jack Johnson Had The Right Idea

Okay...have you guys ever actually had banana pancakes? Of course you have, because you haven't lived as sad and deprived a life as I have.

Saturday morning, a little lady I like to call Melanie Mauss put up a Facebook status about making banana pancakes, and of course it caught my eye because - since I'm on a diet - I'm obsessed with food. Also I feel like pancakes are a miracle food. That statement really needs no explanation, but I'll give you one anyway: I do all my grocery shopping on Sundays, so our fridge is usually looking pretty pathetic by the time Saturday morning rolls around. Sometimes I feel like I'll die a thousand deaths if I have to eat one more fried egg sandwich...but I digress. Anyway, since I always have the ingredients for pancakes in my kitchen, it feels like I'm making something out of nothing, which sorta makes me feel like I have super powers, which sorta makes me love pancakes, which is why I've made them twice since I read Melanie's status.

SO, why am I seemingly teasing you with all this pancake talk? So I can give you this fantastic recipe, of course! I know I don't usually post recipes, but these pancakes are all I can think about right now. Let me tell you...not only are they delicious; they're also good for you! EVERYBODY WINS! (Unless you're allergic to pancakes. Then you lose. Which is pretty much the opposite of winning.) Also, you can use any kind of fruit you want. (USE BANANAS! It's like a party in your mouth! And with bananas they don't need syrup or powdered sugar on top. It just tastes like really good banana bread.) Also, I don't recommend using frozen strawberries unless you like your pancakes scrambled. I mean I'm just guessing. I am certainly not speaking from a disastrously sticky personal experience I had on Saturday.


Blueberry-Bran Pancakes


3/4 cup(s) ready-to-eat bran flakes
2 large egg white(s)
1 1/4 cup(s) buttermilk
2 tsp canola oil
1 cup(s) all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup(s) fresh blueberries
2 tsp powdered sugar


Coat a nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat.

Crush cereal in a food processor or blender, or place in a zip-close plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin; set aside.

Stir egg whites, buttermilk, oil and cereal together in a medium bowl; allow to stand 5 minutes. Beat in flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda with a wire whisk until well blended.

To make pancakes, place 3 tablespoons of batter onto skillet, repeat to make 4 pancakes at a time. Gently press 5 to 6 blueberries into each pancake. Cook until puffed, about 2 minutes; flip and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes more. Repeat to make 12 pancakes. Serve pancakes in a short stack dusted with powdered sugar. Yields 3 pancakes per serving.

1 comment:

Ermine and Pearls said...

Since I'm not fortunate enough to be one of the people you mention on your sidebar thingy, I'm on Cloud 9 that you gave me a shout-out in this blog! And I'm glad you are enjoying the pancakes. I had two other little girls stay with me for the weekend, so I let them decorate their pancakes themselves. I'm still finding pink and purple sprinkles on the counters and on the floor. I highly recommend it!