We love breakfast, especially on Saturdays. If we’re not at our favorite breakfast joint, P&G’s Pamela’s, we’re in the kitchen making our own.
The only problem we run into is what to make. Declan prefers a nice hearty breakfast because his Dad always made big breakfasts on Saturday mornings – eggs, bacon, toast, you name it. Erica likes a lighter breakfast – crepes, fruit, sometimes eggs. So we compromise, by making banana pancakes!
As you already know, we have bananas for breakfast throughout the week. But sometimes, they become too ripe. So instead of throwing them out, we put them in a freezer bag and pop that in the freezer. Frozen bananas are perfect for many things because when they thaw they are nice and mushy. The mushiness is what allows us to incorporate bananas into our pancakes. Allow us to explain…
To make this really convenient, we use a good quality pancake batter mix that also doubles as biscuit batter mix. See, we’re still thinking ahead.
- Servings – 6 to 8 pancakes
- Prep time – 5 minutes
- Cook time – 5 minutes
- Pancake batter mix
- 2 frozen bananas
- Egg (if the pancake batter mix calls for one)
- Water or milk
1.) Take the peel off of your frozen bananas by slicing off the ends with a paring knife and making two slits down the “belly” of the banana and it’s “back”. The peel should come right off.
2.) Slice bananas into 1 inch coins and place in a microwave safe bowl (we used our mixing bowl) and microwave for 60 seconds. This is the fastest way to thaw them.
3.) Mush bananas with a spoon until an even liquid consistency. If bananas still aren’t thawed, mix in a little hot water (no more than a couple tablespoons).
4.) Read your pancake batter mix’s instructions. Two bananas yield about 1 cup of liquid so subtract this about from the amount of water (or milk) the instructions call for. Add in the difference of liquid (water or milk), dry pancake batter mix, egg (if it calls for one) and a pinch of cinnamon to your mixing bowl and mix until batter is formed. Don’t worry if its a little lumpy.
5.) Heat your skillet or griddle over medium-low heat and spray with Pam or grease with butter. Wait for it to be hot before moving to step six.
7.) Flip pancakes over with a spatula once the edges begin to bubble and turn brown. Or refer to this on when/how to flip a pancake.
8.) Cook until pancakes rise, about another minute or two.
P.S. – We’re just as surprised as you are that we went this entire time talking about frozen bananas without making an Arrested Development reference.