Banana pancakes... what hasn't been said or written about them yet?! But still, they stay as one of my favourite pancakes of them all, easy and quick to do, very often a "go to" breakfast, brunch, lunch or sometimes even dinner (especially when I don't fell like or can't spend much time in the kitchen).
I'm following Mayim Bialik on Instagram (who you may know from The Big Bang Theory) and I was tempted to get her cookbook "Mayim's vegan table" when she got it out. It didn't disappoint. I was a complete newbie at the time when it came to vegan food, plant based eating in general, so I found the book really helpful in terms of explaining what vegan food is all about, how to get around to baking/cooking without the eggs or dairy. It's in that book, that I've found the recipe for banana pancakes, that actually worked and my girls really like them!
I've adapted the recipe ever so slightly, to suit my girls' taste buds, but they're really very small changes (for ex. in Mayim's recipe there's no sugar at all). It can be challenging at times to eliminate from your diet things, that you took for granted your whole life, that are used in so many everyday dishes, bakes... But it IS doable and quite easily too!
How to make it...
- 3 cups white whole wheat flour, or all-purpose or whole wheat flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 bananas, mashed well with fork
- 2 cups nondairy milk or water (or more, depending on the consistency desired)
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup sugar
- In a bowl mix together the flour, oats, baking powder, salt, bananas, nondairy milk, and vegetable oil.
- Do not over-beat, as the batter will get too thick.
- Place a griddle/non stick pan over medium-high heat and oil the pan lightly with nonstick cooking spray or a few teaspoons of vegan margarine or vegetable oil.
- Pour out 4-inch circles onto a hot, oiled pan.
- Cook for several minutes, until small bubbles form on the outer edge, and flip to lightly cook the other side, about 1 minute.
- Make sure the pan stays oiled for the remaining pancakes, adding oil by the teaspoon as the pan becomes dry.
- Serve immediately with a choice of your toppings.
You can keep any leftover pancakes in an airtight container in your fridge, to reheat you can fry them, microwave them for 1 minute or put into your toaster on the lowest setting.
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