Growing up, I was involved in lots of after-school activities, dance, sports, etc. Many a meal was eaten in the car on the way to whatever class or practice or game I was going to next. Sure, there was plenty of down-time for foraging new trails in the woods behind our house, racing my sister and the neighbor kids down our dirt road to see who could hit the most puddles, and late night games of kick-the-can. If there was fun and adventure to be had, I was there to have it.
But never at the sacrifice of a good breakfast.
All throughout my school years, my mom woke up extra early to cook us breakfast. Pancakes were always my first request. I think this started when I began revolting against cereal. You see, my family is a waste-not, finish your plate kind of family (translation: many long nights at the dinner table). When my dad established the "finish the milk in your cereal bowl" rule (to which he now denies any responsibility), my strong anti-cereal stance began. (Cereal-flavored milk.. GROSS!) And it continues still to this day. I dont like cereal. Period. (Homemade granola is a different story).
Luckily, my mom makes a serious pancake... full of love, and often full of blueberries or chocolate chips... or both! And occasionally shaped into hearts or Micky Mouse faces. Every morning, during the mad rush to make it to the bus stop (which was a good half mile away, and often resulted in another half-mile walk back home after missing the bus.... hmm, maybe these early morning exercises are where my power hour originated), my mom would have a warm breakfast ready for me. Sometimes breakfast was the only "quality" time of the day, and I never took it for granted.
As an adult, I didn't really see the nutritional value of a pancake and often opted for eggs with veggies instead. Even slathered with peanut butter and maple syrup (my favorite combo for pancake toppings), the glutenous sogginess of pancakes just didn't appeal to me anymore.
Today I made banana bread pancakes that were so good that I didn't hesitate to eat the leftovers- cold and without any toppings. Imagine banana bread in pancake form. Imagine banana bread in pancake form and packed full of mono-saturated (health-promoting) fats, magnesium, antioxidants, vitamin E, and potassium (1). These pancakes are some of the best pancakes I've ever had (sorry mom), even compared to gluten-pancakes!
Step aside Bisquick, there's a new flour in town.
|Topped with a blueberry almond-butter spread|
Banana Bread Pancakes
Grain-Free * Gluten-Free * Dairy-Free
Inspired by Roost
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 TBSP cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 3 overripe bananas (mine were frozen, and thawed slightly)
- 2 eggs
- ghee for greasing the pan (or coconut oil, butter, or other oil)
|Michigan maple syrup is the best!|
Pancakes are back!
*I used a Vita-Mix blender, if you are having problems combining the ingredients in your blender, a food processor might work. If you try it that way, let me know how it goes!
What was your favorite breakfast as a kid? Have you found a way to make it healthier?