Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Banana Pancakes

Mmm, pancakes.

We love 'em, but don't dare eat them often. They are a rare treat for us--our dinner last night. But this time I made them a bit differently, with bananas and sour cream, and a hidden boost of fiber. With this recipe we can enjoy them more often.

They look indulgent. They smell dreamy--just like mom's banana bread. They're pillowy soft with a light and airy texture. You'd never know that they're good for you.

And this batch was sugar-free. Even better.

I'd love waking up to these anytime. What a great idea for a special Valentine's Day breakfast for the family!

I drizzled mine with a blend of sugar-free imitation maple syrup (I know, but what can you do?) and agave nectar. Mr.W topped his with unsweetened applesauce. Rolling one up with peanut butter and jelly would be yummy, too.

Banana Pancakes

makes about 10 5-inch pancakes

Dry Ingredients:
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1/3 cup oat bran cereal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:
1 egg
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sugar or sugar substitute
2 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed with a fork
2 tablespoons water or milk (optional; use only if wet mixture seems too stiff)

canola oil for frying

Whisk together dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients. Add dry mixture to wet, stirring until just combined. Do not overmix.

Ladle (about 1/2 cupfuls) onto a hot, oiled skillet over a low flame. When bubbles cover the surface and the edges are set (after about 3 minutes), gently turn over. This is a delicate batter so this can be a bit tricky--use a thin, flexible spatula. Cook gently until golden (about another 3 minutes). Keep warm while making the rest.

Serve warm topped with butter and maple syrup or other desired toppings.


Sara said...

These look so good! I always substitute half wheat flour in pancake recipes, it works out really well and adds a boost of nutrition.

Amanda said...

Thanks, Sara. I only wish a photo could share the amazing aroma of these, as well.

I'm just getting clued in with wheat flour, so all of this is new & exciting for me. And what a great discovery--healthier pancakes & less guilt! Love it!

Sam said...

I'm like you, I love pancakes but hardly ever make them. These look really good, and healthy too, that's even better!

Lulu said...

I LOVE PANCAKES! This must be a theme...someone else's blog that I read posted a blueberry pancake recipe.

I've only had banana pancakes once...in Maui. I'm not sure if it was the setting or if I was starving, but those were the best darn banana pancakes I've ever had!

Amanda said...

I agree, Sam--it IS better when they're healthy!

Lulu, anything in Maui is better I would think!

I'm thinking pancakes might be a foodblogger theme right about now, given the upcoming romantic holiday (and opportunities for breakfast in bed) as well as the fact that many of us are still stuck in the middle of cold wintery weather... pancakes do seem to be one of those cozy comfort foods!

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