Midge started middle school this year and we are only a few weeks in – but she already LOVES it. She is so excited to be in Chorus this year and loves getting to change classes and see more of her friends every day. I love that school does not start until 9am, meaning after six years of having to be at the bus stop at 6:40am, we now get to have a nice leisure morning and not leave the house until 8:30. The best part about this – besides her getting to sleep in some – is that breakfast is no longer rushed, and I get to make her a quick, healthy breakfast every morning. Her current favorite – Banana Nut Pancakes.
I remember my Dad making me pancakes every morning before school, so I am excited to carry on this fun tradition and hope she will remember it the way I do. These pancakes are a bit different than the ones Dad used to make – but just as delicious. These are made with just a few ingredients and have a ton of rich flavor. Midge has always loved Banana Nut Bread, so I knew she would love these too.
These are also perfect for what to do with overly ripe bananas since the mushier they are – the easier they are to make into pancakes! And you can really add in all kinds of flavors to change up your pancakes! We have added in cinnamon, nutmeg, and even a few chocolate chips! They always come out delicious in just a matter of a few minutes. Paired with eggs and bacon for protein these are the perfect sweet, healthy way to start your morning!
- 1 large ripe banana
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 tsp baking soda (optional)
Preheat a greased griddle over medium heat.
In a mixing bowl, mash the banana into a puree, or leave a little bit of chunkiness.
Crack in the eggs and beat together with the mashed banana.
For added fluffiness, you could also add 1/2 teaspoon baking powder at this time.
Stir in the walnuts and vanilla extract.
Pour about a 1/4 cup onto hot griddle.
Cook until edges are dry.
Turn, cook until the other side is browned to your liking.
Banana Nut Pancakes are a great way to start your day with a sweet treat that isn’t full of sugar. They are a little heavier than your typical bread pancakes, but they will also keep you fuller, longer – something kids need for school!