Friday, April 13, 2012

Breakfast #58: Whole Wheat Brown Sugar Banana Pancakes

It’s been a whirlwind past couple of weeks.  Exciting but absolutely hectic times at work, the details of which I cannot reveal lest they take away my super secret spy badge.  Ok, not that exciting.  But absolutely hectic yes, with lights flashing, sirens wailing, and a psychedelic cherry on top.  After which, and thankfully, we had a lovely beach holiday over the Easter weekend.  Family, friends, wine, lounging, old National Geographic magazines read under a ceiling fan, boat rides, playing in the sea and sand with little C (who, like a true island girl, loves the beach), and little time to peek online except for a tweet here and there (which was, on the whole, quite lovely as well).

But that’s not what I wanted to chat about.  What I wanted to say is…little C has started schoolOk, it’s just summer play school, and it’s only twice a week, but still!  School is school and a milestone nevertheless, even if they just sing that Mr. Sun song that I have never heard in my life (I promise you) yet every darned kid seems to know.

Her first day saw me agonizing over all-important decisions like: the skinny jeans + peasant blouse OR strappy denim playsuit OR leggings + positive feminine affirmation top (i.e. Wonder Woman t-shirt).  The Dora backpack OR the Mickey Mouse backpack.  Pack art supplies OR let her wreak havoc on the schools crayons instead.  Ponytail OR pigtails. And wait a minute!  What am I going to wear that says I’m a cool, calm, elegant, involved but not too involved, on-the-ball but laid back mum?

I should have been making these for her lunch box instead.

Whole Wheat Brown Sugar Banana Pancakes
(adapted from How Sweet It Is)
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • More butter for the pan

- Whisk together flours, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.
- Measure out the milk and add the vanilla extract and egg to it.  Whisk until fully incorporated.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined.  Add the bananas to the mixture and mix.  Add the butter and stir until just combined.  Do not over mix.
- Heat a skillet on medium heat.  Add a thin sliver of butter.  When it bubbles you can add the batter.  For regular sized pancakes drop batter by 1/4 – 1/3 cupfuls onto the hot butter.  For mini-pancakes, like I’ve made here, drop batter by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the butter.  Cook until little bubbles form on top and the bottom is golden.  Flip and cook until the other side is golden as well.
- Serve with Vanilla Maple Glaze (as the originalrecipe includes), your favorite pancake syrup, or, as I think is best, with a dollop of Nutella.

These taste like banana bread in pancake form, so, you can imagine, right up my alley.  The original recipe includes a Vanilla Maple Glaze that sounds heavenly but I couldn’t keep the Nutella from throwing herself at these fragrant discs of banana goodness.  Far be it for me to try keeping Nutella and bananas away from each other.  I made mini pancakes, roughly the size of a cookie, because it’s easier and more fun for little C to eat it this way – she just grabs them and munches away.  Although these didn’t make the first day of school, they soon followed as a celebratory breakfast.  They would be perfect though to pack as a snack (or "baon" as we call it here).

So how was the first day? Extraordinary for me, but I would think fairly typical for all other more experienced mums out there.  Some very dramatic “tragic face” looks.  Shy moments.  Reaching out moments.  Moments of discovery.  Warming up moments. Please and thank you’s.  Adorable washing hands moments.  Proud mum moments (lots of those!).  And yes, Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Golden sun.  Where was I when they taught everyone that song?  Eating pancakes somewhere I suspect.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

So mouthwatering and tempting!



Tin said...

Breakfast should always look this great! YUMMY!!! :)

Tangled Noodle said...

Is this the Nutella little C was resisting in your tweet the other day? I'll be happy to take the whole plate! Congratulations to the little miss on starting school - wardrobe and accessories dilemmas and all! 8-)

jewelsandstuff said...

Such a heartwarming post (and you're not the only one who didn't know the Mr. Sun song :) I wish little C the best of luck in summer school. When she's bigger, she can go to these summer "cooking" classes. Last year my little one did and he'd bring home little egg salad sandwiches (with the little flags) and some kind of Waldorf-like salad for his mom :)

Gio of The Hungry Giant said...

Nutella makes everything better! If only I knew about that when I was starting school. I probably would've been a happier child growing up. haha!

David Head said...

Oh goodness, these look delicious!!!! Can't wait to try these for breakfast!

Caterers in Manchester

Catherine said...

Hi again!

We always have table bananas delivered (for sale or free) at home and sometimes I need ideas on how to prepare them differently so they won't rot.

You see I don't like eating them as is. Thank you for the idea.


PS. I have been thinking of thanking you for introducing Pinterest in your blog (last year I think) I joined and I'm loving it.

BettyAnn @Mango_Queen said...

These banana pancakes look so amazing. How can something that looks this delish be so healthy? Thanks for sharing, Joey!

jen laceda said...

absolutely yummy! my kids will be over the moon and back with these pancakes! and yes sir-ee, i do have whole wheat flour in my pantry!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Rosa!

Hi Tin! Thank you :) Just doing my part in preaching the gospel of breakfast!

Hi Tracey! Yes! She took the pancake plain, but I was eventually able to able to get her to try a bite with Nutella which she, of course, liked! The okra however (that I mentioned in the same tweet) she asked for of her own volition and then proceeded to eat one after the other!

Hi Jewelsandstuff! Glad to know I wasn't the only one in the dark! I would love to enroll her in summer cooking workshops when she is older :)

Hi Gio! It certainly does! :)

Thanks David :)

Hi Catherine! Aside from these pancakes I have a bunch on banana bread and banana cupcake recipes here, just do a search :) I placed some links as well on this post. Enjoy!

Hi Betty Ann! Thanks! They are certainly a bit healthier than regular pancakes ;)

Hi Jen! Just make sure you use whole wheat pastry flour (which is finer that regular whole wheat flour)...hope you kids enjoy this!

michele said...

This would be a treat for a morning breakfast. Especially a weekend for us.

Katrina said...

Those pancakes look super delish, and the Nutella dripping down makes me want to dip my finger in it! I was just about to ask if little C tasted the Nutella (since it's brown), but I saw your reply already. So was that her first-ever taste of chocolate? Not a bad way to start! :-) What was her reaction?

The Wine Wanderer said...

No words to describe that recipe...watching that dollop of Nutella slowly fading all over the pancakes' surface is something pornographic! Someone should censore certain pics...they are will-to-dieT killer! :)

Hello Balloon said...

Once again, you successfully made my stomach growl before I got to the end of the post... Cheers! Hahaha!

Glad to hear that little C's first day turned out well. Now I'm curious about that Mr. Sun song!

Junglefrog said...

O so cute Jo! Haha. I can almost see you standing in front of her closet ( I would have gone for the wonder woman outfit..;). Pretty pancakes too!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Michele! And don’t we all deserve a treat? :)

Hi Katrina! Yes, her first ever taste! And I had to semi -force her! Well, she, or course, liked it and asked for more bites :) Although I have to say her reaction to my truffle scrambled eggs was more fervent ;) She also had her 2nd taste of chocolate last night – chocolate soufflĂ© at Chef Jessie’s. I had to tell her it was oatmeal so she would take the first bite!

Hi Wine Wanderer! Haha! I have to say that I definitely fell victim to these!!

Hi Arlu! Look for it! I am sure you have heard a kid or two singing it before! ;)

Hi Simone! She will definitely be wearing the Wonder Woman t-shirt very soon!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I am sure Little C. is going to have a blast at school! Congratulations to her!
These pancakes look super delicious and I love it that you served them with Nutella - yum!

Shalum said...

happy food!:)

Katrina said...

A little kid who loves truffles at first bite -- truly a girl after my own heart! :-D I'm relieved she's slooowly warming up to chocolate. But maybe she just doesn't have very much of a sweet tooth? NOT a bad thing, especially with children. I'm still in awe that she liked okra -- I can't stand the stuff!

Midge said...

With the Nutella on top, I'm thinking these flapjacks would be nicer as merienda - with an additional scoop of dark chocolate ice cream!

Laura said...

You have a beautiful blog with so many inspiring posts! Congrats on your work!
Would you like to follow each other?

redmenace said...

I love the agonizing decisions one must make for school. I also LOVE pancakes. So delicious!

heidi said...

hahaha. such a funny and honest post, If I have a child I will be exactly like you freaking out on how to dress my little one and myself :)

but i promise to make these whole wheat pancakes that looks so delicious.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Patricia! I would serve most things with Nutella if I didn’t control myself! Heehee :)

Hi Shalum! Yes it is :)

Hi Katrina! I didn’t really eat okra until recently! And I wasn’t trying to feed her any – we were having it and she wanted to try some…and liked it! I guess it’s true what they say that if you want your kids to eat their vegetables you have to eat them yourself first!

Hi Midge! Yes, they would make a nice merienda too…and I know this because I’ve already had them for marienda ;)

Hi Laura! Thank you so much for your nice words! :) I will hop over to your blog soon :)

Hi Redmenace! Right? ;) I am getting a kick out of these little decisions because it distracts me from the tuition!!

Hi Heidi! Ah, so you know where I’m coming from! ;) Hope you enjoy the pancakes!

Berto and Kwala said...

I literally had to wipe off my drool with that picture! I am now hungry for pancakes, and it's all your fault! Hahaha!


Kelsey said...

Definetly love these pancakes! Anything that incorporates whole wheat flour is a favorite of mine too! So delicious!

pavani reddy said...

omg..they look heavenlyyyy...i love this n nutellla is my guilt food..

ChichaJo said...

Hi Kwala! Heehee :) Try them! They are quite easy to make :)

Hi Kelsey! Trying to sub whole wheat in different recipes :)

Hi Pavani! I love Nutella too :)

Frank said...

These pancakes look fantastic. I like the idea with Nutella instead of syrup. I'll try this recipe next weekend. I'm sure my kids are going to love it.

Dexie said...

OMG, is all I can say. Oh and YUM! :)