Woo! It’s great to be back!
I am so sorry that I left my blog high and dry the past few weeks. I drove from California to Massachusetts, spent about a month living on a pull out bed in the basement of my childhood home and getting my wedding together, had said wedding, then drove back to California! Phew. But now I’m home, I’m relaxed and I’m thrilled to be playing around in my own kitchen again.
This recipe I came up with is actually more like a pantry short cut, to be honest. Yesterday morning, I really wanted a fun, sweet breakfast so I grabbed an ol’ standby out of the pantry: pancake mix. I’m talking the fool proof, just add water stuff. Right next to it was a bag of cinnamon oat clusters. Hmmm. My wheels started turning. Then I saw the bananas on the counter and it was really a no brainer. Banana oat pancakes were born.
Yields about 4 large pancakes/8 small pancakes.
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup buttermilk pancake mix (just add water variety)
- 1/3 cup oat clusters or granola (plus extra for garnish)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- maple syrup
- powdered sugar for garnish
- fresh berries for garnish
- Mash the banana into a paste in a mixing bowl.
- Add 3/4 cup water and whisk until combined. (Follow box directions for exact measurement. The brand I used is 3/4 cup water to 1 cup dry mix). Whisk dry mix into the water and banana mixture, until smooth.
- Put 1/3 cup oat clusters in a sandwich bag, and lightly use a rolling pin or can to crush them into smaller, uniform pieces. Whisk the oats into the pancake mix, along with cinnamon and cardamom, until blended and smooth.
- Heat a greased pan or griddle on medium heat. For large pancakes, use 1/2 cup of batter or for smaller pancakes, use 1/4 cup. Make them one or two at a time, cooking a minute and half on each side until golden brown, flipping only once.
- Serve with more oats sprinkled on top, a drizzle of maple syrup and powdered sugar, along with some fresh fruit.
I mean, seriously? Pancake mix, a banana and some oat clusters? I’m pretty sure any one could do this. It’s a really kid friendly recipe, not just for taste but for prep too. Get them in there mashing bananas and crushing oats. It’s easy clean up and the whole thing takes about 10 minutes tops. Really, 10 minutes and you get this:
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Picky Gourmet recipe without some customization ideas. I really like Kind cinnamon oat clusters for this but you could use anything in the same vein. I have a vanilla flavored bag I’d like to try this with, but really any kind of oats or granola that can add that texture and extra flavor can be used. It’s a great way to add something healthy into a tasty breakfast.
This is a nice, easy recipe to kick things back off over here. I’ve got a bunch of notes and ideas kicking around from my trip, and I’m excited to get back into it! I’ll hopefully be back to weekly/bi-weekly posts soon. I’ve really missed it. No one ever told me how crazy the last couple weeks before a wedding can be!
Does any one else have another fun way to make pancake mix exciting? Or any other favorite shortcuts? I’d love to hear, and I promise I’ll be posting again soon! Thanks for sticking with me.