Banana Pancakes - Start the day off right
I have a boring morning routine. I wake up, brush my teeth, wash my face, check emails, check social media, then make an omelette with turkey, garlic, cheese with one piece of toast. That's every morning day after day. For a person who loves breakfast as much as I do (we are talking I use to eat breakfast foods 3 meals a day) you think I would be more creative. Some times I just need to get going since Im not a morning person. I have never been a morning person ever. Most of my jobs had odd works hours. I would work from 6pm till 6am or 9am to 6am. Yup you read that right. Sometimes having only enough time to shower and turn around and do it all over again. At 25 though I thought I was invincible and that it would never catch up with me. Boy, was I wrong. Breakfast back then was a sugar free Redbull with a straw. I remember a few times eating cold pop tarts. If I didn't need to go to work till later that night, I would sleep right through breakfast, lunch, and dinner and just show up to work. When I got to work, you guessed it, I would have a sugar free Redbull to tie me over. After gaining 50 pounds, I realized I needed a lifestyle change. A career change, a meal plan, a life plan.
A breakfast routine became part of my plan. Even if I didn't have a job for a while, I needed to get up and make something nutritious, tasty, and start the day right. Now my breakfast has stemmed off the extra nutritious options I used to make, but time will do that to you. Every once in a while I get wild and make pancakes, french toast, or muffins. Today was one of those days. I had some bananas I was saving for muffins or bread but I thought what the heck its 40 degrees outside I need something a little more filling. Enter Banana Pancakes.
Funny thing is in my new SF apartment I don't have my stand mixer or hand mixer here. So all the recipes you see have been beaten, whisked, and fluffed by hand. Yup whipping egg whites by hand is no easy feat. So if you have you mixers get them out. It will make this recipe really quick. Also use overly ripe bananas. I love using baker's sugar (aka extra fine) because it allows a softer and less gritty pancake. If you are familiar with my blog you are keenly aware that I use salted butter almost always. If you don't have salted butter on hand be sure to add a dash of salt to the flour mixture before adding to the milk mixture.
I hope you enjoy these pancakes as much as I did this morning. Also if you notice the orange juice in the shot I implore you to go out and get some Evolution orange juice immediately. It is the best orange juice I have ever bought at a grocery store. The apple juice from Evolution is life changing as well.
2 ½ cups of all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
5 eggs separated
¼ cup of sugar, extra fine works best
1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste
2 ripe bananas mashed
4 tablespoons of salted butter melted
2 cups of fat free milk
Extra Bananas for topping
1. In a large bowl mix egg yolks and bananas together. Mix in milk. Set aside
2. In a small bowl mix flour and baking powder together. Set aside.
3. In a clean stainless steal bowl or stand mixer beat egg whites till frothy. Mix in slowly the ¼ cup of sugar. Continue to beat till soft peaks.
4. Mix flour mixture into milk mixture. Then mix in vanilla bean paste. Then add melted butter and mix. Finally gently fold in the egg whites.
5. On a griddle of medium heat or on the stove on medium heat using a non stick pan ladle batter using a ice cream scoop or cookie scoop. It ensures the batter is even. Flip when bubbles start to form on the top of the pancake. Pancake will rise which is what you want.
6. Serve with butter, whipped cream, and bananas on top. Or serve plain.