Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fluffy Banana Oat Pancakes


Part of a long holiday weekend always includes good eats!  Labor Day is all about a great BBQ dinner and a lazy Sunday {or Monday in our case} brunch.  I found this recipe for banana oat pancakes and was intrigued...ingredients include Greek yogurt and honey too, which I love.  These are healthy and surprisingly GOOD!  They were a hit with our guests and definitely something we'll make again and again.  They had the perfect hint of sweet with chunks of gooey bananas, but were still light and fluffy.

Recipe from Simple Bites:
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt, preferably Greek style
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter or canola oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 1/3 cup puréed ripe bananas, about 4 medium bananas
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

1. Place a large skillet or griddle on the stove (you can also use an electric skillet) and preheat over low heat while you make the batter.
2. Add the oats to a food processor and process until the mixture is very fine. In a medium-large sized bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, ground oats, flax seed, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
Note: Alternatively, if you have a large food processor you can add all the dry ingredients at once and process until the oats are very fine. Follow step 3, then add the flour mixture to the bowl containing the liquids and mix. Then, proceed to step 5.
3. In a separate medium-sized bowl, combine the milk, yogurt, butter or canola oil (if using butter, allow it to cool to room temp first), honey, banana, and eggs. Hand whisk until thoroughly combined, but do not beat.
4. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour the liquids into the bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until well incorporated. Again, do not beat the mixture. Just stir until moist and combined.
5. Turn the heat on the pan or griddle up to medium-low. Grease with cooking spray, oil, or butter according to your preference. Add the batter 1/4 cup per pancake to the pan. Cook until golden brown on the bottom before flipping.
6. You can usually tell it is ready to flip because the top will start to bubble. Pancakes can be kept warm in a 150 degree oven on an oven-safe plate or cookie sheet while the remaining cook. Serve with your favorite jam, honey, or syrup.


Here's another shot showing off our new place mats from Pier 1.  They were only $1.88 on sale!  Find them here.

Did you cook anything good over the long weekend?  Do share!
xo natasha

Linked to: Tasty Tuesdays

30 comments:

  1. This looks TASTY! I love healthy breakfasts and pancakes, so I will definitely add this to my files.

    I posted a mixed berry jam recipe today, so be are both thinking about breakfast!

    Glad you had a great holiday!

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  2. Mmmm, I am a huge breakfast/pancake fan. These look too good!

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  3. How tasty do these look! I think I will definitely have to make up a batch this weekend.

    xo

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  4. I had seen those placemats. Now that they are on sale I may have to go check them out. Those pancakes look amazing. Yes, please!

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  5. Yum! You always post the best recipes! Oh, and we have the exact same plates...love them!

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  6. Wow - those are fluffy pancakes! They look delicious. Love the new placemats too!

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  7. mmm this looks SO good. its almost lunchtime here and i really want breakfast for lunch now. xoxo jillian:: celebrate cornflake dreams' first birthday with a month of giveaways!

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  8. looks like i'm having breakfast for lunch today...

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  9. Oh those look delish! Yummy!
    xo
    Alexa
    www.theshortandthesweetofit.com

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  10. Pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast treats! Can't wait to try these!

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  11. Well, now I'm hungry! Let me bookmark this ASAP.
    pS enter my giveaway

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  12. Hej, I really like your pictures and your blog!
    Check out mine ;)

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  13. These look delish! I definitely need to get a bit more exciting with my pancake recipes. I'm all too happy to stick with stacks of plain drenched in maple syrup!

    Sorcha x
    Bonfire Brunette

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  14. This post makes me so hungry! Pancakes are my weakness!!

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  15. Please come over and make these tasties for me. And bring em to me in bed for extra points. And if there's whipped cream on top I will give you a bear hug :)

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  16. These look so incredibly delicious! I am a sucker for pancakes.

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  17. These look soooo delicious - I love experimenting with different pancake recipes :)

    The bananas and rasberries look like the perfect touch!

    xoxo
    Jenna

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  18. Yeahhh baby! Breakfast is my favorite meal and pancakes are one of my fave choices (: These look amazing!

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  19. Wow- they look delicious! We have also become huge fans of greek yogurt! It's so good for you! And great deal on the pretty placemats. :)

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  20. These look DELICIOUS!
    I'm not a banana fan but these ... yum!

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  21. you torture me with all of your delicious foodie posts!! Those look soooo good- I want them delivered to me... while I'm still in bed... haha :)

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  22. these look phenomenal. thanks for sharing!

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  23. Banana oat pancakes are my favorite! I am excited to try this recipe. I have never made them, but there is a restaurant in my hometown that serves the best, so I am excited to be able to make them so far from home.

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  24. i am loving all your recipes. i'm getting hungry now :) can't wait to make these pancakes!

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