I am all kinds of messed up today: I made my recipe for Meatless Monday on Saturday and now I’m posting it on a Tuesday! Better late than never, I suppose 😉
I woke up on Saturday morning really craving pancakes. But since I’ve started reading Wheat Belly, I’ve been trying to cut back on the wheat (ie flour). I’m doing a pretty good job, but there are some things that I just haven’t been able to commit to yet–like beer and the small amounts of wheat that are found in salad dressings and sauces, for instance. (My appreciation and awe goes out to those who are completely wheat- or gluten-free by choice and especially to those who have wheat or gluten allergies.)
Luckily, I had seen a recipe somewhere that made pancakes with oats and my morning was saved! (Side note: oats are not always gluten-free, but they are wheat-free) I took to the internet immediately and managed to find a recipe that included ingredients I already had in my house. Hooray!
- 2 ripe bananas, cut into chunks
- 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (I was somehow out of baking powder, so I used a heaping 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda instead)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (which I left out at request of the Boy, and it tasted just fine!)
- 2 tablespoons chocolate chips (I have no idea how much I used–I just sprinkled them on top and stopped when I thought I had enough ;-))
The recipe is very simple. First, you blend the banana and almond milk.
It smelled and looked so good! It was really hard to not abandon this project and just make a smoothie, but it was definitely worth the waiting 🙂
Next, blend the oats and baking powder (or soda) and salt (or not) until it’s all combined. I left mine a bit chunkier than the original recipe.
Let it sit for a minute or two so it thickens up, and then you’re ready to start cooking! Spoon some batter onto a hot griddle that’s been greased and wait for those air bubbles to start popping!
Sprinkle those chocolate chips on and get to flippin’! I somehow accidentally deleted the only picture I had of my finished product 😦 But it’s probably better this way because I am not good at the flipping aspects of cooking–pancakes, omelettes, you name it. No good!
Anyway, these pancakes were FANTASTIC! I have to say though as a warning, they did not taste like typical pancakes. They were not light and airy and they did not taste like plain pancakes. As you could imagine–given the ingredients–they tasted like banana bread. But they tasted like the best banana bread you could ever have! They were absolutely delicious! They were dense (but not heavy) and moist and so so flavor full! The added chocolate made it feel like a decadent splurge.
I personally felt that they didn’t need any kind of topping, but the Boy liked his with maple syrup and the website suggested peanut butter, which I think would be SO good as well! I guess I just wasn’t ready for that much awesome all at once 😉 Now all I have to do is figure out a way to reheat pancakes effectively so that I can make huge batches at once for weekdays! Any suggestions?