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Mar
10

Practice Makes Perfect


Banana Walnut Pancakes with Fried Potatoes and Applewood Smoked Sausage

Thanks ,Christine, from Christine Can Cook blog.  I think you must have infected me with your pancake mania post a few weeks back.  Who’da thunk an innocent blog could be so contagious that just by reading and looking at cool pictures that you could catch an infectious bug like pancake making?The past three Saturdays I have been making pancakes for breakfast!  Not that this is a bad thing.  I love to cook and I love a big breakfast on Saturday especially since we juice fast on Sunday.  It’s a good thing Katie always eats what’s put in front of her, but I don’t want her getting bored.  So like Christine, I have been trying out different pancake recipes. 

Last weekend I pulled one of my favorite vegan books down from my shelf of 130 cookbooks and started a search for some yummy pancakes.  Vegan Planet by Robin Robertson is a great cookbook.  I have tried many of her recipes and they have all been pretty good.  Out of a book of 400 recipes, she had three for pancakes.  Since I had all of the required ingredients in my kitchen, I decided on the Spiced Banana Pancakes.

There are only two of us in our household so I halved the recipe.  I was  a little disappointed in these pancakes.  They were a bit on the gummy side due to the amount of banana and a little too much soy milk.  Actually, I could only eat one as they were a bit on the heavy side.  They did have a nice flavor though.

Not being one to give up easily, especially where food is concerned, I decided to try these cakes again today.  I made some minor adjustments in the measurements and viola!  I made some really good vegan pancakes.

Vegan Banana Nut Pancakes

(Serves 2)

¾ cup flour

1 tablespoon sugar of choice

1 heaping teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon cardamom

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1 banana, cut in half, reserving half for garnishment

½ cup vanilla or plain soy milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ cup chopped nuts

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices in medium bowl.  In a blender or food processor, blend ½ banana, soy milk and vanilla until smooth.  Stir liquid into the dry mix.  Mix in nuts.

Using a ladle or disher (my fave way), scoop batter onto hot, oiled griddle.  When the edges start to look a bit dry and the pancake has burst several bubbles, turn using a spatula.  Cook another minute or two until the bottom side is nice and brown. 

Place pancakes on plate, slice the remaining half of banana over the top, garnish with a few nuts and serve with warm maple syrup.

In keeping with the vegan breakfast theme, I served the pancakes paired with fried potatoes and Field Roast Applewood Smoked Vegan Sausage.  So good.  I love when the pure maple syrup mixes with the sausage and potato.

Even if you are not vegan (we’re vegetarian), you should give these pancakes a go.  I’m glad I did not dismiss this recipe the first time out.  Practice really does make perfect.

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5 Responses to “Practice Makes Perfect”


  1. March 15, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Those do look perfect!

    I’ve had banana pancakes before that were gummy – that’s a great term to use in describing some b-pancake outcomes.

    Gosh, all this pancake stuff has me thinking about the darn things myself!
    I think I’ll eat some frosting instead. (smile)

    Big hug, Miss Patty!

    • March 15, 2010 at 5:47 pm

      Thanks, Megan! And a huge love filled hug right back at ya’! So, you could always put some frosting on, say, a chocolate chip pancake. Or not. Sounds pretty bad to me.

      It’s good to hear from you, as always. I hope you are enjoying life as much if not more than ever. Katie and I sure are.

      Take care.

      Miss Patty

  2. March 15, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Me, bored with your cooking?!? You must be joking! As long as we don’t start getting tubby again, it’s a given that I’m going to eat anything that you put in front of me… no complaining, only appreciation. It’s my sworn duty as your wife to follow your lead and encourage your heart-felt whims… a duty I take very seriously.

    Thanks for all the pancakes, darling! So what’s for dinner?

  3. March 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    You are most welcome for all of the pancakes! Thanks for being my number one guinea pig when it comes to trying all of these recipes. And I promise we will not get tubby again.

    Dinner, huh? I’m thinking Enchilada Cassarole, beans, rice and salad with lots of avocado.

    Yum!

  4. March 15, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Ooooo…. maybe I’ll be home early!

    You can experiment on me anytime… consider me your own personal lab rat in all matters.

    Smooches!


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