Sunday, May 19, 2013

Banana Buckwheat Pancakes

Banana Buckwheat Pancakes
I'm always looking for good recipes for pancakes since hubby loves pancakes and I love fruit. I've always said why not combine fruit into my pancake recipes and have the best of both worlds? Since I took a grains and flours class last summer, I've tried incorporating buckwheat flour into my regular recipes for breads, cupcakes and pancakes. Buckwheat is a wonderful substitute for all-purpose flour in my recipes and it's better for you too. For today's pancakes, I added bananas and the result was a delicious pancake that was a big hit at my house. 
buckwheat banana pancakes
1 cup buckwheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
1 egg, beaten
1 cup 1% milk
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 banana, sliced thin, then in half to form half moon shapes
a little butter, as needed to prepare the pan

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In a large bowl, combine buckwheat flour, baking powder, salt and sugar (if you choose to use). Whisk these dry ingredients together.
Banana Buckwheat Pancakes
One at a time, add the egg, milk and oil to the dry mix, blending well after each addition. Add the sliced banana and stir together. 

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the small amount of butter and after the butter melts, pour 1/4 cup of pancake batter for each pancake into the greased skillet. 

Banana Buckwheat Pancakes

Cook each pancake for 1-2 minutes, or until the edges look brown and bubbles break the surface. I find buckwheat pancake batter to be thinner then regular flour batter, so don't be surprised if your pancake is thinner then what you are used to.  Flip the pancakes and cook on other side for about a minute, or until cooked through. Serve immediately.

I served mine with more sliced banana and a couple of strips of bacon. Hubby just has to have bacon with breakfast. These pancakes were very good and the chunks of banana made each bite just heavenly! You would never realize this was not made with regular flour, with the exception that they are thinner. But no worries... they are just as good and your family will absolutely love this pancake recipe!

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