Bananas are definitely a staple fruit in my house, but they are also the only fruit that seems to always be going bad. Maybe “going bad” is the wrong expression, but none of us like to eat them once they turn too soft and brown.
Of course, brown bananas are amazing for many reason. Reason number being this pancake recipe. These pancakes are light and fluffy but also have the full flavor of the aromatic banana bread that we all know and love.
In a lot of ways, these pancakes are even better than the classic bread. First of all, there’s the instant gratification: no need to wait an hour for this to bake and no need at all to wait for it to cool (because pancakes are also hotcakes). (more…)
Bananas go bad pretty quickly in my house so I’ve tried various recipes to use the fruits before they completely rot. Banana bread is always the first thing that pops into my head as a recipe idea, and I’ve tried several different banana bread recipes, and I’m pretty sure I’ve reached perfection with this one (the only addition one might have is some walnuts).
This bread is made perfectly moist with three whole bananas and half a cup of yogurt, as well as with the creamy glaze on top. Unlike a pound cake, this is a light and soft bread.
And, since this is made with little butter and sugar, and a lot of fruit and yogurt, you don’t need to feel bad about going for seconds (or thirds or fourths…). Use whole wheat flour instead of white and this treat is made even better. And the glaze is completely optional; the bread is still super delicious without it. (more…)
My family loves granola bars. It’s a super quick snack, relatively mess-free, and there are so many flavors, there’s always something to please everyone.
A lot of times though, the fancier granola bars (like Cliff – I guess this is actually an energy bar, but it’s the same idea) are more expensive, more than a dollar per bar. Plus, the list of ingredients on some of those bars are so long, it’s hard to tell what you’re actually eating.
So, I decided I would start experimenting with different granola bar recipes and see how they compare to store-bought bars. I tried making granola bars a couple times before I was able to come up with something that my family actually enjoyed. These are not your typical bars as these are soft due to the bananas they contain. They still hold their shape just fine, but they’re not hard like those Nature Valley bars that come in the green box. I guess their texture more closely resembles those Nutrigrain bars with fruit fillings (but these taste nothing like those; I’m not a huge fan of Nutrigrain!). (more…)
Have you ever made pancakes in a blender before? Turns out, this is actually a much easier method than the typical bowl-and-spoon mixing that you’re probably used too. Plus, pouring the batter into the pan is made much cleaner when there’s a spout on your blender.
And this recipe is great because the pancakes are soft and neither too thick nor too thin; they have a sweet, hearty oat-and-wheat taste to them, without having a grainy oat feel.
They are sweetened and flavored with bananas and blueberries, and of course taste great served with added berries, whipped cream, syrup, or whatever other toppings you decide to add! (more…)