Banana Pancakes

Cooking for Kids

Fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside and delicately flavored with bananas, these are phenomenal banana pancakes. My Mom Boss found this great recipe in The Kid’s Cookbook: A Great Book for Kids Who Love to Cook! by Abigail Johnson Dodge. If you have extra ripe bananas laying around be seen to give this recipe a try. The kids gobbled them up. They are so delicious! This recipe makes twelve 4-inch pancakes.

You Will Need:

1-1/2 cups all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled off
2 tablespoons sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 small, over-ripe banana, peeled (the browner, the better)
2 large eggs
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons low fat milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

FOR COOKING
Vegetable oil
Unsalted butter

FOR SERVING
Maple syrup
Sliced bananas
Confectioners’ sugar (optional)

What to Do;

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

2. In a small bowl, mash the banana with a fork until almost smooth. Whisk in the eggs, then add the milk and vanilla and whisk until well blended. Pour the banana mixture and the melted butter into the flour mixture. Fold the batter gently with a rubber spatula until just blended; do not over-mix. The batter will be thick and lumpy.

3. Set a griddle or non-stick pan over medium heat until hot. Put a pad of butter and one tablespoon vegetable oil onto the griddle, and swirl it around. Drop the batter by 1/4-cupfuls onto the griddle, spacing the pancakes about 2 inches apart. Cook until a few holes form on top of each pancake and the underside is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip the pancakes and cook until the bottom is golden brown and the top is puffed, 1 to 2 minutes more. Using the spatula, transfer the pancakes to a serving plate.

4. Wipe the griddle clean with paper towels, add more butter and oil, and repeat with the remaining batter. Serve the pancakes while still hot with maple syrup, sliced bananas and confectioners’ sugar if desired.

You can purchase The Kid’s Cookbook: A Great Book for Kids Who Love to Cook! by clicking the links in this recipe or visiting my storefront at https://www.amazon.com/shop/bethebestnannynewsletter

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