a couple fridays ago, as the weekday was winding down, stephen and I were texting about what we wanted to eat for dinner. he suggested breakfast for dinner, for which I am always a proponent. he actually had a specific request, banana pancakes. I'd never made banana pancakes before, but luckily, my coworker had a favorite recipe that she sent me. I think I've talked about this before, but I can't explain the amount of happiness I get when I find a recipe and realize that I already have all of the ingredients required. it's so satisfying to not have to go to the grocery store. for the banana pancakes, all I needed was bananas. luckily, my other coworker reminded me that our office has a healthy snack kiosk with healthy (and complimentary) snacks for employees. I rarely make a visit to the "healthy snack" area, but I was so happy that I could grab two bananas that were a) free b) convenient c) efficient, because who wants fresh fruit to go to waste over the weekend.
ok, the best part of this story is that I came home from work with my two bananas, all ready to make pancakes. stephen and I looked at each other and said, "wanna pop in a pizza?" basically, we wanted wine and decided that wine didn't go with banana pancakes, so we opted for a pizza. however.... when we skipped spin class that sunday morning to make these banana chocolate chip pancakes, it was SO worth it.
sometimes, you just have to get dirty in the kitchen. I believe the best way to mash bananas is with your bare hands, so just embrace it!
-2 T. packed brown sugar
-1 T. baking powder
-1/2 t. salt
-1/2 t. cinnamon
-1 c. milk
-2 T. vegetable oil
-1/2 t. vanilla extract
-2 brown-spotted bananas, mashed
-1/3 c. chocolate chips (mini or regular, whatever you have!)
1. whisk flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
2. whisk milk, egg, oil, and vanilla in a large measuring cup. add wet ingredients to dry, add bananas, and stir until combined. stir in chocolate chips.
3. turn pan or griddle on medium, spray with cooking spray. drop desired amount of pancake batter onto preheated griddle or pan. cook until small bubbles form, then flip until the bottom is a light golden brown.
4. serve with maple syrup and garnish with banana slices and chocolate chips, if desired.
recipe adapted from crazy for crust