Banana Pancakes

This post comes about a week late, so apologies. It was Pancake Tuesday last week and needless to say I got very into it for Dave and I and made way too many pancakes. Pancake Tuesday is something people celebrate more in Europe and it signifies the day before Lent begins. I have been doing Lent for quite some time now, but not for religious purposes, more for a challenge for myself. When I was a kid and my mum would give up chocolate ever year I thought she must be mad. However, one year I decided to do the challenge with her and realized just how hard it is. I love chocolate and all sweets for that matter, if you can't tell by my baking obsession on the blog. So Lent started a week ago and I have to say my cravings are definitely way better now that the first week is over. I also gave up candy, desserts and most baked goods (cookies, croissants etc.) just to try and rest my body and my love of sugar. Lent last 40 days and nights, however, I just stretch it another week to Easter because chocolate at Easter tastes so much better after not having it for so long.

So for our Pancake Tuesday I made Dave my favourite pancakes. This recipe is from one of my mum's best friends, Sheila, who I grew up with, since I've always been good friends with her daughter Jen. Sheila's pancake recipe is simple but delicious and I often make them at the weekends for a treat. However, this time we made them for dinner with a side of bacon, toppings of blueberries, bananas, maple syrup and powdered sugar. Really what more could you ask for? (Probably some vegetables, but I ate those at lunch, don't worry.) Instead of going for brunch on the weekend why not whip up these delicious pancakes, add whatever you want to them, like chocolate chips, blueberries or bananas. I added two mushy bananas to the recipe and they turned out great! Check out the recipe and directions below and enjoy!

 Dry ingredients

Dry ingredients

Recipe:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
 Wet ingredients

Wet ingredients

Directions:

  1. I split the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients in two separate bowls. Mix up the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in one. Then mix together the milk, eggs, vanilla and oil.
  2. Put the wet ingredients in with the wet and blend well.
  3. This recipe is a great base that you can add blueberries too or even some old, frozen bananas (like I did here.)
  4. Heat up frying pan with oil or butter and spoon batter onto pan.
  5. When the pancake begins to bubble and the bubbles pop it is ready to flip.
  6. Keep warm in oven while you finish the pancakes and top with whatever you choose! Enjoy for a weekend breakfast, or even for 'brinner' like we did here.
 All mixed up with 2 mushy bananas too

All mixed up with 2 mushy bananas too

 Delicious stack of banana pancakes

Delicious stack of banana pancakes

 Ready to eat!

Ready to eat!

 Another delicious stack with different toppings

Another delicious stack with different toppings

 Can't forget the side of bacon for a little added saltiness

Can't forget the side of bacon for a little added saltiness