Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I always look forward to it, even if it’s just a bowl of cereal or a slice of peanut butter toast. But the best breakfast? Pancakes. Obviously.
When I was little my Dad used to make me his famous pancakes; they were the size of a skillet pan, thin, and yet incredibly fluffy. I remember drenching them with rich maple syrup and devouring it in pure bliss. Every single bite would melt in my mouth. I loved waking up to those.
These days I eat breakfast for dinner about twice a week because really, who wouldn’t want to end their day with pancakes? Plus, I love to having fun with flavor combinations! Whole Wheat Banana Quinoa. Lemon Blueberry. Blueberry Chocolate Chip. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip. And now these.
Yeahhh pancakes… I’m just a teeny bit obsessed.
Since I’m trying to eat healthy while still enjoying my favorite breakfast, I’d thought that I would create a pancake recipe that’s tastes just like banana bread… because in case you hadn’t noticed, smashing bananas in baked goods is kinda my jam.
And besides putting hearty amounts of love into this recipe, I wanted these to be good for you, without sacrificing that amazing pancake taste.
These are naturally sweetened with the sugars from the ripe banana, which also helps bind the pancake together since they are vegan. The oats provide a fluffy texture with that delicious oatmeal flavor. I also only added a few chocolate chips to each pancake to give them a bit of an indulgent taste.
I think Dad would be proud. Although I don’t think he would know what a vegan or gluten-free diet consists of.
Even if you’re not gluten-free or vegan, I think you’ll find these pancakes incredible. Plus the batter can be made in a blender. Seriously, how quick and easy is that?! I whipped mine up in less than 10 minutes and barely had any mess to clean up when I was finished.
It’s basically like having a bowl of oatmeal in the morning. And I am not one to refuse oatmeal in pancake form. You shouldn’t fight it either.
Also, if you’ve been affected by Hurricane Sandy, know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. xoxo