so it’s this time of the week again… it’s the time i wake up having no idea what i’m going to prepare my breakfast. it could go as simple as yogurt with granola or it could go as complex as a full, complete, mexican breakfast with “huevos a la mexicana”, chilaquiles, refried beans, freshly cut up fruit, and a glass of citrusy sweet orange juice.
but, this morning, i stood in my kitchen, clueless. i was standing there staring blankly into space trying to figure it out. then i realized what my craving for the day was. banana bread.
now, i didn’t want to just get up and start making an entire loaf. i didn’t even have half of the ingredients needed for healthy banana bread (even though now i’m starting to consider making it soon..) so i went back to my special brainstorming room, a.k.a. my bedroom, got out my notebook and started planning out the recipe. of course, i had my doubts. i didn’t want the banana to overpower the warm spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, but i didn’t want the spices to overpower the banana.
cooking, baking and pretty much anything in the kitchen is about finding the right balance.
and that, i did. oh, yes i did.
banana pancakes topped with more banana, 85% dark chocolate shavings, and homemade cashew butter
okay enough blabbering. here’s the recipe.
•4 tablespoons wholemeal flour
•1/4 teaspoon baking powder
•1/8 teaspoon baking soda
•1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
•1 egg (at room temperature!)
•3.5 tablespoons plain yogurt
•1.5 tablespoons very well mashed ripe banana (~35g)
•1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
•1 tbsp light maple syrup (or honey)
•healthy chocolate chips
•more healthy chocolate chips
•light maple syrup/honey
1. in a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients
2. in a separate bowl, whisk the egg until bubbly and stir in the remaining wet ingredients
3. fold the wet ingredients into the dry until just incorporated. stir in your stir-ins of choice but careful not to overmix!
4. leave batter untouched for 5 minutes while you heat up the pan and lightly grease it (i used PAM cooking spray)
5. pour batter onto pan (how much depends on how big/small you want your pancakes). mine made 5 small pancakes. leave to cook on one side for around 3+1/2 minutes, flip and let it cook through for an additional 2 minutes.
6. serve on plate and layer as you wish, top as you wish as well