Recipe: Cinnamon Brown Sugar Banana Pancakes

There are few things better than waking up in the morning to a stack of pancakes smothered in warm maple syrup towering higher than your cup of steaming hot coffee. I wish this was a reality every day of the week, but working a full time job keeps you off the stacks unless you want to wake up before the sun comes up. Generally, my weekly morning consists of a cup of home-brewed willow blend with nearly an entire carton of half and half and some vanilla syrup, along with a piece of fruit or a granola bar, if that. Breakfast is such a pain in the butt, really, despite the fact that most people tell you it’s the most important meal of the day. And i tell these people they are cray.

A little fact about myself— breakfast is even more so my least favorite meal due to the fact that I am allergic to nearly everything decent it has to offer… eggs.

I woke up sunday morning-after-noon with a hankering for sugar, and luckily since there’s no work on a weekend, I was on a mission to create something to satisfy my taste buds. Bananas are a perfect fruit for breakfast and baking. You can pretty much combine them with anything and it will taste bombatronic. They can easily replace eggs in cooking as well. Many of my recipes can easily be manipulated to be vegan.

A little fun fact about bananas? They’re a cure for depression. Bananas are the only fruit that contains the amino acid, tryptophan, and vitamin B6. These two chemicals help the human body produce seratonin which is also found in Prozac! How crazy is that?

So here’s my creation. These things are pretty glorious, but would probably be even more brilliant with some bacon on the side. Not gonna lie.

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Banana Pancakes
time: 20 minutes, servings: 3
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of salt
3 teaspoons of baking powder
3 tablespoons of brown sugar
3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1 banana
1 1/2 cups of milk* (or a dairy-free milk of your choice)
1/4 cup melted butter* (or vegetable oil)
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Completely mash the banana in a large bowl and stir in the milk, melted butter and vanilla. Add the baking powder, salt, brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix in the flour slowly. If the batter becomes too thick, feel free to add a tablespoon or so of milk.
Cook the pancakes with medium heat on a griddle until both sides are cooked, about a minute or so on each side. Top them off with butter and maple syrup.


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