March 17, 2012

banana pancakes + peanut butter syrup topping

Need a yummy weekend brunch idea? Bananas and a homemade peanut butter syrup topping makes for a fun twist on ordinary pancakes! Would you like to make banana pancakes? Here's how!
Banana pancake ingredients:
*1 cup all-purpose flour
*1 tbsp white sugar
*1 tbsp brown sugar
*2 tsp baking powder
*1 beaten egg
*1 cup buttermilk
*2 tbsp melted butter
*1 large banana or 1.5 small bananas mashed
*1 tsp cinnamon
*1 tsp vanilla
Mix dry and wet ingredients separately, then combine. I used a handmixer. Your batter will most likely be more lumpy than normal pancake batter, I didn't mind this at all. But, if you do mind that lumpy texture, you could always purée your bananas to create a smoother batter. Cook on a griddle top or however you normally cook your pancakes. Serve hot and topped with homemade peanut butter syrup (recipe below)  Enjoy!                                       **This is my very own adaptation of a recipe found on all

Helpful tips:
*Cooking these pancakes low and slow is the key. If you cook them too quickly, or on too high of heat, the insides will not cook thoroughly and will be mushy!
*If you don't have buttermilk, make your own substitute! Pour 1 tbsp of vinegar into a liquid measuring cup, then add regular milk until it reaches the 1cup line! This is what I did since I did not have buttermilk on hand.  I even used skim milk and my pancakes turned out great!
*For a healthier version you could add 2 tbsp of apple sauce instead of the melted butter, I did not go this route though..
Peanut butter syrup topping ingredients:
*equal parts peanut butter (creamy is best), white sugar, and water. I used 1/2 cup of each and it made A LOT of syrup!
Melt ingredients together in a saucepan on stove top, stir constantly or very frequently. Bring to a boil for a minute or two. Syrup will thicken up, a lot! Remove from heat and serve over banana pancakes!
*Note: This peanut butter syrup topping does not have the same consistency as regular pancake syrup..the consistency is much thicker and is similar to caramel dip.

 Seriously, try these banana pancakes out! They are SO good! :)

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