Thursday, July 14, 2011
Thick and Fluffy Banana Pancakes!
GOOD MORNING! Yeah, I'm in a pretty good mood today! I had such a great day and night with my husband yesterday that it has completely gotten me up on the right side of the bed today. We went to the lake with my sister-in-law and all five kids yesterday for a little over an hour, which in this heat, was really long enough. Then we ran errands to the post office and UPS ( I know, I'm a hot date!)...then it was quiet time. The kids went over to my sister-in-laws house for the evening, so we had a quiet night and decided to go to the drive-in to see Horrible Bosses. I liked it. It's a dark comedy, which I love and really Jason Bateman has made such a great come back! I love everything he's doing lately. Also, the movies at the drive-in are super cheap. We could have stayed for The Hangover II, but a double feature on a "school night" is pretty hard when you have to wait till almost 9pm for the first showing. I really want to see it though. I'm getting so old...

Now, pancakes...

Banana pancakes to be more specific. Most of my ripe bananas have been going to banana soft serve lately, but there was one that I saved for something special. Pancakes are a favorite in our little family and we like them thick and fluffy! Unless it's a crepe, I don't want a thin flat pancake. I actually like mine a little more on the doughy side too. I don't buy mixes either anymore since really, it takes just as long to throw a few ingredients together as it does to make them from a box.

So, what's my secret to a thick pancake...less liquid! I have discovered the thicker the batter, the thicker the pancake. A little extra baking powder helps out with that too!

Trust me, I know there are a million and one ways to make pancakes, but I really believe it is more of a method than a recipe that gets you the pancakes you are looking for. 

Thick Banana Pancakes
(makes 6)

3/4 cup white wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp fresh nutmeg, grated
pinch of salt
1 medium banana, mashed
1/2 to 3/4 cup Pure Almond Milk, reserve the 1/4 cup to add as needed for thicker pancakes
5 drops NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia (or 1 tsp sugar)

In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, nutmeg and salt together. In a separate bowl, combine the mashed banana, almond milk and stevia. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and mix just until combined. Pour batter onto a heated and greased skillet and cook until bubbles start to form, then flip and cook until heated through. 

Truth be told, I eat most of my pancakes with nothing on them...with my hands. Sometimes I like a little something special on them though. What's your favorite type of pancake and how do you eat them?

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 9:47 AM  
  • At July 14, 2011 at 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    Yay for good days and nights! And I totally want to see Horrible Bosses-- so glad you liked it!

    These look awesome, of course :-)

  • At July 14, 2011 at 10:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Also what the cookbooks never seem to mention when they say "add milk to desired consistency" (or something like that) that whole-wheat and heavier flours need to be thicker or they don't cook. (Not that you're using whole wheat flour in this recipe. :) )
    Cat Story

  • At July 14, 2011 at 10:11 AM, Anonymous Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said…

    Aw, yay! I love the good mood I can feel in this post. Isn't it amazing what some quality time with those you love can do for the soul?

  • At July 14, 2011 at 10:17 AM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    My husband and I were just saying that Jason Bateman has officially made the comeback of the decade. We love him :)

  • At July 14, 2011 at 10:20 AM, Blogger Melissa said…

    I want these now!

  • At July 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM, Blogger Emily said…

    Yay! So glad you're having a good day. :)

    I wish Jason Bateman would get to work on the Arrested Development movie!!

    Your pancakes look amazing!

  • At July 14, 2011 at 11:49 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    I have heard so many good things about Horrible Bosses! Originally, I didn't care to see it, but now I'm really dying to! Could not believe that was Colin Ferral in it!

  • At July 14, 2011 at 12:15 PM, Anonymous Heather said…

    I loved loved loved Horrible Bosses!! I laughed out loud SO many times! :)
    Banana pancakes are awesome. They're the only kind I make. I can't help it - I like them too much to try another variation.

  • At July 14, 2011 at 12:15 PM, Anonymous jess@HealthyExposures said…

    So happy you had a good day & night yesterday :) Isn't waking up in a good mood the best?! I hope today is just as wonderful :)
    The pancakes look awesome, as always!! While I used to love loading them up with stuff - now I kinda prefer them with just a little bit of maple syrup and earth balance. Hits the spot! And I usually eat them with a spoon and my hands because I'm odd. lol.

  • At July 14, 2011 at 12:57 PM, Anonymous Holly @ The Runny Egg said…

    I like pancakes either plain or with some maple syrup. Sometimes I'll add fruit on top but I usually will eat the fruit first and then the pancakes.

    Good to know you liked Horrible Bosses! I want to see it but wasn't sure if it really was as funny as it looked.

  • At July 14, 2011 at 1:02 PM, Anonymous Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers said…

    Oh yum! I don't have a desire to make pancakes, but I have a desire to eat them. They look great!

  • At July 14, 2011 at 1:38 PM, Anonymous Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit said…

    oh my gosh! Look at how fluffy those pancakes are?! I was praying it would be a gluten free recipe. I've had no luck making fluffy gluten free pancakes. My gosh, these look good, Serena!

  • At July 14, 2011 at 1:48 PM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    Jason loves banana pancakes. I'm not a big pancake person actually. So glad you guys had a good day yesterday!

  • At July 14, 2011 at 2:25 PM, Anonymous Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said…

    "my secret to a thick pancake...less liquid! I have discovered the thicker the batter, the thicker the pancake. A little extra baking powder helps out with that too!"


    your pancakes look perfect Sarena!! No eggs, GF, my god, I am all over these!

  • At July 14, 2011 at 9:55 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    YUM! We enjoyed pancakes this morning..great minds think alike ;

  • At July 15, 2011 at 2:05 AM, Anonymous Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said…

    I can't wait to try these - I always reduce the liquid to get a fluffier pancake too.

  • At July 15, 2011 at 7:08 AM, Anonymous Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli said…

    I just recently came to the same realization about pancakes! You had me at "thick and fluffy"! Nothing like a stack of pillowy pancakes to start the morning...or end the night because we both know there is NOTHING wrong with breakfast for dinner!

    Lately I've been loving on peanut butter pancakes spread with jam, but my pancake mood changes all the time so there's no telling what I'll "fall in love with" next!

    I love your upbeat mood this morning! I can totally feel your energy...great way to start the day! And btw, I'm seriously jealous of your drive-in! I've wanted to go to a drive-in movie for forever but there aren't any around here!

    Hope you continue to have an awesome day girl!!

  • At July 15, 2011 at 8:44 AM, Anonymous Madeline- Greens and Jeans said…

    I LOVE the drive in! I passed one that will be showing Harry Potter on my drive yesterday and it made me want to stay an extra day!

  • At July 15, 2011 at 9:16 AM, Anonymous Cait's Plate said…

    Yummm those look awesome. Fluffy pancakes are like the best thing ever - add banana and I'm pretty much beyond sold :)

    I'm dying to see Horrible Bosses - I'm a HUGE Jennifer Aniston fan!

  • At July 15, 2011 at 8:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    These look AMAZING! I think I might have decided what to make for breakfast in the morning. I'm also really excited by this because I love cooking with stevia, but I'm not good at making it work. It's easy to put in coffee and tea, but cooking with it doesn't seem to turn out as well for me. Maybe I just don't know how to proportion switching over from sugar? Can't wait to try this!

  • At July 17, 2011 at 3:10 AM, Blogger Amy said…

    I just had a wonderful delivery of bananas from a neighbour so these pancakes will be on the menu for this week. I love spelt flour pancakes with raspberry jam or my fluffy white pancakes that I make for my family on special occasions, served with raspberry compote - delicious.

  • At July 19, 2011 at 3:13 PM, Anonymous Persnickety Hall said…

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    Thank you!

  • At August 19, 2011 at 3:03 PM, Anonymous Ro said…

    Hi Non-Dairy Queen!

    OMG so good so good. Just made it just now and it was delicious and beautiful!! thank you and to finally see a recipe with no dairy and no eggs! Im so pleased!

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