For the past couple of days, I’ve eaten banana pancakes and have even tried a banana & peanut butter waffle. They’re healthy, filling and they taste great! Whichever one you choose, it’s a wonderful way to start your day. And as an added bonus, why not add some oats? Sounds a lot better than oatmeal, doesn’t it?
The banana pancake is rather easy to make, although flipping it is a little tricky. I recommend using either a non-stick pan or coconut oil (it doesn’t really taste like anything and since you’re going healthy, you might prefer a healthy oil). When the edges start to look like they’re done, but the top is still raw, pry under the pancake all the way round with your spatula to make sure it’s not stuck to the pan. When you’re ready to flip, move the pancake to the side and flip it over with 2 hands. It may break, but in my experience, this is a better bet than using your spatula. However, safety first, so if you’re afraid you might burn your fingers, go for the spatula.
Pancake ingredients (thoroughly mixed with a fork):
1 grated banana (preferably without brown spots on peel for best ripeness; don’t add peel
Optional: 1/3 cup (advised) to ½ cup of oats (my preference, but the maximum)
Approx. calories: 250, 350 or 400 (no oats – 1/3 cup oats, 1/2 cup oats)
The banana & peanut butter waffle is a little easier, since you won’t have to worry about flipping it. However, you will have to heat up 2 tablespoons of peanut butter to make the mixing of the ingredients a little easier. Admittedly, I used cold peanut butter on my first go and while it makes the mixing harder and the batter less consistent, it works. I do, however, advise warming up the peanut butter.
Waffle ingredients (thoroughly mixed):
1 grated banana (preferably without brown spots on peel for best ripeness; don’t add peel)
2 tablespoons of warm peanut butter (hard to mix when cold)
Optional: 1/3 to 1/2 cup of oats
Important: If you add oatmeal, divide batter into 2 batches to prevent overflow
Approx. calories: 450, 550 or 600 calories (no oats – 1/3 cup – ½ cup)
Whether you like banana, want healthy breakfast or are looking for a post-workout meal, the pancake is a terrific option. Granted, it doesn’t taste exactly like pancakes, but it will be sweet and so adding sugar won’t be necessary. The waffle is a good alternative, but only if you like peanut butter. And no matter which one you prefer, I honestly can’t think of a better way to eat those oats!
P.S. Because peanut butter obviously isn’t the best thickening agent and I’m trying to avoid sugar and flour, I might do an update on the “banana waffle” (I hope to make it taste more like banana) later. Besides the added calories, the taste is just, well… peanut-buttery. While I will experiment some more with the waffle ingredients, suggestions are welcome.