I used to eat pancakes all the time when I was a kid. To me they signify childhood in the form of Saturday mornings sitting in my penguin pajamas with my two brothers watching Bobby’s World (oh Howie…) while my mom selflessly cooked up a delicious pile of golden, soft, fluffy pancakes dusted with powdered sugar. Although this wasn’t the healthiest of breakfasts, it was fast, it was delicious and it was a crowd pleaser. I’m not a mom yet, but I would assume that this is the trifecta of key phrases that makes for a smooth morning with happy, satisfied children. Triple mom win. Now that I’m older, pancakes rarely cross my plate in the morning except for on the occasional Saturday morning that now consists of me, Chet, our two cats and dog curled up on the couch watching reruns of The Big Bang Theory in our sweats with a mug of hot coffee and a plate full of Oatmeal Banana Chip Pancakes. Life is good.
Say goodbye to the plain old pancake that needs tons of butter and syrup to satisfy your taste buds. I don’t think pancakes should NEED toppings to taste good. The toppings should add to the pancake, but in no way should they be the star of the dish. Bananas, oats, cinnamon, peanut butter and a few chocolate chips make these pancakes so delicious and satisfying that sometimes I don’t add a single topping to it. Whenever I do feel like an extra boost of flavor I go for a light dusting of good ol’ powdered sugar because truth is, I’ve never liked syrup. Sorry Aunt Jemima.
As much as I love the flavor combination that’s in these pancakes, the texture is what makes them a clear winner. When you’ve made the batter and dropped a spoonful into your pan, they look more like oatmeal chocolate chip cookies than pancakes. The oats add a thick, chewy texture that ends up making them more filling than the traditional flapjack. With the addition of gooey banana, creamy peanut butter and melty chocolate chips, there’s really nothing missing. Since there’s no added sugar other than the chocolate chips (which are optional…..I guess), you might also call these pancakes healthy. So, to summarize, your breakfast is chewy, gooey, creamy, melty and healthy. Now that sounds like a good start to your weekend.
What to Bring to the Store
For this simple recipe, the items you can purchase in bulk are: oats, whole wheat flour, chocolate chips, cinnamon (bulk spice!) and peanut butter if you’re lucky! Be sure to bring your reusable bulk bags with you for these items. Remember to skip the twist ties to write the bin numbers on and just use your phone!
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp almond milk, plain
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup oats
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp butter
- In a medium mixing bowl, mash your ripe bananas with the baking powder.
- Add in the eggs, milk, olive oil, salt, cinnamon and peanut butter. Mix well.
- Slowly stir in the whole wheat flour, oats and chocolate chips.
- In a skillet, griddle or large frying pan on medium heat, melt 1/2 tbsp butter.
- Once melted, drop four spoonfuls of the mixture into your pan, about 2 1/2" in diameter.
- Flip once the bottoms look golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Cook for another 2-3 minutes on the other side until the middles look done. Remove from pan.
- Add in your other 1/2 tbsp of butter and repeat with the remaining batter.
- Top with your favorites!
- This recipe makes 8 smaller sized pancakes, 2 1/2" - 3" in diameter.
I decided to create a “Waste Meter” to more easily calculate how well recipes do with preventing waste. The goal for “Zero Waste Recipes” is to make dishes that don’t require piles of food packaging going into your garbage. Recycling is okay, but for a recipe to be truly zero waste, nothing but compost should be produced. The Meter is a 1-5 scale that is broken down like this:
1 – 5+ ingredients produced either garbage or recycling
2 – 3-5 ingredients produced either garbage or recycling
3 – 1-3 ingredients produced either garbage or recycling
4 – Ingredients produced recycling only
5 – No garbage or recycling was produced, but compost is okay!
So, with that I would give this recipe a 4! Keeping in mind that you bought all of the ingredients that are typically found in the bulk section, the ingredients that produced recycling are: egg carton (compost the shells, don’t put them down your garbage disposal), milk carton, baking powder box or tin, peanut butter jar (reuse if glass), olive oil jar (reuse if glass, this item can be found in some bulk sections), and your salt container.
Although this might sound like a lot, your baking powder, salt and olive oil should last you for months of delicious recipes, so you may not need to recycle them at this point.
Hooray! No trash and you’re ready for a fantastic day with delicious, healthy, gooey, melty, creamy, chewy pancakes in your belly.