Look at those luscious, warm pancakes… calling your name. So unassuming, covered in warm maple syrup. Look how light and fluffy they look. Beware: these warm, fluffy, luscious, delicious pancakes have secrets.
Deep, dark secrets. The kind of secrets you would only tell your best friend. The kind of secrets you keep hidden from future pancake-eaters while they sit in the other room patiently awaiting their breakfast. Smelling the sweet pancakes as they cook, none the wiser that these pancakes … have got a dark side.
It’s not just the over-ripe bananas that add a softness to the texture and a layer of sweetness. Not just the cinnamon that will immediately warm even the coldest of hearts… it’s… well, I’m ashamed to say it. I’ll just tell you. Are you ready? Shh, don’t tell anyone
It’s pancake mix. (Gasp!)
Try not to judge these for their pancake mix, but for their infinite adaptability and ease of preparation. I often add crumbled, cooked bacon (for the BF), but we didn’t have any around the house due to my lack of control around my new turkey bacon.
So yes, I’m using pancake mix, but when it’s early in the morning and you want something a little bit different and you’re not motivated enough to make anything from scratch, or even change out of your pajamas — you’ll thank me. You really will. I promise.
Dirty, Dirty Banana Pancakes
- Pancake mix, prepared to directions
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of ground nutmeg (maybe like 1/8 tsp?)
- Sliced bananas, for serving
- Warm maple syrup, for serving
1. Mix cinnamon and nutmeg with dry pancake mix. Mix vanilla with wet ingrdients. Gently add wet ingredients to dry.
2. Mash bananas and gently fold into batter.
3. Cook according to directions (I heat the pan until a drop of water will dance around the pan before it evaporates), flip pancakes when bubbles start to pop on the surface, and keep cooked pancakes warm in a 170 degree oven.
4. Serve with sliced bananas and warm maple syrup. Feel happy inside.