My almost three year old sister Tova has been obsessed with banana bread for a good portion of her wee life, and I certainly don’t blame her. It’s delicious! Another newer obsession of hers is making pancakes with me when I stop by for a visit. She loves dragging her stool to the counter and carefully whisking and pouring the ingredients into the bowl. After gently frying the golden medallions of batter, we enjoy them together. She eats one, and then I end up eating the rest, unfortunately. But making pancakes has been a good way for us two sisters to bond, with a shared love of cooking bridging the age gap between us.
Yesterday I dropped by for a minute and was greeted exuberantly by Tova with a “Yay! Yet’s make PANCAAAAAAAAKES!” When I told her no, promising that we would make them the next day, she proceeded to cry her heart out, sobbing dramatically.
So, today we made pancakes. Instead of our usual pancakes with pink sprinkles, I decided that we would create some banana bread pancakes and she happily acquiesced. Kissed with cinnamon and with the addition of maple syrup on top, they do taste like banana bread, only more textured due to a healthy dose of buckwheat flour. Moist and dense, these are not the fluffiest pancakes. Instead, they are hearty, picky kid-approved pancakes that are fun to make and eat with the little (or big) kid in your life!
1/3 cup brown rice flour
1/3 cup buckwheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 cup non-dairy milk or water
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. oil
1 ripe banana, mashed
Preheat a non-stick pan on medium-low temperature.
Whisk dry ingredients together in a bowl. (Tova did this really well!)
Whisk wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.
Pour wet ingredients into the dry. (Tova said: “That smells yummy!”) Whisk until just combined.
Optional Tova step: Eat some batter. (“I like yicking the batter.”)
With a 1/8 cup scoop, pour batter into pan. I did two pancakes at a time, flipping when bubbles formed.
Enjoy with maple syrup or other topping of your choice!
Makes 11 small pancakes.