Sunday, March 8, 2015

Nutty Banana Pancakes - gluten free

Another fantastic recipe from my daughters collection!   These are healthy, gluten free and there's no added sugar.  

Why not freeze some for those busy mornings or  pack a few for a long hike.  Add some peanut butter , or your favorite nut butter, and jam….delicious!

Weight watcher followers can add the following points for these pancakes: 
-with nuts - 3.2 points each
-with 1/8 cup nuts - 2.8 points each
-without nuts - 2.5 points each
these amounts are assuming there are 8 pancakes made from recipe. 

Slightly crispy outside and slightly creamy inside, top with some pure maple syrup or a favorite nut butter.  Maybe just eat them plain they're so yummy!!

Use any pancake mix you like, I prefer the Craving Place Gluten Free Pancake and Waffle Mix because there is no sugar added.

We used walnuts, but feel free to change up the nuts to whatever you like or to your own allergy needs. You can also leave them out, but you will lose that lovely crunch.

Nutty Banana Pancakes                   Makes 7-8 large pancakes
1 cup pancake mix, any gluten free or regular pancake mix is fine. I used Craving Place Gluten Free Pancake Mix and Waffle Mix.
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp ground flax seed
1/8-1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped.  I used 1/4 cup, I love the crunch!
1 1/3  to 1 1/2  cup water - amounts will vary  
*Add more or less water depending on  desired consistency. For thinner pancakes add more water, for a thicker pancake use amount on recipe.

Heat a griddle or large frying pan. Brush lightly with oil or spray with a non-stick spray.
In a medium bowl add all ingredients, water being last. Gently stir to combine.
Let sit for 3-4 minutes to thicken. Scoop about 1/2 cup of batter at a time for big pancakes like mine, or 1/4-1/3 cup for smaller pancakes.  Add more water as needed,  batter will thicken as it sits.

Serve  with traditional butter, (or butter substitute) and syrup, nut butters, fruit or maybe even eat them plain…they're delicious.

Cool completely and freeze for a quick breakfast or snack.

So easy to make…
Mix everything together adding water last.

Cook on a hot griddle or in a large skillet.                                                                                               Flip over pancakes when top is full of bubbles.

                                                  Cook both sides until golden brown.

Serve up or cool on a wire rack and freeze for a quick breakfast on a busy morning.

It's just another great way to use up ripe bananas!!


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