Students always have a hard time keeping fresh food around before it goes bad, but the good is that not all “bad” food needs to be thrown out. Take overripe bananas for example. When brown spots start to appear, all is not lost! You can easily turn bad bananas into healthy banana pancakes for a great breakfast. After a long week of classes I look forward to a relaxing Saturday morning that includes fresh coffee and pancakes. These pancakes only require 4 basic ingredients, the rest of the mix-ins are up to you! Awhile back I made some Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Cookies from overripe bananas as well. With so many uses for browning bananas, you won’t need to fear buying them at the store.
- 1 overripe banana
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/8 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp cake spice or cinnamon (optional, but recommended)
- 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips (optional)
- 1 tbsp peanut butter (optional)
- Spray skillet or large pan with nonstick spray and heat to medium-low (about 3)
- Mash banana in a bowl and mix with 2 lightly beaten eggs
- Add oats and baking powder, mix
- Add in optional spices, chocolate chips or other mix-ins.
- Scoop 1/4 cup portions of batter and add to hot skillet
- Allow to cook for 1.5-2 minutes and then flip, again cooking for 1.5-2 minutes on this side
- Slide your fresh banana pancakes onto your favorite plate and top with optional peanut butter
There are many variations that could be made with these banana pancakes! Come to think of it, almond butter or maple syrup would make great toppings. Don’t like chocolate chips? Try adding some fresh berries into the batter. Let me know what you’ve tried in the comments so I can have a taste too.