Words by Rebecca Lee, Photos by Calvin Poon
Have you ever watched Tasty videos on Facebook and wondered how the recipes turn out in real life? Well, look no further as I recreate Goodful’s healthy banana pancakes recipe. What made me decide to actually try out this recipe as opposed to bookmarking it for later was definitely how simple it is. Bananas, oats, and eggs are all you need for the base, not to mention how accessible bananas are for those who have a meal plan. Each of the three recipes starts with this base, so just add a few more simple ingredients to get the finished product!
Two mashed ripe bananas
½ cup quick oats
To make the base, combine all of the ingredients. For a thicker consistency, avoid blending or mixing the bananas too well. I recommend going old-school and using a fork if you want to taste some chunks of bananas in the pancake.
Quick tip: use ripe bananas if possible. They will not only make the pancakes more flavorful but also make your life easier mashing them for the batter.
Original banana pancakes-
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
Mix the vanilla and cinnamon into the base mixture.
I prefer smaller pancakes so I scooped ⅓ cup of batter onto the pan and cooked for around two minutes and then flipped them over to cook for another minute. Feel free to adjust this to your liking. Another good indicator that you are ready to flip them is seeing bubbles on the top of your pancake batter. Make sure to start on medium heat to prevent your pancakes from burning. Add some berries or any fruit of your choice, and they are ready to be served!
Dark chocolate pancakes-
2 tbsp. dark cocoa powder
¼ cup chocolate chips
¼ tsp. salt
Add the dark cocoa powder into the base. Mix well before you add in the chocolate chips and salt. Cook on the pan for around two minutes and flip them over for another minute. Top them off with fresh bananas or strawberries for an extra kick of sweetness!
Peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes-
¼ cup smooth peanut butter
¼ cup dark chocolate chips
Pinch of salt
Mix the smooth peanut butter into the base until well combined. Then, mix in the dark chocolate chips as well as a pinch or two of salt. Cook for around two to three minutes and then flip them over for another minute. Keep an eye out for them since they seem to burn more easily than the previous two batters. Garnish with some more bananas, or eat them bare, because who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate?
My personal favorite was the original banana pancakes. I love how the cinnamon added an extra flavor to the pancakes but also how filling they were with just the right sweetness. Among my friends, the dark chocolate pancakes were the most popular. They enjoyed the balance between the chocolate-ness from the cocoa powder and the organic sweetness of the base. One adjustment I would make in the future is to grind the oats. Depending on your preference, ground oats will give the pancakes a smoother consistency that resembles normal pancakes. As a lover of all things breakfast, I love the idea of healthier alternatives and how well these pancakes turn out.