Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Banana Nut Pancakes

Pancakes can be a healthy part of any meal. The addition of whole wheat, oatmeal, and nuts provides the protein and nutrition to keep your energy up.
You will need:
* 1 - 2 tblspn Canola oil, for griddle (cooking pan) *1/2 cup whole wheat flour *1/4 cup oatmeal *1 1/2 cups all purpose flour *1 teaspoon baking powder *1/4 teaspoon baking soda
*1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt *1 1/4 cups and 2 tblspn soy milk *2 large ripe bananas, mashed (the riper the better) *2 large eggs *3 tablespoons melted butter (or other cooking oil)
*1/2 cup (2 ounces) chopped walnuts, roasted

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour,oatmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until combined and make a well in the center. In another medium bowl, whisk all the soy milk, the bananas, eggs, and oil until well combined. Pour into the well and stir until smooth; there can be a few little lumps remaining. Stir in the walnuts. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Using 1/4 cup batter for each pancake, pour the batter onto the griddle. Cook until the edges of the pancake appear dry and the underside is golden brown, about 3 minutes. This pancake batter behaves differently from others: The top may not become covered with tiny bubbles, which usually indicate the pancake is ready to turn. Check the edges and use a thin spatula to peek at the underside.

Flip the pancakes and cook until the other side is golden, about 2 minutes. Keep warm in the oven while preparing the rest of the pancakes. If the batter thickens too much upon standing, thin with additional soy milk.