In fact, when my daughter was little she used to “hide” bananas so they’d get over ripe. Then she’d whip them out of their hidey hole and pretend to be sad while trying not to giggle and proclaim…
“Oh No… Mom! Now you’ll have to make banana pancakes.”
Naturally mom was “fooled” every time and would be TOTALLY DISTRESSED at the thought of wasting food, and a good banana at that. So we’d whip out our mixing bowls and get to cooking.
Good memories 🙂 I’m smiling so much my cheeks hurt just thinking about it.
Of course, back in those days we weren’t vegan yet, so the recipe was a little different. A little less healthy and a little less good for the planet but still totally yummy.
So the other day we noticed that we had a banana or two that looked like it had been hidden by a 4 year old. After a good giggle and a trip down memory lane the kid and I decided to see how hard it would be to “veganize” (is that even a word?) a batch of Briana’s “Lost Banana” pancakes.
Turns out it was WAY EASY using the vegan substitutions we’ve worked out. (You can see all of them over here.) A little almond milk instead of the cow kind. A flax meal egg instead of the chicken kind. Easy Peasy!
While we were at it we switched in whole wheat flour instead of regular white flour and POOF! Vegan “Lost Banana” Pancakes or rather Easy Vegan Banana Pancakes!
My daughter declared them every bit as good as the ones we used to make. And it was a huge relief that we could enjoy something that made us both so happy without compromising our principles.
Being healthy, helping animals and the environment sure can be tasty. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Here’s the recipe. Why don’t you give it a go and tell us what you think.
Easy Vegan Banana Pancakes, aka. “Lost Banana” Pancakes
Here’s What You Need…
- 1 Cup Vegan Buttermilk
- 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
- 2 TBSP Sugar
- 1 1/2 TBSP Baking Powder
- 2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1 Vegan Flax Meal Egg
- 2 tsp Melted Coconut Oil
- 1 Ripe Mashed Banana
(If you don’t know how to make vegan buttermilk or flax seed egg substitute click on those links to learn how.)
Here’s How To Make Easy Vegan Banana Pancakes…
The SHORT version for you experienced cooks.
- Mix all dry ingredients
- Mix all wet ingredients
- Pour wet into dry and stir gently. Don’t over stir!
- Spoon into HOT skillet and flip when bubbles appear.
- Pancakes should be golden brown when done.
- Serve with topping of your choice. We like real maple syrup or fruit purees.
And here’s a more detailed explanation for folks new to the kitchen.
Get out two mixing bowls. Whisk the wet ingredients together in one (the smaller one if they are not the same size) and whisk the dry ingredients together in the other.
Make a hole or well in the center of your dry ingredients and pour the contents of your wet bowl into that space. Stir to combine. But don’t over stir or you’ll have tough pancakes.
Heat a skillet (cast iron is best) just above medium heat and add enough oil to grease it. You can use a pastry brush for this or just pour a little in and spread it around with your spatula.
Once your skillet is hot spoon or pour 1/4 cup or so of batter into hot skillet and cook until bubbles form and edges look “dry”. This will take 1-2 minutes. Then flip and cook the second side 30-45 seconds more. Both sides should be golden brown when done.
Banana pancakes tend to be a little “heavy” or in other words “wetter” than regular pancakes so don’t worry if they don’t seem as fluffy as you are used to. Just be sure they are cooked.
NOTE… If nothing is runny inside they are cooked. You may laugh at me telling you that but if you’ve ever had an “under cooked” pancake you’ll know what I mean.
When my granny was up there in years she couldn’t see so well any more. And the last time she made us pancakes they were “under cooked”. We all smiled and ate them but after that it became “MY JOB” to make pancakes when we visited.
Ok, so now that you’ve got one pancake cooked. Repeat with the rest of your batter and serve.
You can keep your pancakes warm while you cook the rest by stacking them onto a plate placed in an oven set to around 200 degrees if you like.
These vegan banana pancakes freeze well (what pancakes don’t?) and are a snap to reheat in the toaster or microwave.
This recipe makes about 6-8 pancakes.
Well, now you know how to make “Lost Banana Pancakes”. When you make them let us know if you have them straight up or if you change them up a bit so they’ve become your own vegan banana pancakes. Fair warning… if you do that they’ll need a cool name!
No matter how you try them be sure to come back here and let us know how much you enjoyed them. Because when we all share what we know it becomes easier and easier to “Kiss Meat Goodbye, One Recipe At A Time!”
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