Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Mat’s bananas were going bad, aaaand I had already made muffins the night before….so clearly the best solution was pancakes. He also made me go running that morning, so, extra need for pancakes. I was going to make a healthy version with whole wheat flour and no sugar, but…I went running. I earned these. And the banana makes it healthy, right?

This recipe comes from Crazy for Crust. I normally make some adaptations but I didn’t change a whole lot this time, and they were delicious.

ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 2 brownish bananas, mashed
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
instructions:
  • Whisk all non-liquid ingredients together (flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon) in a large bowl.
  • Add in the liquids (milk, egg, vanilla, mashed bananas, vegetable oil) and stir until combined.
  • Add in chocolate chips now, or put them on later to form a smiley face. Your choice.
  • Melt a 1/2 tbs of butter on hot griddle/skillet or spray with nonstick spray.
  • Pour desired amount of batter on skillet over medium heat. Flip when the edges begin to bubble.
  • Once the bottom side is a lovely golden brown, serve with syrup or nutella or more bananas. Yummmm. 🙂

Make-Ahead Green Smoothies

The one-and-only green smoothie that actually tastes good.

I find it very difficult to jump aboard the green smoothie band-wagon. I’ll get really into it sometimes and I’ll buy all the stuff to make them, but I can never get myself to finish the whole thing. They just…don’t taste very good. UNTIL I discovered this yummy pineapple idea from Baking with Blondie, who just so happens to be related to my dear friend Laura Lowrey.

I already had leftover pineapple from my last recipe (Pineapple Teriyaki Pork Chops), so this was a super last-minute way to prepare for our busy weekday mornings. All it takes is spinach, banana, pineapple, and a liquid of your choice! My husband is addicted to orange juice, so that’s what we’ll be using. However, Almond Milk is honestly a great addition to smoothies, even if it’s gross just on its own.

I just assembled as many bags as I could with whatever ingredients I still had, and I was lucky enough to get 5 bags worth! That’s 5 whole breakfasts already taken care of, so I can say goodbye to cold cereal this week. I love this pre-packaging because it saves so much time in the morning. We all know we would much rather sleep in than wake up early to slice some bananas and pineapple.

You can fit as much as you want into each bag. I tend to not want tooooooo much smoothie, so my bags aren’t very full. Honestly though, Mat was so excited when I told him I did this, he might be drinking all the smoothies this week.

Ingredients:
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup pinapple, sliced
  • 1 handful spinach
  • splash of liquid (orange juice, water, almond milk, etc…)
  • ice and chia seeds (both optional)
instructions:
  • Slice banana and pineapple–place in Ziploc bag with spinach
  • Freeze until ready to use
  • Blend it, baby!
  • I didn’t say how much liquid to use because that depends on how you like your smoothies…thick? Add less. Liquidy? Add more. 🙂