3-Ingredient Banana Pancakes with Cinnamon Honey Peanut Butter
I’ve been hearing rumors about this crazy idea for a healthy alternative to the standard “pancake”: pulverize eggs and bananas in a blender, sizzle on a skillet, and enjoy! Imagine my disappointment on the two separate occasions I found myself scraping to flip broken pancakes, only managing to balance out the recipe with enough batter for a quarter-sized bite. Needless to say, hanger (hunger-induced anger) and heartbreak ensued.
I figured that a chilly December morning was as good of an excuse as any to fix this mess…moreover, an excuse to hide in my sunny living room and eat pancakes all day. The secret to success? OATS! Just enough fiber to give this simple batter the structure that it needs. Gluten-free and sweetened with only honey, this breakfast treat is loaded with protein, fiber, and potassium. As an athlete and coach, I’m always looking for ways to create balanced, healthy meals for growing and active bodies—this is a perfect treat to refuel and nourish yourself after a workout or long week of training. Third time (and third ingredient!)’s a charm. Feast!
For the batter:
- 1/4 cup oats
- one large banana
- two eggs
**This creates an excellent base from which you can spice and flavor to your heart’s desire. This time around, I added cinnamon, nutmeg, and a splash of vanilla extract.
- 1/4 cup peanut butter (I used Earth Balance Coconut & Peanut Spread)
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 - 2 tbsp raw honey (adjust to your desired level of sweetness)
(Almond butter is an incredible alternative, too! Add 1/2 tsp melted coconut oil)
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F (to keep pancakes warm before serving)
- Heat a nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil to the pan, or lightly coat with cooking spray.
- Pulse oats and spices in a food processor or blender until finely ground.
- Whisk eggs and vanilla in a small bowl until just combined.
- Peel and slice banana.
- Blend that s***.
Pour about 2 tablespoons of batter into prepared pan, flipping just after bubbles have began to form and pop on the surface. Check to make sure that the bottom is not browning too quickly and adjust the heat if necessary. Continue to cook until golden brown, and leave to rest on a heatproof plate in your 200 degree oven.
With a fork (or spoon, or anything you have handy, really), mix peanut butter, cinnamon, and honey until thoroughly combined. If you wish, incrementally add melted coconut oil, stirring until completely incorporated and your desired consistency has been reached.
Did I play bananagrams by myself? Yes, yes I did.