If you have an over-ripe banana with black spots lying on the counter that no one wants to eat or even look at, this recipe is for you.
Especially if your child is home from school due to some unforeseen circumstances and you do not have anything planned for lunch, or, if you had not factored in the amount of time you will have to invest to keep a 6 1/4 year old entertained without any screen-time.
Perhaps that's the story of just my life! You guys are super parents and totally rock it. Nonetheless, this is an easy recipe to have on hand.
So as I was saying, it is snow-day here. School is closed. As usual the call came at 5am in the morning. Till the call comes it is a guessing game - will it be a two-hour delay start or will the school be closed. After receiving the call on 10 (ok just 2) different mediums, I turned off all the alarms and happily settled down for at least 4 more hours of sleep, or at least I thought I would. The 6 1/4 year old came trotting into the room at 7:45 am and said in a very sweet sing-song voice - "Wakey wakey Mamma... its a school day!"
Nooooooo! School is closed! Let me please sleeeep!
But that ship had sailed. We are up and we are wide awake! And today we are hungry right after waking up.
After the cuddles (my favorite part of the day) and breakfast, started the non-stop chatter, painting, playing, negotiations about screen time... and boy! can he negotiate. Sometimes I feel that I am up against a shrewd politician or a lawyer (who still needs to be fed all his meals at home and still can't tie his shoelaces).
Anyhoo, I told him that since this is a school day I will let him watch TV at 4pm (we leave for tennis at 5). But I am getting a strong feeling that I will relent and let him watch TV at 3! And it is just 1:20pm. I asked him to go clean up and then read a book while I am finishing up this post. Then, I promised, I will play with him again!
Ingredients: (Yield - 4 small)
- One very ripe banana
- Whole-wheat flour - 3 tbsp.
- Eggs - 2 large, at room temperature
- Cinnamon Powder - 1/4 tsp
- A dab of butter for frying.
In a bowl, mash the banana using a fork. Now whisk in the eggs till nicely incorporated. Add the flour and the cinnamon powder. The sweetness comes from the over-ripe banana, so the more ripe it is the better.
Heat the frying pan and add a dab of butter. Ladle a spoonful of batter to the pan. Once the batter settles down, it is ready to be flipped over. Fry the other side and transfer to a paper towel lined plate - it will take about a minute on each side. Repeat till you are done.
I served the 6 1/4 yo old these pancakes with some chocolate syrup and a side of steamed broccoli & carrots. Who says pancakes are just for breakfast.