Breakfast for a Monkey

When Matt and I got married, Jack Johnson was just gaining popularity in the music world.  We bought his cd while we were on our honeymoon and I must tell you that every time I hear those songs, I am suddenly in the front seat of our rented Pontiac Grand Prix, driving around Georgia.  When Liam was a tiny baby, I would often play the cd for him to wind down to and eventually, we discovered that he would last for the hour-long drive to visit his grandparents much better if Jack was singing.  For years, Matt has asked me to come up with a version of banana pancakes that we could use to pretend it was the weekend.  Recently, I combined 2 recipes and Liam ate 4 pancakes the first time I introduced them!
This recipe is the perfect blend of comfort and convenience.  I tweaked the recipe for a pancake mix I found online keep a batch in my cupboard all the time.  When I want to make plain pancakes, I do, but when the mood strikes for a flavored option, it’s easy to change.  What’s even better is that these pancakes freeze very well and will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.  Since Liam and I are the only ones eating breakfast in the house right now, it works out for us!
Pancake Mix:
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 3 1/2 cups ground whole oats
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly.  Sift if you’d like.  Store in an airtight container in the freezer indefinitely or on the counter/in your cabinet for up to 3 weeks.  When you are ready to prepare the pancakes, all you have to do is take 1 cup of the mix, 1 cup of water/milk/buttermilk and 1 whole egg.  Beat them together and cook them on an ungreased griddle until golden brown on both sides.
For the monkeys:  Replace the 1 egg with a whole banana, smashed as smoothly as you like.  I mash mine into a puree so I’m certain that the cake cooks the whole way through.  Add 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg to the mix, banana and milk.  Beat together and cook as above.  It’s like having dessert for breakfast!
* For the cheflets: This is a perfect way to introduce a wholesome breakfast to your budding foodie!  As long as you are certain your little one has no reactions to wheat, tear a cooled pancake into little strips and let your son/daughter go to town!  This is an excellent way to encourage self-feeding and also a good method to make sure there is a variety of nutrients in that meal!

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