Easy as Pancakes Banana Date Golden Flax Pancakes

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Until yesterday I was deathly afraid of making pancakes. Okay, well that’s only partially true. I was just afraid. Yes, I was afraid of making pancakes. I admit it. This is for a few reasons. I cook, I bake, I can make pretty cakes, I make scrumptious cookies and delicious brownies, but not pancakes. Then someone in my life made fun of me and explained that their five-year-old daughter can prepare pancakes. The last time I’d made pancakes was approximately when I was five myself, so I decided that if two five-year-olds can make pancakes and not make a huge mess, I could do it. If I was going to prepare pancakes, however, I knew I was going to make them with fruit and only fruit! They had to be the healthiest pancakes possible.

These Banana Date Golden Flax Pancakes were the result of my efforts. They can be prepared gluten-free too! They are super simple and contain only 7 ingredients. Now I understand that, yes, making pancakes is as easy as pie. But wait! They are easier than making pie. Much easier. They are as easy as pancakes!

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What makes these pancakes special is, as mentioned, that the only sweetener inside of them is fruit in the form of bananas and medjool dates. I decided to go all out and crazy daisy with my chocolate syrup usage in the photos you see above, but that was mostly because I had just gone hiking to the point of severe exhaustion and I am of the opinion that there is a link between exercise-induced exhaustion and a propensity to pour extra chocolate syrup on pancakes when you make them and want to take photos.

Next time I prepare these pancakes, I may not use any chocolate syrup at all. They are so good without anything! The chocolate syrup I used was a real treat and is sugar free. It’s sweetened with Stevia. I have mixed feelings about Stevia in my life and I don’t use it often, but Stevia sweetened syrup is superior to sugar or {gasp!} that disastrously deleterious and gross high fructose corn syrup stuff, so this Stevia-sweetened syrup is the syrup I use every once in a blue moon. This is the best source of information regarding the impacts of Stevia on the body that I have found on the internet, so watch this video to learn about how much Stevia is okay to consume in order to remain in ideal health.

The results of preparing these pancakes are that I now have enough {mouthwatering!} food for an army and I no longer suffer from pancake phobia. Win and win!

Ingredients:

1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flaxseeds mixed with 2.5 tbsp water)
1 small very ripe banana
1 tbsp Earth Balance or another vegan butter, melted
1/2 cup nondairy milk of choice (I love almond milk)
5 medjool dates, pitted
1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour or oat flour (for gluten-free version)

Directions:

In a cup or small bowl, combine ground flaxseeds with nondairy milk and baking powder. Let sit for a few minutes to form “flax egg”. Soak pitted medjool dates in water and heat them in the microwave for a minute so that they become nice and soft. Add the warmed dates (without the water!) to a high-powered blender along with the rest of the ingredients except the flour. Pour the blended mixture into a large bowl and stir in the flour until just combined. Let batter rest for 5 minutes.

Lightly grease your griddle and pour ¼ cup measurements of the batter onto the griddle. Make sure to cook on medium heat and not high heat! When you’ve got a banana in the batter, there is a slightly higher likelihood of burning, so do watch out! Cook for 1-2 minutes before flipping and then another 1-2 minutes on the other side before they are finished. Top with sliced bananas, dark chocolate syrup, fresh fruit, anything you love!

 

One Comment

  1. Avatar Gabriella Gordon says:

    I tried making these today and they came out amazing! Thank you so much for the recipe! I just tossed all the ingredients in my blender to make it easy! I topped mine with cinnamon and berries and they tasted amazing!

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