Pancakes. I used to make them on Sunday mornings with my dad. They weren’t my favorite thing to make, but only because you couldn’t lick the bowl clean. (I mean, you could, it just didn’t taste very good.) I much preferred the occasions we’d make cakes together. (German chocolate was his favorite, but I always wanted chocolate with vanilla icing. At least we could agree on the chocolate cake. What kind of crazy person wants a vanilla cake?!) But looking back, those Sunday mornings seem so idyllic to me. Is there anything more weekend than a leisurely, indulgent breakfast? As I made these Sunbutter Banana Pancakes on a recent weekday while my husband was at work (because, you know, developing this recipe was my (way more awesome) job, at least that day), I found myself longing for just one classic Sunday morning. Pancakes. A tall glass of milk. The smell of coffee and a newspaper as a placemat. Stuffing your face with buttery, syrupy goodness while casually perusing the funnies, warding off the curious, hungry cats.
I’m almost thirty. Most of those cats are gone now. Newspapers aren’t really a thing anymore, and neither my husband nor I can drink coffee. We don’t stock milk, either. And he works Sundays.
But at least I still have pancakes.
And with salty sunbutter, a hint of cocoa, and bananas for sweetness, with these pancakes, you can even lick the bowl.
Take that, (German) chocolate cake (with vanilla icing).
Topping Ideas for Sunbutter Banana Pancakes
- Bananas, obviously
- Get a little nuts and throw some strawberries in there
- Did I say nuts? (for those of you that don’t have to be nut-free, obviously; pecans would be great)
- Sunflower seeds for those of you that do, for just a little texture
- Whipped cream (dairy or non-dairy)
- Make these ‘cakes dessert with a scoop of ice cream
- Maple syrup (my personal favorite)
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