Every week at the grocery store, I buy a large bunch of bananas. About 4 days later, I always have 2 or 3 bananas sitting on my counter that are too ripe to eat. You would think that, after countless weeks of having overly ripe bananas left over, I would learn to buy a smaller bunch of bananas each week. If I had learned that lesson, though, you would not be seeing this recipe for banana berry pancakes.
I often make banana chip muffins when I have overly ripe bananas. This week, however, I wasn’t really in the mood for the muffins. I had some beautiful strawberries from my mom’s garden in the refrigerator, so I decided to pair them with the bananas to make some pancakes. I didn’t have any buttermilk, so I used some of the light vanilla soy milk that I had in the fridge. Whenever I can get away with it, I like to bake with white whole wheat flour, so naturally these pancakes are also whole wheat. That will make you feel better about eating a huge stack of pancakes for breakfast… just think of all the extra fiber!
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour (I use King Arthur)
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup light vanilla soy milk (or use plain soy milk + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 cup strawberries, cut into small pieces
Preheat an electric skillet to 325°F. Lightly coat with cooking spray.
In a batter bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a separate bowl, mash the banana with a fork. Add the egg, soy milk, and canola oil. Stir to combine. Pour the mixture of wet ingredients into the batter bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir until all of the dry ingredients are moistened. The battery will be a bit lumpy.
For each pancake, pour about 1/3 cup of batter onto the preheated skillet, topping with a few strawberry pieces. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
Serve with your favorite syrup, garnished with a few extra strawberries.