Saturday, May 8, 2010

Whole Wheat Banana Walnuts Pancakes with Maple Butter

My husband and I took a week long-vacation in mid-April.  We drove down to North Carolina and Virginia to visit our friends.  We enjoyed spending time with them, playing with their kids, and having fantastic breakfasts.  At home, our breakfast is usually limited to bagels, cereals, and instant grits, but they served us a quiche with crab meat, healthy lime muffins, a breakfast casserole, and biscuits with country ham!!  This totally inspired me to cook a breakfast, which requires more than toasting and microwaving.  So one Saturday morning, I got up and made these fluffy pancakes.  The combination of fresh bananas and roasted walnuts is just perfect!  To make it soft, I whipped an egg white and folded into the batter at the end.  I served it with warm maple butter, which made it a little more special. 

Whole Wheat Banana Walnuts Pancakes with Maple Butter   Print Recipe

1/4 cup +2 Tbspchopped walnuts
1/2 cupwhole what flour
1/2 cupall-purpose flour
1 tspbaking powder
1/2 tspbaking soda
1 Tbspsugar
1/4 tspsalt
1egg white
1egg yolk
3/4 cupbuttermilk
1 Tbspvegetable oil
2bananas, one mashed, another sliced,

  1. Preheat the oven toaster to 350 degrees. Roast the walnuts for 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whip the egg white until firm. 
  4. In a large bowl, mix the egg yolk, butter milk and vegetable oil.  Add the flour mixture and gently mix with spatula until combined.  Add the mashed banana and 1/4 cup walnuts and fold in the egg white.  
  5. Cook the pancakes on a hot, slightly greased griddle or pan.  When small bubbles appear on the uncooked surface and the edges are getting a little dry, flip the pancakes and cook until golden.
  6. Top the pancakes with sliced bananas and remaining walnuts.  Serve with the maple butter*. 

*Maple butter: Melt 2~3 table spoons of butter in a sauce pan, pure in 1/3 cup of maple syrup. Keep warm.

Serves 2~3