The Best Banana Walnut Pancakes and Getting Unstuck

Sunday morning pancake breakfast is a cure-all for life's worries.  Okay, perhaps maybe that's a bit of a stretch, but for me, the process of making pancakes for breakfast on a Sunday is a ritual close to my heart. This weekend, the pancakes have helped get me out of my recent rut.  I've taken some time off of blogging [from both here and my business site] since I've felt a bit stuck.

I get myself in these moods where I feel like I should write something more profound. I spend time working on posts where I take my time with my writing and my work, but the more time I spend on a post, the perfectionist in me takes over and I begin to overanalyze everything and stress myself out. There's really nothing happening in my work or my life that warrants stress and uneasiness, but there it was. Every so often, I'll take some time off to reset myself and get my mind back in a place where I'm happy about writing again.  I took this weekend off from any sort of work, and on Sunday had a completely relaxed day. The combination of long walks, close friends, watching movies, and morning pancakes has completely transformed my mood.

This pancake recipe is lightyears better than any boxed mix I've ever had.  It's simple to make any day of the week and you can easily throw together the dry ingredients the night before to speed up the morning process.  Yesterday, I made the recipe with all the butter, but normally, I'll use only one tablespoon to keep things a little lighter.  I like adding bananas and walnuts to make my breakfast a bit more filling, but you can omit these add ins if you're in the mood for being a purist. If you're having a bad day, feeling like you're in a rut like I was, or want to give someone you love a pick me up, make these pancakes [along with a couple strips of bacon, because why not?], and you'll thank me I promise! I always have my pancakes with my maple syrup on the side [it helps me not go overboard on syrup!] and a big glass of milk.  

The Best Banana Walnut Pancakes

  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1.25 cups milk [I use skim, but any will do]
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted [plus a bit extra for the pan or griddle]
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 banana, chopped [optional]
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped [optional]

Mix all the dry ingredients together in one bowl and the milk, vanilla extract, egg and butter in a separate bowl [be sure to let the butter cool a bit- if it's too hot, it will scramble the egg!].  Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix until just combined [don't over mix!]. Fold the chopped banana and walnuts into the batter.  Heat your pan on medium- medium low heat, spread a bit of butter onto the pan and cook the pancakes. I like my pancakes VERY light, so I wait only a minute or so per side, but use your own pancake making protocol!