I’ve seen them on Pinterest loads of times and kept it in the back of my mind – Gluten Free, Low Cal but packed with tons of potassium and protein AND it’s a pancake recipe? It’s hard to find fault in the recipe, but it seemed, well…weird. A few days ago a friend posted a picture on Facebook of her own attempt which brought it back to my mind. This morning, as I perused my kitchen for day-off-brunch-food before I hit the grocery store, I took stock of what I had: four ripe organic bananas, cage free/hormone free brown eggs, carrots, tortillas…when it hit like magic – Banana/Egg Pancakes!
I ate them at my messy desk, where I was *diligently* working.
When I decided I would make them, the first thing I did was go to Pinterest and type in: 3 Ingredient Pancakes. All the results showed Bananas, but not all of them showed eggs. Some were Banana, Peanut Butter and Flour–which sounds delicious, but I have been having weird reactions to Peanuts lately
I may have an allergy so it was easy to scratch off. I found what I was looking for – 1 Banana, 2 Eggs, Pinch of Cinnamon.
But no one had a recipe! Why, Pinterest, Why? I love Infographics as much as the next Pinterest Addict, but they need to give me enough information to replicate. Whatever, I thought. It’s a banana and some eggs. How hard can it be?
How wrong I was!
I started by pulling out my Magic Bullet (love it to pieces!) because I know from experience mashing bananas by hand is a pain in the
bitch…y’know. I decided to go ahead and put the eggs in there, because, it seemed like a good idea. And also the hint of cinnamon. When I grabbed my cinnamon, I saw the vanilla extract and the last time I made pancakes (Banana Pecan) I used it and it was good, so I splashed a tiny bit in there, too.
See? It already looks so promising.
I will say all of the above was a good idea.
My cast-iron was warmed when I was ready, so excited to start this endeavor I ladled out the first pancake. Whoa, this batter is really runny. I waited three
hours minutes for the pancake to get slightly golden and flipped it with a bit of scrunching – y’know, when the pancake decides it doesn’t want to flip, so it just smooshes a bit? Scrunching was minimal so I continued. After another three hours minutes, I put it onto my Pancake-Waiting-Plate and started on Pancake Number 2.
While I waited the appropriate time for it to cook on one side – these take a lot longer to cook because of all that egg, I ate the first pancake. That’s what I do, every single time I make pancakes. I don’t even pretend that’s not what I’m doing when I pour my half-size “test pancake.” And…it tasted like scrambled eggs in a pancake. Which is great if you want scrambled eggs, but not when you’re promised Pancakes.
As the second was cooking, I grabbed another banana and Magic Bullet-ed (I made that a verb!) the second in. That was my mistake. The extra banana made the batter dense. I had three failed attempts at cooking pancakes after that – they all came out of the skillet looking like stirred eggs – a bit more intense than scrambled, the kind you make for fried rice – because they all scrunched. There was no even cooking. As soon as I slipped the spatula under a corner, it would bunch up. Eventually, I just scrambled it around and vowed to get the next one right. I didn’t.
So, I bit the bullet and dumped in half a cup of flour. I do not regret it. The last three pancakes I was able to make were golden and fluffy and delicious. I topped them with Orange Blossom honey and ate them pretty quickly. My Dog was the lucky recipient of Banana-Pancake-Scramble-Mash. He gives it 5-Stars, crumbled over dry dog food.
After consulting the friend who posted them on facebook, I have learned that these pancakes are more of an acquired skill. Proceed with that warning! 🙂