Excuse me for sounding like a dramatic teenage girl, but life has been overwhelming lately. In the last month I have completed 12 college credits, 9 of them coming from 3 math classes, and 3 credits came from a very dry course about educational philosophies and laws. On top of that, I’ve been trying to get all of my insurance paperwork taken care of for this pregnancy, and go to work with a positive attitude. Sometimes that’s a lot easier said than done. I’m sure many teachers and para-professionals can relate. There are quarters, semesters, years that are tougher and more emotionally draining than others. This has been on of those years, and as much as I hate to say it, I am ready for summer vacation.
I don’t know if it’s pregnancy cravings or stress, but I feel I could benefit from a bottle of Moscato. Have no fear; I will not give in. Instead I’ve been buying bags of candy and boxes of sugary cereal. For a week or so now, my motivation to cook or even consider nutritional value has been buried between Reese’s wrappers and pizza boxes. Yeah, it’s as bad as it sounds.
But I am on the path to recovery. After realizing the hypocrisy in eating Butterfinger Bites at 9am, and telling my daughter she had to eat her banana and peanut butter before she had a few Swedish Fish, I snapped out of my pitiful state. I threw together a weeks worth of meal planning, which includes Healthy Beef Stroganoff, Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad, and Cauliflower Crust Pizza. I also committed to healthier breakfasts that aren’t loaded with High Fructose Corn Syrup cereal and Poptarts. I’m as guilty of being in a rush in the morning as the next person, but health trumps extra time for Facebook and Twitter. So, here’s to healthy breakfast, and today’s recipe: Healthy Banana Bread Pancakes made with whole wheat flour.
These are relatively quick and I think I can even squeeze them in during the workweek. Not to mention, Chris said they were the best pancakes he has ever had, and I am in agreeance. With some walnuts and my favorite, Walden Farms Syrup, on top, you won’t even know how many health benefits you are reaping.
Healthy Banana Bread Pancakes Recipe
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice
- 1 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp. vanilla
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
- 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
- Walnuts for topping (optional)
Mix flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and brown sugar in a large bowl.
Stir in honey, egg, almond milk, vanilla, and coconut oil until smooth.
Add in mashed bananas until thoroughly incorporated.
Heat skillet over medium heat and lightly spray with cooking spray. Pour 1/2 cup of pancake mix onto skillet. Cook for 2 minutes and then flip. Cook for another two minutes.
Drench in syrup of choice, sprinkle with walnuts, maybe add a little whip cream, and devour!
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