Banana Split

Are you ready for the ULTIMATE ice cream dessert? The king of all ice cream sundaes? I sure hope so because today we are making Banana Splits. I love ordering a banana split when we go out for ice cream, but banana splits are easy to make at home and S…

Are you ready for the ULTIMATE ice cream dessert? The king of all ice cream sundaes? I sure hope so because today we are making Banana Splits. I love ordering a banana split when we go out for ice cream, but banana splits are easy to make at home and SO fun, especially during the…

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Chocolate Coffee Breakfast Smoothie

This Chocolate Coffee Breakfast Smoothie is a dessert-worthy treat and a sneaky way to add an extra dose of vegetables to your day.

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This Chocolate Coffee Breakfast Smoothie is a dessert-worthy treat and a sneaky way to add an extra dose of vegetables to your day. A scoop of riced cauliflower creates an extra thick and creamy texture in the smoothie without adding any weird flavor. Combine the thick texture with the coffee chocolate flavor and I dare say this smoothie reminds me of a Wendy’s Frosty!

Overhead view of two glasses full of coffee chocolate breakfast smoothies

Cauliflower Options

If you’re not down with the whole cauliflower-in-a-smoothie idea, a basic coffee-chocolate-banana smoothie is also good. The cauliflower does make it a little thicker and more ice-cream-like, though.

If you have a powerful blender, frozen cauliflower florets will work in place of riced cauliflower. Using rice cauliflower just makes it easier to blend until smooth for less powerful blenders.

Coffee Options

I used instant coffee (freeze-dried coffee) for this smoothie because it’s incredibly easy to work with. It’s inexpensive, it blends into the smoothie easily, and, since it’s shelf-stable, you can keep it on hand without it going bad (it’s also really good to add to chocolate cake). If you prefer not to use instant coffee, you can use strongly brewed coffee or espresso that has been chilled. I would substitute ¼ to ½ of the milk listed in the recipe below with coffee.

Sweeten to Your Liking

The banana provides a subtle sweetness to this smoothie on its own, but I do prefer to add a little extra sugar to balance the cocoa powder and coffee, which are both naturally bitter. But this recipe is extremely flexible and you can use any type of sweetener you like and in whatever quantity you like. Just blend up your smoothie and then add your chosen sweetener to taste.

Can I Skip the Banana?

I don’t recommend skipping the banana in this recipe because frozen bananas also contributes quite a bit to that ice-cream-like texture, as well as adding a little natural sweetness. If you’re not a banana lover, don’t worry, you can’t really taste it in the end product.

Two chocolate coffee smoothies in small glasses with straws
overhead view of two glasses full of chocolate coffee breakfast smoothie with straws

Chocolate Coffee Breakfast Smoothie

This Chocolate Coffee Breakfast Smoothie is a dessert-worthy treat and a sneaky way to add an extra dose of vegetables to your day.
Total Cost $0.84 each
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 16oz.
Calories 258kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the sweetness to your liking. Serve immediately.

Notes

*You can use any type of milk or non-dairy milk. The creamier the milk, the better.
**Use any type of sweetener you prefer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1smoothie | Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 132mg | Fiber: 5g

How to Make Chocolate Coffee Breakfast Smoothies – Step by Step Photos

chocolate coffee breakfast smoothie ingredients

All you need for this smoothie is some banana, rice cauliflower, unsweetened cocoa powder, instant coffee, and milk. Oh, and a little sugar or your favorite sweetener (not pictured). You’ll want the banana and riced cauliflower to both be frozen for the most ice-cream-like flavor and texture. Here is a tutorial on how to freeze bananas and how to make riced cauliflower.

Milk being poured into a blender with cauliflower, bananas, cocoa, and instant coffee

Add ½ cup frozen riced cauliflower, ½ of a frozen banana, 1 Tbsp unsweetened cauliflower, 1 Tbsp instant coffee, ½ tsp sugar, and 1 cup milk to a blender (you can wait to add the sugar until after blended if you want to sweeten to taste).

Blended smoothie in the blender cup

Blend the smoothie until smooth. Taste and adjust the sweetness, if needed.

chocolate coffee breakfast smoothie dripping off a spoon into the blender cup

Look at how rich and creamy this chocolate coffee breakfast smoothie is!! I’m telling you, major Frosty vibes with this one.

overhead view of two glasses full of chocolate coffee breakfast smoothie with straws

This recipe makes either one large chocolate coffee breakfast smoothie or two smaller smoothies. Dessert or breakfast, what do you think?

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Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

These deliciously easy banana oatmeal pancakes are made in a blender using oats and bananas: no flour! They’re delicious with…

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These deliciously easy banana oatmeal pancakes are made in a blender using oats and bananas: no flour! They’re delicious with a healthy spin.

Banana oatmeal pancakes

Here at A Couple Cooks, we love pancakes that taste good and are full of nutrient-dense whole foods. Enter, these healthy banana oatmeal pancakes! They’re a mashup of our fan-favorite Oatmeal Pancakes and Banana Pancakes and man, are they delicious. We literally could not stop eating them (excuse me for stuffing my face…!). Even better: they’re made mainly of oats and bananas in a blender. That’s right: no all purpose flour at all! No one will believe the magic.

Why make these banana oatmeal pancakes?

Let’s get our unpopular opinion out there right now: most pancakes are an excuse to eat cake for breakfast. (Sorry!) But to be honest: a huge dose of sugar and refined flour in the morning doesn’t make us feel so great. The hearty, wholesome option? These banana oatmeal pancakes. What’s great about them?

  • They’re made mainly of oats: no flour. This makes them 100% whole grain and naturally gluten free pancakes. You’ll find they stick with you: they’re filling and make your stomach feel full, not ready for a sugar crash! It’s basically like eating a bowl of oatmeal.
  • They’re so easy to make! All you need is a blender and these pancakes come together in a breeze.
  • They’ve got amazing flavor. Take one bite, and you’ll be a believer. We promise!
Banana oatmeal pancakes

They’re easy to make: in a blender!

How to make pancakes easy? Simply whiz up everything in a blender and you’re ready to go! For some reason, using a blender seems easier than whisking everything together: maybe because there’s a little less mess? Then cook them up the same as a standard pancake.

The batter for these banana oatmeal pancakes is a slightly more delicate than a standard pancake since these oatmeal blender pancakes have no gluten. But they don’t require a lot of extra babying! It should feel essentially the same as a normal pancake when they’re on the griddle.

Variations on these banana oatmeal pancakes

Here are a few variations on these banana oatmeal pancakes:

  • Dairy free: Use almond milk instead of standard milk, and neutral oil instead of butter. Try vegan yogurt for the yogurt, or you can just add the same amount of non-dairy milk.
  • Vegan / plant based: Honestly, we’d recommend our Vegan Pancakes instead. But you can try using flax eggs in place of the egg! To learn more, go to How to make a flax egg.
Banana oatmeal pancakes

How to step up these banana oatmeal pancakes

We love serving these banana oatmeal pancakes with just a drizzle of maple syrup! Of course it’s essential to be light-handed on toppings for a healthy pancake recipe, or it kind of negates the purpose of being healthier in the first place, right? Here are a few fun ways to dress up your gluten free banana oatmeal pancakes, with a healthy spin:

Love banana flavor? Our Healthy Banana Muffins or Healthy Banana Bread use the same method! Or browse our favorite banana recipes.

More great pancakes recipes

Want more pancakes recipes? We’ve got ’em! Try our original oatmeal pancakes and more:

This banana oatmeal pancakes recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten free, and dairy free. For vegan and plant-based, substitute a flax egg for the eggs.

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Banana Oatmeal Pancakes (Best Ever!)


  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: About 9 large or 12 small pancakes

Description

These deliciously easy banana oatmeal pancakes are made in a blender using oats and bananas: no flour! They’re delicious with a healthy spin. NOTE: Recipe updated 5/26/2021 to address reader comments. 


Ingredients

  • 2 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup plain or vanilla yogurt (Greek or whole milk work)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk of choice
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted (or neutral oil)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (or maple syrup)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup mashed bananas  (2 medium)

Instructions

  1. Place the oats, Greek yogurt, eggs, milk, melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla, baking powder and kosher salt in a blender. Blend on high until a smooth batter forms. 
  2. Mash the bananas, then stir them into the blender with a spatula. 
  3. Lightly grease a skillet with butter and wipe off extra grease with a paper towel. Heat the skillet over low heat. Add a few more tablespoons milk to the better until it is still thick but can pour out of the blender. Pour the batter into small circles. Cook the pancakes until the bubbles pop on the top and the bottoms are golden: low and slow is the key! Then flip them and cook until golden on the other side. 
  4. Add another tablespoon or two to the remaining batter and stir so that it is pourable. Cook the remaining batter, adjusting the heat as necessary (the skillet can get very hot on the second batch). Place the cooked pancakes under an inverted bowl to keep them warm. Serve immediately with maple syrup.
  • Category: Brunch
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

Last updated: June 2021

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Gluten Free Banana Bread

This epic gluten free banana bread recipe will make its way into your heart on first bite! It’s deliciously moist…

A Couple Cooks – Recipes worth repeating.

This epic gluten free banana bread recipe will make its way into your heart on first bite! It’s deliciously moist and made with oats.

Gluten free banana bread

Who needs AP flour, really? This one’s our favorite banana bread recipe…and there’s no flour to speak of. Just good old fashioned oats, bananas and a bit of magic. Try this golden brown Gluten Free Banana Bread recipe! It’s got just the right moist texture, nuanced sweetness, and pure banana flavor. There’s a crunchy sugar topping, too (yum). Whip it all up in a blender and wait while comfy, cozy aroma winds it’s way from the oven.

What you need for gluten free banana bread

For gluten free banana bread, there are three basic options for the flour component. Make it with oat flour, almond flour, or gluten free flour. Gluten free flour can have additives and gums, so we don’t generally use it in our recipes. Almond flour is delicious but send the calories through the roof. So we picked oats! You’ll use the same trick behind our Healthy Banana Muffins: blend them up until they form a natural flour. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Old Fashioned rolled oats (not steel cut or instant oats)
  • Very ripe bananas
  • Sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • Baking soda, baking powder and salt
  • Eggs
  • Neutral oil
  • Honey
  • Vanilla and cinnamon
  • Turbinado sugar, for topping
Gluten free banana bread recipe

Tips for this banana bread recipe

This gluten free banana bread is a riff on some of our blender muffins and breads, but even better. We’ve tested it time upon time to get it just right! Here are a few things to keep in mind when you make it:

  • Use the ripest possible bananas. This is the cardinal rule of banana bread, and especially true with the gluten free variety. Don’t attempt this without brown bananas.
  • Mash and measure the bananas. You’ll use half in the blender, then stir in half so the batter gets a lumpy texture: just like normal banana bread!
  • Allow to come to room temp before cutting. This is important, since it doesn’t have gluten to hold it together.
  • Cut large slices. This also helps the bread stay together without gluten.

How to tell when it’s done

This banana bread gets dry when overbaked. How to know when it’s done? The top should be puffed and golden brown. When you insert a toothpick, it will come out mostly dry but with some crumbs still clinging to it. If you push it to a fully dry toothpick, the bread will be too dry. Trust us!

Gluten free banana bread

Gluten free banana bread mix-ins

You can add mix-ins to this gluten-free banana bread, but read this important note first. Adding anything to the texture of this banana bread can cause it to be less stable when sliced. If you do want to add mix-ins, chop them as small as possible. For example:

  • Try mini or small chocolate chips
  • Chop walnuts or pecans very small

More gluten free banana recipes

Love this gluten free quick bread concept? We’ve got lots of fun ways to vary it. Here are some more riffs on the idea:

Gluten free banana bread

This gluten free banana bread recipe is…

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Gluten free banana bread

Gluten Free Banana Bread


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 slices
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This delicious gluten free banana bread recipe will make its way into your heart on first bite! It’s deliciously moist and made with oats.


Ingredients

  • 3 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats (do not use steel cut or instant oats)
  • 1 ½ cups mashed very ripe bananas (about 4 medium bananas)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 eggs (or flax eggs for vegan)
  • ½ cup neutral oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • Turbinado sugar or more granulated sugar, for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  
  2. Grease an 8 or 9-inch bread pan with oil.
  3. Add the oats to a blender and blend until the oats are finely ground and resemble a flour. Add ¾ cup of the mashed bananas, the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, kosher salt, eggs, neutral oil, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon, stirring a bit with a spatula to incorporate the liquids a bit before you start. Blend until a smooth batter forms, stopping and scraping the bowl of the blender as necessary. Stir in the remaining ¾ cup bananas with a spatula so the batter comes to a lightly lumpy texture (like you’d expect in a good banana bread!). 
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Top with a sprinkle of turbinado sugar or more granulated sugar.
  5. Bake 50 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick comes out mostly clean but with some clinging crumbs (the exact timing depends on the size of pan and your oven). 
  6. Allow to cool in the pan until room temperature (this is important for the texture). Run a knife around the edges and invert. Slice into thick pieces and serve (because it’s 100% oats, thicker slices are better). Storage info: Stores for about 3 days at room temperature: keep it on a cutting board and cover with a towel. Or store refrigerated for 1 week, or freeze it in slices for up to 3 months.
  • Category: Baked Good
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Quick Bread

Keywords: Gluten free banana bread

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Banana Pancakes

This post is sponsored by Kroger Bananas are one of the foods that we ALWAYS have in our kitchen. They are on my grocery list every single week and luckily my Kroger store always has a big selection of bright yellow bananas. We eat them plain, make smo…

This post is sponsored by Kroger Bananas are one of the foods that we ALWAYS have in our kitchen. They are on my grocery list every single week and luckily my Kroger store always has a big selection of bright yellow bananas. We eat them plain, make smoothies, and when they get too brown, we…

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Secret Ingredient Cherry Almond Smoothie

This rich and creamy smoothie has a natural and subtle sweetness, a creamy texture, and tons of protein and plant fiber to keep you full.

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I’ve been playing around with riced cauliflower over the past week, and one of the fun and unexpected ways to use it is in fruit smoothies, like this Cherry Almond Smoothie. This rich and creamy smoothie has a natural and subtle sweetness, a creamy texture, and tons of protein and plant fiber to keep you full. So if hiding cauliflower in a fruit smoothie has you curious, keep on reading!

Cherry almond smoothie in a short glass with bananas and a bowl of frozen cherries behind it

Why Add Cauliflower to a Smoothie?

Cauliflower is a really great neutral ingredient that adds fiber and body to the smoothie, which helps give it a lighter, more creamy texture. Plus, it’s a really simple way to add an extra dose of vegetables to your day.

I used frozen riced cauliflower to my smoothie, but if you have a really good blender you can use frozen cauliflower florets as well.

How Does it Taste?

You can’t taste the cauliflower in this smoothie. Not only is cauliflower mild in flavor already, but I find that ingredients that have a bit of fat (like the almond butter in this recipe) help mask that cruciferous vegetable flavor.

This smoothie has a subtle, natural sweetness, thanks to the banana and cherries. If you prefer a sweeter smoothie, you can add some honey, brown sugar, another sweet fruit like blueberries, or use sweetened almond milk.

Can I Sub the Almond Butter or Almond Milk?

If you can’t eat almonds, another good option is to make this a cherry coconut smoothie. In place of using almond butter and almond milk, you can use some full-fat coconut milk. The creamy coconut flavor will offer that same richness as the almond butter and help hide that cruciferous flavor.

A glass filled with a cherry almond smoothie with bananas and a bowl of frozen cherries in the back
A glass filled with a cherry almond smoothie, with bananas and a bowl of frozen cherries in the back

Cherry Almond Smoothie

This rich and creamy smoothie has a natural and subtle sweetness, a creamy texture, and tons of protein and plant fiber to keep you full.
Total Cost $1.69 each
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 (12 oz.)
Calories 254.7kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Adjust the liquid as needed to make it blend smoothly. Serve immediately.

Notes

*I used plain, unsweetened almond milk, but you can use sweetened if you prefer a sweeter smoothie. Vanilla flavored almond milk will also work well. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1smoothie | Calories: 254.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 35.8g | Protein: 6.7g | Fat: 11.6g | Sodium: 229.5mg | Fiber: 6.8g

How to Make a Cherry Almond Smoothie – Step by Step Photos

smoothie ingredients in a blender, almond milk being poured in

Add ½ cup frozen riced cauliflower, ½ of a frozen banana, ½ cup frozen sweet cherries, 1 Tbsp almond butter, ⅛ tsp cinnamon, and 1 cup almond milk to a blender.

Looking down into a blender with a blended cherry almond smoothie

Blend the ingredients until smooth. Sometimes with smoothies you may need to adjust the liquid up or down to make it blend smoothly. Taste the smoothie and adjust the sweetness (honey, sugar, more fruit) to your liking. Serve immediately.

A glass filled with a cherry almond smoothie, with bananas and a bowl of frozen cherries in the back

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Go-To Banana Pancakes

Here’s your go-to banana pancakes recipe! They’re massively fluffy, delicious, and quick and easy to whip up. If there’s a smell of cozy, it’s wafting pancakes on a hot griddle. Right? It’s the aroma of lazy mornings, slanted morning light, and cradling a warm mug of coffee. So here’s the only recipe you need to create that magic: our go-to Banana Pancakes recipe! This one is totally classic: with simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. You can customize it to different diets, and to the amount of bananas you have on hand. It’s totally flexible for you and your morning! This one is the one we use for special breakfasts or brunches for our family…and it’s always a hit. How to make banana pancakes: some tips! There are just a few things to note about making this banana pancakes recipe. But all in all, it’s the definition of simple. Here’s what to know: Ripe bananas are best. Don’t compromise on this! The riper the banana, the better that beautiful scent in your pancakes. Are your bananas still green? Here’s a trick: you can ripen bananas in the oven. See below for more about customizing the recipe to […]

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Here’s your go-to banana pancakes recipe! They’re massively fluffy, delicious, and quick and easy to whip up.

Banana pancakes

If there’s a smell of cozy, it’s wafting pancakes on a hot griddle. Right? It’s the aroma of lazy mornings, slanted morning light, and cradling a warm mug of coffee. So here’s the only recipe you need to create that magic: our go-to Banana Pancakes recipe! This one is totally classic: with simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. You can customize it to different diets, and to the amount of bananas you have on hand. It’s totally flexible for you and your morning! This one is the one we use for special breakfasts or brunches for our family…and it’s always a hit.

How to make banana pancakes: some tips!

There are just a few things to note about making this banana pancakes recipe. But all in all, it’s the definition of simple. Here’s what to know:

  • Ripe bananas are best. Don’t compromise on this! The riper the banana, the better that beautiful scent in your pancakes. Are your bananas still green? Here’s a trick: you can ripen bananas in the oven. See below for more about customizing the recipe to your bananas!
  • Cook the batter on low heat. This is what cooks pancakes to perfection: golden on the outside and cooked through on the inside. See below for more on that.

You can use any number of bananas: here’s how!

The other day, we wanted to make banana pancakes: but we only had one of that magical yellow fruit on hand. Can you make banana pancakes with 1 banana? Yes! We’ve tested this recipe so it works with different amounts of bananas. Here’s what to know:

  • How many mashed bananas in a cup? It depends on their size. 1 small banana = 1/4 cup mashed. 1 medium banana = 1/3 cup mashed. 1 large banana = 1/2 cup mashed. 1 extra large banana = 3/4 cup mashed.
  • This recipe works with 1/2 cup, 3/4 cup or 1 cup mashed banana. Just add a few tablespoons additional milk to the batter until it comes to a pourable consistency.
Banana pancakes

How to cook pancakes: low and slow

The key to cooking a pancake to perfection? Here are two tips you can use to cook them right every time. Trust us: we’ve made lots of mistakes in this area!

  • Use low to medium low heat. Cooking the pancakes slowly avoids getting them blackened on the outside and raw on the inside.
  • When to flip? When the bubbles form. Wait until bubbles start to form on the surface of the pancake: then flip it! It’s the indication that it’s cooked through.

Banana pancake variations: vegan, gluten free and more!

These banana pancakes are classic style: they’re made with all purpose flour and egg. But do you have a dietary preference and want to change it up? Or want to add some mix-ins? We’ve got options! Here’s what to do to modify this recipe:

  • Vegan: Use the recipe below with a flax egg and oat milk.
  • Gluten free: Go to our Banana Oatmeal Pancakes instead.
  • Whole wheat: Substitute white whole wheat flour for the all-purpose flour, or use 1/2 whole wheat and half all-purpose flour
  • Banana blueberry pancakes: Use 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries. Place them right onto the pancakes after you’ve poured them onto the griddle (don’t put them into the batter).
  • Banana chocolate chip: Use 1/4 cup chocolate chips. Same idea as above.
Banana pancakes

Banana pancake toppings

What do you put on your banana pancakes? We’re simple over here! Here’s the combination we think is pure perfection — and a few other ideas in case you want to mix it up.

  • Almond butter, sliced bananas and maple: This is our ideal topping for a stack of banana-flavored flapjacks. It’s simple and complements the flavors perfectly, in our minds. A few other ideas…
  • PB&J: Use peanut butter and homemade strawberry chia jam.
  • Fruit sauce: Add strawberry sauce, raspberry sauce, or blueberry sauce for a fancy breakfast.

How about you: what do you like on your banana pancakes?

More pancake recipes

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This banana pancake recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, follow the modifications in the recipe below. For gluten-free, go to Banana Oatmeal Pancakes.

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Banana Pancakes

Go-To Banana Pancakes


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 to 10 medium pancakes
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Here’s your go-to banana pancakes recipe! They’re massively fluffy, delicious, and quick and easy to whip up. 


Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup mashed ripe banana* (about 3 small, 2 medium or 1 extra large)
  • 1 large egg (or flax egg for vegan)
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice (2% or non-dairy milk)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour**
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • To serve: almond butter, banana slices, honey or maple syrup

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, mash the banana and measure it out. Whisk in the egg, neutral oil, and milk. 
  2. In a separate bowl bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, cinnamon, baking powder, sugar, and kosher salt.
  3. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until a smooth, thick batter forms. (If needed, you can add another tablespoon of milk to get it to a pourable consistency, but you shouldn’t need it for the first batch.)
  4. Lightly grease a skillet with butter and wipe off extra grease with a paper towel. Heat the skillet over low heat. Pour the batter into small circles: about 1/4 cup each. Cook the pancakes until the bubbles pop on the top and the bottoms are golden: low and slow is the key! Then flip them and cook until golden on the other side. 
  5. If necessary, add a tiny splash of milk to the batter for the second batch so it comes to a pourable consistency. Repeat with the remaining batter, adjusting the heat as necessary (the skillet can get very hot on the second batch). Place the cooked pancakes under an inverted bowl to keep them warm. Serve immediately with desired toppings.

Notes

*Typically 1 small banana equals 1/4 cup mashed, and 1 large is 1/2 cup mashed. You can make this recipe with 1/2 cup mashed banana if that’s all you have. Just add about 2 more tablespoons milk to the batter so it comes to a pourable consistency before cooking. You can also increase to 1 cup mashed banana for a more intense banana flavor, and use the same principles.

*For gluten free banana pancakes, go to Banana Oatmeal Pancakes.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

Keywords: Banana pancakes, banana pancakes recipe

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Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Muffins.

These banana oatmeal muffins are the fluffy comfort food you need!  They are hearty and satisfying. SO good. A perfect breakfast, snack or night time treat! Lovely with a pat of melty butter. If you haven’t noticed, we’re having a leeeettle obsession with muffins right now. It’s not me, I swear. Okay, maybe it’s me […]

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These banana oatmeal muffins are the fluffy comfort food you need! 

chocolate chip banana oat muffins

They are hearty and satisfying.

SO good.

A perfect breakfast, snack or night time treat! Lovely with a pat of melty butter.

banana muffins batter with chocolate chips

If you haven’t noticed, we’re having a leeeettle obsession with muffins right now. It’s not me, I swear. Okay, maybe it’s me a little bit. 

A quick grab-and-go homemade muffin is pretty much the perfect snack while pregnant. 

But! It’s also the kids. They LOVE making muffins. In fact, I think they like making muffins more than they like making cookies or cupcakes. Max is especially fond of baking and making different flavors of muffins is his favorite thing to do after school.

banana muffin batter

If you have followed along with my week in the life posts, you may have noticed that every other week or so, we make pumpkin or banana muffins. I shared the pumpkin version a few weeks ago and today, we have the banana! Many of you asked for these and instead of throwing the ingredients in the comments, I’m sharing it all here for you.

Honestly not even sure which I love more – the pumpkin or the banana. Both are so delish. I actually made the banana muffin based on the pumpkin muffin recipe, so I knew it would be good. Of course, the kids are partial to adding chocolate chips in the batter. 

Not going to say I mind one bit… 

chocolate chip banana oat muffins

However, these banana muffins (and the pumpkin ones!) are just as good without the chocolate chips too. They are just the best bite.

chocolate chip banana oat muffin

After testing the banana muffin quite a bit, I determined that it needed something else. Almost like it needed more “chew” – but that doesn’t necessarily make sense for a muffin. So I went with oats and they ended up being the perfect add-in. They add a (good) texture to the muffin with just the slightly amount of chew. In a great way! 

They also make the muffins a bit heartier and more satisfying. I find these to be a really great snack – whether it’s in the afternoon or even before bed. I actually think I’ll be making batches often when the baby is born because they are the perfect nursing snack. 

Like a little snack of sweet sustenance!

chocolate chip banana oat muffins

This isn’t my first foray into banana muffins, of course.

I have these spiced banana muffins with brown butter glaze, which I really love. Also, these banana streusel muffins

chocolate chip banana oat muffins

The banana oatmeal muffins here are a bit simpler and straight to the point.

If I get out all the ingredients the kids can mix them up themselves. Throw it all in a bowl and go! On Fridays, sometimes I’ll throw one in Max’s lunchbox as a treat too.

It’s like snack dessert and I’m here for it.

chocolate chip banana oat muffins

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Banana Oatmeal Muffins

These banana muffins are our favorites! Filled with oats and chocolate chips, they are hearty, satisfying and so delicious!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 18 muffins
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup canola oil, or another flavorless oil, or even coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed bananas, about 2 large or 3 medium
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, (milk, dark, a mix of both, whatever you like!)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with liners.
  • Whisk together the flour, oats, baking soda, powder, salt and cinnamon in a bowl.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugars until combined. Whisk in the oil and vanilla extract until combined. Whisk in the mashed bananas.
  • Stir in the dry ingredients with a spoon until just combined - do not overmix. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Fill the muffin tins about ¾ of the way full. Bake the muffins for 18 to 20 minutes, or until set in the center. Let cool before serving!

chocolate chip banana oat muffins

Annnnd that chocolate…

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Banana Oatmeal Muffins

These cozy banana oatmeal muffins are easy to whip up in a blender! Add streusel for a sweet crunch, or go healthy with a sprinkle of oats. Got a few spotty bananas on hand? Try these cozy Banana Oatmeal Muffins! These tasty muffins are beautifully fluffy and moist, perfect for using up this tasty fruit. Even better: they’re mostly made with whole grain oats! There’s a bit of flour to give it a light body, but these muffins are almost just as a bowl of oatmeal. Top them with a light streusel topping and they’re a tasty treat that works any time of the day. Here’s how to make them! Banana oatmeal muffins…made in a blender! These banana oatmeal muffins are so cozy and easy to whip up! The key: they’re made in a blender! It blends the oats into a fine flour, and makes it easy to put together the dough. There are no mixing bowls needed! Here’s what to know about this type of muffin: Use the ripest bananas you can. Bananas make magic when they’re brown and spotty. The riper the better, here! You’ll get a beautifully banana-scented flavor and the best sweetness. A quality blender makes […]

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These cozy banana oatmeal muffins are easy to whip up in a blender! Add streusel for a sweet crunch, or go healthy with a sprinkle of oats.

Banana oatmeal muffins

Got a few spotty bananas on hand? Try these cozy Banana Oatmeal Muffins! These tasty muffins are beautifully fluffy and moist, perfect for using up this tasty fruit. Even better: they’re mostly made with whole grain oats! There’s a bit of flour to give it a light body, but these muffins are almost just as a bowl of oatmeal. Top them with a light streusel topping and they’re a tasty treat that works any time of the day. Here’s how to make them!

Banana oatmeal muffins…made in a blender!

These banana oatmeal muffins are so cozy and easy to whip up! The key: they’re made in a blender! It blends the oats into a fine flour, and makes it easy to put together the dough. There are no mixing bowls needed! Here’s what to know about this type of muffin:

  • Use the ripest bananas you can. Bananas make magic when they’re brown and spotty. The riper the better, here! You’ll get a beautifully banana-scented flavor and the best sweetness.
  • A quality blender makes easy work of it. A high speed blender is best: but these work in even the slowest of blenders. It just takes a while longer!
  • Don’t over-blend. Whiz just until the ingredients come together into a smooth dough.
Banana oatmeal muffins

Add streusel topping or an alternative for healthy banana muffins

The fun part about these banana oatmeal muffins? They have a crunchy, sweet streusel topping! It adds just the right sweetness to every muffin bite. But if you want an even healthier banana oatmeal muffins? Here’s an alternative:

  • The streusel blends butter, oats, flour, sugar and cinnamon. Mix them together with a fork until crumbly. You can also use coconut oil as a vegan option.
  • Turbinado sugar makes the crunchiest topping. Turbinado sugar is raw sugar with large, light brown crystals. It makes a great crunchy texture on top. Use brown sugar as a substitute if desired.
  • For healthy banana oatmeal muffins, use just oats and sugar. Roughly chop the oats with a knife. Then sprinkle both raw oats and turbinado sugar or brown sugar on top. It’s easier and healthier!
Healthy banana oatmeal muffins

Variations and mix-ins!

There are lots of great mix-ins for banana oatmeal muffins! Of course if you’re looking for a healthy banana muffin, stick with them as is. But to mix it up, try these variations:

  • Blueberry banana muffins: Fold 1 cup blueberries into the batter before baking.
  • Banana chocolate chip muffins: Add 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips to the batter.
  • Banana walnut muffins: Add 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts to the batter.

Storage info for banana oatmeal muffins

What’s the best way to store banana oatmeal muffins? These muffins have special storage instructions because of the crunchy topping. Here’s what to know:

  • Store at room temperature 4 days with a paper towel, or lightly covered with foil. If you store in a sealed container, the topping can become very soft. Instead, add a paper towel to the container to absorb excess moisture. Or simply cover the top of the container with foil.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months. These banana oatmeal muffins freeze well. The topping may not have quite the same texture after freezing, but they’re still delicious. The oat and sugar topping may do better after freezing.
Banana oatmeal muffins

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This banana oatmeal muffins recipe is…

Vegetarian, plant-based, vegan, and dairy-free. For gluten free, go to Gluten Free Banana Muffins.

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Banana Oatmeal Muffins


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 10 muffins
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

These cozy banana oatmeal muffins are easy to whip up in a blender! Add streusel for a sweet crunch, or go healthy with a sprinkle of oats.


Ingredients

For the batter

  • 3 large ripe bananas (broken into pieces)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil
  • 1 egg (or flax egg for vegan)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (or 1/2 tablespoon almond extract)
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (for gluten free, go to Blender Muffins)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

For the streusel topping (or use 3 tablespoons roughly chopped oats & 2 tablespoons turbinado or brown sugar)

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar or dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter (or coconut oil for vegan)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Mix the streusel topping ingredients, with the butter cut into small pieces, in a small bowl with a fork until crumbly. Or, mix the optional chopped oats and brown sugar. Set aside.
  3. Combine all the batter ingredients in blender and blend until a smooth batter forms (don’t over blend). Pour into 10 muffin cups. Crumble a bit of the streusel topping onto each muffin.
  4. Bake 25 to 28 minutes until a toothpick comes out mostly clean with a few clinging crumbs. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove the muffins and place them on a cooling rack. Cool 1 hour until room temperature. Store up to 4 days in a sealed container with a paper towel inside (to keep the topping crumbly) or frozen up to 3 months. You can also refrigerate the muffins, but they can become dry and the topping becomes soft. 
  • Category: Muffins
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Muffins

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