Banana Walnut Pancakes

I repeat: I love breakfast. It’s good, and it’s good for you. As long as you don’t eat too many strips of bacon that is. These pancakes are made with mashed bananas, olive oil, and chopped walnuts. Heart healthy and yummy. You can sub in half the flour with whole wheat flour, that will make you feel extra good.

Banana Walnut Pancakes
makes 12 three-inch panckes

2 small ripe bananas, mashed with a fork (I like to leave little chunks in for bursts of banana flavour)
1 egg
3/4 cup milk (any will do)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. sugar, optional (if you like your pancakes a little less sweet, feel free to leave the sugar out)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup four
1 tsp. baking powder
1 pinch baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped

Mash the bananas in a large bowl. Add the egg, milk, sugar, and oil. Beat well. Add vanilla extract, then the dry ingredients except for the walnuts. Mix lightly with a fork until batter comes together but is still slightly lumpy. Avoid over mixing.

Heat a skillet on medium heat. Drizzle a little olive oil in the pan. Spoon pancake batter onto the pan and sprinkle with walnuts, about 1 Tbsp. per pancake. Cook until bubbles form on the top and the bottom is golden brown. Flip and cook until the other side is browned also. Adjust the heat as necessary to avoid burning the pancakes.

Serve with butter! Syrup (maple, of course) is optional.

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Breakfast!!!

My favorite meal of the day is, without a doubt, breakfast. Don’t take me out for dinner, I’m happier if you take me out for breakfast. 🙂 Breakfast makes me happy. I honestly can’t function properly unless I eat something in the morning. Now I don’t understand the folks who just climb out of bed, climb into the shower, and head out the door. Aren’t they missing something? And nutritionally speaking, our bodies need to be replenished in the morning because while we slept, our bodies were busy repairing themselves. We must fuel up before we can deal with the day. I care about your health. I really do. But nutrition aside, why resist the toast, pancakes, eggs, bacon, home fries, and that nice steaming cup of coffee? Just get the newspaper.

So, speaking of that nice zucchini I told you all about a couple of days ago, why not add some veggies to your eggs? They are good for you and yummy too! For this omelet, I sauteed some sliced zucchini, mushrooms, and ham first in a skillet. Then I beat together three eggs for the omelet, added a little water, salt, and pepper. I then cooked the omelet and filled it with a few slices of aged cheddar and the veggies. Yum!!! Coffee is optional.