Natural Pancakes

2 Posted by - April 8, 2013 - Food & Drink

People ask me all the time if I mess up pin tests on purpose. The answer is that no, I do not, and thanks so much for assuming that no one could possibly mess things up as badly as I do. Really gives a girl confidence.

I do admit to sometimes picking pins that just look like they’ll fail, though. I saw this one for natural pancakes using only a banana and 2 eggs, and thought it couldn’t possibly work. No way.

Image from Blogilates

Image from Blogilates

Plus when I pinned it, I got lots of comments like, “These were gross, yo.” And, “These do not taste like pancakes at all.” I was, in fact, this close to not even trying it because, you know, everyone already figured it would fail, right? But then I had the opportunity to arrange food like cock-and-balls, and I couldn’t pass that up.

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As I worked, I became more and more skeptical of this actually working. I mean, come on, this is ridiculous.

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And then the banana would not smoosh properly. I guess it wasn’t ripe enough, but I bought the ripest one at the grocery store, guys. The longest part of this whole process was the banana mushing.

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This pancake griddle thingie was on our wedding registry. I’ve used it maybe two or three times, because I am really bad at pancakes and it pisses me off greatly when I can’t flip them properly.

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But in this case, I decided the occasion called for it.

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Alas, I am still no good at flipping pancakes. This is not the fault of the pancakes.

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I really, really did not want to try these, guys. I mean, they look disgusting. They smell not-great. And I made them, so they’ve got that going against them, too.

But I tried a bite, chewed it carefully, did not die or gag… and slowly I realized that these are not that bad!

Are they delicious, carb-filled, light and fluffy pancakes? Well, no. But they’re not a half-bad substitute. I added a little syrup (which I guess makes them not exactly natural, but whatever) and they tasted even closer to real pancakes.

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You really have no reason to believe me about this, other than the fact that I have always told you true before if something is completely revolting. It’s possible that my expectations were just so, so low that anything would have been better than what I was expecting, but I really think these things are not that bad.

And around here, Not That Bad is a fucking win.

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67 Comments

  • Elizabeth Ann Taylor April 8, 2013 - 2:40 pm Reply

    I knew there was no way penis shaped food would taste like pancakes.

  • Sara April 8, 2013 - 2:42 pm Reply

    I’ve made these before. They were different, but not bad at all. Kind of french toast tasting because of the eggs. I added a bit of vanilla and a pinch of cinnamon. I’ve also made them using egg beaters – makes them super low cal too.

  • Jodee Rose April 8, 2013 - 2:43 pm Reply

    Yours look surprisingly like every pancake my mother ever made for me.

  • Kristen April 8, 2013 - 2:43 pm Reply

    I make these often and yes, they look somewhat awful, but taste oh so good. Try with some fresh fruit and peanut butter! 🙂

  • Nichole Loraine April 8, 2013 - 2:47 pm Reply

    I also suck at flipping pancakes. But in this case I don’t think it is your fault. How the hell are you suppose to flip those little heart pancakes and get them back into the little heart shapes? Also, I’m a little surprised you don’t have a penis shaped pancake griddle thingy. Someone should get you one.

    • Ethne @ Wom Mom April 8, 2013 - 4:40 pm Reply

      Except it’s kinda her fault for thinking that heart shaped pan is a good idea when she’s got reject batter already. Or for registering for it. Either way.

      • Heather April 8, 2013 - 9:28 pm Reply

        Because no one ever buys you something you didn’t register for.

        • Kala May 11, 2013 - 9:50 pm Reply

          She said it was on her registry. So yes, it is her fault for putting it on there.

  • Christie April 8, 2013 - 2:49 pm Reply

    You should try it with plantains instead of banana because the plantain has more starch and holds up more like a pancake should. Also, add vanilla, cinnamon and some baking soda so they’re fluffy, and they’re good enough to fool most people. Real maple syrup is also natural, by the way, so I don’t see any issues with adding it!

  • Becky Hepinstall April 8, 2013 - 2:50 pm Reply

    Oh my! My fangirl lives have collided! I’m one of Cassey’s Ambassadors 🙂 I prefer the carb-loaded pancakes, personally. But these are so easy, and packed with protein, so I make them every now and then. If only Cake Wrecks had anything for you to try, I could die happy. Or maybe one day you’ll end up on Cake Wrecks! So much more likely, lol. But still just as satisfying!

  • ninerninerniner April 8, 2013 - 2:51 pm Reply

    My daughter eats these all the time, she loves them. Not as much as normal pancakes, but they’re up there on the list

  • Anna April 8, 2013 - 3:06 pm Reply

    I made these this weekend! Except I only used one egg. And I added chocolate chips. And covered them in peanut butter. I guess I kinda stacked the deck but, hey, it was an awesome breakfast.

    • Jennmarie68 April 9, 2013 - 2:54 am Reply

      Hey, a stacked deck is still a win in my book. Take it where you can get it, right? Also, adding chocolate chips and peanut butter to anything would make it awesome! Thanks for the idea – but I think it might be easier to just eat the banana, chocolate chips, and peanut butter. Why waste the egg, or the time to cook them? 🙂

      • Llama spit April 12, 2013 - 9:01 am Reply

        And it’s a healthy breakfast, ’cause fruit, right? I declare anything with fruit or veggies to be healthy. Now, I’m gonna go ponder whether I want a healthy breakfast of a Bloody Mary or banana, yogurt, and muesli. (Sadly, I don’t have the ingredients for a bloody mary, but I can still WANT it for breakfast.)

  • Amanda Whitfield Perry April 8, 2013 - 3:22 pm Reply

    Pancakes made by me are an automatic fail. My kids refuse to eat them. Even the dog thinks twice. The only way I can make them work is to leave and go to Waffle House. Wait, that’s waffles…but you get the idea. But with only two ingredients, maybe I can make these work! Not that bad would be an improvement.

  • Kelly724 April 8, 2013 - 4:16 pm Reply

    Serve that shit up with your bacon shaped hearts and it would be romantic as hell.

  • Honey Laura Clark April 8, 2013 - 4:32 pm Reply

    Grody. I hate bananas.

  • Curious3D April 8, 2013 - 4:49 pm Reply

    How is flour not natural? Because it is ground? Does scrambling the eggs render them unnatural?

    • Steph April 8, 2013 - 5:52 pm Reply

      When something has been bleached and the nutrients removed I gravitate towards unnatural.

      • Emilee Kingsley April 8, 2013 - 11:13 pm Reply

        I live less than five miles from a mill that has been in operation since 1692. I get flour from them, and it’s not much processed beyond “here, we squished it for you”. And if you’re feeling particularly destructive that day, they let you make biscuits with a sledgehammer.

        • Amber Robinson Walker April 9, 2013 - 11:44 pm Reply

          Do you live in Readyville, Emilee?

  • Katherine Horejsi April 8, 2013 - 5:22 pm Reply

    Nice arrangement of the ingredients, I wish the real thing tasted like pancakes. Maybe I should add syrup…

  • Julie April 8, 2013 - 5:48 pm Reply

    Hey alright, a win!

  • Erin Berube April 8, 2013 - 5:51 pm Reply

    In my world, Not That Bad is always a fucking win.

  • Joy Lu Vasquez April 8, 2013 - 6:35 pm Reply

    So because someone mentioned Penis shaped pancake griddles, I thought I’d google them. Well I didn’t find it, but i did find information on the brazillian pancake…. THanks Urband dictionary for ruining pancakes

    • Katherine Horejsi April 8, 2013 - 7:40 pm Reply

      Why did I just go and check urban dictionary? You’re right…pancakes ruined for ever now.

    • Heather April 8, 2013 - 9:27 pm Reply

      Oh God. So did I. Why did I do that?

    • jeannemarie April 9, 2013 - 10:30 am Reply

      Joy, thanks, I had to look… now, pancakes are lost to me forever!

    • Emily April 10, 2013 - 12:34 am Reply

      my hubby said he’s naming next year’s fantasy football team the Brazillian flapjacks now.

    • Kaitlyn April 10, 2013 - 8:40 pm Reply

      Think that’s bad….look up blue waffles

      • Llama spit April 12, 2013 - 9:03 am Reply

        I once got my husband to look up blue waffles and lemonparty in a five minute time span. It was hilarious!

    • Heather Rowley April 13, 2013 - 3:58 am Reply

      I just had to go and look too. Someone pass the bleach…I need to clean my eyes!!

  • Joyce April 8, 2013 - 6:38 pm Reply

    I just can’t get past the fact that you have a heart shaped griddle in your kitchen! I always wondered who bought those, well now I know!!

  • thestashattacked April 8, 2013 - 7:17 pm Reply

    To use that pan, you need a griddle or another frying pan all heated up and ready. Then, instead of flipping the pancakes in the pan, you flip the whole heart pan over onto the griddle or into the other pan and let them cook that way.

    But yeah, not intuitive. Also, why on earth do I want to dirty two pans instead of just one?

  • Breenah April 8, 2013 - 7:20 pm Reply

    If I’m gonna go through the troubles with cleaning a pan and flipping the dang things, I’m gonna make real pancakes.

  • Bonnie Brewer April 8, 2013 - 8:35 pm Reply

    I tried these and I thought they were really good!

    http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2013/03/gluten-free-banana-pancakes.html

  • Rachel April 8, 2013 - 8:49 pm Reply

    So basically this is a banana omelette ???

  • Katie Balmer April 8, 2013 - 8:52 pm Reply

    I make something similar ALL the time. I add a tbsp of almond butter to it, which gives them a bit more oomph. Then top that with some strawberries and syrup. Delish.

  • Cara April 8, 2013 - 10:41 pm Reply

    Turn down the heat, and let the skillet preheat longer before putting the batter on the pan (sprinkle a few drops of water on the pan and it should sizzle and disappear almost immediately…then the pan is ready). Don’t flip it til you see bubbles on the top and the edges are starting to firm up. It’ll be easier to flip that way. Took an 11 year old kid to teach me that!

  • Delila April 8, 2013 - 11:46 pm Reply

    I’ve been making these for months. They are delish! I and cinnamon and it kinda makes it look like barf.

  • Jennifer M. Engh April 9, 2013 - 1:12 am Reply

    Nothing quite like a banana and eggs first thing in the morning, if you catch my drift? *wink wink nudge nudge*

  • Christine Benko April 9, 2013 - 1:49 am Reply

    When I saw the cover photo of the batter in the pan I was all “Oh! I wonder how she flips them in that pan cuz I can’t figure out how to use mine.”

    Then I found out that those pans suck and I’m not the only one who can’t make a damn wild animal faced pancake for my kids.

  • Grace Acosta April 9, 2013 - 10:15 am Reply

    Two appliances would make this work. Food processor and a waffle iron. Whizz that jizz up and waffle it. Presto breakfast! I might add some toasted almond flour, just for fun. I’m thinking of putting fresh raspberries or blueberries on top.

  • Amanda April 9, 2013 - 4:28 pm Reply

    I see so many interesting recipes on Pinterest that feature bananas, and it really sucks because although I love them, I’m also deathly allergic to them. This was one, so thanks for helping me feel a bit better about not being able to take this particular gluten free option for the family. I guess we’ll just stick with GF flours.

  • ChickieD April 9, 2013 - 4:35 pm Reply

    I have a recipe for a similar thing but there’s no eggs in it. It’s super tasty and it’s a great recipe for when all you have in the house for breakfast is a rotting banana and not even an egg.

    • Sasha April 9, 2013 - 7:34 pm Reply

      So you fried an overripe banana and called it a day?

  • Sasha April 9, 2013 - 7:30 pm Reply

    I started making these and, about halfway through, it hit me that I was literally making a banana omelette.

  • Julia April 9, 2013 - 8:54 pm Reply

    “Not That Bad is a fucking win.” You just summed up my entire week with that. I feel like I should have that on a t-shirt.

  • Barefoot Rose April 10, 2013 - 12:18 am Reply

    Maybe your tendancy to not quite follow directions in this case got you the win. Riper ans softer bananas that are easier to smash have a much stronger flavor. A milder flavor probably better suited to those coming for a pancake like flavor. Overall, firm … ahem, bananas are always better than soft ones. Am I right?

  • Sarah McMullin April 10, 2013 - 11:58 am Reply

    I had the same reaction when I made these Sunday. “Meh. Not exactly a pancake, but I’ll eat pretty much anything covered in maple syrup.” Also, was intending to go to Pinterest and ended up here. Apparently I use Pintester more..

  • nicole April 10, 2013 - 4:31 pm Reply

    I love your ability to include a penis shaped arrangement in this blog. When I got to the picture of your flipped pancakes I was like “Oh my god, what a disaster!” and then I laughed really loudly at work, so thank you for that. I hope you laughed too.

  • terriotr April 10, 2013 - 10:49 pm Reply

    I’m sorry, but it looks like someone puked on your pancakes!

  • Kelly Williams April 12, 2013 - 5:11 pm Reply

    I use this mix plus some cinnamon for batter for french toast. Then it is pretty good.

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  • yourfriend April 27, 2013 - 9:21 pm Reply

    the one i read you were suppose to add uncooked oatmeal in it also

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    2 egg whites 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal 1/2 banana 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional) Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for 15-20 seconds. Spray a griddle or skillet with non-stick spray

  • Lily May 1, 2013 - 7:44 pm Reply

    I’ve had these before they’re good to me and mine definitely looked like normal pancakes

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  • Kat May 18, 2013 - 11:07 am Reply

    I tried these before and they didn’t work either- banana flavoured egg. I put some flour in the mix, with some sugar and cinnamon and they were delicious… not gluten free, not as healthy, not as simple but at least they were edible..

  • Tiffany May 21, 2013 - 1:13 pm Reply

    I made these for my boyfriend and he had no idea they weren’t regular pancakes! Your poor mangled pancakes…LOL

  • Stephie May 22, 2013 - 10:29 pm Reply

    I didn’t like the texture of this so I use it for French toast and its great.

  • Jacques Russell May 28, 2013 - 11:30 pm Reply

    i used vanilla in mine and it wasn’t complete garbage…

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  • Amy September 7, 2013 - 9:26 pm Reply

    I made these before. The recipe called for a very ripe banana so I let mine ripen like I would before making banana bread where it starts turning black. Worst idea ever. The pancakes tasted like rotten milk.

  • Repugnant Parachute September 24, 2013 - 4:08 pm Reply

    Ew no. I made these, and they were disgusting. Gross gross gross. Gross like boy socks after a long hot day in workboots. Gross like the puffed up tupperware container in the back of the fridge with food you don’t even remember cooking. Gross like drain hair clog.

    Gross.

  • Kelsey Fast January 24, 2015 - 11:49 pm Reply

    I tried these out too. I posted at my blog about my experience and rehashed the recipe based on what I learned. Have a look:

    http://aforagershome.blogspot.ca/2015/01/52-weeks-of-pinter-tests-week-1-two.html

  • Amy Doyle January 25, 2015 - 3:46 pm Reply

    This was a funny post…. I recently read an article on how you can eat well to keep your hearing healthy, and how banana pancakes in particular are good for your hearing: http://bit.ly/HearingRecipesPancakes

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