Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Day: Banana Pancakes with Eggnog & Pecans

Did you ever wonder what happens to perfectly ripe bananas when you accidentally leave them in the car overnight in December? Yeah, me neither.

But we found out just the other day. And it wasn't pretty.
Apparently a few hours in a car when the weather falls below 30ºF causes bananas to blacken and turn a bit... well, mushy.  Kinda like storing them in the refrigerator. 

But, as they say, necessity is often the mother of invention.
We just happened to have a quart of eggnog leftover from the holidays.  We also happened to possess some unusually beautiful (and tasty) pecans. So, we decided to whip up something wonderful with our blackened bananas... pancakes anyone??

(You'll note that one small bunch of bananas managed to make it into the house with us... and they served as our banana models while the mushy batch ended up in the pancake batter).

Mix together the dry ingredients in one bowl (chopped pecans, whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar), and the wet ingredients in another (mashed brown bananas, vanilla, eggnog, eggs, olive oil).  Then combine the two and stir until just combined.  You can substitute a bit of yogurt or kefir for the eggnog, if you'd like (milk also works, but you'll want to watch the consistency of the batter so that it doesn't get too thin).

Heat up your pancake griddle with a bit of melted butter, and then add your pancake batter about a 1/3 cup at a time to the griddle.

Cook the pancakes until the tops of the pancakes are bubbling, and the undersides are golden brown.

Serve the finished product with a bit of maple syrup and some extra pecans and bananas.

Or, if you're like me, you can serve them up with a bunch of extra bananas and a bit of syrup.

Either way, as a result of our misfortune, you too can take a dark, mushy situation and turn it into something positively delicious!  Just perfect for a bit of breakfast on New Year's Day!

Banana Pancakes with Eggnog & Pecans

May this be just the beginning of all that is delicious in 2010!

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  1. Can you come by and make these for me?? I love bananas! Hope you have a wonderful New Year's Day!

  2. I love turning an "oops" into yum! These look delish. Happy New Year!

  3. Now that is a perfect way to start the new year! :)

  4. What a great pancake creation! Banana flavored pancakes... sounds fantastic!

  5. YUM! Did you place you models in the car for tomorrows breakfast? ;)

  6. Bananas are great pancakes, or just about any baked good. These look delicious!!

  7. Heh - Actually, that's a great idea. Maybe I should start leaving batches of bananas in the car on purpose!

  8. Those look super fluffy and yummy!!

  9. Happy New Year!

    Your pancakes sound and look good. My first thought wouldn't have been pancakes but probably should be as their favorites of the kids.

  10. Misfortune into New Year's breakfast fortune? Brilliant! Is it possible that this freezing weather is actually good for something? 8-)

  11. Ohhh, they froze to death!
    I'm sure they were happy to be brought back to life as pancakes :)

  12. Egg nog... and pancakes?! How inspired!!!

  13. What a great way to start the new year!

  14. These sound amazing!

  15. Lmao Lo! You just brought back a crazy memory with your blackened banana pancakes. I had some frozen bananas too and made them into pancakes. We didn't finish eating them all so I fed them to the dog over ohh about a 5 day period.

    Well the damn dog kept barfing every single day until I figured out his stomach didn't like bananas very well. Boy am I slow!

    Your pancakes look great by the way!


  16. extra bananas for me too, please. what a way to turn lemons into lemonade. i'd love a tall stack now.

  17. That looks like perfect hangover food. Mmmm. I also had the opportunity to find out what happens when bananas go through the big well as what happens to lettuce, cucumber, cottage cheese..... apparently going grocery shopping before meeting friends for dinner is a bad idea in the winter.


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