My favorite family tradition is Christmas morning breakfast. We devour homemade waffles, bacon, and fruit before we open presents. Christmas morning at our house is slow and peaceful.
If your family tends to have a more rushed Christmas morning, then this is the perfect Christmas morning breakfast for you. You can bake these pancake bars a night or two before and warm them in the microwave on Christmas morning. They are dense, chewy, and slightly sweet, just like an extra-thick pancake.
3 cups of pancake mix + the extra ingredients listed on the package (water, eggs, milk, oil, etc.)
1 tbs cocoa powder
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prepare pancake batter according to the directions on the package.
Stir in cocoa powder, 2 tbs peanut butter, 1 banana (mashed), and the powdered sugar.
Pour batter into a pan that has been coated with non-stick spray.
Microwave remaining peanut butter about 30 seconds, until drippy. Use a spoon to pour peanut butter in a zig-zag pattern across the top of the pancake bars.
Cut remaining banana into slices, and arrange the slices on the top of the pancake bars.
Bake pancake bars for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.
This recipe has been wandering through my mind for over a year now. It would peek in unannounced, reside for a day or two, and disappear for a few weeks, only to return when I least expected it. The combination is so unconventional that I feared giving the recipe a life outside my brain. What if it doesn’t taste as good as I have imagined?
I think you can put anything in a pancake. I mean, just look at the IHOP menu.
double blueberry pancakes
chocolate chip pancakes
strawberry banana pancakes
Mexican tres leches pancakes
German chocolate pancakes
vanilla spice pancakes
New York cheesecake pancakes
…and that is just at IHOP. At the right restaurants, you can buy pancakes with apples, lemon and poppy seeds, cherries, peaches, pumpkin, and anything else you imagine. Pancakes are so versatile that you can include everything (except the kitchen sink).
1 cup oat flour
1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup mix-ins (I used pretzels, peanuts, raisins, and chocolate candies)
Lightly spray a griddle with nonstick spray. Drop spoonfuls of batter onto the griddle. Let cook on one side until bubbles begin to form on the surface of the batter. Flip and continue to cook 2-3 minutes, until a spatula easily slides under the pancake. Transfer to a plate.
On Saturdays, I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or change as time passes. Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!
It’s been a while since I shared my weekly joys, not because my life has lacked joy but because my life has lacked time.
October 13-19, 2018
Hurricane Michael stole the electricity at my apartment on Thursday, October 11 at 5:00pm. After watching the Duke Energy website all day at work on Friday, I decided to stay with my parents until electricity was restored. I finally regained power on Sunday after 4:00 pm.