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Healthy Banana/Pumpkin Pancakes

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Healthy Banana Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

Healthy Banana/Pumpkin Pancakes

Here’s a way to get your kids to eat a fruit AND a vegetable in one sitting, while thinking they are getting a special breakfast treat.  This recipe also works great with just the bananas (without the pumpkin). It is very versatile and forgiving.

Start with 3 overripe bananas. I show 4 here in the picture, but have determined that 4 was a little “too much” — the pancakes turned out a little too moist, although still good. There are cases where more is NOT better, and that is the case here. Go with 3 bananas for this recipe.

Suggestion — when bananas start to get “overripe” and you aren’t ready to make pancakes just yet, peel the banana(s). Throw away the peel, and put the banana “meat” into a freezer baggie and freeze. When you are ready to make pancakes, just take the bananas out of the freezer and hour or two beforehand. I wrote a little note on this recently.

Healthy Banana Pumpkin Pancakes - the Bananas

Mash them up (or use your handy-dandy Kitchenaid Mixer to do the work — loving mine!!!!)

Healthy Banana/Pumpkin Pancakes - Mashing Bananas

Add 1 – 16 oz can of Pumpkin. Combine.

Healthy Banana/Pumpkin Pancakes - adding the Pumpkin

Add 2 cups of Lowfat Bisquick Mix. Combine.

Healthy Banana/Pumpkin Pancakes - adding the Bisquick

Add 1 Egg and Milk to desired consistency. Start with 1/2 a cup of milk and continue to mix, evaluate and add. You don’t want the batter to be too thick or the pancakes will rise too much. The pumpkin makes the pancakes more likely to fluff up and get “thick”. Some people like them that way. I like my pancakes on the thinner side. You can always add more milk after doing the 1st batch if they seem too thick for you.

Healthy Banana/Pumpkin Pancakes - Mixing all Ingredients

Now heat up your griddle.  It is important that it is pre-heated and evenly heated. I usually put a few drops of water on there and wait until the water is all evaporated. I put my griddle on 4.5 of out 10 (low/med) for the heat.

Healthy Banana/Pumpkin Pancakes - pancakes ready to flip

I make mine “dollar size” since my kiddos are young. They seem to be more enthusiastic about them at this size for some reason.  When the pancakes start to have bubbles appear, but before the bubbles have all popped, it’s time to flip them.

Healthy Banana/Pumpkin Pancakes - almost done!

Here’s a plate of pancakes ready to go. I usually make these late at night after the kids are in bed, then let them cool and put them in the freezer for easy serving any AM.

Plate of Pancakes

Here’s the bag about to go into the freezer.

Ready for the Freezer

My son likes his with a little peanut butter and syrup on the side. He makes little banana/pumpkin/peanut butter pancake sandwiches with “dipping sauce”.

Healthy Banana Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

Healthy Banana/Pumpkin Pancakes

Mr. “Picky Eater” in Action

  • A little peanut butter, then dip it in some syrup.
  • I have a fork, but who needs one?
  • Don’t like vegetables you say!?! Ha ha! Tricked ya! (sssshhhhhhhh)

The Full Recipe is Below:

Healthy Banana / Pumpkin Pancakes

3 Overripe Bananas, Mashed
1 – 16 oz can of Pumpkin
2 Cups Lowfat Bisquick
1 Egg
1/2 – 1-1/4 cups of Milk, depending upon desired consistency of pancakes
If you don’t have Lowfat Bisquick, you can use the following recipe, it works great too:

Non Bisquick Based Ingredient List
3 Overripe Bananas, Mashed
1 – 16 oz can of Pumpkin
2 Cups Flour
4 tsp Baking Powder
2 Tbsp Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
1 to 1-1/2 cups of Milk, depending upon desired consistency of pancakes
2 Tbsp Oil

You can add a Banana and subtract the Pumpkin too — go with 4 bananas and No pumpkin…that works great.

And I figured this out today out of necessity — [only at the end, when everything was already worked up in the mixer.  **gasp** I had NO milk in the house].   I substituted 1 cup of Nonfat Evaporated Milk + 1 cup of Water for the Milk, and the pancakes came out fantastic. Just another reason to keep Evaporated Milk around in the pantry! 🙂

Oh — and they taste pretty darn good as a snack in the swimming pool too!

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