Plump Banana Pancakes

Pancakes? Latkes is what they are, and in my grandmother’s kitchen, latkes were made out of anything, fruit or vegetables, or fruit and vegetables combined, as long as there was prostokvasha – clabbered milk (please see my post Prostokvasha – Non-dairy Clabbered Milk).  I was planning to discuss it big time around Chanukkah, the holiday which, for most kids, becomes a “Latke Yom Tov.”  However, thanks to a few of you, beautiful people,  I was somewhat rushed into it several months earlier. I don’t regret it; on the contrary, I thank you, my fellow bloggers, for giving me an opportunity to do a preview.

Cute, right? But it’s like they give street directions in Boston: you’ll see McDonald on your left but you don’t need to go there, you have to turn right. So we won’t go there  – at least until actual Chanukkah time – and we won’t do a traditional recipe. What we’ll do instead is get out prostokvasha and find a couple of bananas that have gone bad.

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I use eggs in my latkes, but there are many substitutes if you want to make them vegan. However, watch out for starchy, carby egg substitutes as they will weigh the batter down and prevent your pancakes from growing plump. With bananas, apples, peaches, and other fruit pancakes (yeah, I know, banana isn’t a fruit!), I use soy flour. With veggie pancakes, chick pea or buckwheat flour also works. Sweetened with Blue Agave and spiced with a dash of cinnamon, these pancakes will be a treat. I do add a pinch of baking powder, and salt and pepper, of course.

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What do you do with bananas that have gone bad? The same thing you do with kids who have gone bad, for no fault of their own –  you peel off the dark stuff that surrounds their lives, and you give them love and attention according to their needs. But first you have to squeeze out the fears, the insecurities, the anxieties, – everything that had made them “go bad” in the first place. Then you mix them with sweetness and spice, nurture them with tenderness and care, and they become not just “good” but the best!

You treat bananas the same way. Peel them and be careful to remove all dark spots, then mash them up with a potato masher. Leave them a little lumpy; individuality only enhances the end result.

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Add the rest of the ingredients, starting with prostokvasha and ending with soy flour. Don’t forget to leave about a tablespoon of prostokvasha for your next starter and add soy or coconut milk, to have more tomorrow for your next batch of pancakes!  Mix really well – banana lumps are good, soy flour lumps aren’t. Mist frying pan with oil and heat to medium. Pour batter on the frying pan with a spoon or a ladle. I am used to doing it with a spoon, so my latkes are always the same small size and the same oval shape, but you do whatever is comfortable for you and gets you better results.

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Don’t go away! Now they need your special attention. In a few short minutes, you’ll see them growing plump and getting golden brown around the edges. They are so happy, they are ready to flip! So flip them, with all the tenderness and care you can muster, because they are still delicate and very fragile.

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In just a couple more minutes, they are done. Even though they have been fried on a barely misted pan, I still use a paper towel to blot out excess oil. Now they are ready to be served, hot, warm, or cold, for breakfast, lunch, or snack, with agave or sugar-free chocolate syrup, or even American apple sauce, if you like. And by the way, you can use this recipe to make latkes out of any fruit, vegetable, or a combination of both. My husband usually just pops one in his mouth whenever he walks by that plate, and he makes sure to walk by quite often. I am having a few with those monster blueberries and raspberries – still in season! – and one of my husband’s signature dessert drinks, Non-dairy Mocha Irish Cream.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup dairy free prostokvasha (clabbered soy or coconut milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup soy flour
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

PROCEDURE

  • Peel and clean bananas. Mash up with potato masher, but leave them a little lumpy.
  • Add all ingredients, wet first, then dry. Mix thoroughly but gently.
  • Mist frying pan with oil, preheat to medium.
  • Use large spoon or ladle to pour batter on preheated pan. Fry for 4 – 5 minutes until pancakes grow plump and golden brown around the edges.
  • Turn them over and fry for 2 – 3 more minutes, checking often. Do not overfry!
  • Remove to a plate lined with paper towel to blot excess oil.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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33 Comments Add yours

  1. Eartha says:

    Love this recipe, Dolly! It reminds me of the banana fritters I make at home with ingredients like nutmeg and cinnamon. I also use salt but have never added pepper.

    Also, thank you for this…
    “What do you do with bananas that have gone bad? The same thing you do with kids who have gone bad, for no fault of their own – you peel off the dark stuff that surrounds their lives, and you give them love and attention according to their needs.”

    Beautiful! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, my ebullient friend! I don’t use nutmeg because even in minuscule amounts it might clash with my husband’s ADHD meds. And I usually use salt very sparingly (you’ll understand when you get older!) but pepper quite generously. Kids are my true passion in life, especially kids with special needs.

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  2. Reblogged this on koolkosherkitchen and commented:

    What can you do with a bunch of random words? And what can you you do with a pair of rotten bananas? I can turn these bananas into delicious plump pancakes. A true poet, like Ann of https://whiteawjwords.com can turn random words into a beautiful poem. Ann strolled around, gathered some words and wrote a poem. She asked her readers for words. I walked on Ocean Drive and send her the words that came to my mind: ocean, music, guitars, sailboats, excitement, dancing, bright colors, hot sun, young people, palm trees. This is what she did with them:
    Palm trees leaning together,
    Strung by banana spiders,
    In tandem with steel bands, and
    Reggae guitars playing steamy
    Melodies. Bright excitement
    From lovers, old and wise, and
    Young people watching the performance.
    Finding joy in the hot sun and cool waves
    They thrive, sail the waves on boards.
    Cheering the fleets of sailboats owned
    By the many fish people,
    Native to the island,
    Who love the waves that dance.
    In dancing, they bring the music of
    The ocean, with its pounding percussion,
    To the tender melodies of jungle
    To those who lean together at moonrise,
    As coconuts gather straws to serve
    The drinks of the Caribbean to all.
    I think this is just fantastic, so to keep with the spirit of Ann’s poem, I am repeating this post to show what I did with a pair of rotten bananas.

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  3. I could eat a dozen of those!

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    1. Yeah, that’s what my husband does, with chocolate syrup!

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  4. They look and sound very delicious:-)
    I will try them out, just avoid the soy, as I’m allergic to. Thank you for bringing alternatives too.

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    1. Instead of clabbered soy milk and soy flour, you can use any dairy or dairy free yougurt, but then you’ll need a pinch of baking powder. Instead of soy flour, chick peas flour will also work, but they’ll need to be sweetened a little more. I am glad you like them – thank you

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      1. Thank you for your help 🙂

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  5. kelleysdiy says:

    I’m making these Saturday morning! thank you for the recipe!

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    1. My pleasure – good luck! Happy Holidays!

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      1. kelleysdiy says:

        Is that a pretty easy one? Only asked because you said ..good luck ..hahaa

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      2. kelleysdiy says:

        why are you laughing….

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      3. Only joining you – you were laughing first! Enjoy them anyway, and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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      4. kelleysdiy says:

        Wishing you and your family and friends HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

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  6. kelleysdiy says:

    I made these last week….scrumptious…thank you so much for the delicious recipe!

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    1. My pleasure – we enjoyed them, too, drenched in chocolate syrup…

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      1. kelleysdiy says:

        Really? Ive never tried it…love frozen choc. bananas!

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      2. My husband pours choc syrup over everything, including triple chocolate cake!

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      3. kelleysdiy says:

        Your hubby has a real sweet tooth!!!

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      4. kelleysdiy says:

        My little doggie Gidget…she has such a sweet tooth…she just stares, sits on her hind legs, and her front ones are moving together in front of her in circles. It ‘s the funnest thing!! Of course I don’t feed her sweets.

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      5. I should hope that you don’t and I thank you for comparing my husband to a cute little doggie. I sort of think of him as a big fluffy red cat.

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      6. kelleysdiy says:

        lol!!!! Oh how funny…thanks for the giggles…much needed.

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      7. Always welcome, and always welcome to come back for more giggles!

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      8. kelleysdiy says:

        My bestest friend is moving to Illinois…I’m seriously considering moving out there.

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      9. No you don’t! The wind there blows your brains right out of your head!

        Like

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