Kev's Banana Walnut Pancakes
Updated: Apr 15, 2020
It was getting close to dinner time when one of my friends named Diane asked me if I was up for having pancakes for dinner. I was slightly confused, but quickly agreed... because how could I turn down pancakes? As we sat down for dinner Diane and her husband Kev (who made the phenomenal pancakes) explained to me that every year they celebrate Shrove's Tuesday. This is a tradition practiced in many Christian countries on the day before Ash Wednesday by eating pancakes as a last "feast" before the fasting that occurs during Lent. As a huge fan of pancakes, I couldn't help but wonder why I hadn't been introduced to this celebration sooner!
Turns out, the pancakes Kev made were some of the best I have ever had and I felt the need to share the recipe. So with his permission, here it is!
1 cups walnuts, finely chopped
½ cup all purpose flour, white whole wheat or bread flour
½ cup Kodiak cakes buttermilk pancake mix
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoons baking powder (add an extra tsp if you live at high elevations)
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch of salt
¾ cup milk (or milk alternative)
1 small banana, mashed well
1 tablespoon canola oil (can substitute in melted unsalted butter)
Non-stick cooking spray
1. Heat the griddle or pan to medium heat.
2. In a bowl, mix the chopped walnuts, pancake mix, flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk the milk, oil and egg until well combined. Fold in the mashed banana.
4. Add the dry ingredients and stir until just moistened.
5. Spray griddle with non-stick cooking spray or butter.
6. Pour batter onto the griddle/pan to make pancakes about the size of a drink coaster.
7. Cook until you see bubbles start to appear on the top of each pancake and the edges are set. Flip the pancakes and cook about 1-2 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom side and they are cooked through.
Serve warm topped with butter, syrup and additional crushed walnuts and fresh fruit. Enjoy!