Whole wheat banana pancakes

Whole wheat banana pancakes

I’m sitting in one of the many waiting rooms in which modern humans waste a considerable amount of their lives.

A worn-out National Geographic I found there keeps me company. I wonder what kind of germs reside between its pages, but I soon push the thought aside, as other things occupy my mind: How much longer will I be here? How do they keep the floor so shiny? Will the whole-wheat banana pancakes I made for breakfast before I left be OK to eat when I get back home?

I hate waiting rooms, with their uncomfortable chairs that remind me of every second spent there.

Tick, tock. 5340 seconds.

A moment later a small commotion: A young mom arrives with two toddlers in tow. And as you would expect of toddlers, they make sure everybody notices their entrance. Toddlers are a bit like celebrities, except kids are cuter and much less obnoxious.

I smile at them and return to an article on traveling in Milan. I want to go back to Milan, I didn’t see enough of that city. We never get to see enough when we travel.

Whole wheat banana pancakes

Soon it’s obvious that the children are restless. Their voices progressively louder: “freco, freco!” I speak a bit of toddler, so I understand what they want: They want soda. Internally, I cringe, but I dare not show it, for I strictly adhere to the unwritten-but-seldom-respected law that says you should never opine about how other people raise their kids. But I can share it with you – I disapprove of toddlers being given soda.

She walks to the coffee table and serves two cups of black coffee. I can sympathise. Two toddlers must be exhausting, I found mine exhausting. Perhaps some caffeine will get her through the ordeal of a long wait with two bored toddlers.

Except that she gives one cup to each child.

Saying that I was a little shocked is an understatement. And so we get to the point of this story: while I’d never voice my unsolicited opinions on how other people raise their children, it’s entirely OK to disagree with those choices. Feeding children inadequate, or actively harmful foods is one of my pet peeves.

Whole wheat banana pancakes

I don’t doubt that she loves her children, not for a second. I’m going to assume it’s lack of information that in some cases leads parents to making bad decisions when it comes to feeding their kids. It’s not the first time we address this subject.

Nobody is going to tell me what I can eat – except my doctor, insistently. I’m an adult and will kill myself as I see fit. My child, however, is my responsibility. I have to provide her with the best food I can. Not amazingly, this doesn’t mean expensive or complicated. In fact, it means the opposite. Good food is simple food, food as close to the source as possible.

Kids are not born craving soda and coffee early in the morning. We instill bad eating habits in our children at our own peril, and unfortunately, theirs too.

And back to the pancakes: I’m not a sweet breakfast person. It’s savory for me any day, but these fluffy pancakes are one of my favorite weekend breakfasts. They are not sickly sweet, and are very quick and easy to make. Most importantly, my daughter loves them too.

Buen provecho!

Aunt Clara

Whole wheat banana pancakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 pancakes (aprox)

Whole wheat banana pancakes

Ingredients

  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of almond milk
  • Oil spray
  • 1 cup of fresh fruit, cubed (I used pineapple)
  • Honey (optional, see notes)

Instructions

  1. Mix bananas, eggs, flour, salt, milk and baking soda. Blend to a smooth mix.
  2. Coat a non-stick pan with oil.
  3. Add four tablespoons of pancake mix and cook over medium heat until it's brown on one side. Flip and cook similarly on the other side.
  4. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
  5. Serve with the fresh fruit and drizzle with a small amount of honey if you wish.

Notes

I used organic honey from the Puntacana Foundation farm, but frankly, the pancakes were sweet enough for me without it. It's a matter of taste.

http://www.dominicancooking.com/13664-whole-wheat-banana-pancakes.html

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  • Sandra Paez September 26, 2013, 3:18 PM

    Yum yum!! I can’t wait to try this. It looks delicious & it sounds healthy too ;) Thanks aunt Clara for all your great recipes. You’re the best!!!

  • maria September 26, 2013, 8:32 PM

    Love your recipes, was so happy to read this until you critisized someone on a recipe page. I dont agree with you voicing your opinion on other people parenting choices. If you are dominican or are involved with dominican culture you should know that we dominicans give our children coffee and there is no scientific evidence of any dangers.

    I will try this recipe. Thank you

    • Aunt Clara September 26, 2013, 8:59 PM

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I am glad somebody that disagrees with me voices it. This is how ideas come about, with open discussion. I would never voice my concern to her, whom I don’t know, but there are clear guidelines about feeding small kids (we are talking toddlers who can barely speak) caffeinated drinks (see here).

      We all makes mistakes in parenting (I am not better than any other mom when it comes to this), we have to be open to questioning our beliefs, because our children sure can’t. We Dominican parents do many things that are not necessarily in the best interest of the child, not out of malice, but sometimes out of ignorance. It is the same for every group of humans. If we do not question ourselves we will not know what we are doing wrong.

      And trust me, I know to keep my mouth shut in front of other parents. I tired of strangers voicing their opinions about my parenting choices. That doesn’t mean that reading about what other parents thought I was doing wrong didn’t help me change my mind about many a thing.

      BTW, my grandmother gave me coffee when I was 6. I suffered from a condition that made it a really bad idea to give me coffee, every day, for weeks, several summers. I don’t hold it against her, she didn’t know.

      • Chantal September 30, 2013, 2:15 PM

        I agree, plus I remember when I was young is was “leche con cafe” instead of the other way around. We were allowed coffee but it was more milk than anything else. To tame our curious minds!
        Love the recipes here!

        • Aunt Clara September 30, 2013, 3:06 PM

          There’s that too. I was never given black coffee, always “café con leche”, and like you say, more milk than coffee. The last thing we want to give a restless kid is caffeine.

  • Shobelyn September 27, 2013, 8:08 PM

    Sometimes also, moms give in to what the children want just to make them quiet. I was guilty of that before. I was so concern what people might think that I chose to ignore what is right. Now, my kids are grown and everything is peace and quiet in the household and I am relax and dandy…

    This pancake btw looks so good. I have all the ingredients so, I will be making this.

    • Aunt Clara September 27, 2013, 9:26 PM

      Oh, I know that. Guilty as charged.

      But kids don’t ask for what they have never tried. Coffee is an acquired taste, 2 1/2 – 3 years old is too soon to have acquired it.

  • Eve January 3, 2014, 4:39 PM

    I was started on coffee as a four year old because of a life threatening disease that demanded medication which would lower my blood pressure. This is not common in the world I grew up in, so there were a lot of disapproving people around me.
    Plus, my kids are all three diagnosed with ADHD, and I am not into Ritalin, so I would really like them to try coffee, since some people say, coffee works as well. They won’t drink it though.
    Love your recipe, will try it.

    • Aunt Clara January 10, 2014, 1:59 PM

      Wow. Another fellow of the “Kid with Weird Diseases Club”. I hope you recovered. I am glad you understand that coffee has its effects in kids. It seems you are treating like a medication, which in a way it is.

  • ibis castillo March 20, 2014, 6:39 PM

    Hi aunt Clara, can I make this pancakes in the oven?

    • Aunt Clara March 21, 2014, 10:00 AM

      I haven’t tried that. I cannot tell you if it would work, but if you do, let me know how it went.