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Healthy Banana Bran Pancakes

Healthy Banana Bran Pancakes

Mardi Gras is just around the corner. For some that might mean a lot of scary pink cocktails and a bit of samba–for me it means pancakes! And I’m not alone. There are many spots on the globe that top off carnival with pancakes, in fact, Mardi Gras is also known as Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, and Pancake Tuesday.

To celebrate Pancake Tuesday last year I posted a recipe for healthy pancakes that uses white whole wheat flour. They are pretty traditional, and very yummy. This year it’s banana bran pancakes–partially because I really like saying “banana bran pancakes,” but mostly because they are really healthy and exceedingly scrumptious. Happy Banana Bran Pancake Tuesday!

1/2 cup oat bran
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 banana, sliced
1/4 cup walnuts
1 organic egg
1 cup low-fat milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 teaspoons olive oil

1. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients

2. In another medium bowl, whisk together egg, milk, syrup and oil.

3. Gently add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Don’t mix too much, leave some lumps. Fold in the bananas and walnuts.

4. Place a large pan or griddle on medium heat and grease with butter, oil or cooking spray.

5. Pour batter onto heated surface and cook until bubbles appear in pancakes, flip, cook other side.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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4:53PM PDT on Mar 9, 2014


7:25PM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

they look really good but, where did the banana go??

12:35PM PDT on Mar 28, 2013


11:39AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

Thank you

10:57AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013


7:24AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013


3:06AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

MMMMmmmmmm - yummy!

3:00AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

Thank you :)

2:49AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013


3:56PM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

Yummy...thank you for the recipe!!

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