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August 13, 2013

Triple Banana-Flax Pancakes

Triple Banana-Flax Pancakes
Triple Banana-Flax Pancakes



I have always hated funerals and graveyards. It has to do a lot with my mother and the child she lost before I was born. He had the same breathing problems that my oldest developed during labor, but didn't have the state of the art NICU that I was fortunate to have 30 years later. When I was a teen my mother decided to try to find his grave. I went with her and quietly held her hand when she found out there was no grave marker. A tiny piece of my heart left me that day to stay with the brother that I was never able to meet. Last week my husband's family experienced a loss. My first reaction was to find a way to get out of it. I was cranky the entire 1 1/2 hour drive to the service. We were late since my youngest son got very sick on the way. I ended up sitting in the back seat rubbing his back the entire time and we arrived 10 minutes before the memorial service ended. After the graveside service the family went back to the church for lunch. As I sat next to my father-in-law with tears in his eyes, it struck me. Just like I sat and held my mother's hand at the cemetery, my husband and his family needed me. When someone passes away those left behind are the ones that need our love and support. It was no longer about me and my comfort, but what I could provide for my family who I love beyond measure.  I hope that I was able to at least bring a little comfort to my husband, kids and the family that even though I am not related by blood I would do anything for. Family is the thing that binds us together in times of grief. Since last week was a long week with a funeral and the first day of school I made sure that everyone ate nutritious breakfasts. I tried a new recipe for Triple Banana-Flax Pancakes from the September 2013 issue of Parents magazine.
Old Building Wayne County, WV
Old Building Wayne County, WV

This recipe has 12 ingredients. It takes 45 minutes of total time, 25 minutes of which is active and makes 12 pancakes. Since I was making these pancakes for my kids I did not make this recipe gluten free. While they will eaten gluten free, they prefer wheat flour and at least once a week I make bake and cook for them with regular flour. If you have never tried making your pancakes on a griddle, I recommend it highly. It is the best way that I have found to have light, golden brown pancakes. I left out the canola oil since on my griddle I never have a problem with things sticking and I like to save a little bit of fat where possible. They still turned out nice and brown without it. Make sure to spread out the pancakes for them to cook evenly. That way there will not be any doughy spots. Additionally, slice the bananas thin so that the bottoms of the pancakes brown nicely without the bananas burning.
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My two kids were big fans of these pancakes. When my oldest first saw that the pancakes had bananas cooked in he wasn't sure. He was quickly won over by the first bite and ate three. They worked well with either butter or maple syrup. My oldest preferred maple syrup, while my youngest was a fan of melted butter. They would also be delicious with a combination of both. I froze the leftover pancakes and re-heated them in my toaster oven for a quick weekday breakfast. Freezing big batches on the weekend is a great way to save time and is much cheaper than buying pancakes frozen at the store (plus they taste much better!).

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Triple Banana-Flax Pancakes


Recipe Type: Breakfast
Summary:
A kid friendly recipe for pancakes with flaxseed meal and fresh bananas. Freeze well for big batch cooking.
Preparation Time: 0h, 25m
Total Time: 0h, 45m
Yield: 12 Pancakes

30 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear about the loss in your family~ I lost my dad, mom and my sister, 3 years in a row when I was 16, 17, and 18. You are so right when you said, When someone passes away those left behind are the ones that need our love and support. Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    1. Thanks. Losing 3 people that close together when you were so young must have been hard. It's never easy losing someone.

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  2. Sorry by your loss, I think always is difficult and all we try with different mood, and all you say is true dear, take care!

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    1. Thanks. I agree that loss is always difficult.

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  3. Sorry to hear about your loss.

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  4. Sorry about the lost of your hubby's family. It's never easy on any one for such a lost. My condolences to your family.

    On a lighter note, these pancakes sounds wonderful. My kids love pancakes too. Can't wait to give them a try.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. If you try the pancakes tell me how they turn out!

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  5. I'm so sorry for your loss. I''m so glad you stopped by the Mom's Monday Mingle because I got to read this line from your blog: When someone passes away those left behind are the ones that need our love and support.
    Thank you.

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    1. Thanks. Apparently I made my mother in law cry from the post (good tears) :)

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  6. Sorry for the loss in your family and thanks for sharing. It is so true about giving love and support to the ones left behind.

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    1. Thanks. Giving support is so important.

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  7. Around here we don't hold funerals at graveyards. They are held in a church and then everyone drives over to the cemetery for a few quick last words.

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    1. They did both. We missed most of the church service though.

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  8. So sorry for your loss in both occasions. I don't particularly like funerals either but sometimes we have to forget about our hatred of it and be there for those who are really hurting and need us at that moment. I love pancakes, any kind. I don't think I've gotten my copy of Parents magazine yet but I can try this out. I love trying out different pancake recipes. Its one of the things I actually can do. Hope you're having a great week so far.

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    1. I agree that it's important to be there for those people that need the support. I love trying out pancake recipes too and my kids love eating them :)

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  9. Sorry for you loss, I was wondering why you travelled, thought you were on vacation. This is another recipe I will give to my fitness students.

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    1. It was a quick trip, down and back in one day. I got great pictures though :)

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  10. I'm really sorry about the loss in your family. I had a similar situation happen this summer with my husband's family and I tried to be there for them as much as I could.

    I think these pancakes look delicious - I like to make banana pancakes on the weekends :)

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    1. I'm sure that your husband appreciate your support. I like making pancakes on the weekends too :) There is something about pancakes and the weekend that seem to go hand in hand.

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  11. My condolences. Sorry for your loss in your family. It's a part of life but never gets any easier.

    Again, you show off a delicious meal. I could eat that for dinner too.

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    1. I could pretty much eat pancakes for all three meals, I love them :) Thanks for the kind words.

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  12. Sorry about the loss in your family.

    My mom used to make us banana pancakes when we were kids. Brings back good memories. :)

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    1. My mother made banana pancakes growing up too, they were so good!

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  13. Im sorry for your loss.Its never easy to loss someone we know.
    Those pancakes looks yummy. Im gonna cook this for my girl this weekend.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. If you try the recipe tell me how it turns out!

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  14. I feel the same way you do about funerals, I think I'm scared so I always try to avoid them. But you are right, you need to be there to support your family, and overcome your own fears. I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of a family member. Hope you guys are all recovering. Also-the pancakes look great, I love putting flax in my pancakes (although my hubby hates it!).

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    1. Glad that I'm not the only one :) My husband isn't a big fan of flax either, he doesn't like the texture.

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  15. I don't recall having Flax before, but we all know I'm not big on Healthy food with the name of my blog and all,lol I'm sure they are delicious and wayyy better than the frozen kind! I don;t buy those either! I understand your feelings about funerals, lets face it, there is nothing good about the entire experience, but like you said it's important to be there for those who need us. At the end that is all that matters. Oh by the way, love the picture of the building! I'm glad to be back visiting your blog again! Sometimes trying to do a lot it's overwhelming leaving very little time to do the things we used to enjoy before we turned "responsible" lol! I find myself spending at least 30 minutes reading through all your posts and stories. I love your recipes but I really enjoy your writing.

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    1. They really are better than the frozen kind :) I have learned to accept funerals as I've gotten older. I still don't love them, but I have learned to appreciate the need for supporting others. Thanks for all the sweet comments, I really do appreciate it when people sit and read and leave such great comments. It really helps me to make a connection to my readers :)

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