I am reminded of a time my father used to buy oats when we were younger and he'd make oat porridge for the whole family, then have his on a plate! I used to be fascinated as to how one could take porridge from a plate, and I used to insist that my mother serve mine on a plate too. The culture in which my parents created in our home as a child, made me develop a liking for oats. My friends found it strange that I enjoyed oats but as long as my dad found it cool and enjoyed it, then that's all that mattered to me.
I'd like to replicate some of the experiences I had as a child to our children, but making them in such a creative way that they never get bored with eating the same thing every time. I'd also like them to help in making breakfast and making it in their own unique way. One of the ways my husband and I are doing this is creating this culture right now such that they find an already existing culture that gives them the ability to express who they are in their tastes and preferences in food.
This has helped me get creative in finding out different ways in which I can make oats exiting for us and one of the ways I've found that work for my husband and I is by making oatmeal pancakes. I must add that my husband is still growing to like them, mostly because they don't have as much sugar and he'd like (tihihi). I like how simple they are to make and they don't rob me of enjoying the oatmeal taste I used to like as a child.
Over time, I've found a banana and oatmeal bar recipe that contains peanuts and peanut butter and I'll share that on another post. I've also perfected the banana and oatmeal pancake after mixing items from my pantry, from the utterly strange to the simply sweet. For starters, bananas go very well with peanut butter and with cinnamon. Combine those three and add your mashed bananas and an egg and you're good to go. For those who don't take eggs (or if you happen not to have eggs in your kitchen) just add two extra bananas. The mashed banana acts as a bonding agents, which is what the egg does. You also don't have to add sugar because the sugar in the bananas are accentuated once you fry the pancake.
Now, to these very simple and amazing oatmeal pancakes. I just love how heavy they are. You take two and that's all you'll need. I’m also very deliberate on reducing the number of wheat products we consume in our household and these pancakes make that easier for me!
You can add blueberries in the pancake batter to give it a bit more colour and taste. These babies take such a short time to cook and you can cook two to three at a time depending on the size of your flat pan.
Yields 6 pancakes
Time: 15 min
Here’s what you need:
4 medium sized ripe bananas mashed
1 Cup oats (ready to eat)
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
Pinch of salt
Here’s how you make them:
Mix the mashed bananas and the egg together.
In a separate bowl, combine the oats, cinnamon and salt.
Add the dry ingredients into the wet ones, stirring to ensure they are well incorporated.
Heat your flat pan on medium heat.
Add a tablespoon of cooking oil and evenly distribute it on the pan.
Using a tablespoon, scoop a heaped amount and add it to your pan and spread it.
Do that 2-3 times depending on how large your pan is to ensure you’ve got 2-3 scoops of batter in the pan.
Carefully spread them making sure they don’t touch each other or tear.
Gently flip them after a few minutes and add a bit more oil to ensure the other side gets done.
Remove from the pan once it turns golden brown.
Repeat the cooking process until your batter is done.
Serve with syrup and seasonal fruits.