Saturday, May 14, 2011

Recipe: Flourless Banana Pancakes

To eat bananas or not? That's a tough one for me because there are many issues surrounding bananas - environmental, economic, social and political. Since bananas travel thousands of miles to get to our plate, I'm very conscious of the fact that their price tag in the supermarket does not reflect their true cost.

That being said, we still do eat them from time to time because of their versatility in so many things. We often use them as a sugar substitute, and in this recipe, they are used as a grain-substitute. However, we only buy them when we can get them organically, which isn't all of the time. This recipe comes from Breaking the Vicious Cycle, by Elaine Gottschall and it's very easy to make.

Flourless Banana Pancakes
3 ripe bananas
3 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon
coconut oil

Preheat your griddle to medium-low. Melt some coconut oil to help with sticking. Mash the bananas and eggs together with a potato masher until it your get a somewhat smooth consistency, then whisk in the cinnamon. Scoop out the batter with a tablespoon or quarter cup and place onto the griddle. Flip once they firm up enough and are holding together - this can take a few minutes. Makes enough for three if served as a side.

Note: add an extra egg if your bananas are really large

1 comment:

Emma said...

I'm going to try these!

I also have the same banana dilemma - after reading Animal Vegetable Miracle especially.

Fortunately New Zealand has started importing Fair Trade bananas, so I get those and that eases my conscience somewhat.