Wow. Sometimes, life happens. Sometimes you are super organized, planned out, and know your own content schedule for a month in advance. And sometimes… you are sick to the bone, truly bed-ridden and wondering whether you are getting out a recipe at all. Well, let us just say the latter is true for this week. So – when I finally managed to get up, I realized we did not have that many ingredients in the fridge… I therefore present you Easy Pantry Staple Banana Pancakes for this week.
This recipe is for when you are having visitors coming over last minute that you did not know about, or have to shoot a recipe that you did not expect to happen 😉🤣. These Easy Pantry Staple Banana Pancakes only consist of a few ingredients, which you likely have at home (hence the name) – so even last minute – you can look like the true cooking goddess that you are!
I have made these little gems so many times – they are always light, fluffy, delicious, and super easy to put together and fry/bake-off. They are a no-fuss, one-stop-shop to deliciousness, naturally sweetened with banana and, of course, gluten-free. They can also be easily rotated with my Chocolate Banana Pancakes and/or my Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes. You know… just in case you need a bit of pancakey variety in your life 😉🥰🥞.
Why are these Easy Pantry Staple Banana Pancakes good for you?
Bananas are a great natural sweetener for baked goods (or Easy Pantry Staple Banana Pancakes 😉). They are low on the glycemic index, high in Potassium and Vitamin B6, as well as fiber and antioxidants. Potassium, amongst others, is important for nerve impulses and muscle contractions. It helps with regulating your blood pressure and aids in digestion. Vitamin B6 supports your body in the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. It also supports the building of red blood cells, as well as neurotransmitters. The fiber found in Bananas supports your overall digestive health and can aid in regulating your blood sugar levels. There are two different types of fiber found in Bananas: Pectin and resistant starch. Fiber makes us feel full for longer. In addition, resistant starch is a form of soluble fiber. This means that it provides a great feeding ground for the healthy bacteria in your gut. However, both of these types of fiber reduce significantly during the Bananas ripening process.
Possibly one of the easiest pantry staples and a whole grain that is so incredibly versatile. Oats are naturally gluten-free (as are all recipes on this blog), as well as relatively cheap and easy to source. They contain great amounts of fiber, antioxidants, as well as an array of Vitamins and Minerals. The antioxidants found in oats are called “polyphenols”. They specifically help with the reduction of blood pressure levels by increasing the nitric oxide in your blood levels. Nitric oxide is a molecule, which relaxes your inner blood vessels. This, in turn, causes them to widen and allows more circulation to flow through your body. At the same time, these antioxidants also have an anti-inflammatory effect. Oats also contain a fiber called “beta-glucan”. We briefly touched on beta-glucan in the Rustic Mushroom Bruschetta recipe. Beta-glucan may reduce overall cholesterol, as well as your “bad” cholesterol levels. It basically prevents your body from absorbing cholesterol in the first place, which is pretty cool!
Chia. So small, but oh-so mighty when it comes to nutrition and what they are able to do. They are not only a complete vegan protein but also loaded with gut-loving fiber, Calcium, Manganese, Magnesium, and Phosphorus. Chia Seeds absorb about 10 – 12 times their normal size in liquid. When mixed with water, they also get a mucilaginous consistency. This means that they form a gel and bind really easily. Due to that property, they are often-times used as an egg replacement in vegan baking. One egg can be replaced by simply grinding 1 tbsp of chia seeds in a small blender or coffee grinder and then mixing it with 3 tbsp of warm water. Let it sit for 10 minutes and you have your replacement. Chia Seeds are also high in antioxidants. This means that they fight free radicals in your body and protect it against oxidative stress. Ultimately, too much oxidative stress can lead to disease building so antioxidants are important for our bodies to combat this.
How can I adjust this recipe to my dietary requirements?
This dish is fully vegetarian and vegan, as well as nut-free. Due to the grain content in this recipe, it is sadly not suitable for the paleo lifestyle.
And there you have it for this week 🤗. I hope these Easy Household Staple Pancakes will help you when you need an easy brunch staple and/or find yourself out of most other things in your household. Enjoy these little bites of deliciousness. These truly show that food never has to be complicated in order to be utterly delicious! Please let me know how you get on, both in the comments below and over on Instagram. I always love hearing from you!