Most of us have an alias that we use when say, ordering a latte at Starbuck’s or making a dinner reservation. Some may even have a fake name they use when meeting unwanted suitors out at a party or bar. Mine used to be Sylvia. I don’t know why, just was.
One of my best friend’s alias’ is Mimi Henderson – sounds like her real name, but isn’t -long story for another post. Fake-Name Mimi has two young boys and she likes to cook healthy for them. Like she made their baby food from organic-only ingredients when they were tiny little people. So, during my last visit when I went to her cupboard and found organic wheat or whole grain or something ‘pancake mix’ – I shouldn’t have been surprised. Moreover, when I prepared the ‘pancakes’ using said mix, I wasn’t surprised when the children did not enjoy them…not even one bite of a bit. They were icky, grainy, cardboardy and not like pancakes at all.
So, before my next trip to see Mimi and the boyz – I set out on a quest for a better fake pancake. And, I gotta tell you – these oatmeal, banana, healthier, non-dairy pancakes are pretty great.
Tiny Apartment Tips:
- Once you’ve blended and rested the batter in your KitchenAid blender, soak the pitcher immediately! The Quaker Oats get stuck to the sides and are tricky to remove.
- If you choose to serve with real maple syrup – please heat the syrup up – nothing worse than cold syrup on warm pancakes…even if they are fake
- Select perfectly ripe bananas as these will contribute to the creaminess of the pan-fakes
Pan-Fakes, The Healthy Dairy-Free Breakfast Treat (serves 4)
- 2 Bananas – you want them perfectly ripe – not green, not brown
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 Cup Quaker Oats – I have this giant container of quick 1-minute oats which are perfect
- 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder – not the same as Baking Soda
Preheat a non-stick skillet over medium/low. A 10 or 12 inch All-Clad one is perfect.
- Put all of the ingredients in a blender. I have an awesome KitchenAid blender – powerful thing it is!
2. Blend…Use the mix setting first to combine everything and then use the puree setting to completely breakdown the little pieces of oats. I mean if you’re gonna fake it, fake it well.
3. Once blended until creamy and lump-free, let the batter sit for 15 minutes – it thickens during this resting period
4. After the resting time – ladle into a non-stick pan. No need for spray or oil.
5. When the fake cakes bubble and dry around the edges, flip ’em. Another benefit to these fake cakes is that the first batch is pretty.
6. Continue to cook about a minute more until done.
7. Serve with fake butter if that’s your jam…But, I figured it was fake enough already so I smothered with real butter and pure maple syrup.
Eating healthier isn’t usually my thing – but I do like to test out a good fake. And, the next time Sylvia goes to see her bff, Mimi Henderson, Mimi’s boyz can finally have a PanFake they’ll enjoy.