As a college student, I try to be as resourceful as possible, especially in the kitchen. I try to go grocery shopping every two weeks, and so by the end of that two-week period, most of my fresh food has either been used or is about to go bad. I also love eating bananas, but I like to eat bananas at their prime ripeness, before they turn brown. In order to avoid throwing away two bananas, I decided to do a quick search and found an extremely easy recipe for banana pancakes. The ingredients: bananas and eggs, that’s it. Because the bananas were ripe this recipe was super easy, all I had to do was mash up the bananas and mix in two eggs. With that batter I fried the pancakes as if they were traditional pancakes and voila, I had a new take on a traditional breakfast.
Discussion question: Has anyone ever tried this recipe? Has anyone ever used banana as a substitute in any other recipes?
In a pinch and you’ve run out of buttermilk?
Lemon and Milk
In a 1-cup measuring cup, add 1 Tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. Top the lemon juice with with skim, low fat or whole milk. Stir and let sit for two minutes. After two minutes, your milk is both acidic and curdled. Perfect!
Yogurt and Milk
Mix 3/4 cup plain yogurt with 1/4 cup of milk. Stir and make it a quick substitution for buttermilk.
Milk and Cream of Tartar
Mix 1 cup of milk with 1 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar. To ensure that the mixture doesn’t get lumpy, mix the cream of tartar with 2 Tablespoons of milk. Once mixed add the rest of the cup of milk. Cream of tartar is an acid and will simulate the acidic environment of buttermilk in a pinch.
There’s lots of ways to substitute ingredients when you’ve run out of things. What’s an easy substitute you like to use?
This recipe is for gluten-free pancakes. If gluten-free products tend to be denser, do you think that these pancakes would react the same way? If so, what do you think could make them lighter?
Just add canned pumpkin and pumpkin spices in regular pancake mix (you may have to use less milk).
Most important step: turn it into a jack-o-lantern with chocolate chips. See them bubbles risen’!
Add to enormous stack of other jack-o-lantern pancakes and consume entirely by yourself with other fall-y flavored snacks.