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Short-stack Sundays: Banana Bread pancakes

There is nothing quite like ending a happy/relaxing/lazy Sunday with a stack of fresh, hot, homemade pancakes. Since I started college (three years ago now..ohmygosh) I have made pancakes every weekend. And not for breakfast.

I never (except camping) eat pancakes for breakfast. I think it’s because my family likes to have breakfast for dinner more than we like breakfast for breakfast. If you think about it makes sense…

If you’re going to eat a big breakfast you:
1) want to be able to eat as much of it as you can
2) don’t have the energy to make it in the morning (at least I don’t)
3) don’t have the time to make this feast before running out the door for work/school/errands.

Solution? Brinner or dinfest. Breakfast4Dinner.

Let’s break down the word. Pancakes: essentially cakes cooked flat in a pan; therefore, acceptable to eat as a meal. I am most certainly okay with that and let’s be honest..who doesn’t like pancakes?!

My mom makes some mean (as in crazy delicious) pancakes. So I took her recipe and created a ton of variations. Wouldn’t want to have the same type of pancakes two weekends in a row, now would I? That would be preposterous. Through these weekends, (filled with a lot of trial and error) I have come up with quite a few pancake recipes that I will share with you as time goes on.

I thought it would be appropriate to make a “Short-stack Sundays” series since that’s when I usually eat them..and eat them often, I do. (Yoda…what?)

So we will start the series off with…drum roll….Banana Bread Pancakes!!!
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Cinnamon Banana Bagels

I really love bananas. If you have been following my posts you will see that a lot (most) of my posts have something to do with bananas. They’re just so darn good, am I right or am I right? Especially home grown bananas. SO GOOD. Once you’ve had a home grown banana there’s no going back.

Here is the story leading to my banana addiction:
One day my parents decided to plant a banana tree in our backyard.
If you don’t know about how banana trees work I will inform you. Once the banana trees are all grown up, they start a stock of bananas. These stocks are HUGE. Then they ripen on the tree. You cut off the stock and you admire your cute little bananas and then devour them. [These bananas are about half the size of a ‘normal’ banana you see in the grocery store] That is the only stock that particular banana tree will make. It only makes one and then it dies. I know, it is sad.
However, they pour down their little seedlings all over the ground and before you know it you have five banana trees in your backyard.
{I think we may have close to ten trees right now, hehe}
For some reason, the trees decide to grow stocks and ripen all at the same time. Remember I said the stocks were huge? So, you have like 400 bananas that you have to try to mash/bake/eat/freeze/chip-ify, etc, before they rot.
And now you understand why I have so many banana recipes…it was out of desperation! We didn’t have anymore room in our freezer and we were tired of dehydrating them.

I totally made the inundation of bananas sound like a bad thing, but I actually love it a whole darn lot. I make smoothies, cupcakes, bread, chips, oatmeal, pancakes, muffins/mugfins, cake, dough, filling, ice cream, and use them as a topping. It’s an art.

Soo now after that long introduction about bananas I present to you…..CINNAMON BANANA BAGELS!
Perfection? I’m thinkin’ yes.
These bagels are slightly sweet, and not super banana-y. You could add more sugar if you want them to actually be sweet, but I like them just how they are.
They smell heavenly. That’s thanks to cinnamon and banana combo.

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Creamy Butternut Squash Sauce & Pasta

So I ride my bike to school everyday. I love to bike; it’s good for me, it’s faster than the bus or walking, and it’s super convenient. In my apartment complex we have bike racks to lock our bikes and I’ve never had a problem with it being outside. Well, this past weekend I didn’t use my bike. When I go to get on my bike to ride on to class, I swing my leg over and try to sit…and notice that my bike seat is MISSING. Missing you say? How is that possible? SOMEONE STOLE IT!

Ugh. So I had to make reports to my apartment complex managers and the police. It baffles me that someone would just come up and steal a bike seat…like what? Apparently bike part/bike thefts are very common here. My dad was telling me that one of the national news stations did a series on bike thefts a couple of days ago. Ironic. He said that they put a GPS inside the bike and within the hour the bike was stolen, taken apart, and hidden in someone’s house. So maybe my bike seat is sitting in someone’s house waiting to be used again. I hope they enjoy it because it was a really nice, comfortable seat.
Then came the hunting-for- bike-parts adventure. My silly bike (her name is Ethel) made it very difficult to find the right replacement parts, but my wonderful, detective mother found them!

Anyway, after dealing with all of that, class, homework, meetings, and rehearsal all week, I’m tired. Therefore, I didn’t want to make anything for dinner that was too complicated, but really wanted something delicious. I looked in my freezer and saw that I had frozen butternut squash (pureed) and pasta in my cupboard. HAZA! A work of art was born.

Introducing my Creamy Butternut Squash Sauce & Pasta: delicious, nutritious, and easy. It is sweet, thanks to the squash, and savory, thanks to the spices. It’s saucy [Don’t get saucy with me, Bearnaise!] and creamy and amazing. Enough yakking, lets eat.

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Peanut Butter Quinoa Bowl

Happy weekend everyone! These past two years of college weekends were never exciting because I would spend all day doing homework. This year I decided to stop (sort of) being such a workaholic and do some fun things on the weekends. I went rock climbing today! They have all of these activities for free with my college ID: rock climbing, water skiing, kayaking, disc golf, sailing…how did I not know about this? Oh yeah…I was holed up in my room…

I am currently trying to put more balance in every aspect of my life: food, work, fun, and so on. Stressing is so not worth it. You only live once, so why not make the most of it?
So back to my adventures of conquering the wall. Rock climbing is hard and rigorous (at least it is to me, since I have 0% body strength), but oh-my-goodness it was SO much fun. I took me a while to actually get up the wall, but I felt good about making it to the top both times I climbed! It helped that my belay guy was cute; motivation?
Well, this morning I decided if I was going to ‘work out’ I needed a good, filling, nutritious breakfast. To me that = peanut butter. Peanut butter keeps me feeling full for hours and satisfies even my most vicious hunger pangs. Combine PB with quinoa and you have a super protein-filled breakfast; ready for anything. So I concocted this breakfast beauty. Behold the perfect rock climbing, hunger quenching breakfast!

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