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Sunday
Mar242013

Banana Cinnamon Pancakes

Banana Cinnamon Pancakes

Every so often, I forget to take time for myself. It is never intentional, but between work, school, and responsibilities, somehow "me time" gets pushed to the wayside. It can be weeks before I have realized what I have done. In some ways, this does not surprise me. Our culture glorifies being busy. You need to be doing it all right now. Our culture dictates that being busy is the only way to show your family and your coworkers how significant you are, how productive you are, or how important you are to the running of a business or a household. If you have extra time, then you are not "reaching your potential" or, as we have often been led to believe, you are simply being lazy.

All of this, of course, is not true.

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While our culture may celebrate being busy, the reality is that we need time to ourselves, away from responsibilities, so that we can recharge and take a moment to enjoy life. When some level of perseverance is unavoidable, taking a moment to scribble "me time" onto the calendar can relieve the stress and exhaustion that comes from hard work.

I tend to go through periods of extreme busyness a few times a year (some avoidable, some not). If history is any indication for me, I am prone to overworking myself, taking on too much at once and realizing the consequences after it is too late. When I find myself frequently working on Friday and Saturday evenings just to keep up, the alarms in my head go off, giving me a signal that I need to make a change.

The alarms have been going off for a couple weeks already, warning me to slow down and take a break. This weekend I finally listened.

Banana Cinnamon Pancakes

On Friday evening, instead of sitting down in front of the computer to get some work done, I went out and treated myself to my favorite drink, Vanilla Almond Coconut Boba Tea. After a week of getting less than six hours of sleep a night, I crawled into bed and went to sleep early. On Saturday I bought myself a couple new books—Paper Towns by John Green and Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Instead of writing lesson plans, I played board games with new and old friends late into the evening.

This morning, after rising with the sun, I took the time to make a batch of these Banana Cinnamon Pancakes before settling into an afternoon of catching up to do. I feel recharged and ready to face the next busy week ahead of me. It is weekends like this that remind me not to underestimate the power of "me time." Schedule a little time for yourself in the next week—you will feel grateful to have done so.

Banana Cinnamon Pancakes

Banana Cinnamon Pancakes make for a hearty breakfast filled with familiar flavors. The pancakes are made with mashed bananas, whole wheat flour, and a good spoonful of cinnamon. The pancakes cook up fluffy and thick. A drizzle of maple syrup is all these pancakes need to turn them into an instant classic. I tried a few with miniature chocolate chips and would recommend it as well. Though simple, pancakes have a relaxing quality that wipes away the cold bowls of cereal from the previous week and replaces them with a warm, sweet memory.

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Banana Cinnamon Pancakes

Yields about 4 servings

3/4 cup (95 grams) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (90 grams) whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup (235 ml) milk

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Make a well in the center and add the egg, mashed bananas, oil, and milk. Stir together until combined (a few lumps are okay).

Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto a heated griddle and cook each side until lightly browned. Serve hot with a drizzle of maple syrup.

Reader Comments (19)

I think for the past four weeks I've been burning myself out, which is probably why I spent the last week (my spring break) doing absolutely nothing. I went to bed at 9pm about 5/9 nights, woke up at 7:30am every morning (considered sleeping in for me) and refusing to get out of bed until at 8 am at the earliest.

The pictures of these pancakes are amazing. I love how rustic they are.

Happy Sunday!
Looks like a Sunday morning very well spent! I always add chocolate chips to my pancakes, and I know they'll go deliciously with this recipe! Beautiful photos. And what a great quote!
I hear you. I tend to do the same, either filling my time to the point of feeling completely exhausted and not having time to dedicate to my other half, or not filling it and feeling guilty for "losing my time" and "missing out". I am trying very hard to find a balanca, and to create some niches of quality time that doesn't feel wasted and that make me feel good. One of these is waking up first and making pancakes on a Sunday, with some music in the room and nothing else. It is soothing, and deeply satisfying. Next weekend, I'll make these, for sure. Thanks for sharing.
03.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterValeria
I can completely relate to this post. I'd been having the same feeling lately, so made myself take a weekend off to do not very much at all. It was blissful. And, like you, having a delicious brunch was also an important part of that lazy weekend! These look amazing - so thick and fluffy. I have some bananas in the freezer and can't wait to give them a try!
03.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterElly McCausland
I think it's easy to forget to take time for ourselves. I get so wrapped up in blogging and work that I don't really enjoy a lot of me time. But it's important to try and fit it in sometimes. I think sitting down to a big stack of these pancakes would do the trick :)
looks so delicious.. love bananas on my pancakes. YUM!
03.25.2013 | Unregistered Commenterhoneywhatscooking
Mouth-watering yummy-ness. Thank you.
03.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDena
So true and so lovely. Thank you for this.
03.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke Fiore
I hear you. It's been a while since I took any "me time"... and I need to change that ASAP! A great reminder :)

ps: Love anything that is made with banana and cinnamon ;)
It sounds like the perfect weekend to recoup and enjoy yourself. Games with friends, new books, and pancakes go a long way.
03.26.2013 | Unregistered Commenterkita
I love the quote :) Weekend breakfasts are the best. And don't forget about your time, it's so important. Good that as an appologie you made this delicious pancakes for yourself.
I'm glad you got a chance to take some me time and your pancakes look so delicious!
ahh, your photos are absolutely gorgeous! these pancakes look fantastic.
I miss taking time for myself. Glad I came here today and got that reminder and a delightful recipe. Will definitely try this weekend, especially since bf's mom is in town...here's hoping I can impress! Also love that you're reading John Green. He's one of my favorites, even if some of his books make me cry.
03.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
gorgeous looking!! I'd try that out, definitly.
05.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterVlad
Made these this morning--absolutely delicious!
06.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBassooner
I made these for dinner tonight. Thought they'd be good for a little girl getting over a fever. I don't usually make pancakes for dinner. I used all purpose flour only and almond milk (I'm dairy free) and added one Gala apple peeled and chopped small. These were outstanding! I use recipes online for almost every dinner meal, but have never felt the need to comment before. Bravo!
08.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
Sooo...I'm pregnant and was super duper wanting some delicious homey banana pancakes, and let me tell you...these things more than satisfied!! Every recipe I've tried of yours has been delicious!! Thank-you for making me one happy momma! This is definitely a recipe I'd suggest to my sister and best friends:))
08.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten
WOW. I made these pancakes this morning for my mom and my sister and they were absolutely incredible. Easily the best pancakes I've ever had. I added a third banana and some extra milk, and threw in some chocolate chips for the last two pancakes (my sister loves 'em) and they came out perfectly. I love the whole wheat flour addition and the vegetable oil instead of butter. I also love that this recipe cuts down on sugar since the bananas give the pancakes their sweetness. Awesome recipe, and thanks so much for sharing!
12.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

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