Fluffy Banana Pancakes

Hey Guys,

Sorry you haven’t heard from me in a while, the month of May has been a crazy month. My husbands grandmother went in to have spinal surgery at the beginning of the month and it made things around here really busy. During her recovery she suddenly took a turn for the worse and went into cardiac arrest. What was supposed to be a healthy recovery from an optional surgery, suddenly became a deadly situation. For a few days we didn’t know what her status was, but things looked very grim. My husband and I went to stay with his family to support them. There wasn’t much that could be done except waiting, and trying to lighten the mood. It was a really sad time. Finally, after a very long week she received a heart operation and now seems to be doing much better. Things are looking up, and I sincerely believe that her family’s prayers have been answered. This poor woman was actually dead for a total of 20 minutes, and somehow she came out of it almost unscathed. It is devastating though, when all that a family can do for their loved ones is wait and pray. Throughout her whole experience, this amazing woman asked all of her loved ones to say prayers for her, because she’s always believed strongly in the power of prayer. Especially when there is nothing to do but wait, what else can one do except to turn to the Divine and ask for assistance and comfort? I personally believe that praying has a special power; often prayers are answered, and I also believe there is great comfort in turning to God, acknowledging His power and asking for His assistance. It is evident that the time when human beings need God the most is when something is completely out of their control. That is death, is it not in our control, not in the least. It can affect anyone, at anytime, and often no one will see it coming. To me, it is an extremely humbling concept – that there are times when human beings have no power. Even if I am wrong and there is no God, no higher power of any sort, it brings me comfort to believe that there is something greater than me, in control of the cycle of life and death, giving life and death great meaning.

I am not sure if you, my reader, are a theist, atheist, anti-theist, agnostic, undecided, or anything else, but either way I want to share this with you. This is a prayer I find comforting during difficult times. May you see its beauty, and may it help you too, if you desire.

“He is the Compassionate, the All-Bountiful! O God, my God! Thou seest me, Thou knowest me; Thou art my Haven and my Refuge.None have I sought nor any will I seek save Thee; no path have I trodden nor any will I tread but the path of Thy love. In the darksome night of despair, my eye turneth expectant and full of hope to the morn of Thy boundless favor and at the hour of dawn my drooping soul is refreshed and strengthened in remembrance of Thy beauty and perfection. He whom the grace of Thy mercy aideth, though he be but a drop, shall become the boundless ocean, and the merest atom which the outpouring of Thy loving-kindness assisteth, shall shine even as the radiant star. Shelter under Thy protection, O Thou Spirit of purity, Thou Who art the All-Bountiful Provider, this enthralled, enkindled servant of Thine. Aid him in this world of being to remain steadfast and firm in Thy love and grant that this broken-winged bird attain a refuge and shelter in Thy divine nest that abideth upon the celestial tree.”

– Abdu’l-Baha

Alright, so turning now to food. For me, banana pancakes are like food for the soul. I usually make them with leftover bananas that I have laying around, but I’ve never tried to make them extra fluffy. This time I thought I would give it a try, and they turned out so well! I’ll be making my banana pancakes like this from now on for sure! The recipe should serve about 4-6, but I doubled it myself to make sure there would be extra. Also, I was all out of butter so my recipe used yogurt and a bit of oil. If you want to use butter simply sub in 3 tablespoons of butter and no oil or yogurt. Give ’em a try and let me know what you think!


Stockholm

Fluffy Banana Pancakes

Fluffy pancakes loaded with bananas, and perfect for weekend breakfasts.

|      Prep Time: 5 minutes      |      Cook Time: 15 minutes      |      Total Time: 20 minutes      |

Serves 4-6



 Ingredients

1½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
2 bananas (over-ripe preferred)
2 eggs
1 cup milk
½ tsp vanilla
¼ cup plain yogurt
½ tsp oil

Directions

Step One: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl, and set aside.

Step Two: In another medium bowl, mash the bananas until most of the chunks are gone. Then add the eggs, milk, vanilla, yogurt, and oil, then mix.

Step Three: Slowly add the dry ingredients (the flour mixture) to the bowl of wet ingredients and stir until blended.

Step Four: Heat a frying pan on medium heat and add a teaspoon of oil. When the pan is hot fill one ladle and pour it onto the frying pan, forming a circle. This is your pancake and can be as big or little as you want, have fun with it! You can even make heart shapes and animal faces if you get clever!

Step Five: When you see lots of bubbles forming on the top of the pancake, flip it over to cook the other side. When it’s golden brown on both sides take it out of the pan and put it aside in a warm place, or serve it (don’t panic if they don’t look perfect, this will take practice and the look varies based on your stove, heat, and pan). Continue this process until you are out of batter. Serve topped with maple syrup, and if you’re feeling up to it, a little dollop of butter! Enjoy!

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