Don’t you love when you stumble upon a simple kitchen tip that makes you go “aha”? I recently picked up such a trick from Robyn Webb, cookbook author and nutritionist, on her Fabulous Food Finds blog. Put a few bananas (peels and all) into a 350 degree oven and 20 minutes later you’ll have a caramelized, intensely flavored ingredient that will enhance just about any dessert or breakfast dish without adding a lot of nutrient-void calories. Such as pancakes, my hands-down favorite breakfast food.
The inspiration behind these hotcakes comes from New Orleans and Brennan’s Restaurant where Bananas Foster was first created. The base of this famous dessert is bananas, brown sugar, rum and a whole lot of butter – along with some intense heat to ignite the whole dish while it cooks in the pan. Instead of risking lighting my house on fire, I used heat from the oven instead – as in those roasted bananas – a yummy way to cut out a lot of the calories without cutting flavor. I added them both to the batter and in the topping where I used Greek yogurt as a base.