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Recipe: Banana pancakes perfect for weekend brunch

BMTN's Lindsay Guentzel shares her gluten-free banana pancake recipe.

This is my first recipe for Bring Me The News that also features a video. Exciting, right? I have done plenty of cooking on TV – you may have seen my work locally on KARE-11, KSTP, WCCO and FOX9 – but I've never done a video on my own.

It definitely brought some unique challenges, like learning how to hold the camera steady with my left hand while expertly flipping a pancake with my right. But all in all, I'm so happy with how it turned out and I can't wait to bring you more.

Expect one video a week. I'll cover recipes, meal prepping, kitchen tips and tricks. And as always, if there is something you want to see or think I should explore, send me an email (lindsay@bringmethenews.com).

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups water (or milk)
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs

Directions

– Use a food processor or blender to combine all ingredients and blend until oatmeal is smooth.

– Heat an electric griddle or lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat. 

– Scoop batter onto the griddle, using around 1/4 cup for each pancake.

– Once bubbles appear in batter, flip to brown both sides. Serve hot.

– Makes about 16 pancakes.

This recipe is one of my favorites and I've been delighted by how well it has been received. These gluten-free banana pancakes are flourless, using oatmeal for the base. Think similar to a very light banana bread. I like to make a batch of them on the weekends and reheat them during the week, using my toaster to give them a nice crisp on the edges.

Find more of Lindsay Guentzel's recipes here.

They've helped simplify my morning routine – I do better during the week when my meals are planned out. And when I'm running short on time, I love having a healthy, delicious meal in my fridge that's ready to go. I don't know about you but I eat better when I have healthy options that are easy to grab and go. I've definitely enjoyed these in my car in the morning – rolled up with a little peanut butter – and we've even taken them on the road for a weekend trip up north.

One of you is going to ask this so I'll just beat you to it -- you don't have to be gluten-free to enjoy them. Served hot with a healthy dose of butter and maple syrup? I can guarantee you won't be missing your typical pancake mix.

Feeling fancy? I can tell you from experience that chocolate chips and walnuts are a great addition to a banana pancake. Also I tried to make this recipe as clean as possible -- hence, no sugar. If you are concerned that they won't be sweet enough for you, add 1/4 cup of brown sugar to the batter.

A little about me

Taking care of people is a big part of my love language. And it's also why I love food so much. So much of our lives are centered around food. When we are happy, we celebrate with a delicious meal. For our birthdays, we have our favorite cake. When life is rough, we rely on meals from our neighbors to get us through. My goal here at Bring Me The News is to bring your recipes that fit into your lifestyles and to give you tips and tricks to make your time in the kitchen a whole lot easier.

I was born and raised in New Prague, Minnesota, attended the University of Minnesota (Go Gophers!) and currently live in a quiet cul-de-sac in Crystal with my boyfriend and our rescue dog and cat. You can follow me on social media @LindsayGuentzel and on my website www.LindsayGuentzel.com

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