On Saturdays that I'm not shooting weddings, the day is spent relaxing, being outdoors, exploring our city, and just taking things easy. Our Saturdays off have almost become sacred since we are both so busy throughout the week. The best way to start off a Saturday of relaxation is breakfast in bed (of course). It's also a wonderful way to love on that special someone and get in a few more morning cuddles before starting the day. If you have kiddos, why not have a big ol' family breakfast in bed? Maybe it gets a little messy, but what fun memories to have!
When I was growing up I remember some of my favorite Saturdays were when my dad would make pancakes or waffles. I could smell them in my room and would immediately get excited about breakfast (can you tell I've always been a major food lover??). Pancakes and waffles are still two of my favorite things to eat for breakfast and I recently came up with a recipe for gluten free banana pancakes that are to. die. for. Top them with caramelized cinnamon bananas and maple syrup and you have the perfect Saturday morning treat - and a great meal for breakfast in bed. Side note: Does anyone else think of Jack Johnson's "Banana Pancakes" song - from way back in the day - every time you see banana pancakes? Just me?
Slow mornings that start with delicious food should be a requirement for all Saturdays (or, heck, every day!). Here's to breakfast in bed and spending down time with those we love!
GLUTEN FREE BANANA PANCAKES WITH CARAMELIZED CINNAMON BANANAS
- 2 cups Bob's Red Mill 1-1 Baking Flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
- 1 cup milk
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ripe bananas cut into 1/3" rounds
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- In a medium bowl mix milk, bananas, eggs, butter and vanilla extract.
- Combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients until mixture is smooth.
- Place about 1/3 cup of batter on a heated skillet or griddle (we use a large electric griddle like this one). Let cook for 3-4 minutes and then flip and let cook for about 2 more minutes or until cooked through.
- While the pancakes are cooking, make your caramelized bananas. First, mix the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Place your bananas in the skillet and let cook for about 2 minutes.
- Sprinkle half the cinnamon/sugar mixture on top of the bananas and let cook for about 30 seconds longer. Flip your bananas and add the rest of the cinnamon. Let cook for a minute and remove from heat.
- Once your pancakes are all done, pile a few on a plate and top with your caramelized bananas and maple syrup!