Sleeping in and Making Banana Pancakes

Standing in a bathrobe, flipping fluffy banana pancakes while sausages are sizzling and the sweet smell of strawberries and pineapple lingers in the air. Ahhh... if only every morning were like this.

Today, I made it until 10:30 a.m. without so much waking up to roll over. I wasn't even out last night. I was in bed by midnight. My college self who could easily sleep til 3 p.m. and found it difficult to roll out of bed for an 11 a.m. class would be ashamed. It's fair to say that since entering the working world my sleeping patterns have drastically shifted and this is a new personal record. And the absolute best thing to do on a lazy morning is clearly have a leisurely breakfast. So that's just what I did. Banana pancakes covered in decadent Greek yogurt and fresh fruit with lightly browned sausages.

The recipe is exceedingly simple. No flour, no sugar, no milk, no baking powder. Just the basics. The best thing is that you won't feel like you are going to slip into a sugar coma after eating them. And you won't immediately be hungry again an hour later.

1 large ripe banana
2 eggs
Small pinch of salt
Drop of vanilla extract
3 T. rolled oats (optional)
1/8 tsp. cinnamon

Makes 6 small pancakes (1 serving)

On a plate, mash the banana using a fork until it looks like baby food. In a medium bowl, beat eggs then add the banana, salt, vanilla, oats and cinnamon. Cook pancakes in a nonstick pan on medium heat with butter. Since there is no baking powder, don't wait for little bubbles like you normally would. Flip as soon as the pancakes are solid enough to turn without breaking.

Tip: Using the grease from the sausages or bacon to cook your pancakes makes them even more delicious.

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