When I was in the fifth grade, my math teacher was going around the room, asking all the students what they had for breakfast. She got to me and, without missing a beat, I said ‘nothing.’ Her whole lesson was thrown off by that revelation. What? A fifth grader who didn’t eat in the morning? Didn’t I normally have breakfast?
Well, honestly, no. It just wasn’t something I did, and I was okay with that. Occasionally I would have a cold Pop Tart just out of the package. And once in a while, I might have some cereal, but more often than not I eschewed breakfast. So did my mother. Eating in the morning? No thanks.
(My mother is cringing right now, coincidentally. She was mortified that I admitted to not eating in the morning.)
To this day, breakfast is a struggle for me. Cooking and eating is my last thought in the morning. I can barely make a cup of coffee — thank goodness for my Senseo. (Seriously, every busy woman should have one. Particularly moms.) Last year, I chronicled my attempts at learning to actually cook in the am (I went through a long spell where everything burned). I have since mastered scrambled eggs, omelets, pancakes and more.
When Cate originally posted these banana pancakes, I thought “What’s the big deal?” (Sorry, Cate!) But when she wrote about them again recently while highlighting a buttermilk pancake recipe on MyRecipes, I was intrigued.
The kids and I ate them last weekend. Then I made them again over the weekend. They are a perfect mixture of moistness, sweetness, and banana flavor. And they cooked up so easily. Total yum.
For the recipe — which you should print out and tape to the inside of a cabinet like Cate did. It’s. That. Good. — go to this page on Sweetnicks.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. Her latest cookbook is The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook, published by Rockridge Press, which focuses on quick, easy, from-scratch cooking for busy people. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.