Happy Tuesday. I haven’t done a Fat Tuesday post in awhile and know that I promised that I would. Like you guys were that worried about it I’m sure.
This recipe actually is pretty healthy, but you would not be able to know that from taste alone. This particular recipe was actually created in my brain for a Whole Foods contest. The premise of the contest is to use fresh cherries to create a kid friendly recipe. So, since I don’t have any kids, I gave the recipe to our youngin college neighbors to taste! They are only 22, and I know enough from having a 20 year old brother to know that boys still act like small children well through their 20′s. Tastebuds should reflect that, right? Right.
I initially thought of making cherry cookies or bread or something but then I realized that was kind of boring and I wanted to do something cooler. I tried to think back to my awesome too-cool kid self and think about what I really liked to eat.
Chicken Fingers with Ranch? Hm, probably, but that is also my adult self that ordered chicken fingers still up until a few years ago.
Breakfast for dinner? Yep! And I would ask to eat it at the counter—because if I was getting crazy and eating breakfast for dinner, I sure as heck didn’t want to do something normal and sit at the table!! Thank God I eventually had a sibling to
beat up hang out with because clearly I had some strange ideas as an only child (I bet any family members of mine never thought they would hear that come out of my mouth).
So, here were the rules (or most of them)…
The recipe has to include ½ cup fresh cherries, recipe must include at least two other types of fresh fruits or vegetables and could only include 7 ingredients (not including salt, pepper or olive oil). And obviously it has to be kid friendly.
OK so my usual meal ‘breakfast’ meal when I was little was scrambled eggs and sausage–nothing fancy. Scrambled eggs with cherries? Probably not. Hm ok, well what is some other stuff that I loved as a kid? Cake? Yes again. Pancakes? Yep. Pancakes that taste and look like cake? Most definitely.
So I decided to make…drumroll please….
Banana and Cherry (pan)Cakes with Cherry ‘frosting’
½ cup flour
3/4 cup plain greek yogurt (1 container)
1 T olive oil, 1 T water
Zest of 1 lemon
1 banana, chopped
1/4 cup cherries
1-2 T honey
1/4 t salt
1 additional container greek yogurt
2 T honey
1/2 cup cherries
optional: teaspoon of vanilla in the cakes, as well as any additional ‘toppings’, I think walnuts would be good!
So I didn’t count the cherries as one of the seven ingredients, I hope that doesn’t disqualify me, but since that is the basis of what we need to use I figured that would be okay. Plus these are really good, so I wanted you guys to have the recipe either way.
They are really easy too! I threw them together in about 15 minutes. Well cherry pitting isn’t actually that easy–it is kind of annoying. But if you have one of those tools I think it would be much easier. Plus, you aren’t using sooo many cherries that it is a huge deal.
To make, just mix together the yogurt, honey, vanilla (optional ingredient), olive oil and water and then add the flour and salt in. Add in the lemon zest as well as the chopped cherries and bananas. Heat a pan or griddle to medium heat. Spray pan (or use additional olive oil) and cook pancakes! They will brown up just like a regular pancake–and they do bubble a little bit but not quite as much as normal pancakes do to tell you they are ready to flip.
While your pancakes are cooking, you can make your frosting. All you need to do is blend cherries, yogurt and honey together! I used the food processor but a blender would work too.
Once the pancakes are done, add frosting. I layered mine which I think made them feel a little more cake like, but you could serve them just one at a time as well.
They taste like such a decadent breakfast, but once you realize how healthy the ingredients are, you can add an extra pancake or two to your plate! The addition of greek yogurt in both the pancakes and the frosting means that they are really high in protein too! Always a bonus for keeping active kids (or adults) full until lunch time. They could even be a portable on the go meal if you use the frosting as the glue to make a pancake sandwich!
I think kids of all ages will really love this one! If you try em, let me know what you think!