Sometimes life throws you obstacles that you’re not ready to handle. My life seems to be doing that a lot lately. I know in the long run I’ll be better off for it, but man does it suck.
That’s pretty much the only word I can use to describe it. My life is a complete clusterfuck of emotions. On a daily basis I find myself ranging from neutral, to overly excited, to crying my eyes out and feeling like a complete, anxiety-filled wreck. The other day, I literally got so excited about my future that it led to me throwing up from the anxiety I got from realizing how much my life is about to change.
That’s the thing about life though. It changes constantly and we can either stand by and watch it pass us up, or we can run like hell trying to catch up with it. I’m currently at the stage where I want to live in denial and hide under the blankets and hope that it’ll all just go away.
I know it doesn’t work that way, so the best I can do is sneak out from under my safety blanket and make some pancakes. Because when life gives you feelings, eat them. That’s healthy right?
BANANA* PANCAKES WITH STRAWBERRY SYRUP AND MAPLE WHIPPED CREAM
2 cups flour
2 tbs. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 cups buttermilk
4 tbs. butter, melted
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 or 2 bananas, mashed (I usually use brown ones)
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
Maple Whipped Cream:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tbs. maple syrup (more or less to taste)
In a mixer, beat the eggs on medium speed until frothy.
Add the buttermilk, melted butter, mashed banana, and vanilla and mix well. Then add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt, and beat on medium speed just until blended.
Cook on a lightly greased pan or griddle until brown on both sides. I used a 1/3 measuring cup to pour the batter so each pancake would be about the same size, but do whatever you want. They’re your pancakes after all.
In a pot, add all of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to a simmer, and continue to simmer until the strawberries are soft and the sugar has dissolved.
I then used an immersion blender to make it smooth and blend up the strawberries, but you can also put it in a food processor or blender.
Maple Whipped Cream:
In a bowl, add the cream and maple syrup and whisk until soft peaks form. You can also use a mixer to speed up the process, because who even has the time to hand whip cream anymore?
*Note: “This breakfast is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S.”
I'm Kirsten. Big time foodie, all around goofball, and freelance marketer.