30 May 2012

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Cakes

It seems only fitting that after sharing my Mormor's prize winning pancake, I should share my own.  Out of the plethora of recipes in my ever-evolving repertoire, it was amusing to me that one of the easiest and most basic won a cooking competition at my work.  But if you try this recipe out one, just ONE time, you'll understand why.

Peanut butter & banana, like love & marriage, is the perfect combo (spoken like a true newlywed!)  This recipe brings them together in an entirely new, delicious and quick way.  No baking involved...just smash, whisk, grill and eat.  This fast and easy weekday breakfast is a staple in our household, and one of my husband's favorites.

The other great thing about this recipe is that it's pantry cooking.  Oats, peanut butter, cinnamon, egg whites and bananas is all you need.  Jazz it up by adding some toasted walnuts and a drizzle of honey....ohhhh man.  Is it breakfast again yet?

Look at that....they even look good from the back.

I posted a variation of this recipe last week with my Strawberry Coconut Oat Cakes, but this is the original that has been coming out of my kitchen for years.  While I prefer the four mini-cakes, the hubs prefers the giant scary-looking mancake.  But both are delicious.  To change up the flavor from time to time, try swapping your peanut butter for almond or pumpkin butter, or even sausages and applesauce (wow...twice in two posts with that combo....can you tell I'm a big fan?)  Chocolate chips jazz things up in a great way, too.  But definitely give this recipe a try...you'll be glad you did. 

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Cakes (single serving)
  • 1 very ripe small banana, smashed (1/4 to 1/3 c)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 c old fashioned rolled oats
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • dash salt
  • peanut butter or almond butter
  • honey & toasted walnuts 
Place a pan over medium heat.  Smash your banana in a small bowl with a fork until smooth.  Add egg whites and beat together until well blended.  Add the oats, cinnamon and salt and mix until well combined.  

Spray your pan with non-stick.  For a mancake, pour all the batter into the center of the pan.  For mini-cakes, scoop batter out in 1/4 c increments.  Grill for 3-4 minutes, until cakes are set and golden if peeked at.  Flip and cook for another 3-4 minutes, until set.  Top with peanut or almond butter, honey and toasted walnuts.  

Added bonus:  This is a GREAT breakfast re-heated.  Just cook up before heading to work and zap in the microwave.  Then enjoy making all your co-workers jealous.

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