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Jack Johnson Banana Pancakes
November 13, 2011, 11:41 am
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Although Bahrain is a relatively small island, we spend a lot of time in the car because traffic can be very heavy.  Back in the States, car rides used to mean a bit of personal time for me.  The kids were happy to look out the window or maybe watch a video (yes, we broke down and got the SUV with the built in DVD player in the back seat, don’t judge) and I would listen to NPR on XM radio.  It was always a nice way to start the day.  But here, XM doesn’t work and the kids, the poor kids, get so tired of long rides all the time.  So they still get to watch their video in the back to keep them happy (they’re educational, don’t judge) but they pay more attention to the music I put on.  “M” has gotten quite opinionated when it comes to music; the girl knows what she likes.  If she had it her way, we would only listen to the Black Eyed Peas (don’t judge) but there is only so much Boom Boom Pow that I can take.  But we’ve recently found a good compromise in Jack Johnson.  Car rides again have become blissful as we put the windows down, turn Jack Johnson up and all is right in the world.  Or at least just our car for the time being.  Sometimes I even hear “C” hum along to a song. 

So no, this isn’t Jack Johnson’s recipe for pancakes, but if you’re a fan, you’d know he’s got a song named Banana Pancakes.  “M” loves to sing along to it and the lyrics couldn’t be more appropriate for our weekends:

But baby, you hardly even notice
When I try to show you
this song It’s meant to keep you
From doin’ what you’re supposed to
Like wakin’ up too early
Maybe we could sleep in
I’ll make you banana pancakes
Pretend like it’s the weekend now

And we could pretend it all the time
Can’t you see that it’s just rainin’
There ain’t no need to go outside

All too fitting because our kids usually wake up with the sun (which was so fun when we first got here and the sun rose at 4 in the morning!) And last week was the first time that it’s rained since we’ve been here, well actually since March I’m told.  So this weekend, I thought we could all use a lazy day and some banana pancakes!


Jack Johnson Banana Pancakes



4 ripe bananas

2 cups Bisquick mix (what, I said lazy weekend!)

1 cup milk

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons cinnamon, divided

1 tablespoon nutmeg, divided

1/4 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons water



Mash two of the bananas in a large bowl.  Mix in the milk, eggs, vanilla, half of the cinnamon, and half of the nutmeg.  Stir in the bisquick, being careful not to over mix (lumps are good.)

Warm a non stick skillet over medium heat.  Ladle the pancake mix onto the skillet and cook until the edges bubble.  Flip and cook until brown on the other side as well.  Continue with the remaining batter.

While the pancakes cook, slice the remaining two bananas and set aside.   Add the brown sugar, water, cinnamon, nutmeg into a small skillet and heat over medium -high heat.  Cook until the brown sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.  Gently toss the bananas in the sugar mixture. 

To serve, top the pancakes with the caramelized bananas and sauce.


14 Comments so far
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LOL! What a fun post! Luckily, I don’t have to drive around too much with the kids in the car. The little bit I do, it’s always a he said/she said fight with my two. Ah the joy of kids. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to these pancakes in the the morning. : )

Comment by Ramona

Very sweet post. 🙂 I love having my little monkey in the kitchen with me as well. The pancakes look wonderful.

Comment by Jen Roque

Glad you have found some music that you and the kids like, sometimes a common ground can be hard to get to. Very creaative to tie together the musician to the name of this recipe.
Bananas in the batter and between the pancakes, that stack looks delicious. Great post of an awesome breakfast!

Comment by Tina@flourtrader

What a sweet (in every possible way) post 🙂
I discovered pancakes just a few months ago (in Italy they’re very rare), but now I’m in love and I’m always searching for new pancake recipes.. now I have a banana recipe, too 🙂

Comment by Giulietta | Alterkitchen

LOL I know what you mean… my girls wake up with the sun too… luckily, that is usually around 6AM. 😉 These pancakes sound delicious!!!

Comment by Manu

Love Jack Johnson, that song, and these banana pancakes!

Comment by Stephanie

Lovely Post!!!1
My little boys also get up early, morning are same everywhere with kids right….
Lovely pancakes, delicious…

Comment by Reem | Simply Reem

I was smiling all the way reading your post. Your car and my car is pretty similar (not the long drive part, but the rest). (don’t judge) was really funny because I know exactly why you mentioned. Haha. Love the pancakes – they look delicious!!!!

Comment by Nami | Just One Cookbook

This post cracked me up… I, too, can only take so much Boom Boom Pow! I haven’t had a good banana pancake in far too long, but now that you’ve got me thinking about it… I could really use a good breakfast today.

Comment by Nicole @ Bake Me Blush

GREAT recipe and post! I wouldn’t judge on the videos OR the music. Sometimes a peaceful ride can make all the difference in your day AND the kids!

Comment by Ann

My kinda breakfast! 😀

Comment by Tiffany

OMG I thought I was the only person I knew who was crazy about that song! It’s so nostalgic and romantic and makes you really want to get in the kitchen and whip up something sweet and fluffy and ooh so delicious- banana pancakes! Yum!

Comment by Chef and Steward

One of my favorite Jack Johnson songs!! And your recipe would go great with the song!! 🙂

Comment by MissEricka

One of my favorite Jack Johnson songs!! And your recipe would go great with the song!! 🙂

Comment by MissEricka

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