Pineapple Upside Down Banana Pancakes

April 16, 2012 in Breakfast, Vegan Recipes

Like Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Only for breakfast.

Pineapple Upside Down Panckaes

Remember Pineapple Upside Down cake? Oooey-gooey brown sugar and pineapple rings that top a yellow cake. My Grandma used to make this as a very special treat – and she added pecans that she grew in her backyard (and I sometimes got to help pick!). Thank you, Alta if you’re reading this blog from Heaven!

So, I saw this idea in Bon Appetit this month, and it just screamed “MAKE ME!”

Their recipe really didn’t work for me – too much brown sugar in the skillet that burned before I could get the pineapple and the pancake cooked. So. Plan B.

I made a sugarless vegan version – a banana holds the pancake together, and is a perfect flavor match with pineapple! And I cooked the pineapple rings with just a little oil in the skillet, and no sugar. Perfection!

These are great if you’re having company for breakfast and don’t want to make just “plain” pancakes. Make sure it is someone old enough to understand Pineapple Upside Down Cakes. Or get out your Grandma’s recipe and show them.

Either way, it will be a breakfast to remember!

– posted by Donna
1 ½ cups whole grain flour (such as wheat or oat)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 ripe large bananas
2 1/4 cups vanilla almond or soy milk
A small pineapple
A little canola oil
Mash bananas with a fork – you should have 1 ½ cups. Process the banana in food processor with about ½ cup of milk until smooth. Blend in remaining milk.Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir dry ingredients into banana mixture until blended. Let sit while cooking pineapple slices.

Cut outer skin off pineapple. Cut pineapple into slices ½ inch thick, making 8 slices. Using a small round cookie cutter, remove center core of each slice. Heat a skillet to medium low heat. Add a little oil to skillet. Cook pineapple slices in batches for about 2 minutes.

Turn pineapple slices over. Immediately pour ¼ cup batter into center of each pineapple slice, allowing batter to spill over and form a circle around outside of pineapple slice. Add a little more batter if necessary to form about 1 inch of pancake around the outside of the pineapple slice. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until lightly browned.

Carefully flip over and cook other side for about 2 minutes, until pancake is cooked through and is lightly browned.

Makes 8 pancakes.

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