Adaptogenic Banana Pancakes
I'm a little bit of a breakfast fanatic. It's my favorite meal of the day and I really don't like to skimp on it. Making a hearty meal every morning has become such a staple of my morning routine and I get kinda grumpy if I haven't given myself enough time to include good food. I almost never crave sweets in the morning, but every so often, I'll get a hankering for pancakes. What I like about these pancakes is the very limited amount of ingredients and lack of refined sugars. Plus it's gluten and dairy free and I also suck at making traditional pancakes, so there's that.
When I'm cooking or baking, I like to sneak medicinal herbs in where I can. My herb cabinet is directly above the stove so I can have easy access to my plant friends. One of my favorite herbs to add to a meal, is Maca. Maca, or Peruvian Ginseng, is an adaptogenic herb that has a specific affinity for reproductive health and has been known to enhance physical stamina. It is also said to be helpful during menopause and can ease the stress of hot flashes. You can add whatever powdered herb you'd like, but maca has a slightly nutty aroma and taste, which makes it a great companion to food.
2 ripe bananas
1 tsp maca powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp almond extract
A pinch of nutmeg
In a medium sized mixing bowl, mash peeled bananas with a fork. Crack eggs into a separate bowl and whisk until blended before adding to the bowl with the mashed bananas. Add maca and spices and mix in with bananas and eggs until smooth. (If you have an electric mixer, it may be useful here.) Heat a greased pan or griddle on medium heat and ladle batter into the pan. Once the edges have become firm, gently lift the pancake to check the underside. If brown, flip the pancake and cook until other side has also browned. Repeat method with remaining batter. Cakes will start to brown quickly after the first few. Serve hot and top with fruit, peanut butter, maple syrup or whatever your little heart desires.