“Waking up too early
Maybe we can sleep in
I'll make you banana pancakes
Pretend like it's the weekend now
And we could pretend it all the time”
- Jack Johnson
I completely identify with the sentiment in that song every time my alarm goes off on a weekday. I would love to snuggle up in my bed a little longer and then leisurely get up, stay in my pajamas and have someone make me banana pancakes. Doesn’t that sound perfect? While it may not be very practical to sleep in and stay in your PJs every day, with a recipe this quick and easy to throw together (even on a weekday morning) you can have your banana pancakes and pretend just a little.
I used a nice, ripe, sweet banana and since there’s already syrup in these pancakes, it was the perfect amount of sweetness for me. Not too much, not too little. If you’re jonesing for a little more syrup though, you could always serve some on the side for dipping or drizzle a little more over the top.
I actually made a few of these with bacon or breakfast sausage in addition to the banana bites, but I thought the banana ones were by far the most delicious. In case you're wondering, three strips of cooked turkey bacon or two Wegmans chicken breakfast sausage links can be exchanged for the banana in this recipe and it does not change the Weight Watchers Points+ value. I will definitely try these again with other fruits, especially blueberries. I think I see mini chocolate chip pancake bites in my future as well. Any of your favorite pancake mix-ins should work! I love that these are only 1 Weight Watchers Point+ each – I got to eat a handful of light, fluffy banana pancake bites for very low points. Get creative and if you come up with any other amazing mix-ins, I’d love to hear them!
I made bacon and sausage ones too, but the banana ones were by far the yummiest
Banana Pancake Bites
Source: adapted from The World According to Eggface
1 cup Bisquick Heart Smart Pancake & Baking Mix
2/3 cup skim milk
½ cup reduced calorie breakfast syrup
1 large ripe banana, chopped into small pieces
1. Pre-heat the oven to 350. Lightly mist a 24 count mini muffin tin with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, stir together Bisquick mix, milk and syrup until thoroughly combined.
3. Divide the batter evenly amongst the prepared mini muffin tin cups. Sprinkle the chopped banana pieces over the tops of each muffin cup. Bake in the oven for 12-14 minutes until golden and cooked through.
Yields 24 pancake bites. WW P+: 1 per bite (a serving of four pancake bites is 4 P+) (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Nutrition Information per pancake bite from myfitnesspal.com: 33 calories, 7 g carbs, 0 g fat, 1 g protein, 0 g fiber