What is your favorite food?
Among the top ten for the most popular foods in the USA include pizza, chocolate, ice cream, tacos, burgers, and French fries. This is reflected in the fast food chains all around the country that feature these foods as a specialty, not to mention the traditions that centerpiece these dishes. Pizza parties and ice cream parties celebrate accomplishments. French fries are eaten by barbecues, fish restaurants, fast food joints, and at baseball games. Meanwhile, burgers don’t need a real reason to get grilling. You got a new job, so get a burger. Your team won the game, so get a burger. It’s your half birthday, so get a burger. You got a paper cut; you should still get a burger. That does not even come close to the worship of chocolate, the ultimate comfort food.
With all of these iconic foods mania, some other favorites are pushed out of the spotlight. What about chocolate chip cookies? Spaghetti? Pie? Nachos?
Well, one delicious underrated food has made a major comeback:
Pancakes have their own special date on the calendar. (Take that pizza and ice cream!) There’s no Burger Day, French Fry Day, or Chocolate Day. Wait, every day is an unofficial chocolate day. (But only if it’s dark with 72% or higher cacao content. Remember, this is still a health blog, despite all of this fast food talk all in this post.)
Of all the foods to have their own national day, pancakes definitely deserve it. After all, they are fluffy, sweet, and super easy to make. They are made of staple ingredients most people have in their fridges all the time, and the recipe can be whipped up and ready much faster than grilling a burger or rolling out pizza dough.
You can also choose whatever else you have on hand to top these flapjacks, like berries, dried cranberries, nuts, cacao nibs, coconut, ice cream, or something more unique like peanut butter, jelly, lemon zest, and apple crisp.
Pancakes is a breakfast food that you can eat for any meal, any day of the week. You can switch it up to suit your tastes and keep your palate entertained.
No matter what you choose to top your pancakes with, don’t forget the maple syrup. It’s a traditional topping and for good reason. It’s a blissful combination with the power to transcend you back to your childhood where pancakes were a mainstay breakfast, or perhaps for special occasions. Maybe you have never tried pancakes before, and if that is the case, you, my friend, are in for a treat.
Be sure to use organic, 100% pure maple syrup, not pancake syrup, which is really corn syrup with maple flavorings. Yes, there is a major difference. Trust me; I’m Canadian. I hammer funnels into the maple trees in the yard and let the sweet nectar drizzle directly over freshly flipped pancakes. Nothing beats nature, eh?
(That was a Canadian joke. I buy my maple syrup from the store like any other nationality.)
So be on the lookout the next time you shop for the best syrup to top your new (or old) favorite food. Make everyday Pancake Day.
Banana Peanutty Pancakes
- 1 banana
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 natural crunchy peanut butter
- 1/4 coconut milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup gluten-free oat flour
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Oil, for frying
Mix all ingredients until just blended. Grease frying pan. Drop spoonfuls of the batter onto the pan. Flip until both sides are nicely browned.
Makes about 10 pancakes.