When food photography goes wrong: this batch of banana pancakes didn't quite work out
#100daysofcooking, Recipes

Day 26: Banana pancakes. The struggle is real

Banana-Oatmeal Pancakes

Breakfast was famously described as “the most important meal of the day” in a 1944 marketing campaign for Grape Nuts cereal. (Here’s a fun article from Business Insider about breakfast.)

In my world, it both important and lacking in variety. My go-to morning meals rotate between hardboiled eggs, yogurt with berries and granola, toast with either cheese and tomato or almond butter, or cooked oatmeal with fruit.

I’m not a pancake person and, as discussed on day 9, I’m not a banana person. So naturally, the recipe du jour combines the two in these Banana Oatmeal Pancakes, sourced from a website called Simply Delicious.

The result was simply … something. The pros: quick and easy to put together and tasted, for the most part, like pancakes. The cons: I messed up the first batch by using a very small pan, which left no room to flip without creating a banana mess.  The second batch, in a bigger pan, turned out much prettier, but, well,  it’s still bananas in a pancake. If I liked either of those things, I might be more enthusiastic.

But you, dear reader, may love both of these things. So here is the recipe. Give it a go!

Kitchen castoff used

The sole remaining frozen banana

Second batch of banana pancakes with blueberries, cooked in a bigger pan with room to flip
Second batch of banana pancakes with blueberries, cooked in a bigger pan with room to flip

This is how we did it

(I only had the one banana, so I cut these amounts in half)

  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Salt
  • Blueberries
  • Pancake syrup


Use a blender to combine the banana, eggs, oatmeal, baking powder and salt. I opted to fold in the blueberries into the batter, but they could just as easily be used to garnish the cooked pancakes. Or both.

Lightly grease a non-stick frying pan (not too small!) or griddle, and cook until golden brown on both sides.

Curious what my “Kitchen Castoffs”? Here’s the explainer describing my 100-day project

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