Banana Walnut Pancakes & Founders Breakfast Stout

Labor day means…

Going out for a run in weather inappropriate clothes. (Shorts and tank top weren’t a good idea for 55 degrees)

Banana walnut pancakes-see below.

Parks & Recreation marathon…I normally have one productive day and one lazy day during the weekend, but even though I’m partially productive I still feel guilty for lazing around the next day. Having two productive & one lazy day is acceptable to me. More than acceptable. Today has been downright luxurious.

Sassing & prancing around to Amy Winehouse & Adele.

Hanging out in a fuzzy yellow and blue ducky robe. I promise I wear grown-up clothes to sleep, but I’m never giving up this badass & comfortable robe.

Labor day also means…

Founders Breakfast Stout is here

The pancakes and the Founders didn’t go well together. Fail. The walnut & stout bring out an alcohol flavor in both-blegh. Oh well, so it goes. You try things – some work, others don’t. The good news is they are both phenomenal by themselves.

All in all…Mmmm I just want to curl up in a fuzzy robe in a big squishy chair with one of these. Oh wait, I did that. It was lovely. This is one of the few beers when after every sip, I have to put it down, and think to myself (or say out loud) “heavens that was good.”

From Founders: “The coffee lover’s consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona coffee, this stout has an intense fresh roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever.”

How decadent does that sound? And this lives up to expectations: the roasted coffee and dark dark bitter chocolate blends in with this so smoothly and seamlessly. The coffee scent comes right up to you at first and circles right back around as an aftertaste, and bookends the chocolate quite nicely.

Recommend to a friend? Oui oui!

Safe for lightweights? 8.3% Better have some hearty pancakes in your belly before having one of these.

When and where? See the aforementioned cozy robe and chair. Get a fireplace and book involved and will be just picture perfect.

Plus one? I’ll take a nap afterward.

I’m trying to think of a rating system a little more original than just A-F, 1-5, etc. Suggestions?

Ever wanted to make the perfect, easy, and delicious breakfast after a sleepover? Well make these and you’ll be crowned Breakfast Queen. I promise that they take under five minutes to prepare, minimal ingredients, and only ten minutes to finish up on the stove. Plus, you can refrigerate them in a Ziploc and grab them as an out-the-door snack.

Banana Walnut Pancakes

adapted from recipe by Carol Perry

1 3/4 C flour

2 T sugar

2 t baking powder

1/4 t salt

1 egg, slightly beaten

1 1/2 C milk

3 T cooking oil – I use vegetable oil

1 t vanilla extract

1 over ripe & speckled banana

dash of cinnamon

one tiny itsy bitsy dash of nutmeg

a few handfuls of walnuts, pecans, or any other nut of choice – this is optional

JIF crunchy peanut butter

1. Mix dry ingredients in medium bowl.

2. Mix egg, milk, cooking oil in small bowl.

3. Pour egg mixture into dry ingredients and mix well until there are very few lumps. Add cinnamon and nutmeg.

4. In another small bowl, mash the banana until there aren’t many lumps there either.

5. Add vanilla in pancake batter, then whisk in mashed banana and nuts.

6. Scoop 1/4 C batter onto skillet warmed on medium heat, when the sides start to get matte and there are bubbles regularly popping on the top, flip over. It takes a while to get the feeling for when pancakes are done, but if you’re in doubt, poke a knife in the center to see if the batter is done yet.

If you really want to be spectacular, top pancakes with some butter then crunchy peanut butter, then maple syrup. It’s one of our proudest family traditions, and scrumptuous.

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