Easy Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes (With a Gluten Free Option)

Easy Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes__

I am so happy to be back sharing recipes for my Cooking Through My Collection series. I pretty much took the summer off from the series, but now that we are headed into fall I am excited to be back to sharing recipes weekly from my cookbook collection. (Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links)

Today’s recipe is one I am excited about because it is from a cookbook that is new to my collection.

Easy Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes-

Do you struggle to get meals on the table each day without breaking the budget? If so this cookbook Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less is for you.

Now let’s be honest. Isn’t that all of us? We are all busy. We all have crazy days where we struggle to get dinner on the table. With the rising prices on groceries, I think we all also struggle to get meals on the table that our family loves without breaking the budget. I think this cookbook is a cookbook we all could use.

I love this cookbook because not only do the recipes take 30 minutes or less, most of them use ingredients I usually have on hand. They are also recipes that my kids would enjoy. Jessica has six kids, so she knows all about feeding hungry kids.

I also like that the recipes are marked for dairy free, gluten free, meatless, etc. If you have special diet issues it is easy to scan through this cookbook to find recipes that you can have.

Easy Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

The recipe that I decided to try from the book was for Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes. Now, that may seem odd since several in my house eat gluten free, but I knew I could easily adapt this recipe to gluten free using a gluten free flour blend.

I made them one day for lunch for my kids and they loved them. Well, all but my banana hating child. Yes, I have one banana hating child, but I also have one banana loving child. One avoids bananas at all cost and one will eat just about anything with bananas in it.

These pancakes were easy to make and perfect for using up that last banana or two that you might have on your counter. I made notes in the recipe below on how I made them gluten free. If you don’t eat gluten free feel free to use whole wheat or all purpose flour.

I received a copy of this book to review, but I really do love it. I wouldn’t share it with you for my cooking through my collection series if I didn’t. If you struggle to get dinner on the table fast, I think you will enjoy Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less. Be sure to also check out Jessica’s site Good Cheap Eats.

Easy Whole Wheat  Banana Pancakes-

Easy Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes (With a Gluten Free Option)
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4-6
 
These banana pancakes are a breakfast or breakfast for dinner that your kids are sure to love.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour or gluten free flour blend ( I used Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 gf blend)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups milk ( I used coconut milk)
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  2. In another bowl whisk together mashed bananas, eggs, milk, and oil.
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk until combined. A few lumps left are okay.
  4. Heat griddle to medium heat. Using a ladle or scoop pour batter onto griddle.
  5. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until edges appear to be cooked.
  6. Flip pancakes and cook 2-3 minutes more or until done.
  7. Remove from griddle and serve with butter and syrup.

 

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Menu Plan { Oven Pancakes, Crock Pot Salsa Chicken, Apple Nachos, and more}

Weekly Menu Plan

I had a little trouble coming up with ideas for this week’s plan. I think it is because I am ready for fall foods, but the weather still says summer.

I love chili, soups, and pumpkin, but not when it is 90 degrees out. I know by the end of fall and winter I will be ready to get back to grilling and warm weather foods, so I need to just be happy with what it is now. Fall and winter foods will be here soon enough.

Here is this week’s plan.

Breakfast

Banana Baked Oatmeal

Banana Baked Oatmeal

Oven Pancake

Oven Pancakes 

Dairy Free Banana Bread_

Banana Bread

Dinner

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

Spicy Layered Taco Salad

Spicy Taco Salad

Overnight-Bisquick-Pancakes

Breakfast for Dinner- Pancakes

Ground Beef Fried Rice_

Ground Beef Fried Rice

Bacon-Pizza

Bacon Pizza

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Deli Style Ham Sandwiches

Dessert Of The Week

apple-nachos

Apple Nachos

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Gluten Free Menu Plan { Cheeseburger Salad, Migas, Gluten Free Biscuits and Gravy, and more}

Gluten Free Meal Plan

Here is this week’s gluten free menu plan.

I made notes next to the ingredients that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure the ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

Oatmeal Griddle Cakes_

Oatmeal Griddle Cakes- Use gluten free oats and gf flour blend

Gluten Free Banana Pancake Muffins- Easy Gluten Free breakfast

Gluten Free Banana Pancake Muffins

Dinner

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad

Cheeseburger Salad- Make sure your bacon is gluten free

Migas-Recipes

Migas

Gluten-Free-Biscuits-and-Gravy

Gluten Free Biscuits and Gravy

Crock Pot Lemon Chicken

Crock Pot Chicken

Ground Beef Fried Rice_

Ground Beef Fried Rice- Use gluten free soy sauce

Zucchini Pizza -

Zucchini Pizza

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Easy Homemade Peanut Butter Cups__

Easy Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Food, Books, and a New Griddle {Everyday Adventures 45}

Today’s Everyday Adventures involves a little bit of food, kitchen life, and a few new books. ( This post does contain some affiliate links.)

Chili Powder

My sister keeps telling me about Chipotle Chili Powder and I have seen it in quite a few recipes, so I knew I had to get some. She finds it easily out in the Portland, Oregon area. She can even buy it in bulk at Winco. I, on the other hand, had all kinds of trouble finding it here in Oklahoma.

It took looking at multiple different grocery stores to find some. Then when I finally found some it was priced at $7 a bottle. Ummm it might be good, but it would have to be really good to pay $7 a bottle for.

Thankfully I finally found this small container of McCormick brand for only a couple of dollars. It was a perfect size to try and for a decent price, so I bought it. I had no idea Chipotle Chili Pepper would be so hard to find.

I already tried it in one recipe this week and we loved it. I can’t wait to experiment some more with it. If you have ever used it I would love to hear your favorite things to use it in. And has anyone else had trouble finding this?

Freeze Dried Strawberris

I also found these at Aldi this week. I love to eat these. My kids not so much. That is fine with me because it means more for me. I was glad to find them at Aldi because they were a much better price than I find other places. I think I am going to try some in a recipe or two and see how they work.

griddle

I finally bought a new griddle this week. A few months ago I did an Ask the Readers question about the best electric griddles to buy. You all left come great comments on that post and I appreciate all your help.

However, I have not been able to decide on which griddle to buy. I kept going back and forth. I loved my last one so much that I really was afraid a new one would not live up to the old one. I did not want to waste money, so I keep putting off buying a new one.

I use my griddle for pancakes at least once a week and the non-stick wearing off was really getting bad. Since we don’t want to eat non-stick, I knew I finally needed to break down and get a new one.

This week I ended up getting this Oster DuraCeramic Griddle. I have had so much trouble with non-stick wearing off over the years I decided to give a ceramic one a try. The reviews were pretty good on this one, especially for the price, so I hope it works out well. I am hoping that it heats evenly because that is one of the things I loved most about my old one. I am also a little skeptical of the ceramic and its non-stick ability, but we will see.

I really wanted this Zojirushi Electric Griddle, but just could not justify spending that much on one. I guess if this one doesn’t last I might just have to spend that much.

I have not used it yet, but tomorrow morning is pancake day at our house, so I can’t wait to try it. I will keep you all updated on how I like it.

Casserole Crock Pot Apple

I am still loving my Crock-Pot Casserole Crock Slow Cooker. I have been working on a few new slow cooker desserts and it works great for those. I will be sharing this crock pot apple dessert soon.

Books

I am trying to get back into more structured reading. Over the summer, I did quite a bit of reading, but it was just here and there as I had time. We have started back to school for the year and are back to a more normal schedule, so I find I have to be more scheduled about my reading time if I am going to get any done.

I know being scheduled with reading time might sound odd, but if I don’t make an effort to fit in at least 15-20 minutes of it each day it often doesn’t get done. Reading is one of my favorite ways to relax and relieve stress. It just calms me down and relaxes me, so I feel like I need to fit it in somewhere during my day.

One of the books I am currently reading is Everyday Grace.  I am not very far in it, but so far I am enjoying it. I have it in paperback, but when I just looked I noticed that the current Kindle price is only $2.99. That is a great price and I doubt will last long. Has anyone else read this book? What are your thoughts?

Jessicas Book

It is no secret that I love cookbooks so it was a very happy mail day this week when I got Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less in the mail. I met Jessica, of Life As Mom and Good Cheap Eats, through blogging years ago and when we met in person we instantly became friends. It has been fun watching her write cookbooks over the last few years. Her new one will be released next month and it looks great.

I hope you all have a great weekend! We are hoping to have a quiet Saturday at home catching up on some projects.

 

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Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Blueberry Muffins__

These lemon blueberry muffins are delicious! Lemons and blueberries just go together so well, especially in the form of a muffin that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and even dessert.

Lemon Blueberry Muffins_

I recently shared a recipe for the gluten free version of these muffins and knew I had to share the regular version as well. If you want the recipe for my gluten free lemon blueberry muffins be sure to head over to my gluten free section. For those of you that don’t need to eat gluten free, you need to make this regular version. They are so good!

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

These lemon blueberry muffins are light, fluffy, and full of flavor. They are everything a muffin should be and they are easy to make at home. These muffins are a breakfast, snack, or treat your family is sure to love!

Lemon Blueberry Muffins-

Lemon Blueberry Muffins
 
Lemon blueberry muffins are a simple treat perfect for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and even dessert.
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Glaze
  • 1½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 12 cup muffin pan or line with paper liners.
  3. In a large bowl combine butter, sugar, lemon juice, and eggs. Beat until well combined.
  4. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Stir half of flour mixture into butter mixture. Stir until combined.
  6. Stir in milk until combined. Stir in remaining flour just until well combined.
  7. Fold in blueberries.
  8. Scoop batter into muffin cups filling ⅔ full.
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into muffin comes out clean.
  10. Let cool on wire rack.

 

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Banana Bread

Gluten Free Dairy Free Banana Bread__

If you are gluten free and dairy free this is a recipe you need to try. It is so good. And even if you are not dairy free this is a must try recipe. This is our new favorite gluten free banana bread and it is so easy to make.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Banana Bread-

I shared a recipe on my main site for dairy free banana bread recently and knew I needed to share the gluten free version with you.

This is one of those recipes that I tried several times with a gluten free blend and it just didn’t work. The texture was all wrong. The outside was dry and the inside was gooey. I am guessing it was a xanthan gum problem.

The whole blends not working in everything is why I don’t always use them. They work in some things really well and in some things okay. In other things they don’t work at all and the end result is nothing like the real version.

If I am going to take the time and ingredients to make something gluten free, I want it to be as close to the real thing as possible. I don’t want it to be just okay. I want it to be gluten free and delicious.

This gluten free banana bread is gluten free and delicious!

Gluten Free Dairy Free Banana Bread_

It took some trial and error to figure out what the best gluten free flours were to use, but once I did it turned out perfect.

This gluten free banana bread is a great way to use up some of those bananas that are sitting on your counter. This bread also freezes great. You can freeze a whole loaf or you can slice it and freeze the slices individually.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Banana Bread

Gluten Free Dairy Free Banana Bread
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This gluten free dairy free banana bread is easy to make and is so good that no one will know it is gluten free!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup brown or white rice flour
  • ¾ cup potato starch
  • ½ cup tapioca starch/flour
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 ripe banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan and set aside.
  3. In a bowl combine rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl cream together eggs, sugar, and oil. Add in bananas, and vanilla. Mix well.
  5. Stir in flour mixture just until combined.
  6. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 55-60 minutes.
  7. Let set in pan for 10 minutes and remove from pan to wire rack to cool.

 

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Sources for Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free Recipes and Cooking {Ask the Readers}

Ask The Readers

I know I don’t have a lot of readers that need to eat gluten free, dairy free, and egg free, but I am hoping that if you are, you can help one of my readers out.

I recently shared a picture of coconut flour on Instagram and had a reader comment on gluten free, dairy free, and egg free cooking and baking.  Here is what she asked.

We ( well, my toddler is ) are gluten free, egg free and dairy free. Any experience that way?  I can find a lot of one or the other but rarely all three. The only few I have found have been awful. He’s only 13 months old, I want him to love food even though he has so many restrictions. We eat a lot of protein and veg and fruit but he lived breads and stuff before we knew that was his problem! Thank you!

Three in my family eat gluten free and one of my daughters is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame. My other daughter eats mainly dairy free. I know the struggles of cooking and baking with food issues. I have never had to cook egg free, but I can’t imagine adding egg free on top of gluten and dairy free.

I do have Wacky Cake and a Wacky Spice Cake recipe that are both gluten, dairy, and egg free, but besides that I have not done much egg free cooking and baking. So that is where I am hoping some of you can help this reader.

Do you have any tips for egg free baking? Or gluten, dairy, and egg free cooking and baking? Do you have a favorite source, website, or cookbook for cooking that is egg, dairy, and gluten free?

I hope you can help this reader out. I would love to hear your tips for gluten free, dairy free, egg free recipes!

 

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Enchilada Salad

Enchilada Salad_

Taco salad is one of our favorite easy summer dinners. It does not require the oven, everyone loves it, and it is quick and easy to make. It is also a nice change from your basic tacos.

This summer I decided to change it up a little and make an enchilada salad. Enchilada salad is basically a taco salad with an enchilada dressing.

Enchilada Salad-

I loved this salad. It was the same basic flavors of a taco salad, but with an enchilada twist. The dressing does make a lot. It served us for several meals of this salad. We also used it on regular salad and on wraps.

I did not give exact measurements on the ingredients because you can really change it up and vary it for how you like it.

The olives are definitely optional, but if you are like my family and enjoy olives on Mexican food they are delicious on this salad!

Enchilada Salad

Enchilada Salad
 
A simple salad that is easy to make and perfect for anytime of year.
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1- 10 ounce can enchilada sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • shredded or chopped lettuce
  • sliced olives
  • cooked ground beef or cooked shredded chicken
  • shredded cheese
  • tomatoes, chopped
  • canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • tortilla chips
Instructions
  1. In a bowl mix together sour cream, enchilada sauce, and salt. Stir well and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or in individual serving sizes layer lettuce, cooked meat, and other salad ingredients.
  3. Drizzle with dressing and enjoy!

 

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures

Menu Plan {Oatmeal Muffins, Cheeseburger Salad, DIY Freezer Pizza, and More}

Weekly Menu Plan

Here is this week’s menu plan.

Breakfast

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

Baked Oatmeal Muffins – I plan to make a bunch for the freezer

smoothie mix

Homemade Smoothie Mix

Chocolate Chip Coconut Granola-

Mounds Bar Granola 

Dinner

Easy Pork Tacos -

Pork Tacos

eggs and soy sauce over rice

Eggs and Soy Sauce Over Rice with Sausage

grilled nachos

Grilled Nachos

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad

Cheeseburger Salad

Homemade Frozen Pizza

Homemade Frozen Pizza

Bacon Egg and cheese grilled cheese sandwich

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich 

Dessert Of The Week

Dairy Free Banana Bread_

Dairy Free Banana Bread

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Gluten Free Menu Plan

Gluten Free Meal Plan

I made notes next to the ingredients that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure the ingredients are safe for your family.

 

Breakfast

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Gluten Free Brown Sugar Waffles

Gluten Free Brown Sugar Waffles

Gluten Free Sourdough Pancakes

Easy Gluten Free Sourdough Pancakes

Dinner

Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese 4

Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese

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Fold Over Enchiladas with corn tortillas

Slow Cooked Taco Sloppy Joes_

Slow Cooked Taco Sloppy Joes- Use gf buns and read labels to be sure taco seasoning and enchilada sauce are gf.

Stir Fried Pork and Cabbage__

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Homemade Gluten Free Frozen Pizza

 Gluten Free Frozen Pizza

Quinoa Fried Rice

Quinoa Fried Rice

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Doughnuts

 Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Doughnuts

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures