Caramel Banana Pancakes

Let me just start off by saying that I am not a morning person. My husband can just pop right out of bed (no coffee mind you) bright eyed and ready to take on the day. Me, I take a little coaxing. So for me to get up and make a huge breakfast is somewhat of a rare occasion and I usually have to be awake for a good hour or so before I am actually functioning enough to cook.On a normal days eggs and toast are good enough for me! But on special occasions, like the last time I had family in town or on my kids birthdays, I will make something special and in my opinion pancakes are always a good choice. These pancakes in particular are like having dessert for breakfast. Who doesn’t want that??

Whether you use a boxed dry mix or make it from scratch is completely up to you! Making your own is definitely better but if you want an amazing mix, Bobs Red Mill is our favorite. But any boxed will work just fine.

If you are looking for a great recipe, follow this Pioneer Woman recipe for perfect pancakes. I spent years looking for a great basic pancake mix recipe and hers is by far my favorite.

Now once you have your choice of dry mix, you can move on to creating this  masterpiece!!

Ingredients:

2 cups pancake mix prepared – according to instructions. (I always add vanilla extract to my mix if Im not making from scratch)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 banana in 1/2 inch slices

Butter for cooking

optional* chocolate chips if you are feeling extra sweet 😉

Caramel sauce:

1/4 cup (4 tbsp) unsalted butter

4 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp vanilla almond milk or heavy cream

Instructions:

Start by Preparing you caramel sauce. With the burner on medium heat, melt your butter. Once the butter in melted, add your brown sugar.

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Whisk until incorporated. Your sauce will start to slowly bubble, lower your heat at this point and then add about a tablespoon of vanilla almond milk. You could also use regular heavy cream but I was once out and used what I had in my refrigerator. The flavor was so delicious that I have stuck with it.

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Whisk to combine and then add your banana slices. Allow those to simmer in the sauce until the bananas are soft. Keep on a very low heat  while you make your pancakes.

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While your bananas are getting soft, prepare your pancakes. Start by melting a tablespoon of butter in a pan. Now the trick to an amazing pancake is allowing that butter to get nice and golden brown before adding your mix. This will give you that perfect crispy ring around the edge of your pancake that, in my opinion, is the best part! If you are going to add chocolate chips, now is the time to do it!!

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See that brown ring?? yeah its magical!!

Add another tbsp of butter for every new pancake you make.

To serve, top with that delicious caramel sauce and bananas, some extra chocolate chips and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

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If this doesn’t cure your sweet tooth and make you a super hero to your children… well I don’t know what will.

Enjoy!!

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