Although Bahrain is a relatively small island, we spend a lot of time in the car because traffic can be very heavy. Back in the States, car rides used to mean a bit of personal time for me. The kids were happy to look out the window or maybe watch a video (yes, we broke down and got the SUV with the built in DVD player in the back seat, don’t judge) and I would listen to NPR on XM radio. It was always a nice way to start the day. But here, XM doesn’t work and the kids, the poor kids, get so tired of long rides all the time. So they still get to watch their video in the back to keep them happy (they’re educational, don’t judge) but they pay more attention to the music I put on. “M” has gotten quite opinionated when it comes to music; the girl knows what she likes. If she had it her way, we would only listen to the Black Eyed Peas (don’t judge) but there is only so much Boom Boom Pow that I can take. But we’ve recently found a good compromise in Jack Johnson. Car rides again have become blissful as we put the windows down, turn Jack Johnson up and all is right in the world. Or at least just our car for the time being. Sometimes I even hear “C” hum along to a song.
So no, this isn’t Jack Johnson’s recipe for pancakes, but if you’re a fan, you’d know he’s got a song named Banana Pancakes. “M” loves to sing along to it and the lyrics couldn’t be more appropriate for our weekends:
But baby, you hardly even notice
When I try to show you
this song It’s meant to keep you
From doin’ what you’re supposed to
Like wakin’ up too early
Maybe we could sleep in
I’ll make you banana pancakes
Pretend like it’s the weekend now
And we could pretend it all the time
Can’t you see that it’s just rainin’
There ain’t no need to go outside
All too fitting because our kids usually wake up with the sun (which was so fun when we first got here and the sun rose at 4 in the morning!) And last week was the first time that it’s rained since we’ve been here, well actually since March I’m told. So this weekend, I thought we could all use a lazy day and some banana pancakes!
Jack Johnson Banana Pancakes Recipe
- 4 ripe bananas
- 2 cups Bisquick mix (what, I said lazy weekend!)
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon, divided
- 1 tablespoon nutmeg, divided
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons water
Mash two of the bananas in a large bowl. Mix in the milk, eggs, vanilla, half of the cinnamon, and half of the nutmeg. Stir in the bisquick, being careful not to over mix (lumps are good.)
Warm a non stick skillet over medium heat. Ladle the pancake mix onto the skillet and cook until the edges bubble. Flip and cook until brown on the other side as well. Continue with the remaining batter.
While the pancakes cook, slice the remaining two bananas and set aside. Add the brown sugar, water, cinnamon, nutmeg into a small skillet and heat over medium -high heat. Cook until the brown sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Gently toss the bananas in the sugar mixture.
To serve, top the pancakes with the caramelized bananas and sauce.