Banana Gluten-Free Pancakes

I have a lovely Mother’s Day idea for y’all.  Or maybe just a new pancake idea to try this weekend.  Either way, they are sure to please – bananas paired with millet flour makes a sweet but filling cake.  They are sugar-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free to boot.  I enjoyed them this morning with my hazelnut coffee and blooming peonies.  

The recipe is based a pancake recipe I shared a while back, banana peach pancakes.  Pancakes are the go-to weekend breakfast food in this household.  Greta loves to eat her fill of pancakes and then an hour or so later, grab another pancake to eat on the go.

I am impatient with the first batch of pancakes, so I have learned a few tricks to make sure the entire batch is a good one.  First, make sure the pan is preheated and piping hot.  I do not use non-stick for health reasons, but rather a cast iron skillet that is well oiled.

 I use small amounts of batter – ¼ cup or less.  This way the pancakes are Greta size.  I always set a timer to ensure that I do not try to flip too soon and do not allow them to burn.  1-2 minutes per side is usually fine.

When the edges look dry, it is time to flip.  Do not overcrowd the skillet, then you have pancake batter all over the place.

Enjoy these babies – we have already eaten ours this morning.  A note on the millet flour – it will create a drier pancake, and it can almost biscuit-like if they are overcooked.  I made one round that was a little too dry, so watch the pan and use your timer.

Banana Gluten-Free Pancakes

1. In a medium bowl, mix together 1-¼ cup millet flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

2. In another small bowl, stir together 2 medium mashed bananas (about ¾ cup), 1 egg, and ¼ cup almond milk.  Combine wet and dry mixture in a few swift strokes, do not over mix.

3. Pour batter onto preheated and oiled pan.  Bake 1-2 minutes per side.  Serve with honey.  

Coffee Filter Flower Card

One of my art teacher roles is often to teach my students that the hand made gifts are truly the best. This is an easy project that is fun for all ages.  You should have seen my seventh grade students working on this yesterday – the enthusiasm made my day. 
If your peonies don’t like mine do right now, then make your own for Mother’s Day!

Start with plain white paper coffee filters.  Draw on them with water-based markers.  Try multiple colors, different designs, and even coloring the entire coffee filter with color.

Spray with water in a spray bottle. I recommend doing this over newspaper to catch any colored water that will inevitably soak your work surface. 

 Your designs will turn into watery, tie-dye like motifs. Allow the filters to dry completely. 

 Once they are dry, you can now begin to cut them up, layer them, and create your flowers.

 Fold the filter in half, then in half again, and then into a pie slice shape. 

Cut designs along the top curved edge – like a paper snowflake.  These cuts will form the petals of your flowers, so experiment with different cuts.  Once the petal designs are cut, open the flower up, pinch in the middle, and twist.  This will create the base of the flower.  Now you can add a stem out of pipe cleaner, or glue them onto a piece of paper for a card. 
Add some leaves, a garden or vase, a background, and a nice note and you have a card.  Wasn’t that better and more fun than buying a card in the store?
This flower was made with two different filters layered within one another.  Go ahead and make a bunch of these filters so you have extras for mistakes or multiple layered flowers.  Just remember that your colors will run into one another so choose your colors based on how they look after they mix!