Banana Bread Pancakes with Cinnamon, Honey and Orange Mascarpone

Banana Bread Pancakes with Cinnamon, Honey and Orange Mascarpone

Serves 6 to 7

Take our Light-n-Luscious Banana Bread recipe and stir in 1 1/2 cups vanilla soy or regular milk for the lightest, fluffiest pancakes ever! Topped with a rich mascarpone cheese flavored with cinnamon, orange and a touch of honey, these pancakes will coax any sleepy heads out of bed!

Ingredients: 
  • Orange-Honey Mascarpone Cheese
  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pancakes
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax meal
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 very ripe bananas, peeled and smashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk or whole milk
  • 1/3 cup fat free or low fat plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Expeller-pressed canola oil
  • Honey (optional)
  • Orange zest (optional)
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Method: 

For the mascarpone, stir together cheese, zest, juice, honey and cinnamon in a small bowl until smooth; set aside.

For the pancakes, whisk together both flours, flax meal, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; set aside.

Cream together butter and sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas, soy milk, yogurt and vanilla just until combined, then fold in flour mixture just until incorporated.

Heat a bit of oil on a griddle or in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, pour about 1/3 cup of the batter onto the hot surface for each pancake, making sure to space them a few inches apart. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until bubbles appear across the pancakes. Flip and cook 1 to 2 minutes longer, or until cooked through and golden brown.

Transfer pancakes to plates and serve warm, topped with the orange-honey mascarpone, a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of orange zest, if you like.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:490 calories (170 from fat), 19g total fat, 9g saturated fat, 105mg cholesterol, 440mg sodium, 73g carbohydrate (5g dietary fiber, 36g sugar), 10g protein
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