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Banana Bread Pancakes with Cinnamon, Honey and Orange Mascarpone

Serves 6 to 7
Time 20 min
Take our Cinnamon 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 sleepyheads out of bed!
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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 soymilk or whole milk
  • 1/3 cup nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Canola oil
  • Honey (optional)
  • Orange zest (optional)
Method

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

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, soymilk, 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.

Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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  • 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 soymilk or whole milk
  • 1/3 cup nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Canola oil
  • Honey (optional)
  • Orange zest (optional)