Simply Healthy Family: Almond Butter and Banana Pancakes: Simple and Decadent in every way

20.1.11

Almond Butter and Banana Pancakes: Simple and Decadent in every way

First off, I have a funny, albeit slightly embarrassing story to tell you about my first experience with Almond butter.

I've always loved cooking and all it entails. For me it is a creative outlet. Chopping, sauteing, deglazing ect. are all de-stressors for me. I love that it is an expression of art in a lot of ways and that you can really change and experiment with the ingredients to create a flavor that is just right for your mood or tastes. Baking however, IMHO is another story. Yes, you can change the ingredients a little for the most part, exchanging one flour for another or a bit of applesauce for some of the butter, but really you usually need to be pretty exact to get a result that was worth your efforts ie. 'A Big Fat Mess' at my house.

Anyway, waaay back when I was just a novice little baker (errhegmmm, a few short years ago), I had some recipe that called for Almond Butter. In my mind, I was thinking it was just regular butter flavored with almonds and so I thought, I can just make my own and save a trip to the store...........
And so, I proceeded to take a cup of butter from the fridge and poured a few teaspoons of almond extract into it and creamed it up into my cookies. I told you, embarrassing.

It wasn't long before 2 and 2 clicked together and I realized that I had created the butteriest, greasiest, most disgusting cookies ever. Pooor cookies. Poor me. So while this was at the time very frustrating and humbling, I did end up discovering what in fact Almond Butter actually was. Goober, I know.

Speaking of what a goober I am, I am probably one of the only people in America who does not like peanut butter. *gasp! 
Never liked PBandJ's or apples with peanut butter as a kid. As a health conscience adult I've tried to like peanut butter, at least with apples or in recipes but it's just not my fav. I do however L.O.V.E. Almond Butter. Go figure.  Almond Butter has a very mild and less 'toasty' taste compared to peanut butter and is very decadent and naturally sweet.

I've listed a Nutritional Comparison Chart below, based on a 2,000 calorie a day diet in case your interested. Both peanut and almond butter are good for you and pretty similar except that Almond Butter has slightly less carbs and saturated fat and quite a bit more Calcium, Iron and Vitamin E.





2 tbsp. Peanut Butter      2 tbsp. Almond Butter


                            Calories                     190                               190

                           Total Fat (g)                 16                                 16

                          Saturated Fat (g)            2                                  1.5

                           Carbs (g)                      7                                    6

                            Fiber (g)                      3                                    4

                           Protein (g)                    8                                    7

                           Calcium                       1%                                  8%

                            Iron                             3%                                 6%

                           Vitamin E                    14%                                40%

                           Folate                           6%                                  6%






Choose baking powder that is aluminum free!


Almond Butter and Banana Pancakes

SERVES 4-6    TIME  15 MINUTES
Ingredients


1 cup Whole Wheat flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder  (*without the aluminum additive!)
1/2 teaspoon salt  (*preferably iodized)
1/2 cup creamy Almond Butter  (preferably Organic)
2 tablespoons sugar  (preferably Organic/Raw)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large egg   (preferably free range)
1 cup milk + 2 tablespoons milk   (*preferably Organic or w/out rHsbt hormone)
2-3 ripe bananas  (don't need to be Organic ;)
tablespoon of butter for griddle.



Directions

In large bowl mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In small bowl, whisk together peanut butter, sugar and oil until smooth. Beat in egg, then milk. Add 1 chopped banana.

Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture, stirring just until blended.

Lightly coat griddle or skillet with butter and heat it over medium heat.
Drop batter onto the griddle and cook until tiny bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake, then flip and cook a few minutes more. 
*Careful, these burn easily. I suggest making small pancakes so they won't be undercooked in the middle before they burn.
 
Serve with pure maple syrup and top with sliced bananas and a glass of ice cold chocolate milk!  My 16 year old likes these with jam on top.
 
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12 comments:

  1. These will be on our breakfast table tomorrow morning. Thanks for sharing. And the pb vs almond info was very interesting.

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  2. Aww such a cute story! Thanks for sharing with us!

    Almond butter and peanut butter taste TOTALLY different so I could definitely see how a person could like one and not the other. Personally, I'm an addict of all nut butters. cashew butter is a new obsession....have you tried it? These pancakes look delicious!

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  3. Betty Ray, thx! Hope you like them as much as we do!
    Joanne, I have not tried cashew butter, but I will! Thx!

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  4. What a fun post...I loved hearing your almond butter story. You are just too cute! And I'm actually eating some almond butter right now (with a sliced Pink lady apple!) But I think pancakes are the perfect accompaniment with the spread. Thank you for sharing this tasty recipe with me. Have a Sunday full of laughter, love and plates of good food!

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  5. So you do like PB, just that it is not your favorite! I think the only reason I choose PB over other butters is due to the cost. However, I feel organic peanut butter really taste different(and better). So I indulge in that way. I tried almond butter once - like it as well but I seldom buy it due to the cost.

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  6. @tiger fish, yah, just don't care for p.b. I have found that costco's brand, Kirkland, p.b. Is really good & all natural, sugar free! Plus it's cheap!
    Almond butter is def pricier so I'm not making sandwiches w it and use it sparingly to flavor soups & pancakes.

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  7. Great POST! I did have to gasp...no go on peanut butter!!! WOW if i didnt like it...i probably would be my dream weight right now LOL!
    I do however love almond butter as well ( so good!)since i am really bad with penut butter i use the powdered peanut butter from trader joes helps me a LOT!

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  8. These sound fantastic! And don't we all have those embarrassing stories from when we were just starting out... hehe, thanks for sharing, very cute :)

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  9. I have a few of those stories too..hahha..Those pancakes look perfect and Im going to make them tomorrow for breakfast! Yum! I cant wait
    Happy Tuesday, my dear
    Kisses

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  10. Ps: thank you so much for grabbing my button and for following me:) Im also following you here and on twitter:) Happy Tuesday
    Muah

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  11. Hi Gwen, Have not stop by for quite a while! I am not a fan of PB either. Never has been! And I've not tried almond butter, not sure whether have I seen this before. Will look it for when I go to the store today. Sounds interesting, and your story is really amusing! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. OMG, Gwen, these pancakes look amazing. I'm totally with you on this baking thing - I am thoroughly incompetent in the arts of baking. I am convinced there is actually a gene for it, and I didn't get it!! I did laugh at your almond butter story though - don't think even I would have got that wrong. Though having said that I've never actually tried almond butter (about to be rectified now that I'm going to try these pancakes), and only in the last week discovered the wonders of almond milk - obviously a slow learner :-)
    Sue

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