Let’s kick start this week with a big plate of Espresso Banana Pancakes!
Ahhhh, Monday morning. I’ll share a secret with you….I hate Monday mornings. It’s my least favorite time of the entire week.
I like to consider myself a morning person. I wake up energized (ok, it usually takes at least one cup of coffee before the energized part happens) and ready to tackle the day…..except on Mondays. It’s the one day that I’m not a morning person.
Mondays are just a different beast. Maybe I’m still relaxed from the weekend. Maybe it’s my dreaded 9am weekly group meeting at work.
Mondays call for extra coffee. Also, extra strong coffee.
And, I’m gonna go out on a limb here, but I propose starting every week with pancakes from now on. A giant stack of pancakes loaded with bananas and espresso (it’s Monday, after all) and surrounded by a sea of syrup.
Who’s with me??
A couple spoonfuls of instant espresso powder gives these pancakes a nice caffeinated kick. The flavor is subtle and far from overwhelming.
For a long time I made the sad mistake of using instant coffee instead of instant espresso. It might have actually been half mistake and half laziness. Turns out it’s not the same thing. Not the same thing at all.
Instant espresso is a great thing to keep on hand for baking (I highly recommend adding this to anything chocolate! Just, wow.), and for when you want to rev up your pancakes on Monday morning.
For these pancakes I recommend using overripe bananas. And by overripe, I mean the less yellow, the better. Similar to what you’d use for banana bread. These bananas look disgusting, but they’re packed with flavor.
If you’re dreaming of light, fluffy pancakes I’m sorry to say you’re out of luck with this stack. These Espresso Banana Pancakes are a little on the dense side thanks so the mashed bananas, but they’re not heavy.