Saturday Morning Pancakes


When I was growing up my family had a very regular ritual.  On Saturday mornings I would wake up, usually first (from what I can remember), make my way downstairs to the play room (or parlor as we called it) and turn on Christian radio.  I would listed to Psalty Psalm Book, Adventures in Odyssey, some program with woodland creatures, it was great!  Eventually Hilary, Solomon, and Josh would join me and we’d play with PlayMobile and blocks, creating little PlayMobile cities – at least until I got all uppity and decided I was too “mature” to do that and just became the annoying big sister who told everyone to be quiet – I’m sorry guys!  Just about half-way through Adventures in Odyssey the radio signal would be interrupted by my mom turning on the mixer as she whipped up her famous whole wheat banana pancakes.  Somehow she always managed to have all the pancakes ready just as the radio shows were wrapping up and we’d make our way into the kitchen for a delicious breakfast!  Well this past Saturday, I woke up with a nostalgic hankering for those pancakes!  The amazing thing about them is they’re delicious, easy, and healthy!

Rea’s Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bananas, well mashed
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 2 cups milk (or soy milk for dairy allergies)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • frozen blueberries (optional)

Begin heating a griddle.  Stir together dry ingredients. Mix together bananas, eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.  Add to dry ingredients and mix until all ingredients are moistened.  It’s fine if the batter is a bit lumpy.  Stir in blueberries.


Cook on hot griddle until bubbles start to come through and edges of each pancake begin to cook.  Cooking time will vary based up on your griddle. 

Serve hot with butter and maple syrup.  




Scotty's well-cleaned plate!


About Rebecca

Hi! After five years in Europe, I'm adjusting to life back in the US. I use this blog to record my adventures, post photos, organize recipes, and post about things that interest me.
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7 Responses to Saturday Morning Pancakes

  1. Hilary says:

    Oh, I started laughing out-loud when I was reading your description of our Saturday morning ritual. You were always the first one up, and you could always be found in the rocking chair in the “parlor” listening to those shows. Those are really good memories! I wonder how we even started that tradition? But what good children we were, didn’t bother the parents at all! I hope my kids do that! Thanks for posting that, it made my day:)

    • Rebecca says:

      It really is hilarious. I always had the rocking chair! I love that this is a part of our history – even if it’s so incredibly dorky. And wasn’t it amazing how the blender would always come on at the same point in Adventures In Odyssey?

      • Hilary says:

        Yes, it was uncanny how the mixer came on during Adventures in Odyssey. I think the other program they played were the “Your Story Hour” series. I’m pretty sure that was part of the line-up.

  2. Bethy J says:

    …can I just say how much I love your family…and those pancakes look so yummy! Can’t wait to try Becca.

    • Rebecca says:

      Aww Bethy! My family loves you – you know you’re really a part of it! I mean you’ve spent both a Mother’s Day and a Father’s day with us! Miss you!

  3. Scotty says:

    I am happy to say that Rebecca still gets up around 6am every saturday and listens to Psalty Psalm Book (I, for one, prefer Colby’s Clubhouse, but whatever). We have no rocking chair, but that hasn’t kept her from telling me to ‘be quiet!!!’ when I roll out of bed. This also explains why she’s always disappointed that I never make pancakes on Saturday morning. After years of saturday morning confusion, this is all starting to make sense. Sol, Josh and Hil, I’m going to need some pointers. I’m proud to say that I too maintain my childhood Saturday morning ritual of sleeping in and moping around the house looking for stuff to eat that requires minimal effort. Maybe I’ll try the pancakes.

    • Hilary says:

      aww, Scotty you really made me laugh this time! Picturing Becca listening to Psalty Psalm Book in your flat is a great mental picture!

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