Basil Banana [Protein] Pancakes

February 28, 2011

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And most of the time I find myself drinking my green smoothie after my morning workout, sitting at my desk, wishing I had something warm to chew. At least since it’s been so cold outside.

I don’t know about you but when the weekend comes, I’m up early working on some fun meal item to curb my carb/protein/fat/warm/fun breakfast cravings. And the added chia seeds give it a little bit of crunch. Yum!

So when you get some free morning time (heck, when you get any free time) makes these. My boyfriend, who is, most of the time, reluctant to try my “weird” foods, really liked these. To be completely honest, I do eat weird foods. I actually enjoy coming up with the most bizarre combo of things I can… but basil and banana are two things that belong together.

They are easy to make, combine everyday ingredients, are gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and definitely hit the spot.

Basil Banana Protein Pancakes

[gluten, dairy, sugar, and soy free wonders]

  • 1 small banana
  • 18 g fresh basil leaves (approx. 2/3 cup packed)
  • 1/2 cup egg whites (or 1-2 eggs)
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 38 g protein powder (2 scoops of Life’s Basics Greens Plant Protein)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • few drops of liquid Stevia (or 1 tsp sweetener- honey would be good)
  • 1/2 tsp chia seeds (optional)

In a blender, combine all ingredients except for chia seeds, until smooth. Stir in the chia seeds. Pour batter into a heated and coconut oil greased skillet, flipping once.

Plate and top with a drizzle of honey, tahini, and more chia seeds. 🙂

These green and good Basil Banana Pancakes had a wonderful taste, a little bit of freshness from the basil and sweetness from the banana really did create the perfect morning fuel. And fuel I needed.

I chopped ALL of this wood. Myself. With an axe. And it felt good to accomplish something so… weird. This is also our way of warmth living in the Santa Cruz Mountains so it was necessary, too.  🙂

Rrrrar. Hear me roar. 😉


What is one new thing you accomplished this weekend, OR will accomplish today?

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather @ kissmybroccoli March 7, 2011 at 3:01 PM

These look great! I’ve made spinach banana pancakes but never thought about using basil! Genius!


alyssa - fashion fitness foodie March 1, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Did you know it was national pancake day 🙂 Awesome! I’ve never thought to add basil…so unique! Something new I will accomplish this week is starting my workout on a monday and lasting all week (hopefully!)


Pure2raw Twins March 1, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Wow those pancakes look amazing!!!! Love the green color 😉 And great job with cutting all the wood, that is amazing! Accomplishment we did yesterday was ship out 1500 samples 🙂 A lot of work but very proud!!! haha


Angela (the diet book junkie) March 1, 2011 at 5:29 PM

i’ve never thought to put basil and bananas together, but that looks delish. one thing i want to accomplish this week is getting more sleep! 😛


Hannah March 1, 2011 at 4:11 PM

BRILLIANT! I adore using rosemary in sweet things but haven’t ever used basil (probably because I have rosemary and not basil in the garden 😛 ) These look magnificent!!


Alisa Fleming March 1, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Basil in pancakes? You crazy girl you!


Ela March 1, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Awesome job on the wood-chopping! Wow.

And here is your fellow ‘weird-food-eating’ friend to say that those nana pancakes sound so good! My husband has a very strong sense of what foods ‘should’ go together and he’s a trooper putting up with some of my efforts–mostly I ‘shield’ him, though.

I went through a phase of being addicted to bananas with my guacamole, extra spicy!

Had my birthday this last day, food yum pics to come on blog, but despite the distraction, I’m committing to decluttering and recombobulating!


Christine (The Raw Project) March 1, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Hey, I loved curry and banana, so I’d totally try basil and banana. These look awesome and so creative, great job!


Christin@purplebirdblog February 28, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Basil and banana huh? I’m having a hard time imagining that one in my head, but I trust you! 😉


Katie February 28, 2011 at 11:50 AM

The bf doesn’t know how good he has it. You should make extras of these and then freeze them. Then you can have them all week long at the office.

Where in Santa Cruz do you live? I’m sure you’ve told me and I am a moron…


kate February 28, 2011 at 11:38 AM

yum! basil and lime is another odd ball combo that is super good.

accomplishment for the weekend = making gluten free muffins that didn’t fall apart 🙂

hoping to finish my homework. in order to accomplish this, i need to stop blog reading!


salah@myhealthiestlifestyle February 28, 2011 at 11:21 AM

I have never thought about adding basil but it totallymakes sense! I bet those tasted so amazing!!!


Melissa February 28, 2011 at 11:15 AM

oh my these look awesome!!! I’ve had pancakes on the brain a lot lately. Basil, banana, and protein sounds crazy but I’m up for a challenge:)


kat February 28, 2011 at 10:48 AM

I would love to live in your brain for a day to see how you come up with all this amazing stuff. Your food never ceases to amaze me…or make me drool!!


Lindsay Cotter February 28, 2011 at 10:29 AM

can I just say that I love the basil addition. I bet it taste heavenly!


Natalie @ Will Jog For Food February 28, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Cool idea to mix basil & bananas!


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