Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pancakes and Pinterest

I found a recipe for Banana and Blueberry Pancakes from one of my best friends, E, at Untilyoutri.  I made this for my husband the other day, and we both agree… it is absolutely delicious!  (Note: be sure to try it with the yogurt syrup and cinnamon on top!)  I confess that I may have eaten this entire plate by myself:
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour,  2 tablespoons sugar,  2 teaspoons baking powder,  1/2 teaspoon salt,  1 egg, lightly beaten,  1-1/4 cups fat-free milk,  3 medium ripe bananas, mashed,  1 teaspoon vanilla extract,  1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (If using frozen blueberries, do not thaw),  Maple syrup, optional,  Powdered sugar, optional
Cinnamon-Vanilla Butter
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened,  1/2 teaspoon cinnamon,  1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Yogurt Syrup
1/2 cup vanilla or plain yogurt (I used Dannon Light and Fit Vanilla),  2 tablespoons (or to taste) syrup
For cinnamon-vanilla butter: Combine softened unsalted butter, cinnamon and vanilla extract in a bowl. Mix until well combined. Set aside.
For pancakes: In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, combine the egg, milk, bananas and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Gently stir in blueberries.
Coat a large flat pan with cooking spray. Turn pan to low heat. Pour pancake batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto the pan. Turn when bubbles form on top; cook until second side is golden brown.
Serve with maple syrup, sifted powdered sugar, yogurt topping, and/or cinnamon-vanilla butter, if desired.

Now for another confession: I have been addicted to Pinterest for the past few months and I am guilty of contributing to the addiction of others! (hehe).

Pinterest is basically a website that allows you to take any image from the internet and place it onto “boards” that you create and categorize.  Then you can share your boards with others.  The best part is that when you click on an image, it takes you back to the page that it originally came from, providing all of the information that you could want on it.  So convenient!  This eliminates the need for bookmarks and files saved on your computer.  It is a great visual way to organize your ideas, share inspiration, express yourself, etc.  It can be used for practically anything.  So far, I've used Pinterest to keep track of recipes, decorating ideas, party plans, crafts, cute outfits for Ryan, and a "wish list" for myself.  I also downloaded the iphone app, which allows you to take pictures while you're out and immediately pin them to your boards.

The only catch is that Pinterest is not open to the public yet, so you have to be invited by somebody who already has it to join.  I will gladly send an invitation to anyone who would like to join and see what it is all about.  Any takers?

1 comment:

  1. Yay! I'm so honored that you made one of my recipes:). That one is DEFINITELY awesome, and I love the yogurt/syrup! Otherwise I definitely have a tendency to get a little carried away with my syrup;). I am going to have to make these again soon!

    I have heard a lot about pinterest, but haven't really checked it out yet. I guess it was more for "cool" stuff not necessarily stuff that was actually useful...but I like the idea of organizing your recipes and stuff (I always have problems with that). I would love an invite!


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