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Weekend Rules | Banana Bread Oatmeal Pancakes

February 25, 2012

1.Kick off the weekend with a kitchen dance party. Preferably while you’ve got batch of brownies baking to perfection in the oven and a couple of bottles of wine open. You know, for when the thirst from dancing strikes. While brownies make a fine dinner on their own, I recommend nourishing the other kitchen dancers with good cheese, crackers, olives, antipasto, and figs. Easy snacks to pop while dropping your slick moves. You’re sexy and you know it.

2.Make donuts. Don’t be afraid to fry things! It’s easy and painless (as long as you’re careful!), and kind of fun! And hello, you get to eat donuts at the end of it all! Why am I even explaining this rule?

3.Be active! Get outside, run, walk, bike, play. Breathe in some fresh air. Make a snowman or a sandcastle, depending on where you live. Do yoga. It’s good for you! Plus, it’ll help burn off the calories from all of those donuts and brownies.

4.Laugh with your friends. Laughter reduces stress hormones and lowers blood pressure, among other things. Hello ab workout! We are eating donuts, after all. See, it’s all about balance!

5.Relax. You’ve had a long week! Take some time to rest and get re-energized for the week ahead. Sleep in, if you can and if that’s your thing. Take a few extra minutes to enjoy your coffee in the morning. Take a nap! You’ll need the energy for the next kitchen dance party.

6.Call up an old friend to say hello. Call. No text. No email. Just a straight up voice-to-voice conversation. There is too much impersonal conversation in this world! Save the texts for the boys who ask for your number and take so long to call you that you barely remember what they look like. They don’t deserve a phone call back. You can text them. To say buh-bye.

7.Make these pancakes. Even if it’s the only rule you follow this weekend, please make these pancakes. These delicious, flavorful pancakes will rock your world. Especially when topped with a scoop of peanut butter and maple syrup. Don’t take my word for it, make these! Happy weekending friends!

Banana Bread Oatmeal Pancakes (adapted from

This recipe serves 6 (2 pancakes each). I successfully halved the recipe, but I recommend making the full recipe and eating the leftovers for breakfasts throughout the week…these hearty and mouth-watering pancakes will give you a taste of the weekend during the week!

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup oats

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

Pinch of salt

1 1/2 cups milk

2 eggs, beaten

2 ripe bananas, mashed

3 TBSP. butter, melted

2 tsp. vanilla

Vegetable oil, for cooking

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, bananas, butter and vanilla; combine the two mixtures and stir until smooth. Let stand for 10 minutes. Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle to medium heat; brush lightly with some of the oil. Pour in about 1/3 cup of batter for each pancake; cook for about 3 minutes or until the underside is golden and bubbles break on top but do not fill in. Turn and cook until the underside is golden brown, about 1 minute. Repeat with the remaining batter, brushing the skillet with more oil as necessary. Enjoy immediately. Leftovers will last for a couple of days in the fridge, wrapped well. They reheat beautifully, either in the microwave or the toaster.
35 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2012 12:24 pm

    Thank you for the recipe. You have my mouth watering already. Planning to make these this week for breakfast one day. Just have to pick up bananas. Think I’ll skip the peanut butter, but they sound great!

  2. February 25, 2012 12:48 pm

    The melted peanut butter stopped me in my tracks. GREAT idea!

  3. February 25, 2012 6:16 pm

    These look delicious!

  4. February 27, 2012 9:40 am

    Girllll, I really think I need to come to your place for the weekend!! Love your blog and your eats!!

    I could dance, eat donuts and eat pancakes all day!!


    • February 27, 2012 2:11 pm

      Girlllll, get your butt over here and let’s have another kitchen dance party! (with donuts and pancakes!) 😉

  5. February 27, 2012 11:24 am

    I totally love this post! Can we be ‘real life’ friends too please!?!

    I promise I’ll make these pancakes next weekend if we can (although I sort of definitely want to make them anyways….) xx

    • February 27, 2012 2:15 pm

      Umm, yes! At least we will soon be living on the same continent! 🙂 Take care girl! xoxo

  6. Judy permalink
    February 28, 2012 9:28 pm

    Yummy!!! Not usually a pancake fan,but my daughter was studying for finals this weekend and she loves pancakes so I thought I would start her Sunday off with some brain food and I am now converted!!! These were the most delicious pancakes. I am so glad I made a double batch.

    • February 28, 2012 9:35 pm

      Well Judy, I am just tickled that you gave them a try, and that you and your daughter loved them to boot. Good luck to your girl in her finals! 🙂

  7. February 29, 2012 9:35 am

    I like how thick and dense these pancake look!

  8. February 29, 2012 3:18 pm

    SOOOOOO delicious.

    Minted Magazine

  9. February 29, 2012 3:54 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pancake that looked better than this. You are killing me because I’m off wheat for a bit, but I will be putting this on the list. And, seriously? Peanut butter maple syrup? So delicious!

  10. March 1, 2012 8:45 am

    These look insanely good. I love banana bread, I love PB, I love pancakes. Such a delicious weekend treat!

  11. March 1, 2012 3:48 pm

    Love your weekend tips! When I first saw the pancakes I thought it was topped with ice cream, which reminded me of an episode on Man vs. Food. omg, it’s heavenly peanut butter, my husband’s favorite pancake topping! Guess what I’m making Saturday for his birthday breakfast??! Thanks! Great post.

    • March 1, 2012 5:14 pm

      Yay for delicious birthday breakfasts! Happy day of birth to your hubby! I hope you guys enjoy these!

  12. Judy permalink
    March 6, 2012 6:31 pm

    Well Amanda..they were a hit again, this time at the hospital as I made them with a teen patient and she shared them with the nursing staff…they all wanted your blog name so you may have some new followers!

    • March 6, 2012 8:03 pm

      That is wonderful Judy! I’m so glad to hear that they were enjoyed again! And thanks for spreading the word! 🙂

  13. Marie-Rose permalink
    March 7, 2012 6:14 am

    Je me présente, Marie-Rose, je travaille chez 750 grammes et m’occupe principalement de la communauté des blogueurs avec Chef Damien, j’ai eu l’occasion à plusieurs reprises de ‘croiser’ ton blog et j’aimerais beaucoup faire ton portrait.

  14. March 9, 2012 10:30 am

    What a stonkingly fabulous recipe. And some great principles for the weekend. Taking them all on board. Thank you!

  15. March 12, 2012 3:28 pm

    These pancakes look incredible! And, I love your weekend rules! 🙂

  16. March 12, 2012 6:21 pm

    My little one loves his pancakes, and these sound right up his alley! Yum. 🙂

  17. March 12, 2012 9:01 pm

    This looks incredible!! Check out my Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe!!! 🙂

  18. March 15, 2012 8:15 pm

    I haven’t even thought about oatmeal pancakes, they look heavenly!

  19. March 16, 2012 10:11 am

    I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award : )

  20. March 20, 2012 11:09 am

    this recipe has so many good things packed into one pancake! definitely adding this to my weekend list!

  21. April 1, 2012 12:53 pm

    These look insanely delicious. Seriously seriously seriously delicious. I love pancakes… probably my favorite breakfast food, aside from sugary, sweet, clumpy granola bites!

    • April 1, 2012 10:16 pm

      Sounds like you’re a bit of a pancake connoisseur…you’ll have to let me know how these rate! 🙂

  22. Sara permalink
    April 21, 2012 10:41 pm

    Awesome Recipe.

    I made it the other day for my family and they loved it.
    I also really like this simple banana bread recipe.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  23. May 31, 2013 8:46 am

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