“Call me when you … want some pancakes”
Ali invites Rue to stop using and call him for pancakes instead, on the HBO show EUPHORIA.
The full quote is “Call me when you’re ready to quit killing yourself and want some pancakes.”
*I should mention that the show, “Euphoria,” is wonderful, but it’s dark and heavy with lots of drug and alcohol use so could be triggering.*
My friend and I watched it together, remotely, because that’s a thing now, or we’ve made it a thing and are the only ones who do it. Anyhow, needing pancakes has become kind of an inside joke we use when we or someone we know needs support. In recovery, we’re stronger together and everyone needs some pancakes literally or figuratively!
So, do you want some pancakes? Here they are: nice, warm, friendly, non judgemental pancakes that are also good for you!
This recipe was actually inspired by my brother after he had open heart surgery, a week after back surgery…in the middle of a pandemic. I quickly developed a bunch of recipes that suited his picky eating, and dietary restrictions, but still provided lots of nutrition. These banana oat pancakes are one of the dishes I continue to make for him, and I wanted to share them with you. I leave out the salt entirely for my brother, but I’ve included a small amount of salt in this recipe so you can choose whether to include it or not.
These pancakes are so simple to make: everything goes right into the blender and the prepared pancakes freeze beautifully
-I’ve included kefir in this recipe. You don’t have to rush out to find goat kefir, or cow kefir for that matter, (sub 1/2 milk and 1/2 plain yogurt) but I would consider making it a fridge staple. I use it in smoothies and as a substitute for yogurt or sour cream in savory dishes. Kefir, which I liken to pourable yogurt, is a rich and diverse probiotic food. It’s actually a more potent source of probiotics than yogurt. Made from goat milk, goat kefir is higher in protein and more easily digestible than standard cow dairy products.
-Oats are a good source of carbs and fiber and rich in antioxidants. Due to its high fiber content, oats can help balance blood sugar which is important in early sobriety as sugar cravings hit.
-Naturally sweet, bananas are another great source of fiber which slows digestion and the absorption of glucose. The type of fiber in bananas is a source of prebiotics which feeds the probiotics found both in your gut and in kefir.
These three nutritional powerhouses make for a sweet, tasty treat for breakfast, dinner, or a snack. I like to eat them plain with my hands strait off the griddle, or even cold from the fridge. But if you’re not a greedy, impatient, eat with your hands kind of person, top them with a drizzle of maple syrup, sliced bananas and a sprinkling of chopped walnuts.
- 2 large bananas
- ½ cup kefir, goat if you can find it, or ½ cup almond or buttermilk
- 3 eggs
- 1 Tbl honey
- 1½ cups rolled oats (not instant or steel cut)
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- Place all ingredients in blender, in order listed
- Blend until smooth, 2 - 3 minutes
- Preheat griddle or pan on medium-low
- Spray pan with cooking spray, or brush with melted butter
- Pour ⅓ cup of batter for each pancake into pan
- Cook on first side for approximately 2 minutes until bubbles form on top, and edges are slightly dry
- Flip and cook an additional 1-2 minutes until golden brown and cooked through