Banana Pecan Whole Wheat Pancakes

Shocking, I know, but I did not have any type of breakfast taco yesterday.  While going through Pennies & Pancakes site last week, I printed out her recipe for her favorite whole wheat pancakes.  I typically am not a huge fan of whole wheat pancakes, because they taste too dense to me.  But when I was cleaning out my pantry – oh my gosh!  I forgot to show you the before and after of my pantry!

Here’s the deal.  I have a daughter who is a neat freak – long time readers know this.  In fact, I recognized her love of cleaning at an early age.  When she was about 7 I had a woman meet Hannah at the school bus and bring her home and stay with her until I got home.  It was so nice not having to go pick her up at a day care center.  I would ask her to call me when she got home, and I’d say something like “well, all I have to do is mop the kitchen floor and clean the bathroom and then we’ll have fun time!”  Well, I knew full well that by the time I got home she would have mopped the kitchen floor and cleaned the bathroom!  The babysitter would tell me “I’ve never known a child who likes to clean so much!”

Well, Hannah has been gone for over a year and a half.  I am not sure I fully appreciated her cleaning skills as much as when she wasn’t here anymore.  I tend to never put anything back in the same place twice.  I figure I’ll remember where I put something, but that rarely happens.  It drives Tony nuts!  So I finally looked at my pantry and realized I needed to get my act in gear.

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Tony actually built this pantry for me because our storage space was limited.  Well, you’ll be happy to know that it now looks like this!

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I even have labels on things!!  And it’s been over a week and it still looks good.  So back to the pancakes, I found in the way back when I was cleaning it out a bag of whole wheat pastry flour I bought in bulk from Whole Foods.  Probably because it was .99 a pound and I’d figure out how to use it.  Um, it might have been bought back in early December!  So I ended up using 1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour and 1 cup of white flour, and I loved the texture of these pancakes.

Banana Pecan Whole Wheat Pancakes

makes 10 pancakes – each one:  183 calories, 5.9 fat, 28 carbs, 3.0 fiber and 4.6 protein


  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (she used regular milk)
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • I left out:  2 tablespoons of canola oil and the 2 tablespoons of vinegar – um, not sure what the vinegar would have added but it made me nervous so I left it out
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 3 ounces of chopped toasted pecans

Mix everything together (except the banana and pecans) in a large bowl, just whisking until combined and not too lumpy.  Let the batter sit 15 minutes to let the baking powder do its magic.  Once you pour the batter in the pan, top each pancake with some sliced banana and pecans and once you see the bubbles on the top of the pancake, flip.  I love having the bananas like this because on the flip they start to brown and caramelize.

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I had 2 ounces of deli roast beef on the side for more protein.  I loved these pancakes, but I have to tell you – without my protein packed breakfast, I was starting to get hungry around 11:30!

My Mom met me at my office at 12:30 and we headed out for lunch.  The Assembly is known for its amazing burgers.  But my Mom said the best burger she’s ever had is in Richmond, Virginia at a place called Burger Bach.  They use New Zealand beef in their burgers.  So the bar was set a little high.  Stephanie, have you been there before??

I ended up getting the bacon and mozzarella char burger with sweet potato fries.  I cut the burger in half, ate half, and then took another bite of the second half and couldn’t eat another bite.  The sweet potato fries sucked ass though. They were not very crispy, but in retrospect, that was probably a good thing – if they were stellar I would have eaten them all!

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My Mom got the bionic burger – with . . . .GRILLED ONIONS!  They were everywhere!

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She really liked the burger, but the burger at Burger Bach is still #1.  The we were off to Goodwill.  Tony always jokes that people pee in these clothes, die in them and then their families donate them to Goodwill.  He always tells me not to buy any more khaki pants (I haven’t in years!) but I still like to give him shit and sent him this photo:

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Mom and I goofed around in between looking for good finds:

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And then she found this.  Charlie and Jennifer, pretty sure she’ll hang this up in her bathroom so everyone can see it when they visit.  You’ll just have to get over the fact that I am Mom’s favorite.

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I found a dress that I bought.  It’s a size 10 and doesn’t fit me – but this is going to be my inspiration to get my ass to the gym (that apparently didn’t happen much this week!).  It’s an Ann Taylor dress, it was $6.99 cents.  One of the things on my bucket list for 2014?  Wear a dress out in public!

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The Dominick’s store by her is going to become a Mariano’s next year.  So we made a pit stop there so she could check it out.  Um, no trip would be complete without the $1 snack size of gelato!  I got the hazelnut and it was amazeballs.  Um, maybe I’ll have to leave the gelato off the menu on my next trip if I want to fit into that dress. Open-mouthed smile

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Before I knew it, it was time to head to the restaurant.  It was great seeing you Mom – have fun in Key West with Aunt Martha!

The weather, of course, was shitty again.  Blowing snow, cold, but we had a decent crowd.   The only bad thing was I was sat a table at 9:30 and they were the last to leave, so I didn’t get home until 12:30.  Not too bad I guess!  I made $165 dollars, and after tipping out, walked with $145.  Better than a poke in the eye.

I ended up having a slice of pizza and a cup of creamy tortilla soup for my “dinner.”   I put this picture on Facebook and Instagram – this is the Forknado Potato – a spiralized potato that’s flash fried and served with a choice of seasonings or sauces – this one is the Vesuvio sauce.

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The Website is up too!  Zeal for Food.  We are having our grand opening the weekend of February 21 – and I think the Chef said we are close to a sell out for reservations that weekend.  And tonight I think we have 200 covers on the books.  I much prefer being busy!

Stats for the Day:

  • 1631 calories, 61 fat, 163 carbs, 77 protein and 15 fiber
  • 43% from carbs, 36% from fat and 20% protein
  • no exercise

A couple things I am going to switch up in my schedule next week. 

  • Prepare the night before.  Last week I only downloaded my pics for the blog.  Next week, I will need to take the extra 20-30 minutes to write the blog for the next day and pack my food so I can get to the gym in the morning.
  • Get to the gym a minimum of 4 times next week – Monday through Thursday.   I have to get my hour of cardio/strength in before work, otherwise blood sugar issues, work, etc. gets in the way
  • Ditch the wine during the week.

So that’s the plan.  I doubt I lost any weight this week, but hopefully I maintained – WI on Monday. 

Alright, time to get my grocery list together and then Tony and I are going to get some Chinese food for lunch.  Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm! Open-mouthed smile

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  • Kim of Mo'Betta
    January 25, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Cute dress! You’ll be rockin’ it before long. And your posts always make me so hungry.

    • Biz319
      January 25, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks Kim! 😀

  • Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run.
    January 25, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Looks like a fun day with your Mom. That dress is really cute. The pantry looks great, too!

  • Jan
    January 25, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Really very impressive that you are working two jobs. Waitressing can be fun but it is alot of running around so don’t give yourself a hard time if you did not make it to the gym! You run around like an 18 year old! Your pantry looks great!

    • Biz319
      January 25, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks Jan, although the next day I don’t need to remind myself that I am 45! 😀

  • Helen
    January 25, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I love the whole wheat pastry flour for pancakes. It just doesn’t seem to be as dense as regular whole wheat. Banana Walnut or Pumpkin are my pancakes of choice. I made plain ones a couple weeks ago and was sort of disappointed by how plain they were lol.

    Wow, your pantry looks great. I have a couple of closets I need to tackle but sometimes it just feels easier to close the door!

    • Biz319
      January 25, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Well, that’s usually my technique too – just close the door and no one is the wiser!

  • Randi
    January 25, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    The vinegar would be to curdle the milk and make faux “buttermilk”.

    • Biz319
      January 25, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Ah, or course! Thanks Randi! Love your new puppy!

  • jenn@slim-shoppin
    January 25, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I can’t believe you found that card with your name on it! WTH? My pantry is nice and neat too

    • Biz319
      January 25, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Um, the name may have been photo-shopped in there Jenn! 😀

      • Kym
        January 26, 2014 at 7:47 am

        Tee hee….Photoshop. You had me fooled too.

        • Biz
          January 26, 2014 at 1:19 pm

          Gotcha Kym! 😀

  • A Life From Scratch
    January 25, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Your pantry looks great and so do you in the dress!!! 🙂

    • Biz
      January 26, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Thanks Courtney! 😀 Sorry you had to come home from Florida to this weather!

  • Jody
    January 25, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    better than a poke in the eye….. LOL Great post. I love hearing about the restaurant.

    • Biz
      January 26, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Ha – thanks Jody! 😀

  • Kim
    January 25, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I love that dress! Today at the bridal fair I complimented a lady on some banging shoes and she told me – Goodwill in Kansas City – nice!!!
    Not gonna lie, that before picture of your pantry sort of freaked me out – I have serious issues with disarray. The after picture made me HAPPY!!!
    And, I wish I was joining your Mom in Key West!!!

    • Biz
      January 26, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Kim, I don’t think I’ve shopped in a retail store for 20 years! I get good buys because I go a lot. My best purchase was a three piece Ann Taylor suit (when I worked in Chicago I had to dress up). It was a lined jacket, pants and a skirt for $9!

  • Meg
    January 25, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Your mom’s burger looked delish!!! 🙂 I feel about green peppers as you do to onions so I get it! Loveee the dress. You’re very very close! 🙂

    • Biz
      January 26, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks Meg, but I couldn’t zip it up – it will motivate me for sure!

  • Lori
    January 25, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Organized pantries make all the difference. Otherwise you end up with food older than god in there LOL!

    • Biz
      January 26, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Or when I find potatoes in the bottom that have so many eyes they need glasses!

  • Erin
    January 26, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Delicious looking pancakes and that dress is adorbs! I would have totally gone for your Mom’s burger, too. Mmmm onions! 😉

    • Biz
      January 26, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Yep, the burger with the onions seems to be everyone’s favorite!

  • Kym
    January 26, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Whew…that was close. When I saw the before photo of the pantry with the stainless steel bowl balancing next to the Sunmaid raisins teetering on the edge I almost ran and booked a flight to Cary. Thank goodness you posted that after shot or I would be on your doorstep now to rescue the pantry:) My daughter is an organizing “junkie” too. Her clothes all hang by colors in rainbow order of course. Movies, video games, Cd’s all in alphabetical order. We are a mess 🙂 I loved the post on Instagram with Hannah and her new cleaning product.

    • Biz
      January 26, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Crises averted Kym, but you are welcome to Cary anytime! 😀 Yep, Hannah organizes her closet like that too – even arranging the hangers front to back – if a piece of clothing is hung facing forward, that means she hasn’t worn it in six months so it goes to good will!

      • Kym
        January 26, 2014 at 8:05 pm

        Way to go Hannah! I do that but the item never makes it to Goodwill. I think well maybe I will wear it 😉

  • Fran
    January 27, 2014 at 2:34 am

    I would go crazy if my pantry was your before pantry 🙂 I like it neat and clean too.

    Love the dress Biz! I sometimes buy something a bit smaller too for motivation.

    And we have almost the same plan for this week: mine is exercise 5 times and do 1 long walk with Bella and the no wine during the week starts today too. I can have a glass on Friday night and not before (even not on Thursday when my weekend starts as Friday is my day off).

    Have a great week!

  • Laura
    January 27, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Great job to your daughter on the pantry and to you keeping it so nice! Yum, those pancakes look awesome. I grew up on plain Jane pancakes, so they aren’t a favorite of mine, but if I’d had them with banana & pecan – I’m sure I’d be jonesing for them much more frequently. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed your burger. I’ll have to check out the restaurant – everything you talk about there sounds and looks so tempting!!

    Nice dress! Good for inspiration, I’m sure you’ll be zipping it up in no time. Re getting ready the night before – I have to work on that, it would make my mornings so much easier! Last night I made a sandwich for today and it was so nice to just take it out of the fridge this morning! Let’s do this!!

  • Pam
    January 28, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I’m sure you’d just love to come organized my pantry for me, right? LOL Love that dress. You’ll be in it in no time!

  • Joy
    January 29, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Love that dress you’ll have to have a special date night to wear it out