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Pumpkin Spice Banana Pancakes + Chaga Maple Syrup

Banana pancakes with chaga maple syrup

Remember that cute ditty “Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson? That was the jam back in the day. I always presumed the banana pancakes he was referring to were just plain ol’ pancakes with sliced bananas on top. Or perhaps some chunks of bananas thrown into the batter. Well, a couple of years ago after being prompted by the Jack Johnson tune, my co-worker told me how she makes banana pancakes. One banana, two eggs. That’s it. So simple, easy and delicious. And an additional bonus: grain-free (if you care about that sort of thing). I’ve been making these pancakes for my family ever since, with a couple of additional ingredients, my current favorite being pumpkin pie spice!

Banana Pancakes Recipe

Makes about 10 pancakes.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mash banana and eggs together in a mixing bowl.
  2. When thoroughly mashed, whisk in pumpkin pie spice and salt.
  3. Transfer batter to anything that has a pourable spout.
  4. Pour batter onto your favorite buttered pancake pan to create approximately a 4-inch diameter pancakes.
  5. Cook on one side until golden brown. On my stove that’s about 3 minutes.
  6. Flip and brown the other side.

Pouring syrup over banana pancakes.

For funsies, I felt inspired to make a chaga infused maple syrup. Chaga is not your typical tasting mushroom. It contains vanillin, which is also found in the vanilla bean. So chaga has a rather pleasant flavor. Chaga also has a host of health benefits. It contains antioxidant activity of polysaccharides (beta-glucans) that help maintain cell integrity and fight free radicals. It is used in traditional Russian Folk Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine to support gastrointestinal health, and as a tonic to support overall health. And it supports the body’s immune defenses to help us stay healthy.* That all sounds pretty good to me!

Since making this syrup is fairly time consuming, I like to prepare it ahead of time to have on hand in the case of weekday pancakes. This is the perfect recipe to make while you’re doing other chores around the house. It doesn’t require a whole lot of attention, just time. Oh, and a special shoutout to my good herbalist pal Heather Irvine for helping me refine this chaga syrup recipe. 

Chaga maple syrup
Chaga Infused Maple Syrup

Makes about 1 pint of syrup.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Toss in chaga mushroom.
  3. Bring temperature down to a simmer.
  4. Simmer mushroom for a few hours.
  5. When it looks like you have about 8 ounces of liquid remaining, strain the chaga mushroom from the water.
  6. Keep the liquid, this is your chaga “decoction”.
  7. Add the 8 ounces of chaga decoction and 16 ounces of maple syrup to a pot.
  8. Simmer this liquid and reduce until you have about 16 ounces of total liquid. This will take about 30-60 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool. Decant into a jar.
  10. Store in the refrigerator. Its shelf life is about 1 year.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.


Topics: Culinary, Recipes

Mason

Written by Mason on November 14, 2020

Mason Hutchison is the founder of HerbRally, a podcast and website that promotes herbalism education and events. He has completed herbalism apprenticeships at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and the Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies. Mason is the Events & Outreach Strategist for Mountain Rose Herbs. His day-to-day work involves organizing community events such as the Free Herbalism Project, as well as attending herbal conferences throughout the country. He is the co-organizer of one of the longest running herbal events in the US, the Breitenbush Herbal Conference. He is also on the board of directors for the Eugene Tea Festival. He has previously volunteered for the Occupy Medical herb team and the Native Plant Society of Oregon – Emerald Chapter. Mason is a proud father, avid basketball and ping pong player, spring water gatherer, and an enthusiast in the art of frugal nutrition.


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