Banana Pecan pancakes

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Dorie Greenspan’s pancake and waffle cookbooks are my go to on Sunday morning – and she never lets us down! These are far from low-fat, but they are so satisfying, I can have just one or two. I always double the recipe and freeze extra for weekday breakfast.

3 c four
1/4 c brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
3 c buttermilk
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
6 TBSP butter, melted
4 TBSP pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1 c puréed banana
2 c chopped pecans

Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add wet, stir till well combined.

Cook on a griddle over medium high heat for about 2 minutes per side.

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