The recipe for those 2-ingredient banana and egg pancakes you’re seeing everywhere, but with a few cinnamon and vanilla additions to spice things up a bit.This post is in partnership with Fair Trade USA, the kind where I tell you about things I believe in, and they provide some amazing products for you to try. Scroll down for a giveaway with plenty of chocolate and other food for your face.
I’m standing at the kitchen window with its white paint flaking from the wooden sash, the corroded wire track that makes it nearly impossible to open and close. A spring green lawn splotchy with soft purple creeping charlie blooms stretches towards the back fence. The hops have just started their ascent to the top of the two-story shed. The garden boxes that circle the yard hold small bottle-green seedlings and rows of freshly tilled dirt.
In the center of the scene, positioned at the foot of the hill, is a rectangle of deep pink. A striped beach towel is laid out to protect against the scratchy weeds, and two shorts-clad girls lie prone, heads together, cheeks rubbing against the terrycloth of the towel, hair draped behind them contrasting against the magenta hue of the towel.
Six years separate them, and there are some days it shows. They bicker and fight over whose mess litters the floor of their shared bedroom. They scowl and complain about the other’s noise, smells, existence. Other days the years melt away as they talk on towels in the sunshine. I’ll find them tucked into the same bunk, toes sticking out from under the blanket together. Sometimes I’ll wake to hear them making breakfast together in the quiet of the morning hours.
These are the days where I stuff all my hopes and dreams for what I want to provide them with out the window, and I think about what’s important, my hopes and dreams for the women they will become. I try to teach them to be kind, to care about each other and the world they live in, to be considerate and courteous, to love broadly, to see the larger picture that exists beyond the frame of our lives.
These pancakes require only two ingredients that don’t even need to be measured. They begin with nothing more than a banana and two eggs. I know the girls are making them because I’ll hear the whirring of the blender and the click, click, click of our gas burner lighting from the other side of the house.
When you eat these as the simple, two-ingredient pancakes they’re good, but the real flavor is in whatever you put on top, be it chocolate nut butter spread, peanut butter, or homemade maple syrup. To make them a bit more interesting, a few flavor enhancers go a long way. A large spoonful of peanut butter to the mix turns these into peanut butter banana pancakes, but a splash of vanilla and a sprinkling of cinnamon do these up nicely, too (plus a pinch of salt for good measure).
2-Ingredient Banana Pancakes: Cinnamon Variation
- 1 banana
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- a pinch of salt
- coconut oil or other cooking oil for griddle
- In a blender, combine all the ingredients and pulse until smooth.
- Heat a cast iron or other nonstick pan over medium heat. Lightly grease with coconut oil or other cooking oil. Pour about 2 tablespoons for each pancake onto the hot pan.
- Cook for 30-60 seconds, until tops are bubbly. Carefully flip and cook for 15-20 seconds on the opposite side. Repeat with all the remaining batter.
- Serve warm topped with nut butters, syrup, or a dusting of powdered sugar.
The ingredients seem so simple. Still, there’s a huge difference for the families and people working to provide the products for these pancakes from the fair trade bananas to the fair trade cinnamon used to flavor them. This awareness of how our everyday lives impact others begins at home: driving to the market to pick out fresh produce and meat from farmers, explaining the difference between bunches of bananas at the store, showing them how and why we buy one coffee bean and not the other.
Basingwa Maria started farming in 1974. She poured her heart into coffee after she lost her husband to the war in Rwanda knowing she needed to provide for her family. In 2000 she joined the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative (Musasa), which cultivated coffee near a mountain gorilla habitat in central Rwanda, employing a majority female workforce.
Being a part of the cooperative has meant she has been able to bring running water to her home, investing in solar panels, diversifying her family’s nutrition options, and sending two of her children to university. “After the war I never believed we could get this kind of life. Having this beautiful house, sitting with my children having discussions of how to improve our lives.” Basingwa Maria has twice won the cup of excellence award from her cooperative, and she credits her high quality coffee investing in cows for organic fertilizer and following the cooperative’s agronomist’s advice.
From my bed the smell of pancakes drifts through the house, and I hear the water turn on, the burner light, and the cupboard open. My daughter is reaching for products we’ve picked together while standing in the aisles of our local grocer, our local coffee shops, learning why we look for the labels we do as I try to teach them to see beyond the borders of our picture frame.
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