Banana pancakes with macadamia nut sauce

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If the buttermilk pancakes I made last week were too tame for you, try these tropical banana pancakes with macadamia nut sauce instead.

Banana pancakes, made by adding two mashed bananas to pancake batter, are a fun twist to plain pancakes. Topped with a creamy toasted macadamia nut sauce and sprinkled with ground macadamia nuts, these are definitely a good reason to get out of bed in the morning.

Similar pancakes are served up at Boots and Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen in Kailua, HI, and are quite a hit. Since Hawaii might be a tad far to travel for breakfast, here's the recipe.

You can make the sauce ahead of time, and just warm it in the microwave before serving.

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Banana Pancakes

Makes enough to serve 4 people

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon white sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg, beaten

1 cup milk

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Combine flour, white sugar, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together egg, milk, vegetable oil and bananas.

2. Stir flour mixture into banana mixture; batter will be slightly lumpy.

3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Cook until pancakes are golden brown on both sides; serve hot.

Macadamia Nut Sauce

1 cup macadamia nuts

1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoon flour

1 cup whole milk

1 cup cream

3 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3/4 teaspoon lemon juice

Grind macadamia nuts in a food processor until fine. Place nuts into a medium saucepan and fry over medium high heat for 5 min or until fragrant. Remove from pan, and set aside.

Lower heat to medium and add the butter, stirring until melted. Stir in flour and cook 1 min. Slowly pour in milk and cream, constantly whisking the whole time. Add sugar, salt, vanilla to the pan. Cook 5 min or until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in lemon juice and half of the ground macadamias.

Pour sauce into a serving dish. Serve warm and sprinkle remaining ground macadamia nuts on top of each serving.

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