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Banana Pancakes with Berries and Coconut Bacon

Pancakes with Coconut Bacon-004Banana Pancakes with Berries and Coconut Bacon | A Couple Cooks

Life will take on a new normal soon, though we’re not sure when. The interesting thing about adopting (thanks for all your kind congratulations, by the way!) is that we have no idea when it will happen, versus a typical pregnancy with 9 months to prepare. Even if we’re matched with a baby, there’s no telling until it happens whether it will officially become our little one. So we’re holding this one lightly, with open hands.

I think about all the things in your life that you might be holding this way, maybe a new job, a big test, buying a home, a health issue, a crucial business decision, a pregnancy, a relationship. It’s a little terrifying knowing these things are not fully within our control, amirite? Many days I wish for a comfortable world where there is no risk, where things are stable and success is guaranteed. Many days I forget to appreciate the nervous butterflies of everyone else in this world, struggling to stay faithful in the same uncertainty.

In uncertain times, we cling to our faith for direction; but in a more tangible sense, a comforting meal tradition can help to soothe the soul. Here’s a recipe that works for both breakfast and brinner (our favorite!), complete with bacon made from coconut. We’re not usually ones for meat substitutes, but this bacon is truly worth the effort–which is truly minimal. The coconut is infused with a spicy, smoky flavor that both crisps in the oven and maintains intermittent chewy parts, reminiscent of the crispy + fatty texture of bacon. A dear friend had the idea of combining these salty bacon bits with lightly sweet banana pancakes, berries and maple syrup (you use any berries that are in season). It’s a sweet and savory masterpiece that is truly satisfying. Although, you may remember from this salted chocolate ice cream recipe that my love of sweet and savory far exceeds Alex’s.

How about you — are you in a season of uncertainty? What’s your favorite sweet and savory combo? And, would you try coconut bacon, or is it too far outside the box?

**PS Check out our new site design! Completely designed by Alex (I’m so proud!).

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Banana Pancakes with Berries and Coconut Bacon
Serves: 8 large pancakes
What You Need
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, plus additional for serving
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ripe banana
  • Butter
  • Coconut bacon, for serving
  • Seasonal (or frozen) berries, for serving
What To Do
  1. Make the coconut bacon.
  2. Combine 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 pinch kosher salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk 1 egg, then pour in ¾ cup almond milk, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. In a small bowl, mash 1 banana.
  4. Stir the wet ingredients and banana into the dry ingredients.
  5. Lightly butter a skillet and wipe off extra grease with a paper towel. Heat the skillet to medium heat. Pour the batter into small circles and fry the pancakes until the bubbles pop on the top. Then flip them and cook until done.
  6. Serve topped with coconut bacon, berries, and maple syrup.


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  • Reply
    September 14, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Could it possibly be more perfect than this! I think not! Wishing I could face plant into that gorgeous stack of yum right now! So pinned!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    September 14, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Gah! So cool! I seriously need to make that coconut bacon, but since you first posted the recipe I’ve ordered some liquid smoke!! It seems like a game changer.

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    Sarah | Well and Full
    September 14, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Two thumbs up for brinner!! ;) I love the way you paired the coconut bacon with the pancakes! A meal like this can be so comforting during a time of uncertainty. I always hate not knowing what’s coming next, so I can’t imagine what you’re going through! Sending you my best wishes and lots of love. <3 Also, the new website design looks fantastic!

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    Kelsey M
    September 14, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    I certainly turn to comfort in the kitchen when I’m feeling out of control with things in my life. Cooking is a way of relaxing but also taking control of something.

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    September 14, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I love the redesign – so sleek! And breakfast for dinner might be the best thing ever, this would be perfect for it :)

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    September 14, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Best of luck on the potential adoption! What a stressful and blessed place to be right now. But going back to the food, this looks delicious. I am not a huge coconut fan, but I have tried coconut bacon before, and it pushed my feelings about coconut from “hell no!” to “maybe sometimes”.

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    September 15, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Nicely done on the site design, Alex! And as for the waiting time for adoption, we looked at it as our expecting period, which is exactly what is is. There are changes, emotions, ups and downs… and maybe a few papercuts from all that paperwork :). But is is a beautiful journey and I truly hope you embrace your expectancy. All the crazy nesting, planning, preparing… it is so much fun. Who knows, your little one may already be. Blessings to you both!

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