"Pancakes are my Sunday-morning staple,” says Krista Winston, FIRST food director. “My favorite variation? Chocolate Banana. I prepare enough batter for 12 pancakes, then mix in 3 Tbs. of unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 mashed banana. After they’ve cooked up light and fluffy, I top them with sliced bananas and drizzle with syrup—it’s heaven!”
Bonus: Sneaking bananas into your morning stack of pancakes offers a bevy of health benefits. Unique sugar molecules in this fruit feed healthy bacteria in the gut, leading to freedom from belly bloat and other GI woes. What’s more, bananas boost happiness and focus for 4 hours, according to British researchers. The reason? The fruit is rich in compounds that amp up serotonin output.
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