Banana Blinis A La Tina

What a breakfast!!! I found this recipe in Self magazine (March 2009) the other day. (Supposedly, it’s Anna Kournikova’s recipe.) The original recipe made 18 blinis, which was WAY too many for me, so I halved the recipe and made some minor changes to it. 

So, what are these blinis? Honestly, I had no idea, but they looked delicious to me! From Wikipedia:

A blintz, blintze or blin (plural is ‘Blinis’ Russian) is a thin pancake. It is somewhat similar to a crêpe with main difference being the fact that yeast is always used in blini, but not used in crêpes.

I topped my blinis with banana slices and maple syrup. They were SO GOOD! The blinis were soft and sort of chewy like a crepe, but thicker like a pancake. Holy yum! 

Banana Blinis A La Tina 

Makes 8-9


1 egg
1 cup milk
1 tsp sugar
Dash of salt
1/2 tsp white vinegar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tbsp butter (for pan) 
1 banana
Maple syrup  


  • Mix egg, milk, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add vinegar, flour, and baking soda. Mix well. 
  • Melt butter (I used Olivio) in medium skillet over low to medium heat.
  • Pour a thin layer of batter into the skillet.
  • Fry until golden. 
  • Flip and repeat. 
  • Top with sliced banana and maple syrup.

Banana blinis with half of a glass of iced coffee– I drank the other half while cooking blinis! 😉

The lighting in my apartment stinks! It’s not doing this amazing breakfast justice! I swear they were very scrumptious! :mrgreen:

Spring it!


  1. Those look delicious! I have lighting issues in my apt. too. I am always amazed at the beautiful pics that other bloggers have, but I can’t seem to figure out how to do it! Even with the lighting, the blinis still look amazing!

  2. my grandmother makes ROCKIN blinis. i’ll try to make her make some over next week when I’m home to demonstrate the authentic Russian way 😉

    those look great!

  3. Holy crap those look to die for!! I have all of the ingrd on hand and I’m going to make them tomorrow. Thanks for the idea. 🙂

  4. looks so good! banana pancakes and maple are my fav, especially banana buckwheat pancakes with a little whipped cream and maple syrupt = amazing!

  5. I’m not sure if it’s Anna’s recipe but growing up in a Russian household, these are pretty darn accurate. We never had them with bananas- but they were smothered in sour cream and sprinkled with sugar!

  6. Hey Tina, can you freeze the extra you think? Or do you know how to modify the recipe to serve one?

  7. FYI–I don’t want to sound like a know it all or anything but “blini” is actually the plural form in Russian! One is a “blin.” But in English we usually say “blini” and “blinis.” I’m a Slavic major so this is interesting to me. Blinis or blini, this looks like a fabulous breakfast I’m going to try soon!

  8. What you don’t think she cooks those or eats those? 😀 They look delicious!!!!

    Are you getting a garmin!?!?!?!!! I think I saw it on your “to do” list. I am v. jealous!

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