Secrets to a Perfect Two-Ingredient Pancake

Greetings from beautiful Oregon! Mal and I are here visiting family for the week. I am so looking forward to some rest and relaxation!

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Yesterday morning, we woke up bright and early to catch our flight out of Logan. All packed up and ready to not check luggage!

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Mal and I said goodbye to Murphy on Saturday, which was so sad (for me). I’m a big baby and almost cried, but I managed to keep it together (so I didn’t look like a total tool). Even though I’ll miss the pug, I know he’s in good hands with our dog sitter. Plus, she has three dogs of her own, so Murphy always has a blast when he’s there. When he finally comes home, he sleeps for days because he’s exhausted from having so much fun.

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(This is not a cute picture of either of us! Ha!)

Breakfast

Yesterday’s breakfast was my usual two-ingredient pancake (1 banana + 1 egg) topped with sunflower butter.

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A bunch of you guys have told me that when you try to make this pancake, it falls apart or turns into a big pile of mush, so here are the secrets to a perfect two-ingredient pancake:

  • Make sure  you use a small banana + a large egg. If the banana is too big or the egg is too small, the pancake won’t stay together. If you have an especially big banana, try using two eggs instead of one.
  • Use medium-low heat. I can’t stress this one enough because if you cook the pancake too fast on high heat, it will burn, stick to the pan, and fall apart, which, of course, is no good. Be sure to use medium-low heat to cook your pancake.
  • Cook the pancake very slowly. Once I pour my pancake batter into the fry pan, which I first coat with cooking spray, I occupy myself with something else for awhile, like emptying the dishwasher or reading blogs on my phone, so I don’t wait impatiently by it and flip it too soon. The pancake needs to cook very slowly, so it doesn’t fall apart.
  • Be patient. Before I flip the pancake, I wait for the middle to start bubbling (all over) and the edges easily pull away from the pan with a spatula. Once it’s good to go, I flip it and let it cook on the other side for just a couple of minutes. Once you get the first flip, you’re home free!

Lunch & Snacks

Like my trip to New York City last week, I packed a bag of goodies to take with me to eat during my travels to Oregon. Here’s what I brought this time: 

A banana (obviously).

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Cherries.

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A chicken breast chopped into pieces and wrapped in tinfoil (to keep it cold) inside a plastic baggie.

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Baby carrots.

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And sweet potato wedges with sunflower butter.

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I added the Sweet Potato Wedges to the sunflower butter when they were still warm from the oven, so they made the sunflower butter all melt-y and delicious. I ate them with a fork on the plane.

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On our first flight to Denver, I watched 21 Jump Street, which was surprisingly hilarious. I laughed out loud more than once and almost started crying during the gaging scene in the bathroom! Haha! I know, my maturity level is that of a 13 year old boy. It’s ok.

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Mal and I had an hour layover in Denver, so Mal grabbed lunch and a beer. I went with a Passion iced tea from Starbucks.

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Hi, Mal! Happy vacation!

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Our second flight to Redmond was a tiny puddle jumper plane with a bunch of turbulence. I was little freaked out, but more motion sick than anything.

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We arrived safe and sound in Redmond and then drove out to Black Butte Ranch where we are spending the week.

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Question of the Day

On a scale of 1-10 (10 being super duper scared), how scared are you of flying?

P.S. The Whole9 Nutrition Seminar was awesome. I started my post about it on the plane yesterday, but I might not finish it until late this week or early next week since I’m on vacation, but it’s definitely coming! Lots of good stuff to tell ya!

197 Comments

  1. Those pancakes are intriguing. I’ll have to try them soon!

    I’m probably scared about 2 / 10 — aka not too much. I’ve been flying a decent amount this past year so I’ve gotten pretty used to it. I think I’m in denial that anything would actually happen to me via plane, which I’m okay with.

  2. Okay I just attempted the pancake and I’m a terrible cook, so here goes: I had one normal-sized banana and two tiny eggs. I tried as hard as I could to mash the banana but it was still kind of chunky – do you put it in the food processor? Then the batter was so liquidy it spread out over the ENTIRE frying pan til it was way too thin to flip. I let it cook and then sort of halved it like an omelet and waited for it to cook. It was actually delicious (yay) but damn it, I wanted a pancake! Haha. Help – how do you mash it? Do you use a tiny pan so it limits how far it can spread? How can I mess up a 2-ingredient pancake so badly?

  3. Flying does not scare me at all. The take off is my favorite part! I am more scared of driving. There are crazy drivers out there!

  4. I have to ride those tiny planes all the time, since I don’t live near a major airport. Sometimes, the turbulence makes me so sick to my stomach, I can’t wait to get off. It’s always a treat when I get to ride in a plane with a TV above the seats. Have fun in Oregon!

  5. I’m a reader of yours from oregon and LOVE Black Butte! I’m so jealous you’re there, you have to get some ice cream at the Sno Cap in Sisters! It’s Delish!

  6. I’m not really scared of flying at all. It can be a little annoying & sometimes landings are a bit rough, but I think it’s kinda fun 🙂

  7. Oh my….I used to stay at Black Butte Ranch when I was a teenager, my whole family. It is an awesome place. Hope you have a great time:)

  8. I haven’t flown in years. I never liked to fly and after 9/11 and all the madness now that goes on with crazy people getting drunk and unruly, reading about how they farm out all the labor etc I just can’t do it. I will fly if I absolutely have to i.e. something happens to my mom…otherwise I only travel to places where I can drive, take a train or a boat

  9. I’m so impatient when it comes to cooking pancakes!! I guess that’s why mine never turn out quite how I’d like. Thanks for the tips on using a distraction to waste cooking time – I’ll have to give it a shot next time I try this recipe!

  10. Love Black Butte. One of my top 10 favorite places in the world. Really amazing hiking and just beautiful with the high desert. Hike the South Sister if you’re feeling adventurous. 🙂

  11. I love flying, so I’d put myself at 1 – but very prone to motion sickness, and avoid smaller planes for that reason.

  12. oh thanks for these tips on how to cook a pancake! I tried several times to make mine with 1 (big) banan and 2 eggs but never suceed… so i’ll try again and hopefully i’ll suceed this time with your tips!

  13. Watched 21 Jump Street last night and I though it was freakin hilarious!! I died laughing multiple times throughout the movie.

    I don’t mind flying, but I do prefer to close my eyes and lean my head back during take off!

  14. I fly at least 4 times a month and if everything goes to plan they follow the usual flight plan, tell me what’s happening, run on time etc, then I am a 1-2. Add in turbulence I am a 2 definite. Add turbulence on take-off or landing I am a 4. Make me fly anything but Qantas, I’m an 8!! I was on a plane last week and was told “unfortunately our brakes aren’t working” – I was only a 2!

    Seriously need to try these pancakes!! Just need to find where to get this fabulous butter in Australia!

  15. The pancake recipe “worked” for me! My batter was runny as well (1 medium banana, 1 egg, 1 egg white), but it tasted delicious! I liked the little ‘chunks’ of banana in the pancake. Thanks for sharing your secret tips!

  16. I’m a HUGE fan of the new Lulu bag. It’s super cute (and perfect for your awesome snacks). I will definitely need to give that pancake a try. How slow are we talking??? Looking forward to the Whole 9 post!

      1. @Tina: okay I clearly am cooking these on TOO low heat – it took like 20 mins for the first side. No wonder I couldn’t flip it.

  17. I tried making the pancakes for the first time, and they turned out great! So lucky to have found your blog.

  18. on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the most scared of flying…i’m an 11! It terrifies me and anytime there is turbulance or someone stands up i think i’m about to die 🙁

  19. I made the pancake this morning, but I used a frozen banana…. I think there was too much water…. was more mushy but still tasted great. I assume a fresh banana is the way to go.

  20. todayyy i finally tried the famous two ingriedients pancakes, i used 1 big bananna and 2 small eggs, when i put the whole thing in the pan it was huge so i ate only the half and tomorrow i hope to eat the other one, by the way they’re delicious!! i topped them with 1 tsp of almond butter and it was perfect, but defenitly they cook really slow haha thank youuu i love your blog 🙂

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