Breakfast just became my new favorite meal of the day. How could it not after having had these gorgeous pancakes? Just look at them! The sweetness of bananas, combined with the rich buttery taste and smooth texture of macadamia nuts to form delicious fluffy vegan pancakes. Layer them in between some fresh creamy homemade coconut whipped cream and you have yourself an amazing breakfast treat!
I posted a few of my favorite waffle recipes last year, but had yet to develop my own pancake recipe. In all honesty, if I’d have to choose between a waffle and pancake, I typically pick the waffles because of their crispy texture. My husband, on the other hand, would pick pancakes. So it was about time I made my own homemade pancakes, ones that both of us could enjoy. I would easily choose pancakes over waffles if I had these stacks in front of me.
The inspiration behind these pancakes came from our recent family trip to Hawaii this past December. We stayed at the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas in Maui and had an amazing time! Two resorts down from us was a place we stayed at a few years back that served macadamia nut pancakes, which happened to be eggless. My husband was very excited about this find. The pancakes were still delicious this time around. Along with the other 10+ recipes I was inspired to develop when I came back from Hawaii (including my Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Nut Butter), a vegan form of these pancakes was at the top of the list.
A few weeks back, when my kids asked if they could help me make a special breakfast, these pancakes instantly came to mind, especially since I had a huge bag of macadamia nuts in my pantry. While developing the recipe, I wanted to be sure I had perfected the batter so that the pancakes turned out nice and fluffy, since that’s a huge issue with me and pancakes. I also recently started keeping a can of full-fat coconut milk in the fridge so that I can make coconut whipped cream whenever I need it! So I also made some fresh whipped cream to go with these tropical pancakes instead of the typical butter/maple syrup combo we had in Hawaii (which are also a great compliment to this recipe). The next thing I knew, we were enjoying these pancake stacks layered with coconut whip outside in our courtyard. The kids devoured them, especially since I let them lather on their own coconut whip. My son gave me his typical ‘thumbs up’ sign after he took a bite, and I knew they were perfect.
If you’re looking for something to surprise your loved ones with this Valentine’s Day or simply looking for a great way to start off your morning, make these pancakes for breakfast! Hopefully all the delicious tropical flavors will take them to a place of paradise as they take their first bite!
As a side note, my son actually woke up from his nap, came down, and snuck up on me as I was editing these pancake pictures. His face turned into a huge grin as he smiled over and said, “Ohhhhh MOM…those are amazing! I want some of that again…when can we have them!?!” I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. Yes, they are amazing, and yes we need to have them again.
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