Pancakes: A lesson in Brinner

I can’t think about breakfast for dinner without thinking about my brother. Jamie calls it brinner. I think it’s his absolute favorite.

I think that pancakes are a good brinner option. I can’t make pancakes without thinking of Jack Johnson. And he forces me to put bananas into them there pancakes. And they always taste so right.

Brinner is wonderful for a beautifully lazy dinner. Chicken tastes days to defrost in the fridge. That requires too much forethought.  Pancakes are instant gratification. Sweet, instant gratification.

Dessert for breakfast…err…brinner, dinner.

Since turning 25, my body has made it quite clear that it doesn’t like wheat. I don’t want to share any more details than that. Luckily, gluten-free Santa brought gluten-free Alyssa lots of gluten-free goodies for Christmas.

That’s right. I’m talking about making pancakes and I didn’t even make them from scratch. That’s okay sometimes. Be real with yourself. Like, let’s be real. I haven’t showered today. I haven’t changed out of sweatpants. I cleaned 10 toilets that do not belong to me today.

Welcome to camp & conferencing.

We’re making pancakes.

We’re using:

1 ½ cups Bob’s Red Mill Pancake Mix

1 egg

¾ cup milk

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

1 banana, sliced

¼ cup pecans, toasted

We mix together the ingredients (sans banana & pecans…save those for later!) until relatively smooth. We taste to make sure it’s going to be as delicious as we hope. Suspicions confirmed.

The vanilla I’m currently using was a favor from a lovely friend’s wedding. I strategically picked my seat so that I could get the vanilla. Thanks, Marissa!

We’re getting our griddle and/or frying pan nice and hot and coating it with a nice layer of vegetable oil.

Pour ¼ cup of the pancake batter into the hot frying pan. Strategically place banana slices on the pancake. Strategically is sort of a weird word for this situation. Do your initials, make a smile, cover every inch with banana. I chose the latter option.

When it begins to bubble through, flip the pancake and cook a few minutes longer on the other side.


You could add chocolate chips if you’d like. I made a few with chocolate chips for my roommate just in case she comes home for dinner.

Top with toasted pecans. Drizzle with syrup.

At this point, your friend will stop by and you’ll be too busy chatting and shoving your face with banana-brown-sugar pancakes topped with toasted pecans to take a picture of the finished product.

Congratulations. You’ve just made brinner.

Thank you, Jame-Jame. Thank you, Jack Johnson. Thank you, Santa!

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