1/2 cup butter melted
1 cup maple syrup, honey, or raw sugar
3 mashed ripe bananas
5 Tbs yogurt, kefir, or sour cream
1 Tbs vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup nuts (optional)
2 cups spelt flour (gluten free flour or
whole wheat flour)
In a large mixing bowl add bananas, yogurt, sugar, melted butter, vanilla, and eggs. Blend until smooth. Mix dry ingredients: flour, salt, and baking soda. Add to wet mixture and blend thoroughly. Add nuts (optional) and toss into batter. Heat frying pan, oil, and pour batter into cakes. Flip and fry other side. Serve with butter melted on top. No need for syrup because it is already sweet. Add sliced banana for an added touch. Enjoy!
Did you know that most vanilla flavoring in commercial food products is made with beaver anal extract? Ah, YUCK! Seriously, I read in the news that this was really done by milking the rear of the beaver. How pleasant the thought-NOT! Here is the link to this short article on flavoring in our foods. I just had no idea they would actually do something like this to our food, but could figure so much is true...
It is inexpensive and lasts a very long time. I always have this jar sitting on my pantry shelf. We simply pour what we need into a little bottle or into a measuring spoon. This is one of the handiest things to have. After I use up my stash, I just add more vodka and it will keep making vanilla extract. Vodka is fairly cheap (no more than $10 for a half gallon) and vanilla beans are about $18 for 25 vanilla beans at www.herbalcom.com. That $18 could make gallons of vanilla.
Homemade Vanilla Extract
10-20 dried vanilla beans
1 quart vodka
Cut vanilla bean lengthwise to expose the black vanilla seeds.
Fill mason quart sized jars with beans. They will fit perfectly
the length of the jar. Pour vodka over the vanilla beans until
the jar is almost filled. Put a lid on it. Shake daily for about
6 weeks. Pour off pure vanilla extract for use. Does not expire.
Store on your pantry shelf.
When liquid is gone, simply add more vodka to the
vanilla beans in the jar. Endless supply.
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