Eat, Play, Shove
The husband has traditionally gotten a bad wrap as being a terrible cook. This stereotype most likely comes from the fact that it’s true. To help us along, author and culinary instructor Danielle is here to teach us a thing or two about making a meal without making a fool of ourselves. 

Editor’s Note: Pancakes are the greatest food on Earth. Anyone that says different lacks basic decision making skills and should not be trusted with sharp objects, an ATM pin number or the care of small animals. Even fish. Today, Danielle tells us how to make pancakes more like cupcakes because this is the 21st century and we’ve finally got our priorities straight as a species. Enjoy.


I am going to let you in on a little secret.Pancakes are a lot like cupcakes. As in they both are easy to add flavors and special touches to that really take them up a notch or two! If you can dream it, you can make a pancake or cupcake out of it. 

Well at least that’s how I look at a pancake anyways.

My husband always gives me a hard time about not being able to make anything simple. And I just want to point out, that these pancakes are perfectly simple, they are just packed with flavor and awesomeness!

So give these pancakes a try the next time you are looking to make pancakes.
Banana Oat Raisin Pancakes
Yield: ~16 Large Pancakes
3 Cups Pancake Mix
1 Tbsp. Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
1/2 Cups Oats
2 Smashed Over Ripe Bananas
1 tsp. Vanilla
3/4 Cup Raisins
2 Cups Water
In a large bowl combine the first 4 ingredients. Add the water and mix thoroughly, I prefer to use a whisk. Stir until you are certain that there are no large lumps in the batter. Then add the remaining ingredients (bananas, raisins and vanilla) mix it a couple of times. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Once pan is hot pour some of the pancake batter in the pan until you reach the size pancakes desired. I made mine rather large. Cook until bubbles appear in the pancake and you can see the edges firming. Slightly lift up one edge, if the pancake is lightly brown, then flip over and cook until that side is also golden brown. Remove from pan and add more batter. Continue doing this until all the pancakes are cooked. Place to the side.
Honey Cinnamon Butter
1/2 Cup Butter, softened or Margarine
1 tsp. Cinnamon
2 Tbsp. Honey
In a small bowl mix the above ingredients together until well blended. You can use a mixer if you need to, but if the butter is soft enough you should be able to mix it with a spoon. 
Now you can take one of those awesome pancakes and lather it with this yummy butter! Drizzle or smother with syrup and eat up! You can also top with pecans or walnuts to add a nice crunch! 


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So, what ingredients have you put in a pancake?
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