Banana Pancake Bites with Orange Honey Butter

YIELD: Makes 6 servings (makes 36 total bites)

INGREDIENTS

For Pancake Bites:

1/2 cup

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all-purpose flour

1/2 cup

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whole wheat pastry flour

1/4 tsp.

-

salt

1 tsp.

-

baking powder

1 T

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orange blossom honey

1 cup

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low-fat buttermilk

1

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banana

,

mashed

1 large

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egg

,

beaten

2 T

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melted butter

1 tsp.

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vanilla extract

For Honey Butter:

4 T

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unsalted butter

,

softened

zest of 1 orange

2 T

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orange blossom honey

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 425°F.

In a large bowl, whisk both flours, salt and baking powder. 

Add honey, buttermilk, mashed banana, egg, melted butter and vanilla extract to the bowl and mix until just combined.

Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray and pour heaping tablespoons of batter into the pan.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until puffed and slightly golden. 

Combine softened unsalted butter, orange zest and honey either by hand or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Turn the machine on medium speed and mix until creamy and well combined. Transfer to a serving dish. 

Remove pancake bites from oven and allow to cool slightly before removing from the pan. Please note that steps 4 and 5 may need to be repeated to create all 36 bites (depending on size of pan). 

 Serve with honey butter. 

Recipe courtesy of registered dietitian Dana Angelo White, made for the National Honey Board

TIP

The honey butter can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator. Allow to soften slightly at room temperature before serving. 

These bites freeze well and can be made ahead or stored as leftovers in the freezer.