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Peanut Butter Pancakes

Updated on November 24, 2010

Making Pancakes

Did ya ever think that you could substitute something for maple syrup that would be just as good? This summer I was taking care of my granddaughter and she wanted pancakes.

This turned into a delightful fun time together. We mixed up the batter and then heated up the grill and turned out some failures. They were kind of like soggy in the middle and brown on the sides. Then we made some that stuck to the pan. We couldn't turn them over.

Finally we used some non-stick spray and that seemed to work, but I think the pan was too hot and the result was two or three messes that stuck to the pancake turner.

How do you make them look right?

We were trying to get that perfect pancake. You know the ones with ears and are golden brown? After trying several times, it looked like we would fail. I decided that maybe we needed a lower heat, so I turned down the heat and it seemed to work. I must have had the heat too high, it has the effect of cooking the outside rapidly and if you have thick batter, it leaves the inside raw. There is no way raw pancake batter tastes anything like something you would add to your regular list of favorite foods.

A few more adjustments to the heat and we finally settled on a medium high setting that seemed to be just right and we began to put out some pretty decent cakes. They were golden brown and flipped nicely and cooked fast but not too fast. We learned a little about patience, cuz if you keep peaking, it pokes holes in the pancake and makes the batter run through and then your pancake looks wrong.

No syrup?

After we mastered the art of cooking the pancakes, we sat at the table and decided to dig in. My granddaughter wanted to have some syrup on her pancakes. Oh no! There was no syrup to be had.

What should we do? I suggested that we put honey on them. "No," she said. "That would be too sweet."

"How about jelly," I ask.

"No, that doesn't sound right," she says.

I point out to her that we don't have that many options and that we need to come up with some idea because I sure wasn't going to go to the store.

Peanut Butter on our Pancakes

Then it occurred to me that maybe we could put peanut butter on the pancakes. I suggested it to my granddaughter and she liked the idea. But she pointed out to me that it would not be very melty.

At this point I got a great idea. I decided that I would just heat the peanut butter and then we could pour it on. I put about 1/2 cup of peanut butter in the pan and started heating it on low heat. It began to melt and when it was completely melted and heated through, I tasted it. It had a great flavor, but it was just peanut butter and it needed to be sweetened some.

I suggested to my granddaughter that we add some jelly or jam to it and she thought that was a good idea. We had some seedless blackberry jam and we added about a half cup to the melted peanut butter and we heated it on low heat until it mixed with the peanut butter.

We then poured it over the pancakes. Oh man was it ever good. My granddaughter loved it. She said it was the best pancakes she ever had. I heard her telling her grandmother that she wanted to show her how to do it.

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      Putz Ballard 6 years ago

      Haven't tried this one yet but I do like peanut butter and the jelly would make it extra nice.

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Putz, it was really good......and my granddaughter loved it. thanks for stopping by

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      mygolf_love 6 years ago from accra-ghana

      how

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      I love pancakes, Steve, but fill that need at the local Pancake House. So, what are pancake ears that you mentioned above? I get pancakes served that are just round - no ears. Am I being shortchanged?

      BTW - Yummy idea with the peanut butter!

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      Seth Tomko 6 years ago from Macon, GA

      I like both peanut butter and pancakes, but I'd never thought to combine them before.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      See what happens when you improvise? You come up with something BETTER! Good hub, thank you.

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      From a Foodie! Very good Hub, saving the recipe.

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      My golf_love NOW

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      drbj LOL we always get pancake ears....like mouse ears or bear ears.....if you are getting them, you are getting cheated. You really are. The next time you go to that cut rate Pancake House, demand mouse ears for your pancakes, or take your business elsewhere. It is yummy.

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      satomko, you must try it. It are real good. It are! LOL

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Paradise7 Ain't that the truth? You are so welcome. We had lots of fun doing this.....and now my granddaughter wants to have peanut butter syrup all the time.

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      LillyGrillzit Glad you liked it, I hope you try it. If you have kids around they will love it, and they can help make it.

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      Allan Douglas 6 years ago from Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

      Hi SteveoMc, I don't know why I never thought to use peanut butter & jelly, but I have used peanut butter with a touch of honey. I like that alot. But I'll try the PB & J as well. Thanks!

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Remember to heat it up, that makes it syruppy....and it is oh so good. Thanks for stopping by.

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      David Guion 6 years ago from North Carolina

      That's a very interesting concept. I'll have to try it some time. BTW, you can use honey as a pancake syrup. First you have to thin it with water to a syrup consistency. Shake a little cinnamon into it and bring it to a boil. As soon as it boils, take it off the heat. I've never made more than I intend to use right away, but I suppose it would keep in thr fridge.

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      Sherri 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Love the experimentation and doing with what's on hand. Your granddaughter and you had an experience that will last for both your lifetimes.

      My daughter happens to love pancakes but hates maple syrup (she wrote a Hub about this a long time ago...HAMS, Hubbers Against Maple Syrup). I've sent your link to her...I know she'll love what you wrote. Your experiment just might be the next pancake breakfast I enjoy with her.

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      annemaeve 6 years ago from Philly Burbs

      What a great story, and a great pancake idea! To the kitchen!

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      Miranda Fox 6 years ago

      I am officially craving Pancakes with Peanut Butter. And I thought my blueberry and banana pancakes couldn't be topped. I know what I'm having for breakfast tomorrow :)

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      bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      When I read this I thought,"Elvis would approve." I'm guessing you know where my mind went next....peanut butter and banana pancakes!LOL!

      My grandaughter and I made up a recipe for the best salsa together, and more importantly,memories!

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Allpurpose hmmmmmmm honey and cinnamon. Thanks for the suggestion.

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Sally's Trove My grand daughter and I spend a lot of time together and we have gotten ourselves into trouble a couple of times. This was one of those times that was just fun ane we had a great outcome. Thanks for your comments.

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      annmaeve Thanks, guess what we discovered. That there are some fozen pancakes in the freezer at her dad's house. Warm the peanut butter and jelly in the microwave, toaster pancakes....instant breakfast. Nothing like the day we had, but if you are in a hurry, it works great.

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Miranda Fox LOL, you won't be disappointed. Although I love the fruit flavored ones....I wonder about blueberries, bananas, and peanut butter.

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      bayoulady You are right, the memories is what this is about. But of course, I have to try a peanut butter and bananas pancake. LOL thanks for suggesting it.

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      William Thomas 6 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

      Good Day SteveoMc

      I voted this hub up for useful, funny, and awesome. Nice improvisation there, using melted peanut butter. I wouldn't have thought of that myself, and I pride myself on being somewhat.... experimental in my cooking.

      And that sounds like you had a sweet, tender time there with your grandduaghter.

      P.S.

      I would have added honey, myself, to sweeten the peanut butter.

      Good hub.

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      Chen 6 years ago

      Hi Steve :-)

      Thanks for the useful Hub.

      I loved it!

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      shai77 Thanks for reading. It was a fun day for us.

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      We eat peanut butter pancakes all the time and they are delicous. But I must confess I put syrup on mine too because the combination of syrup and peanut butter is sinful and SO GOOD, try it!

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      katie I will have to try them with syrup too....sounds good. nom nom nom

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      PurpleOne 6 years ago from Canada

      I've never heard of putting peanut butter on pancakes before. What an interesting idea! If I ever get around to doing my own cooking again, I will definitely try it.

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      PurplaOne It is surprisingly good, it helps to have a granddaughter to do it with. We had fun.

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      Boomer60 6 years ago

      I too have always had peanut butter pancakes and have maple syrup over the top. Is the only way I like my pancakes.

      When we run out of syrup, I just dissolve brown sugar in water, heat it up and poor over pancakes. Not great but OK!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Well, I just love this. No wait...first it was hilarious the attempts at making pancakes! I had an elder cousin who could make them from scratch and they were big and round and golden and woweee! Mine have been too thin or just not right - but I eat them anyway. Having said that I love this PB&J idea and it just happens to be something I am more likely to have on hand than syrup.

      This is just soooo creative. Love it. Something new. Yay! Nice to meet you too by the way.

      Rated up of course!

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Boomer60

      Happy to have a fellow peanut butter lover comment and share their experiences with PB. Thanks for stopping by and for the comment.

      BkCreative

      Glad to meet you too....I love to cook, but I hate to do it right. We are always eating a new invention and we haven't died yet. My wife draws the line on horse meat. She won't eat it unless I tell her it is buffalo. Anyway, pb and j seems to cure a lot of bad meals. LOL

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      mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Hey SteveoMc. Great hub - and it sounds like you had a very fun time in the kitchen with your granddaughter! One of my fave meals with my grandmother when I was a kid was very similar to the concoction you created with your granddaughter. I loved when my gram' made pancakes at the wrong time of day - for the evening SUPPER meal... and she had to have fresh coffee at the table with the pancakes - and PEANUT BUTTER spread on her pancakes. I don't think I saw her eat peanut butter any other way very often - just on pancakes and just on "suppertime pancakes." She, like your granddaughter, thought that syrup with peanut butter pancakes was too sweet - so she put a dollup of jam on the pancake...but I think you and your granddaughter found a much smoother, nicer way to drizzle peanut butter and jam onto your pancakes - making a PBJ-sauce of sorts for the pancakes. With my gram's pancakes, the cakes had to be really hot and you had to spread stuff really fast so it all melted together... mmmmm PBJcakes.

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      @mythbuster OMG, too funny! My granddaughter and I love to have breakfast for dinner, but it has to have bacon with it. Haha. It was a fun time. Thanks for sharing the memory of your gram, a sweet memory indeed.

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      mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      mmmmBacon. Darn - never thought of that while my Gram' was still around. My Grandmother passed away over a decade ago... but I am going to conjure her up - in memories, anyway. I'll try some PBJcakes in a few days. I'll add yours and your granddaughter's bacon to the meal 'cos it sounds like a great addition... muhahaha. *ahem* Whoops. No laughing like that at Gram's table.

      :)

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      @Mythbuster Your grandmother may have passed, but her memory lives on in your traditions and customs. Your laugh is so evil! Hahaha. Love hearing from you again. Can't go wrong with bacon.

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