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Kauai-Best Banana Macadamia Pancakes

After our wedding in May, the hubby and I went to Kauai for a magical, relaxing, romantic, and all around awesome honeymoon.  One of my missions while I was there was to find the best banana macadamia pancakes the island had to offer.  Hard job I know :)

Ono Family Restaurant


This is a restaurant we always have to eat at whenever we visit Kauai.  Their coconut syrup is out of this world and a must on these pancakes. You get two pancakes with your order with the macadamia nuts mixed into the batter and fresh bananas and whipped cream on top.  What is there not to love.


The hubby got Spam and eggs with fried rice and toast, and he said it was really good.


I love the pancakes here. So fluffy and totally hit the spot, but the coconut syrup is where it it at.

Kountry Kitchen


The pancake here was huge!  Bananas and macadamia nuts are sprinkled onto of the batter before it its flipped, so the bananas are cooked a little bit which makes it tastes so much different than the ones at Ono Family Restaurant and Olympic Cafe.  Very good, but I think a little bit of fluffiness is lost by the shear size.


Hubby got the Loco Moco with Kaula pork, white rice, and fried eggs covered in brown gravy. Traditionally this dish is made with a hamburger patty but with Kaula pork as an option he couldn’t resist. He said he was hard to chose between this dish and the Spam and eggs at Ono.

Olympic Cafe


This was our last stop on the way to the airport :(.  These pancakes also had the macadamia nuts sprinkled over the raw batter and cooked into the pancake, with fresh banana on top. These were delicious. Nice and fluffy, the perfect pancake.


I would give my right arm for a bite of these right now.  Ugh, can’t wait to go back!


The hubby got a burrito that was the size of his head! Eggs, Kaula pork, cheese, and potatoes. Then it was topped with mango salsa, avocado, and sour cream.  This wasn’t his favorite, and we even had to send it back because of egg shells in the eggs :/

So where is the best place to get Banana Macadamia pancakes on the north eastern part of the island???

Olympic Cafe had the best pancakes, but Ono Family Restaurant had the best coconut syrup!

So there you go, if you are ever in Kauai around Kapaa, be sure to order banana macadamia nut pancakes at least once for breakfast!  Your welcome.


Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

So, I’m not normally about kitchen tools that are not multi purpose (hello, small kitchen).  But I made an exception for these awesome donut pans.  I got the regular size and mini sized as a wedding gift and I love them!


It is really fun to make your own donuts at home.


Just fill up the wells with your bater of choice (you can even use a cake mix!) bake them off,

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and don’t be like me and overfill them.


The other side looked perfect though!


Then just dunk them in butter and roll in cinnamon sugar.


And eat!  So yummy!

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
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Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
Serves: 12
  • Baking spray with flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1¼ cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • For the topping:
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 doughnut pans well.
  2. Into a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  3. Spoon the batter into the baking pans, filling each one a little more than three-quarters full. Bake for 15-17 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then tap the doughnuts out onto a sheet pan.
  4. For the topping, melt the 8 tablespoons of butter in an 8-inch saute pan. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Dip each doughnut first in the butter and then in the cinnamon sugar, either on one side or both sides.