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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

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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.

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

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

Kountry Kitchen

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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Banana Fosters Cinnamon Rolls

So I’m always thinking up new combinations for cinnamon rolls. Hence, these chocolate ones!  I’m thinking a cookies and cream version should be next on my agenda…..

But these banana fosters ones are soooo good.  I think I ate four of them in a day.  No joke.  I had to send them with my boyfriend to work to get them out my house.

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You start with a butterscotch flavored dough, rolled out nice and thin,

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spread on a nice layer of softened butter,

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sprinkle that with brown sugar and cinnamon,

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top it with some diced up bananas,

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and roll it up tight.

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Then you slice them up (I usually use dental floss to cut my cinnamon rolls, but it would not get through the bananas, so I just used a knife)

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bake them off,

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and top them with a caramel cream cheese icing.

They are like a cross between cinnamon roll, banana bread, and banana fosters.

Yummy.

Banana Fosters Cinnamon Rolls
 
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Banana Fosters Cinnamon Rolls
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Serves: 24-30
Ingredients
  • For the dough:
  • 1 small package of butterscotch instant pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 packages yeast (4½ teaspoons)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ cup luke warm water
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6-8 cups of flour
  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 5 bananas diced
  • For the frosting:
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • ½ cup caramel sauce
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
Instructions
  1. Turn on your oven to its lowest setting, 170 degrees or so. Once it reaches temperature turn it off.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the yeast, sugar, and warm water. To tell if the water is the right temperature, stick your wrist under the running water and if you can feel it barely warm then thats perfect.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer mix together the pudding and milk. Then add in the melted butter, eggs, and salt. Mix well. Stir in the yeast mixture.
  4. Start adding in your flour. I add about 4-5 cups of flour and then switch to a dough hook. Keep adding flour until your dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. I normally use around 7 cups. Put the dough in a large bowl sprayed with non stick cooking spray and place in the warm oven. Let raise until doubled in size, and then let raise again.
  5. Once the dough had doubled in size a second time, roll it out on floured surface. Don't be stingy with the flour, this dough is sticky and you don't want it to stick to the table as you roll it out to about 36" X 28".
  6. Spread 1 cup of softened butter over the dough. Mix together the cinnamon and brown sugar. Sprinkle evenly over the dough. Sprinkle with the diced bananas.
  7. Starting with the long side, roll up the dough being careful to keep it rolled really tight. Cut it with a knife every 2 inches. Place the rolls in a greased baking dish and press down lightly with your hand. Place in a warm spot and let raise again.
  8. Make the frosting. Mix all the frosting ingredients together until smooth.
  9. While the rolls are raising preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the rolls for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Frost while they are still warm.
  10. Eat!

After the first rise, this dough can be covered with a kitchen towel and placed in fridge over night.  The next day just roll them out and proceed with the rest of the recipe.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

So it was my turn to bring snack to preschool and to church this week.  My kids are always starving when they return from both of these activities so I decided to send thing a little more substantial then fishy crackers. My kids, like I’m sure all kids, love banana.  And chocolate.  Probably chocolate over bananas.  But hey, at least they eat the bananas.

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Those freckled bananas are perfect for this.  Mine could have even gone a few more days, but snack assignments were waiting! Another trick I do, is once the bananas are as freckled as you would like, I peel them and stick them in a freezer ziplock and plop them in the freezer.  Then when you are ready to use them just defrost in the microwave.  Plus, frozen bananas are great for smoothies.

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This recipe calls for 3 mashed up very ripe bananas.  I like to just mash them up on a place with a fork.

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