Between Breakfast and Lunch: Brunch

I love breakfast foods. I could them any time of day. I’m not picky – I like eggs, muffins, scones, cinnamon buns, biscuits (with or without gravy), grits, waffles, pancakes, fruit, and the occasional slice of bacon. And coffee. Let’s not forget coffee.

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Brunch is  one of my favorite meals to host because the food is pretty low maintenance to prepare, the food can easily be scaled to feed a crowd, and a lazy Saturday or Sunday morning is the perfect time to hang out with family and friends over a leisurely meal.

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Earlier this year, I wrote about our family brunch. On the menu in the photo below, we had biscuits and gravy (pork sausage gravy in the big pot, turkey sausage gravy in the small pot), scrambled eggs, yogurt almonds, fresh fruit (raspberries, nectaries, and grapes), and blueberry muffins. And coffee. Let’s not forget coffee.

I’ve also seen some cute ideas for brunch foods on Pinterest. The create-your-own bar seems to be a very popular idea right now: 

Bellini Bar

Top-Your-Own-Yogurt Bar

Top-Your-Own-Oatmeal Bar

Top-Your-Own-Pancakes Bar

Food on a skewer is easy to serve and can be done in lots of different combinations:

Rainbow Fruit Kabobs

Chicken and Waffle Skewers

Blueberry-Strawberry Pancake Skewers

Lemon, Ginger, and Strawberry Pancake Skewers

And anything that can be made ahead, whether a casserole or single serve portions, is a winner for a party food:

Baked Oatmeal with Fruit

Pancake Bites

Mini Egg Omelets

What are some of your favorite brunch foods?

I’m looking forward to planning some fun brunch gatherings in the future with good friends and yummy food. And coffee. Let’s not forget coffee.

Banana Peanut Butter Chip Pancakes

Banana pancakes are one of my favorite weekend breakfasts, but I do not make them often because Jill and I go out bicycling most Saturday mornings. A couple of weekends ago, we decided to take a Saturday off from bicycling and make brunch instead. With a box of Trader Joe’s Multigrain Baking and Pancake Mix in the pantry and a couple of bananas ready to be eaten, I decided to make banana pancakes for Saturday brunch.

For a tasty variation on more traditional banana pancakes, I substituted almond milk for the milk in the pancake recipe on the Trader Joe’s Multigrain Baking and Pancake Mix package to give the pancakes a slightly nuttier flavor. I then ladled the prepared pancake mix onto a hot griddle and dropped slices of banana and peanut butter chips onto the individual pancakes as they cooked. I flipped the pancakes over long enough to brown the natural sugars in the bananas and make sure the pancakes were cooked.

Pancakes with bananas and peanut butter chips
Pancakes with bananas and peanut butter chips

Cooking pancakes with almond milk and bananas gave them a taste almost reminiscent of banana bread. The hot skillet cooked the pancakes while softening the bananas and brining out their sweetness. The peanut butter chips, although decadent, proved to be a natural pairing with the bananas. The peanut butter chips also reminded me of another type of pancake I remembered loving as a kid – chocolate chip pancakes.

Banana peanut butter chip pancakes, turkey sausage, and hot coffee
Saturday brunch

Complemented with turkey sausage patties and a hot cup of coffee, these banana peanut butter chip pancakes made for a great Saturday brunch.