Friday, January 28, 2022

Banana Walnut Pancakes from @MaddieDayAuthor #Giveaway

MADDIE here, delighted to bring you one of the original recipes from the Country Store Mysteries. The series began, ten books ago, with Flipped for Murder, and Robbie Jordan serving banana walnut pancakes to her new clientele at Pans 'N Pancakes in South Lick, Indiana.

I learned this version of pancakes from the owners of the inspiration for my country store restaurant, but I got the base recipe from The Tassajara Bread Book by Edward Espe Brown (1970), a gift from my sister Janet. We both baked whole grain bread from Brown's recipes during college - and still do.

As you can see by the condition of my copy of the recipe book, I've been using it for a long time. For, ahem, fifty years, in fact! The book also includes fabulous recipes for quick breads and for pancakes.

To celebrate the release of Batter Off Dead in four weeks - the tenth Country Store Mystery - I bring you Banana Walnut Pancakes, which Robbie Jordan still serves in her restaurant, all these books later. The pancakes are hearty, nutritious, and quite delicious. These flapjacks are so tasty, I even made them for dinner.

Whole Wheat Banana Walnut Pancakes


Note: I made a half recipe, as shown in the photos, which more than served two.

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon  brown sugar

3 eggs

2 cups milk or buttermilk (of any fat content)

1/2 cup oil

1 cup finely chopped walnuts

2 bananas, thinly sliced

Butter for cooking

Good maple syrup

Plain or vanilla yogurt, or sour cream


Preheat a wide skillet or griddle to medium.

Mix the dry ingredients together. 

Make a well in the middle. Crack the egg(s) into the well and beat with a fork, then add the milk and oil and beat until smooth.

Fold in the walnuts and bananas.

Melt butter in the pan and spread it evenly.

Form pancakes of the size you like and cook until bubbles form and pop.

Flip the cakes and cook until done.

Serve with warm syrup and top with yogurt or sour cream, plus a slice of fried ham on the side. And, if you wish, a tasty bloody Mary! I usually like a glass of wine with my dinner, but pancakes just kind of called out for a spicy tomato-vodka concoction.

Readers: What's your favorite breakfast-for-dinner option? I'll send one lucky commenter a copy of No Grater Crime, the just-previous Country Store mystery!

My most recent release is Murder at the Lobstah Shack, the third Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery.

The next up is Batter Off Dead, Country Store Mystery #10, to release on February 22,  2022. Preorder your copy now!

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Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell) is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau north of Boston, where she’s currently working on her next mystery when she isn’t cooking up something delectable in the kitchen.


  1. We had breakfast last night! Sausage, eggs, hash browns and biscuits and gravy!

  2. My favorite breakfast for dinner opinion is eggs, bacon, and toast.
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  3. One of my favorite breakfast for dinner is french toast and bacon. It's a dinner that the whole family will eat together and I don't hear complaints besides who gets the last piece.

  4. We have been known to eat scrambled eggs (nice and dry and non-runny) at all hours of the day! They make an excellent dinner!

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  5. My favorite breakfast for supper (which is usually the only time we eat it) is pecan waffles with a big slab of country ham.

    Thank you for the recipe for yummy pancakes!
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  6. Welcome today. Thanks for this wonderful recipe. When I was working at Bakers Square and the kids were in high school, sometimes I would bring home a carrot cake and that was dinner. To say the kids loved this kind of dinner was an understatement. LOL Now as empty nesters and I try to eat gluten free, I will make these wonderful cinnamon waffles and fresh fruit on top. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  7. I like a biscuit with a scrambled egg on top covered in milk gravy. It's filling and delicious. Congratulations on the new book Edith. Looking forward to it.

  8. Eggs with bacon or sausage.

  9. Our favorite is buttermilk pancakes and eggs! Love breakfast for dinner! Congrats on the book! Excited to read it.


  10. My favorite breakfast for dinner is a Dutch Baby, with fruit on top. Thanks for a chance and Congrats on the new release. I can't wait to read it!!

  11. My favorite Breakfast for Dinner is Eggs, Bacon and English Muffin! I like the eggs Scrambled or Over Medium. And coffee with hazelnut creamer!

  12. I recently came across an oven-baked blueberry pancake recipe. It was a big success for dinner. I made it with raspberries. Next time I'll make two!
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  13. My favorite breakfast for dinner is pecan pancakes with bacon. Your recipe for black walnut banana pancakes looks pretty awesome too.

  14. My favorite breakfast for dinner is an omelet stuffed with lots of veggies and cheese, bacon, buttered grits, and a biscuit with butter and jam.

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  15. I like French toast for dinner.
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  16. Breakfast is my favorite meal---so I eat it at any time of day. Waffles and bacon is one of my favorites---also eggs benedict.

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    Thanks for all the fabulous breakfast-for-dinner ideas, everyone!

  18. Hi Edith! My kind of pancake: Banana + walnut. I will try your recipe and add the yoghurt, which will make them even 'batter' :-) My favorite breakfast for dinner is granola or muesli, because it is fast, easy and delicious...always with slices of bananas. Now, thanks to your easy recipe, I will try banana walnut pancakes. Gr8!! Thank you for sharing the recipe and your writing talents with us!!!!

  19. French toast with maple flavored sausage

  20. My favorite is french toast for dinner. Usually made with cinnamon and fruit on the side.