Bananas for Breakfast and other sexy ideas

Empi Baryeh is going to give us not only a WOW yummy recipe for Banana pancakes but also some fascinating information about Bananas.  HI Empi, welcome to our high plains home.  There’s not much wind today, so we’ll be eating out on the patio.  There’s a bright blue sky, and just a few clouds over South Mountain.


Hi Mona (waving) and thanks for inviting me over for brunch. I feel like I’m in the hot seat, because cooking isn’t my favourite thing. My idea of a great dinner is a bowl of cucumber, tomatoes, onions and garlic, chopped and mixed together. Add a fillet of fish on the side and a glass of red wine and that’s a good meal. It takes minutes to prepare, and it happens to be healthy!

But what I’d like to talk about today is banana (oh, get your mind out of the gutter; I don’t mean that kind of banana!).

My ex got me into reading Men’s Health magazine  and I remember an article I read in one issue a few years back (I tried searching for it to get the exact wording but it soon became clear that the search would take longer than I had time for). So, paraphrasing, the article said that the scent of banana (in the morning) releases endorphins in women that heighten their sexual appetite. I kid you not. The tip (no pun intended) was that men could have great morning sex every day by including freshly warmed banana bread with breakfast in bed.

I don’t know about the scent of banana in the morning, but I say “all in favour of their men bringing them breakfast in bed say ‘aye.’” (Thank you, Men’s Health)

So in honour of banana, I’ll share a pancake recipe I call “Empi’s Banana Pancake” because I mixed a couple recipes to get this one and it’s worked perfectly every time.

Empi’s Banana Pancake


  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1 1/2 Banana
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 2 Cups all wheat flour
  • A dash of Salt.
  • 1-2 Tablespoon sugar, depending on how sweet one would want.
  • 1/2 Cup Butter melted
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Non-melted butter (or olive oil)


*  Separate the egg whites from the egg yolk

*  In a bowl, whisk the egg whites well with the milk, Bananas (blend them, or smash depending on what texture is intended), Vanilla extract.

*  Then, in another bowl, whisk the egg yolk well with the melted butter.

*  In a large bowl, put the flour, sugar, salt, pour both the mixtures and whisk it into a smooth batter.

*  Ladle the mixture into a hot pan, with a little bit of non-melted butter (or oil), so the pancakes won’t stick.

*  When the first side is cooked, flip over and cook.

*  Gently remove it from the pan and serve hot.

Simple enough! So next time your man asks you what you want for breakfast, go ahead and create some endorphins. I dare you! 😉




Empi Baryeh is an author of sweet and sensual African and Interracial romance. She lives in the city of Accra in Ghana, where most of her stories are set. She speaks French and a teensy bit of Spanish.

Her debut novel, Most Eligible Bachelor, came out in February and is available from Evernight Publishing and other online book retailers. Chancing Faith is her second novel, which comes out in Print and eBook on 31st March, 2012.

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American ad exec, Thane Aleksander, doesn’t date co-workers either—until business takes him to Ghana, West Africa, and he meets Naaki. Now he’s at risk of breaking all the rules. Can he stop this headlong fall before it’s too late?


Naaki Tabika has a burning need to prove, to herself and others, that she’s more than wife and mother material. To do so, she’s prepared to give up everything for her job. Meeting Thane, however, makes her want to get personal. But falling for her boss could destroy her career. Will she be willing to risk it all for the one thing that can make her truly happy?

Two divergent cultures, two different races, two career-driven professionals, only one chance at true love—will they find the faith to take it, or will their hearts be sacrificed on the altar of financial success?



Thane knew he was in for it now. He could hardly believe he’d really done it…

He’d kissed Naaki. Kissed her! What the hell was he thinking? Thane tossed his jacket aside and yanked off his tie. Of all the stupid—

Raking his fingers through his hair, he muttered a curse. The urge to hit something assaulted him with a force that should have surprised him. The perfect punching bag would have been his own body, since it was apparent that he needed to pound some sense into his skull. Right now, the only thing pounding was his heart as it threatened to burst out of his chest, throbbing partly out of anger but mostly from his pulsing desire.

Damned if he didn’t still want her in his arms. She made him feel like a teenager—and not in a good way. Vulnerable wasn’t a desired state of mind as far as he was concerned. He sat down with the adjoining door in full view, still unable to comprehend how he’d dropped his guard. How he seemed so willing to let down his defenses around her.

He’d panicked in the elevator, allowed himself to be captivated. He’d worried about her, touched her as if he cared. She’d kissed him back, moaned against his lips and his knees had gone weak. He could have made love to her right there in the lobby. He could care about her, and caring was the last thing he could afford to do.

Dammit. Naaki wasn’t a woman you got involved with on a whim. He needed, at all cost, to avoid her—the woman who’d so easily brought him to his knees, who’d caused his body to come alive and made him want—

Just want.



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22 responses to “Bananas for Breakfast and other sexy ideas

  1. And apart from anything else, bananas are full of all kinds of good minerals and they fill you up. They’re a great health food – and the pancake recipe sounds yummo.


    • Good poin, Greta. Looks like bananas win on all counts. The pancake *is* yummy. Try it. More sugar if you want it sweeter. I usually use jam on it 🙂


  2. lrwight09

    Great post Empi! I didn’t know that about Bananas, but I love the idea of men serving breakfast in bed. I may have to accept your dare!


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  4. livrancourt

    Wow! Great excerpt. And if it’s breakfast in bed, my dude can bring me anything he wants.
    Bananas are good, though. Thanks for the post!


  5. Aye! Thank you Men’s Health. I bet there was a surge in banana purchases after that article came out.

    I like your dinner idea. I’m preparing broiled salmon for dinner and was trying to figure out what to add to it. I like that simple salad recipe. I’ll try it.


  6. Oooh, banana pancakes! Yum! Congrats on your upcoming release, Empi! So proud of ya!


    • Thanks, Adonis :-). I’m stoked about this book cos it comes out in print as well, so I’m probably going to be walking around with a copy and showing people … “Seriously, I wrote this? Want to see my ID?”


  7. Yummy and healthy too. I wonder, Is this why I love bananas?


  8. Hi Mona and Empi.
    It’s turned cooler here in London, Ontario but the banana pancakes are delicious. Great post.


  9. Very fun post, Empi. Good luck with Chancing Faith. My husband is in California right now, but he’ll be home on Friday night. Just in time to make me breakfast in bed on Sat a.m 🙂 I’ll make sure I buy bananas.



  10. Bananas are full of surprises. Who knew? Well, I stopped eating them. Read someplace if you want a flat stomach they are #1 foods to avoid. But I like them. They were my comfort food. I’ll try your recipe, sounds good.


    • I don’t know about ditching bananas for a flat stomach. I read, though, that the sugar content in banana is high so recommended to eat not more than two a day (or something – I forget the exact number).


  11. I’d think, unless you’re on a restrictive diet, most foods in moderation can’t do much harm. This recipe certainly looks yummy
    And tomorrow the recipe will be for donut holes!! As if pancakes weren’t tempting enough!!


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