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Sunny Anderson’s Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Strawberry Whipped Cream and Guess Where I Made Them!

I received accommodations at no charge in order to try the kitchens and test recipes at Extended Stay America to form my own opinions of the property and amenities. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Preparing fancy gourmet meals does not mean you need a large gourmet kitchen. In fact, many meals can easily be made in a very small space. We just happened to be spoiled here in the USA but across the world, people have been whipping up meals in small spaces for years. Extended Stay America Hotels has embraced cooking in small spaces and offers kitchens in all of their suites!  I had the chance to meet up with Sunny Anderson, spokeswoman for Extended Stay America who has helped in developing an in room cookbook full of easy recipes and tips. While her favorite dish to prepare in room in a simple pasta dish, I decided to try out her Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Strawberry Whipped Cream.

Sunny Anderson and I Talking About Extended Stay America at NYCWFF

Sunny Anderson and I Talking About Extended Stay America at NYCWFF

Surprisingly, the space does not feel small at all with a cook top, sink, dishwasher and full size refrigerator. YES… I said FULL SIZE!  A well laid out suite gives you plenty of counter space without compromising your living space offering a great place to relax on longer business trips or family vacations and save a bit of money by dining in.

Sunny Anderson's Chocolate Banana Pancakes with Strawberry Chocolate Whipped Cream

Cooking in the kitchen was quite comfortable and easy. I never felt like I was short on space and even could’ve had a partner in cooking with room to spare!

Sunny's Chocolate-Banana Pancakes with Strawberry Whipped Cream
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
586 calories
78 g
53 g
28 g
10 g
14 g
244 g
745 g
31 g
1 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 586
Calories from Fat 241
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g
Saturated Fat 14g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 53mg
Sodium 745mg
Total Carbohydrates 78g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 31g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 pint chopped strawberries
  2. 1 packet hot cocoa mix
  3. 4 oz whipped topping
  4. 2 cups dry buttermilk pancake mix (just add water version)
  5. 4 TBSP Butter
  6. 1 Banana
  7. 1/4 Cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
  8. 1/4 Cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  1. Combine strawberries and chocolate powder in bowl and stir. Let in in refrigerator until a syrup forms. Fold in whipped topping and return to refrigerator.
  2. Prepare pancakes according to directions on box. Let batter rest 5 minutes.
  3. Heat 2 TBSP butter in skillet over medium heat. Pour 1/2 cup portions of batter. Once bubbles appear on edges of pancake, add a few banana slices and chocolate chips. Flip pancake and finish cooking.
  4. Tip with chocolate strawberry whipped topping and walnuts.
  5. Serve and Enjoy!
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I’m 100% sold on choosing ESA for my families next vacation after talking with Sunny and testing out the kitchen myself. She truly believes in the brand and is one of the most down to earth people I’ve met. I left with a feeling of a friend telling me about an awesome place I needed to try and that’s what I’m telling you, all my friends who read our site, ESA is a must try hotel for your next trip.

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Tracy Iseminger

Tracy is a busy mother and social media junkie. Her adventures in cooking led her to create Daily Dish Magazine. She has a passion for travel as well and you can find her writing about her adventures at and Outside media, she also works as a Dental Hygienist, but her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.

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