Banana Pancakes

Quick Summary

Easy Banana Pancakes – light and fluffy pancakes made with bananas are the perfect way to start any day! Make a big stack because these pancakes go quickly! And if you happen to have leftovers, put them in the freezer! They freeze beautifully! 

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Bananas are one of the foods that we ALWAYS have in our kitchen. They are on my grocery list every single week and luckily my Kroger store always has a big selection of bright yellow bananas.

We eat them plain, make smoothies, and when they get too brown, we make banana bread, banana muffins, or even banana cookies! My boys also love it when we whip up Banana Pancakes for breakfast.

We like to turn on the classic Jack Johnson “Banana Pancakes” song and sing and dance while we whisk, flip, and eat lots of pancakes! It’s always a pancake party in our kitchen!

The banana pancakes are light, fluffy, and have a sweet banana flavor. They will remind you of banana bread, but in pancake form. We like to serve them with butter, fresh banana slices, and maple syrup. YUM!

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Banana Pancake Ingredients

I love these pancakes because they are made with basic ingredients. Whenever we get a craving for banana pancakes, we can easily make a stack!  

  • Flour– you can use white whole wheat flour, whole wheat, or even all-purpose flour. If you need the pancakes to be gluten-free all-purpose gluten-free flour works too.
  • Brown sugar and Honey– to sweeten the hot cakes
  • Baking powder– to make the pancakes light and fluffy
  • Spices– cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg.
  • Buttermilk– make sure it is at room temperature.
  • Egg– use one large egg!
  • Butter– I use unsalted. Make sure it is melted and slightly cooled.
  • Vanilla extract– always so good!
  • Bananas– Use ripe bananas to make the pancakes super sweet. You will need 1 cup of mashed bananas, 2 medium bananas.
banana pancakes with fresh banana slices

How to Make Banana Pancakes

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices.
  • In a small bowl, combine buttermilk, egg, melted butter, honey, vanilla, and mashed bananas. Pro tip, to mash the bananas, peel them and place on a large plate. Mash with a fork! So easy!
  • Add the banana mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. The batter will be lumpy and that is ok.
  • Heat a griddle or pan to medium low heat. Coat with cooking spray. Drop about a ¼ cup of batter onto heated skillet. Cook until the pancakes have some bubbles, and a few have burst, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip carefully with a spatula, and cook until browned on the underside, 1 to 2 minutes more. Continue making pancakes until the batter is gone.
  • You can keep the pancakes warm in the oven (200 degrees F) on a large baking sheet until you are ready to serve.
stack of banana pancakes with maple syrup

Serving Suggestions

Pancake toppings are so fun! Here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy banana pancakes. Serve with:

  • Butter or Honey Butter
  • Peanut Butter (my favorite)
  • Fresh banana slices
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Whipped Cream
  • Maple Syrup

How to Store

If you have leftover pancakes, stick them in the freezer! They freeze beautifully and are a lifesaver for busy or lazy mornings! Just reheat them in the microwave or toaster! We always keep banana pancakes in the freezer for busy mornings. They are a breakfast lifesaver!

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Banana Pancakes

Easy Banana Pancakes – light and fluffy pancakes made with bananas are the perfect way to start any day! Make a big stack because these pancakes go quickly! And if you happen to have leftovers, put them in the freezer! They freeze beautifully!
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas mashed (about 1 cup mashed banana)
  • Sliced bananas, butter, and maple syrup, for serving, if desired

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine buttermilk, egg, melted butter, honey, vanilla, and mashed bananas.
  • Add the banana mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. The batter will be lumpy.
  • Heat a griddle or pan to medium low heat. Coat with cooking spray. Drop about a ¼ cup of batter onto heated skillet. Cook until surface of pancakes have some bubbles and a few have burst, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip carefully with a spatula, and cook until browned on the underside, 1 to 2 minutes more. Continue making pancakes until the batter is gone.
  • Serve pancakes with sliced bananas, butter, and maple syrup, if desired.

Notes

These pancakes freeze well! Reheat in the toaster or microwave!

Nutrition

Calories: 242kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 46mg, Sodium: 201mg, Potassium: 372mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 305IU, Vitamin C: 3.4mg, Calcium: 132mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. Banana pancakes always make me feel like I’m on vacation. When driving South once a year for our southern trek, we always hit up Bob Evans for their caramel banana pancakes and they make me feel so alive after driving 24 hours straight with 2 little kids in the backseat. I love how you can freeze these for that tired morning.

  2. I don’t have time to make hot breakfast during the week, but love to cook breakfast on the weekend. Banana pancakes are the perfect weekend meal. They fill the kitchen with amazing smells. ๐Ÿ™‚ It sounds like you had a lovely weekend with your family!

  3. We are on the same page today!! Just made a big batch of banana pancakes for the freezer for when I go to Park City next week!!

  4. I am 110% confident that I could eat pancakes at EVERY single meal, and was just saying that I don’t eat nearly enough bananas. HOW DID YOU KNOW? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Pinned!

  5. It seems like I always have browned bananas lying around because I buy the big bunch at Costco and can never eat them fast enough. Plus, they’re the best all sweetened up in smoothies too. Looks great!

  6. Whenever I think of banana pancakes I always think of Jack Johnson too! ๐Ÿ™‚ These pancakes look mighty delicious.

  7. Banana pancakes are so good! I love the sweetness and moisture that bananas add. I have great success using whole wheat pastry flour for pancakes. I have exactly two very ripe bananas… and now I have to decide whether to test another batch of muffins…or if I should go the pancake route…These look delicious!

  8. Hi Maria,
    The recipe sounds divine but I have to admit with 3 kids under 5, I’m too distracted to watch over the griddle. Is there any way to adapt the recipe to go in the waffle maker? Or is there no change needed? We make waffles and freeze them often! Thank you for your reply!

  9. I have a bunch of brown bananas sitting on my counter top as well! I was going to make peanut butter banana waffles but my husband said that would be too much so looks like these are on the menu! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. MMM! Banana pancakes are my favorite! Love them with some strawberries and cream too. Or peanut butter. Or chocolate…or anything!

  11. Yum!! I love banana bread so these banana pancakes seem like it would be super delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Whenever I see a banana browning on the counter, I know it needs to be baked with! (or frozen for later baking) These pancakes look so good!

  13. Ha! Glad I’m not the only one who thinks of the Jack Johnson song when I hear “banana pancakes”. These look delicious!

  14. Tried these tonight for an impromptu brinner night and they were a huge hit! The entire family loved them and I think we have our new go-to pancake recipe. LOVED the fluffy consistency! My pancakes never set up like this and they were perfect! You never steer us wrong- Thanks for sharing!

  15. YUMMMM. I found your blog via Amanda @ Running With Spoons, and you are officially on my reader! Your photos are fabulous and I really want some pancakes for myself this minute!

  16. I made these pancakes the other day. It was hard not to eat all of them while warm and swiped across the butter dish!. I managed to freeze some though. They are delicious.

  17. I made these pancakes this morning for breakfast and they were delicious. I didn’t have buttermilk, but I mixed one tablespoon of white vinegar and enough milk to make one cup. Then I let the milk stand for about five minutes. The pancakes turned out great and had a nice tang to them. I poured some warm syrup on them and completed the meal with a few turkey sausage links. I was thoroughly satisfied and my sister liked them too. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.

  18. 5 stars
    Oh YUM! Made these this morning and we gobbled up most of them. Perfectly sweet and fluffy! We left our house and forgot to ziplock them but when we returned I was snackish and saw them and ate the rest of them. I make some silver dollar sized for the kids and they can spread peanut butter and dip in syrup. So good anyway you do it. This is now my go to banana pancake recipe. I bought more bananas when I was out just so I can make more soon. Delish!

  19. 5 stars
    The pancakes were very good and easy to make. ย I like my pancakes fluffy. ย I needed to put a teaspoon more of baking powder to get it the way I wanted. ย My daughter and son in law enjoyed the pancakes. ย Canโ€™t wait to make some for my hubby.

  20. 5 stars
    Hello, Iโ€™m a big fan of your recipes, the only problem I seem to have is when it comes down to measuring flour. Do you scoop or spoon and level? I made your zucchini pancakes and those came out perfect, these on the other hand, not so much. Thank you for your response in advance! And for the delicious recipes!!

  21. These pancakes look and sound incredible! I’m a huge fan of bananas and incorporated into pancakes makes them even more enticing!

  22. 5 stars
    Made these for breakfast and they were great. Didnโ€™t have buttermilk so used 1T lemon juice and milk and let that sit for a few. Light and delicious, not heavy at all!