Banana Pancakes

August 30, 2013 by Ali

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Ok, is it possible to write a recipe for banana pancakes and not mention Jack Johnson?!?

Literally anytime I hear the words “banana pancakes”, that song automatically gets stuck in my head for 2 days. So being that I made this yummy batch of pancakes a week ago, then edited the photos a few days later, and then wrote the post a few days later, it’s safe to say that I have been hearing his ukelele in my dreams. (Although truth be told, I’ve been on the fence about purchasing a ukelele for a year, and I think I’m now going to do it – whoo!!)

Still, there’s no “pretending it’s the weekend” needed today since Labor Day weekend has finally arrived!!! I am ridiculously excited about this four day weekend. My goal is quite simple — I plan to not “labor” on work at all, to hang out a LOT with my friends, and make another batch of these banana pancakes…

…which I’m pretty sure you should do too, because these are SO yummy!

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I mean, what’s not to love about banana pancakes? They are pretty much like the best of banana bread — all of those delicious mushy bananas and spices — flipped into a yummy pancake and then drizzled with maple syrup.

No wonder Curious George loves them! ;)

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When I was getting ready to make these, I considered doing some sort of fancy ingredient twist with bananas foster or mixing in some zucchini or something. But the reality is that sometimes a classic is meant to be a classic. And I love traditional banana pancakes!!!

Granted, I happen to be in the camp that does not like nuts in my banana bread or on my banana pancakes. But I realize I’m probably in the minority here. So if you want to add some pecans or walnuts to the pancake batter or on top, bring it on!!

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And of course, I highly recommend splurging for some real maple syrup to drizzle all over these.

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You know they’re good when there’s literally a puddle of syrup at the bottom of the plate. ;)

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Perfect for the weekend…or when you want to “pretend like it’s the weekend”…or really, anytime!

Hope you enjoy. And Happy Labor Day to all of you! :)

Banana Pancakes Recipe |

Banana Pancakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: About 8-10 pancakes


    Pancake Ingredients:
  • 1 cup whole wheat white flour OR all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • pinch of ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (*see note for substitution below if you don't have buttermilk*)
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter or coconut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 small bananas)
  • Optional Topping Ingredients:
  • maple syrup
  • butter
  • toasted walnuts or pecans
  • extra banana slices


In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugars, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, melted butter (or coconut oil) egg and mashed bananas until combined.

When you are ready to make the pancakes, pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry mixture, and stir together until just combined. Be sure not to overmix the batter -- it will still be a little lumpy with those bananas!

Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat, and mist with cooking spray. Pour about 1/4-cup of batter on the heated surface to form a pancake, and let it sit there (untouched) for about 1-2 minutes, or until little bubbles start popping up in the middle and the edges begin to harden. Use a spatula to flip the pancake, then cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until the pancake is cooked through and golden on the outside. Remove and repeat with remaining batter.

Serve warm with your desired toppings.

**If you do not have buttermilk, you can make homemade buttermilk by placing 1 tablespoon or lemon juice in a 1 cup measuring cup. Then fill the rest of the measuring cup with milk. Stir the mixture and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then it's ready to go!

Recipe loosely adapted from

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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27 thoughts on “Banana Pancakes

  1. Looks like tomorrow’s breakfast is settled for us. Public holidays are meant for sleeping in and having pancake brunches.

    - Jayne

  2. I am always up for pancakes, especially beautiful banana pancakes :) these look incredible!!

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  3. I want banana pancakes every moment of every day!! You are speaking my language and the whole wheat flour and coconut oil only gives you bonus points. ;-) xo

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  4. These are some absolutely beautiful pancakes.

    - Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

  5. Okay, Ali, it’s official – I’m coming over for breakfast!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  6. Gooooo lawd Ali! Now I need some banana pancakes ASAP!

    I love all these photos… but that shot of the maple syrup being poured is GORGEOUS!

    - Laurie {Simply Scratch}

  7. gimme some banana pancakes!

    - Sheila

  8. wow. Such beautiful photos. I haven’t made banana pancakes since my kids left home. But you’re making me want to whip some up!!!

    - mimi

  9. I love banana pancakes and the song:)

    - Maria

  10. I’m seriously so obsessed with pancakes. Namely banana pancakes. These look fantastic!!!

    - Sophie

  11. Can the batter be frozen. Or the pancakes themselves?

    - Ramona

  12. I looooooove banana pancakes! Especially when you throw in some chocolate chips! AH MAY ZING!

    - Mimi @ Culinary Couture

  13. They look incredible! I want to dive right in. Your banana slices are just perfectly ‘toppled’ on top, too. So eye-catching!

    - Averie @ Averie Cooks

  14. I am *definitely* making these for breakfast this weekend!!!

    - Anne F.

  15. Banana pancakes are my favorite type or pancake!

    - Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

  16. Oh man, these look so dreamy!! Such beautiful photos and yes, all those banana and syrup on top look amazing!

    Have a great 4 day weekend!

    - Tieghan

  17. Love this. These pancakes look so light and fluffy. Definitely trying these this weekend!

    - Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven

  18. These look incredible, pancake perfection!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  19. These pancakes look amazing!! Pinning & sharing on FB :)

    - marla

  20. This is making me SOOOOO hungry. !!

    - Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

  21. I am sending this over to my husband right now as a hint, hint for tomorrow morning. Happy weekend!

    - Emily @ Life on Food

  22. …and maybe add a handful of mini chocolate chips?

    - Ali's Mom

  23. These sure do look divine, Ali! I’d love to sink a fork into a big stack for breakfast tomorrow… maybe hubby will take the hint if I send him your recipe? ;) Have a great weekend!

    - Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

  24. There is seriously nothing better. I must ALWAYS have bananas in my pancakes…add in some chocolate and that is even better! ;)

    - Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

  25. I have to listen to his song every time I eat a pancake, banana or not :P

    - Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health

  26. My friend’s father used to make banana pancakes every time I was over for a sleepover and they were so good. I’ve never been able to replicate them and gave up, so I’m anxious to give these a try!

    - marcie@flavorthemoments

  27. Banana pancakes make me soooo happy! Love these!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar