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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! :)

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Banana Pancakes

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: About 8-10 pancakes 1x


This banana pancake recipe is total comfort food — simple to make, and full of wonderful spiced banana flavor!



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


  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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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30 comments on “Banana Pancakes”

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

  2. 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!

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

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

  5. 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!

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

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

  8. This is making me SOOOOO hungry. !!

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

  10. These look incredible, pancake perfection!

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

  12. 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!

  13. Banana pancakes are my favorite type or pancake!

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

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

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

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

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

  19. I love banana pancakes and the song:)

  20. 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!!!

  21. gimme some banana pancakes!

  22. 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!

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

  24. These are some absolutely beautiful pancakes.

  25. 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

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

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

  28. This was sooo yummy. I am dieting and this gives me a sweet treat for breakfast without all the calories. I wanted to keep it original to taste and it was so decadent!!! I am going to try substituting the granulated sugar for Stevia and the egg for egg whites to see if I notice a big difference. I am so glad that this site was recommended by my diet site! I’ll bet it would be good with just a sprinkling of powdered sugar instead of syrup! My husband just raved about them! :)

    • Thanks for sharing, Robin, we’re so happy you and your husband enjoyed these! :)