Banana Pancakes

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Best Banana Pancakes

Fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside and delicately flavored with bananas, these are phenomenal banana pancakes.

banana pancackes

Photo by Alexandra Grablewski (Chronicle Books, 2018)

Fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and delicately flavored with bananas and vanilla — these are phenomenal banana pancakes. The recipe, believe it or not, is adapted from a Williams Sonoma children’s cookbook, which only proves how easy they are to make. I love them with a simple drizzle of maple syrup but if you want to dress them up and hint at what’s inside, top them with fresh sliced bananas and a dusting of confectioners’ sugar.

What you’ll need To Make Banana Pancakes

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How to make banana pancakes

Begin by combining the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a bowl.

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Whisk well and set aside.

how to make banana pancakes

In a medium bowl, mash the banana until almost smooth.

how to make banana pancakes

Add the eggs.

how to make banana pancakes

Whisk with a fork to combine.

how to make banana pancakes

Mix in the milk and vanilla extract.

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Pour the banana mixture and melted butter into the dry ingredients.

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Fold the batter with a rubber spatula. It will be thick and lumpy.

how to make banana pancakes

Heat the vegetable oil with a pad of butter on a griddle or in a non-stick pan (the butter gives flavor and the vegetable oil prevents the butter from burning). Spoon the pancakes onto the griddle and cook until some bubbles appear on the top and the underside is golden brown and crisp.

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Flip the pancakes and cook a few minutes more.

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Top with maple syrup and fresh sliced bananas, if you like.

banana pancackes

Photo by Alexandra Grablewski (Chronicle Books, 2018)

More Pancake Recipes

Banana Pancakes

Fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside and delicately flavored with bananas, these are phenomenal banana pancakes.

Servings: Makes twelve 4-inch pancakes
Total Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

For Pancakes

  • 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled off
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small, over-ripe banana, peeled (the browner, the better)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons low fat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For Cooking

  • Vegetable oil
  • Unsalted butter

For Serving

  • Maple syrup
  • Sliced bananas
  • Confectioners' sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. In a small bowl, mash the banana with a fork until almost smooth. Whisk in the eggs, then add the milk and vanilla and whisk until well blended. Pour the banana mixture and the melted butter into the flour mixture. Fold the batter gently with a rubber spatula until just blended; do not over-mix. The batter will be thick and lumpy.
  3. Set a griddle or non-stick pan over medium heat until hot. Put a pad of butter and one tablespoon vegetable oil onto the griddle, and swirl it around. Drop the batter by 1/4-cupfuls onto the griddle, spacing the pancakes about 2 inches apart. Cook until a few holes form on top of each pancake and the underside is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip the pancakes and cook until the bottom is golden brown and the top is puffed, 1 to 2 minutes more. Using the spatula, transfer the pancakes to a serving plate.
  4. Wipe the griddle clean with paper towels, add more butter and oil, and repeat with the remaining batter. Serve the pancakes while still hot with maple syrup, sliced bananas and confectioners' sugar if desired.
  5. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The pancakes can be frozen for up to 3 months. After they are completely cooled, place a sheet of parchment or wax paper between each pancake and stack together. Wrap the stack of pancakes tightly in aluminum foil or place inside a heavy-duty freezer bag. To reheat, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and cover with foil. Bake in a 375°F oven for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until hot.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 pancake (does not include maple syrup or toppings)
  • Calories: 121
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Sodium: 146mg
  • Cholesterol: 40mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • I have a great buttermilk pancake recipe that is my family’s favourite but I wanted a quick pancake recipe to use up the many over ripe bananas we have at the moment and this one is just perfect. Quick to make and super delicious. I nearly added another banana but glad I stuck with the 1 small as the texture was just right. A soft sponge with little banana gems and great flavour. Another would have made it more claggy and I don’t think I’d have achieved the lovely buttery crispy edges. YUM!

    • — JennRenn76 on January 25, 2021
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  • I made these this am me and my husband loved them! I had to use cake flour -was out of all purpose and also added an extra egg for preference when making pancakes. This made them slightly more thin and crepe-like. Then stacked them up and topped with butter and warmed maple syrup! So delicious and definitely will make these again!

    • — Susan Valentine Paschen on January 24, 2021
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  • Tried this recipe this morning and it was perfect! Pancakes were fluffy and delicious.

    • — Megan on January 20, 2021
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  • ok all the reviews are really good which is making me kind of apprehensive that they’re actually real so could someone please confirm?

    • — Blaise on January 18, 2021
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  • These weren’t bad. As I like to say, they were edible. I thought they were quite eggy & didn’t rise as much. They weren’t fluffy. And even though my banana was super ripe, I didn’t quite get a lot of banana flavor.

    • — Jan on January 18, 2021
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  • Decadent. Light on the inside, crispy outside and the perfect amount of banana. We added fresh blueberries.

    • — Meg on January 17, 2021
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  • So yummy and easy!! If you are looking for a banana pancake recipe, use this one! you won’t be disappointed 🙂

    • — Claire Osborn on January 11, 2021
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    • I tried other banana recipes and this is the best one so far. Although i added 1 more cut up bananas in the mix because i just love bananas. I also separated the egg. Beat the white until fluffy then whipped it in the mixture. Fluffy and just the right amount of sweetness.

      • — Nenette Milana on January 11, 2021
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  • Best Pancake recipe! Fluffy, thick and perfect. I heated up maple syrup , added sliced bananas on top with cinnamon.

    • — JDK on January 10, 2021
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  • This was so good!!! I’m only 12 and I can make this recipe. I put in food colouring and it looks and tastes so good. I couldn’t make it into circles because it was too thick though.

    • — Riva on January 7, 2021
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  • Unreal delish!!! Followed the recipe to a t! Actually doubled it! Now I feel I may explode. Will make them again. The texture of the pancake is perfect!

    • — Julie Woodburn on December 20, 2020
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  • My son and husband love this recipe! Out of all the pancake recipes I made, this is the winner. I just made this again tonight and doubled the recipe and placed them in the freezer for future busy mornings. Thank you so much for sharing! 😊

    • — Liza on December 15, 2020
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  • Absolutely delicious with chopped banana, honey & Nutella – my kids loved making them!

    • — Jenny on December 13, 2020
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  • This recipe is a keeper.

    • — Kimberly A Mehlhoff on December 5, 2020
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  • Excellent!
    Excellent!
    I don’t have success in making pancakes from ‘scratch, this recipe is a winner, they turned out, tasted so good, very easy to make. Thank you for sharing.
    I definitely will be making these again and again.

    • — Regina on November 28, 2020
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  • Wow!!! Amazing, wonderful recipe from the start!!! The 2nd time I modified it a bit by adding extra tbsp of oil and then putting water instead of milk (I really wanted to eat them, but had no milk), and using 1cup of wholewheat flour and 1/2 of regular white (did not have enough of plain flour). It also turned out SUPERB, even slightly tastier for me due to wholewheat flour. Thank you for coming up with this gem 🙂

    • — Thea on November 17, 2020
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  • Was a good recipe. I found that double the amount of banana made for a good strong flavour and add a pinch more sugar better suited my sweet tooth.

    • — Tommy on November 11, 2020
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  • Perfect!

    • — Elma on November 8, 2020
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    • I made this recipe this morning and modified it by adding chocolate chips and peanut butter powder…turned out amazing!

      • — Lexi Kazen on January 9, 2021
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  • Just delicious! I sat down and read the instructions out to my partner who doesn’t usually cook and he made me and my son the most delicious breakfast from scratch with this recipe 🥰

    • — Jordan on November 6, 2020
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  • The fluffiest banana pancakes ever

    • — Nora on October 29, 2020
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  • Third pancake recipe from your site I have tried, Jenn, and our favorite yet. I used buttermilk rather than regular milk, and the pancakes were light and fluffy. The banana flavor was not overpowering as in some recipes, but light. I don’t think I will ever use pancake mix again!

    • — Jackie on October 25, 2020
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  • These are amazing! I make them at least once a week in the morning for breakfast. They have the perfect amount of banana taste and I like to add some chocolate chips to sweeten it up a bit! When I add the chocolate chips it tastes just like a banana muffin😋 I highly recommend making these at least once!

    • — fannie wengerd on October 23, 2020
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  • Best banana pancakes I’ve ever made. Light, fluffy and super delicious. Quick and easy to make, I strongly recommend it 🙂

    • — Carlo on October 20, 2020
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  • These seemed quite eggy to me and weren’t nearly as fluffy as I’d hoped they would be. Not my favorite pancakes but they were nice with a little bit of syrup and some fresh fruit on top.

    • — Bri on October 16, 2020
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  • These pancakes are amazing!! My new go-to recipe!!

    Is it ok to make the batter the night before and store in the fridge?

    Do you think adding some Chia seeds would change the texture/flavour too much?

    Also, can you recommend any healthier oils to fry them with?

    Thank you so much!

    • — Sahar on October 6, 2020
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    • Glad you like them! The pancakes will be much fluffier if you cook them right after preparing the batter, but it can be made in advance and refrigerated if necessary. And I’ve never added chia seeds to the batter so it’s hard to say for sure how they will impact the texture but you could certainly try with a small amount and if you like them that way, increase the amount the next time you make them. And some people have commented that they’ve fried them using coconut oil if you want to go that route. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on October 6, 2020
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  • Loved it! Best pancakes ever!

    • — Sadie S on October 3, 2020
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  • Omg best pancake recipe I’ve tried!!!!

    • — Anony mouse on October 3, 2020
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  • Yummy pancakes! Made it a few times and it’s always a hit. Bookmarked for life!

    • — Blossom on October 2, 2020
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  • Delicious and so eas.y Way better use then banana bread! We added strawberries to a few. yummmy

    • — Victory on October 1, 2020
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  • The best banana pancakes we’ve made!

    • — Shawn on September 27, 2020
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  • Best pancake recipe for me. I usually make pancakes for kids for school and they really loved them.

    • — Shabnam rsk on September 23, 2020
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  • Yummy! Thank you: eating happily as I type!

    • — Maiya on September 15, 2020
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  • ..and it works for Gluten Free ..

    lovely pancakes — thank you

    I used self raising GF flour and 2 bannanas

    Richard

    • — richard on August 30, 2020
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  • This is the best pancake recipe I have ever made. If you have one overripe banana sitting around, you probably have all the other ingredients needed for this recipe, and you should make these immediately!! Most of the time I am disappointed by pancake recipes I randomly find online, but this one is bookmarked, saved, forever and ever!

    • — Melissa on August 29, 2020
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    • This was a great. Kids loved it and best of all, it freezes well!

      • — Di on October 4, 2020
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  • Fantastic! Fluffy, crispy, and easy to make.

    I used almond milk since I didn’t have cow’s milk on hand. Looking forward to trying the recipe as written.

    • — Stephen on August 24, 2020
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  • i don’t have eggs is there anything i can substitute it for

    • — michaela on August 22, 2020
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    • Hi Michaela, Two of the best substitutes I’ve heard about (I haven’t personally tried either of them) are a combination of water, oil, and baking powder and carbonated water. Scroll down to the bottom of this article for more information about both. I would assume many baking recipes would also work with some kind of store-bought egg substitute.

      • — Jenn on August 22, 2020
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  • These pancakes are delicious! I even made them with gluten free flour and they turned out amazing. I made waffles with the batter as well and it worked like a charm.

    • — Kerri Hall on August 22, 2020
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  • Amazing! So delicious! I add cinnamon and 1/3 cup of walnuts And they become the best pancakes in the world hahahah. Thanks for this great recipe, I love how it’s not too sweet as well.

    • — Samantha on August 16, 2020
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  • Hi Jenn,
    I have fallen in love with so many of your recipes! I love how you provide a photograph of ingredients to use. Do you recommend a particular brand of flour? I’ve noticed that sometimes you indicate what brand of things to use.

    Thanks!
    Elwanda

    • — Elwanda on August 13, 2020
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    • So glad you like the recipes! My favorite brand of flour and the one I always use is King Arthur. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on August 14, 2020
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  • I’ve made this once with as it was written, using bananas that were just turning ripe, and they were a hit. Followed the recipe exactly, just added a few chocolate chips onto the batter on the pan once bubbles started to appear on the top. You should definitely make this!

    • — Tanuja on August 13, 2020
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