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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.

Banana pancakes are good year round, but if you’re up for trying seasonal pancake recipes, you’re in the right place. During the fall when I have pumpkin purée on hand, I love to make pumpkin pancakes. When summer rolls around and blueberries are plentiful, my family loves blueberry pancakes. If you’re more of a purist (and there’s no shame in that!), these basic pancakes are hard to beat.

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.

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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.

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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)

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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

  • 1½ cups all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled off
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 small, over-ripe banana, peeled (the browner, the better)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons low fat milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For Cooking

  • 1 - 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon 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 ¼-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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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Serving size: 2 pancakes (does not include maple syrup or toppings)
  • Calories: 278
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35 g
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 7 g
  • Sodium: 299 mg
  • Cholesterol: 85 mg

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Comments

  • My family loved them even without syrup!

    • — Karen on September 29, 2022
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    • Oh and I used whole milk not 2%

      • — Karen on September 29, 2022
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  • I made these pancakes for my pregnant daughter and husband this morning. They were at the table enjoying their breakfast while I was cooking up the rest of the batter. All I could hear over and over was “mmmmmmm” after each bite and “Oh! These are SO good!!” “If the baby kicks, it’ll be because she’s saying thank for these delicious pancakes Grandma!” It’s compliments galore with this recipe. It never fails.

    • — Hélène on September 29, 2022
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  • Thank you for not adding a whole life story to this! Straight to the point 🙂

    • — Nicy Burne on September 20, 2022
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  • My 3yo daughter and I just made these. We added blueberries. They came out great!!! She did pretty much everything except the actual cooking part.

    • — Koreyantai Childs on September 19, 2022
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  • I’m not a big fan of pancakes, but my husband is and so I make them for his pleasure. I will usually eat 1 pancake to taste my creation and criticize it. I made these pancakes exactly as written…no additives or substitutions. I can honestly say that my husband loved them and so did I. No criticizing and I ate 2 of them. Thanks for this go-to recipe. I wonder, if I don’t have any bananas, can I still make this recipe without doing any other adjustments? Just wondering.

    • — Maria on September 18, 2022
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    • So glad you like these enough to have more than 1! While it may work without the banana, I’d just use this recipe instead.

      • — Jenn on September 20, 2022
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  • We LOVED these! We went a little crazy and added mini-chocolate chips to half the batch and it was delicious.

    • — Miranda on September 9, 2022
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  • This is the only pancake recipe I use. I make a double batch every two weeks and freeze the leftovers. My kids are obsessed with them. Delicious!

    • — Mandy on August 20, 2022
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  • Made these for my daughter and I. I think maybe too many eggs to them and too much salt in the recipe…. we still ate them but not what we were hoping for.

    • — Jody on August 10, 2022
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  • Best banana pancake recipe! Found the batter to be way too runny the first time so had to add more flour but second time only used 100ml milk and came out perfect.

    • — Evelyn on July 31, 2022
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  • I followed the Intructions to the letter and batter looked nothing like the photos. I attempted and nothing bubbled and pancookies(can’t call them cakes because too thick to flatten) burnt to a crisp. I embarrassed myself in front of my wife. First time attempted to cook her pancakes

    • — Kyle on July 23, 2022
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    • Hi Kyle, I’m so sorry you had a problem with these! Is your baking powder old or expired?

      • — Jenn on July 23, 2022
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  • These are my absolute favorite pancakes as well as the favorite of my entire family. I have adjusted the recipe slightly. I add about a teaspoon of cinnamon and a nice grating of a nutmeg to the dry ingredients. I use also whole milk and omit the melted butter. They’re perfect every time.

    • — Kate on July 3, 2022
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    • Oh and I use a little extra vanilla extract. Aaaand I omit the sugar!

      • — Kate on July 3, 2022
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    • Easily the best banana pancakes I’ve made. My daughter loves them!

      • — Rachel on September 29, 2022
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  • This is our go-to pancake recipe. Perfect fluffy pancakes with crunchy edges everytime.

    • — BusyMum on July 3, 2022
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  • SUCH A GOOD RECIPE! usually banana pancakes are flat and mushy but this recipe they’re so fluffy and delicious! I used buttermilk instead of the low-fat milk because that was all I had and it was sooo good. Now a family favorite. Thanks for the recipe!

    • — Stevi on June 30, 2022
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  • This is my favorite pancake recipe. I love the banana, not too overpowering.

    • — Rachel on June 28, 2022
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  • The banana pancakes are phenomenal and I make them about once a month. Great way to use a mushy banana!!!

    • — Pat Rodriguez on June 25, 2022
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  • This was the best recipe ever! My family loved it! Thank you!

    • — Negine on June 23, 2022
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  • THIS IS THE BEST RECIPE EVER BCZ I ALWAYS MESS UP MAKING PANCAKES AND FIND IT HARD BUT THIS ONE WAS SO EASY AND QUICK TO MAKE AND THE END RESULTS WERE DELICIOUS

    • — melisa on June 19, 2022
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  • Delicious!!!! Thank you!

    • — Julie Vonblomberg on June 8, 2022
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  • It’s my first time making banana pancakes and they came out good. Kids loved it too. Very fluffy in the inside. I’ve tried many different pancake recipes and it’s hard to find one that is good. But this one is good.

    • — Stefanie on June 5, 2022
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  • Wow!!! These pancakes are phenomenal !!!! My super fussy son declared them to be the “best pancakes I’ve ever had in my life” – WIN! Thanks for sharing!

    • — kay on June 5, 2022
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  • Fantastic! I loved it and so did my 9 month old and 3 year old.

    • — Christina on June 3, 2022
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  • I’ve made these vegan and several times now! I use unsweetened oat or almond milk, vegan margerine and flax eggs. Also I omit the salt since there’s some in the vegan butter. The flax eggs adds a yummy touch!!! I’ll never use another recipe!!

    • — Tammy on June 1, 2022
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