These light & fluffy banana pancakes are like banana bread in pancake form. Start your morning with this easy recipe!
I love breakfast. And I also love making breakfast. Pancakes, muffins, waffles, smoothies…. Making breakfast is my kitchen therapy.
And what could be better kitchen therapy than pancakes? Delicious, super easy, ready in no time & no extra grocery trip required? Zero stress and so, so, so tasty. Yup – making these light & fluffy banana pancakes is pretty much the best way to start your day.
Now – full disclaimer. Banana pancakes are my favorite. They’re super moist; light & fluffy; have tons of flavor from the bananas, cinnamon & vanilla; and they never taste dry or bland. Even sans chocolate chips – they’re crazy delicious.
Now – these banana pancakes are AMAZING. I had them two days in a row in fact. What makes them so delicious is that they use the best of both worlds from banana bread and light & fluffy pancakes. They’re super moist, have a delicious banana flavor, and benefit from cinnamon, brown sugar & lots of vanilla like banana bread. Then – they’re super fluffy, have golden brown edges and taste amazing with whipped cream & maple syrup just like your favorite pancakes. Making them with buttermilk is the trick to super light & fluffiness.
Banana bread + pancakes = love.
How to Make the Pancakes
To make these light & fluffy banana pancakes, all you’ll do is whisk together your dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then you’ll mix your wet ingredients – your ripe bananas, egg, butter, buttermilk & vanilla – in a separate bowl. Add your wet into your dry and mix til almost combined with a rubber spatula, and you’re done! To keep your pancakes fluffy, you only need to mix the wet into the dry ingredients until just combined – a few lumps are totally OK! Here’s to being lazy!
Then pour about ¼ cup of batter onto your griddle or frying pan – then when you see bubbles on the uncooked side, flip ’em over and continue cooking for about 2-3 minutes.
These pancakes taste amazing with some chocolate chips sprinkled in – but they’re also amazing totally plain. Douse them in maple syrup or maybe sprinkled with icing sugar – and you’ve got yourself quite the feast. Jack Johnson totally optional!
Light Fluffy Banana Pancakes
- 2 medium sized very ripe bananas , mashed until no lumps remain
- 2 tablespoons melted butter , cooled to room temperature
- 1 large egg , room temperature preferred
- 1 cup buttermilk ,room temperature preferred*
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour , spooned and leveled
- ½ - 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- butter or non-stick cooking spray
- In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the bananas, melted butter, egg, buttermilk & vanilla until well combined. Set aside.
- In a separate large bowl, whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking powder salt & brown sugar.
- Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients using a large wooden spoon or rubber spatula until just combined.
- Turn on a griddle to 350F degrees or heat a large frying pan to medium heat. Lightly grease with butter or non-stick cooking spray.
- Pour about ¼ cup of batter onto the griddle or pan for each pancake. Cook for about 2-4 minutes until small bubbles begin to form on the uncooked side, then flip the pancakes and continue cooking for about 2-3 minutes until both sides are golden brown.
- Coat griddle/frying pan with butter or non-stick cooking spray between each pancake batch.
- Serve immediately either plain, with maple syrup, fresh fruit or your favorite pancake toppings.
these sound wonderful but they look rather high carb. any idea how high in carbs they are please?
I’m not sure of the nutrition information for this recipe, but if you’re looking for a healthier option I’d try my Skinny Banana Pancakes instead. They taste delicious but are a lightened up version of this recipe. I hope you like them!
They’re pancakes, if you’re worried about carbs don’t eat it!
I’m going to make these with my 11 year old, he loves to cook! 🙂
I hope you both loved the pancakes!
I added Raisin and Prune to mine Awesome
I just discovered your blog and LOVE it!! I signed up for your newsletters. These pancakes look so good and I love banana anything. Do you happen to have a homemade pancake syrup to go over these? I have tried many syrups from the grocery store and haven’t found any that I like and would buy again. Thank you so much!
A new fan,
Thanks so much Lisa! I don’t have a recipe for homemade syrup right now on the blog – but that’s definitely something I need to try! I have a few recipes for sauces though – Here’s a few options:
Strawberry Sauce: http://www.justsotasty.com/strawberry-sundae-sauce/
Butterscotch Sauce: http://www.justsotasty.com/butterscotch-sundae-sauce/
Salted Caramel: http://www.justsotasty.com/easy-salted-caramel-sauce/
Blueberry Compote: http://www.justsotasty.com/lemon-cheesecake-blueberry-compote/
Very fluffy and yum!!!! I tried using buckwheat flour. It still turn out awesome!
Thank you for sharing the tips for buttermilk too.
So glad you loved the pancakes! I’ll have to try them with buckwheat next time 🙂
My picky husband really loved these!
Aslyn Van cleave
These are delicious!! Added pecans and cardamom- so yummy! My hubby made whipped cream and we topped it with that and kept it simple!
I added walnuts and a few choc chips…. FANTASTIC!