Sunday, April 29, 2012

Make It: Banana Pancakes

I almost always have a bunch of bananas on hand because they are such a great breakfast ingredient. Besides their important role in my favorite oatmeal, they make their way into moist banana breads (such at this recent Strawberry Banana Bread)...thick fruity smoothies...Greek yogurt parfaits...and, of course, stacks of pancakes.

This banana pancake recipe is one of my favorites. The banana and whole wheat flour flavors are perfect and not too overwhelming, their texture is light and fluffy, and the piles of pancakes just look incredibly tempting. Drizzle on your favorite syrup (though, really, only pure maple syrup will do) and an additional sprinkling of chopped nuts, and dig in. Happy Sunday! :)

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes
from MassachusEATS

1 cup white whole wheat flour [I have also used "regular" whole wheat flour with great results; they are a bit denser but the flavor is wonderfully wheaty!]
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon melted butter [optional]
1 large banana, mashed
1/4 cup (or more!) coarsely chopped walnuts [or any nuts - pecans are great!]

Preheat an electric griddle to ~350* and grease with a touch of butter.
Whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Dig a well into the center. 
In the well, add the buttermilk, egg, and melted butter; whisk until just combined.
Fold in the mashed banana and chopped nuts.
Pour a 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle; cook until lightly browned, about 3 to 5 minutes. Flip the pancakes and cook 2 to 3 minutes more, or until cooked throughout.

Note: I sometimes will omit the mashed banana from the batter. Instead, thinly slice the banana. After pouring the batter onto the griddle, top each pancake with a few slices. Continue cooking as per instructions. The banana slices will become slightly caramelized and soften. So good!

What kind of pancakes are your favorite?
Any delicious banana breakfasts to share with us? :)


  1. I am a HUGE fan of pancakes! If I had to choose on one food to eat for the rest of my life, it would be pancakes. :)

    These look SO delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe with us. :)

    1. Thank you for swinging through! Being the big pancake fan you are, I hope that you get a chance to try em :)