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Easy Banana Pancakes

Banana pancakes make the best weekend breakfast. These easy pancakes use basic ingredients you already have in your pantry. Mashed banana give the pancakes a hint of banana flavor, without being overwhelming. If you have an abundance of overripe bananas, try these banana muffins with cinnamon streusel.

banana pancakes with syrup

Topped with a pat of butter, maple syrup and a few slices of fresh bananas, these pancakes are our absolute favorite weekend indulgence.

Easy banana pancakes

Banana pancakes are the perfect weekend treat, especially if you have overripe bananas. It never fails, I buy the most beautiful bananas, only to find that when I wasn’t looking, they’ve turned brown.

banana pancakes with sliced bananas

Normally I would freeze them for smoothies or wait until I had one or two more for banana bread. But, I felt the need to rescue them and do something with them other than relegating them to the dark, frozen tundra that is my freezer.

banana pancakes on white plate

how to make banana pancakes

This recipe is great for beginners and experienced cooks. This is also a great recipe to make with kids, to get them in the kitchen with you. 

  1. Combine dry ingredients and whisk to combine
  2. Combine wet ingredients and mix to combine.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into dry (or dry into wet, it honestly doesn’t matter) and mix just until combined.
  4. Cook pancakes until large bubble form and surface looks a little dry, then flip.

how to make banana pancakes

That’s all there is to it. This is a really easy pancake recipe that turns out great every single time. Which is good, because when you need pancakes, the last thing you want is a complicated recipe.

This recipe will make 8 pancakes. If we’re really hungry, that would feed two adults. The pancakes aren’t the huge plate-sized ones you get at the diner, they are about 4 inches each, if you use a 1/3 cup measure to portion the batter.

I like warm maple syrup and extra sliced bananas on top of my stack of pancakes, but that is entirely up to you how you like to serve them. They are good without anything on them at all. I know this because I usually eat one straight out of the pan. Call it “cooks treat”.

fork full of pancakes

More breakfast ideas

Are you a breakfast lover too? Breakfasts like this are usually weekend treats, so when we have the time, we like to make something really delicious. Here are a few more ideas for a tasty start to the day:

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Yield: 8 pancakes

Easy Banana Pancakes

banana pancakes with syrup

Quick and easy pancakes using pantry items and overripe bananas to make a delicious breakfast.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsp melted butter, cooled
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 small ripe bananas, mashed


    1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a bowl.  Whisk to combine and set aside.
    2. In a medium bowl combine egg, milk, butter, vanilla and bananas and whisk to combine.
    3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix until just combined and all flour is incorporated. (Batter will be lumpy, do not overmix) 
    4. Ladle about a 1/3 cup batter into pan on medium heat. Let pancakes cook for 2 to 3 minutes until you see large bubbles on top and the surface looks slightly dry.
    5. Flip pancakes and cook for another 2 - 3 minutes.
    6. Serve with warm maple syrup and extra sliced bananas, if desired.


Recipe makes 8 - 4" pancakes, using 1/3 cup of batter per pancake.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 381Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 640mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 3gSugar: 19gProtein: 10g

Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.

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Originally published: 12/18/12
Most recent update: 4/7/20


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