how to make easy banana pancakes
Breakfast,  Pancakes

Easy Banana Pancakes

In our house we like our bananas under-ripe. Not green and fuzzy on the tongue when you take a bite, mind you. More-so, we don’t like eating brown, spotty bananas. This picky behavior gives us about a four day window from grocery store shelf perfection to at home inedible (well, from a “peel and eat” standpoint anyway).

I’m not always in the mood for banana bread, or even muffins, the standard places to stuff over-ripe bananas. But pancakes? Ah, yes. Pancakes. Well, you guys know that’s a weekend favorite in our house.

Here’s another way to use up those brown, spotty, over-ripe bananas that (actually) are in their prime for cooking with.


Easy Banana Pancakes


how to make easy banana pancakes

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Prep: 5 minutes; Cook: 20 minutes; Yields: 9 pancakes

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 large egg, beaten
3/4 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 over-ripe bananas, mashed up well


Preheat a large skillet over heat that’s just a bit hotter than medium while you make the batter. Rub the pan with a little canola oil.

Add the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt to a medium mixing bowl and then give it a quick stir to combine. In a separate bowl or large measuring cup (my personal favorite), whisk together the egg, milk, vanilla and canola oil. Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients, and whisk a few times until the mixture is just combined. Gently whisk in the bananas, about 5 turns should incorporate them – you don’t want to over whisk the batter.


how to make easy banana pancakes


Ladle the batter into the pan (about 1/4 cup each), and cook for 4 minutes or until bubbles form across the entire top of the pancake. Flip them, and continue cooking the pancakes for 2 more minutes. Turn the heat down to medium, and repeat the process with the rest of the batter.


how to make easy banana pancakes

Serve hot with butter and syrup.

how to make easy banana pancakes


Note: You might find that 3 minutes on the first side is plenty – it depends on your pan, and the type of burner you cook on. Often times after the first round, I reduce the heat and then only cook for 3 minutes on the first side. You’ll have to play with it a little.

Hi, I'm Liza, a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting sucked into whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life, and as a foodie at heart, I relish the chance to both cook and eat. (No picky-eater here!) I'm always on the hunt for the perfect mojito, inspiration for another tattoo and time to finish my novel.


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