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Easy Banana Pancakes (VIDEO)

Banana Pancakes are easy to make and one of the best ways to use ripe bananas. This is like having Banana Bread in pancake form.

The pancake batter can be made ahead and refrigerated overnight, plus the pancakes reheat really well. Also, the kids love these so we’re winning the breakfast battles with this recipe.

Stack of banana pancakes drizzled with maple syrup

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We love fluffy homemade pancakes from Ricotta Pancakes to Dutch Baby Pancakes. If you are looking for a new favorite breakfast, these Banana Pancakes are a must-try. They are also very easy to make.

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A New Family Favorite!

When we find a new family favorite, we always know it’s a hit when it lands on our regular rotation. These Banana pancakes were a big win with everyone in the family. Here’s Why:

  • Make-Ahead Batter – you can cover and refrigerate the batter overnight then make the pancakes the next day using cold batter right out of the fridge. This is perfect for busy mornings or camping trips.
  • Reheat Well – these pancakes can be reheated on a skillet, in the toaster, or in the air fryer until warmed through.
  • Soft and Moist – these pancakes have a tender crumb and go down easy.
  • Naturally Sweetened – most of the sweetness comes from the bananas. You can omit the 1 Tbsp of sugar if you are cutting out processed sugars.
Slice removed from banana pancakes to show center texture

Ingredients for Banana Pancakes

The key to making great banana pancakes is in using overripe bananas. Just like with making Banana Bread, the more overripe, the sweeter your recipe will be. Check out our post on how to ripen bananas faster.

  • Bananas – 2 medium bananas should be about 1 cup mashed
  • Dry ingredients – (basic pantry staples) all-purpose flour, only 1 Tablespoon sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Buttermilk – activates the baking soda and adds a hint of tangy flavor.
  • Eggs – these can be cold, right out of the fridge
  • Butter – adding melted butter to the batter makes the pancakes rich and moist.
  • Vanilla extract – use real vanilla extract for the best taste
Ingredients for making banana pancakes with very ripe bananas

How to Make Banana Pancakes

  1. Mash Bananas – use a fork to mash the bananas into a chunky applesauce consistency.
  2. Combine wet ingredientswhisk together buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, mashed bananas, and melted butter.
  3. Combine dry ingredients – whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center.
  4. Whisk wet and dry ingredients – mix just until combined, and do not overmix. The batter should be lumpy.
  5. Cook pancakes – Heat a cast-iron skillet or non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp oil then sautee for about 2 minutes per side.
How to mash bananas and make banana pancakes batter

Pro Tip: Use a trigger release ice cream scoop for easy and even portioning of the batter into the skillet. It’s also less messy.

Banana pancakes on a cooling rack

Common Questions

Are these healthy banana pancakes?

Making homemade pancakes is typically healthier than using a boxed mix. We also love that they are sweetened mostly with bananas. Check out the nutrition label below for calorie and nutrition estimates.

Can I omit the sugar?

Since these are primarily sweetened with banana, you can omit the 1 Tbsp of sugar in the recipe if desired.

How long should I sauté the pancakes?

These pancakes should be sautéed for about 2 minutes per side. If they are browning too quickly, reduce the heat.

When should I flip the pancakes?

Once you see bubbles rise to the top and start to pop, they are ready to flip.

Before and after flipping pancakes

Pancake Toppings

Banana pancakes have great banana flavor and we love to serve them with these complimentary toppings:

  • Banana Slices
  • Toasted and chopped pecans or walnuts
  • Maple Syrup
  • Honey Butter
  • Fresh strawberries or blueberries
Stacked banana pancakes topped with bananas, pecans and maple syrup

More Banana Recipes

If you love this Banana Pancake Recipe, then you won’t want to miss these ripe banana recipes.

Easy Banana Pancakes Recipe

5 from 13 votes
Prep Time: 18 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Banana pancakes stacked on a plate

Banana Pancakes are an excellent way to use up ripe bananas. You can use cold ingredients straight from the fridge, the batter refrigerates well, and the pancakes reheat great. Serve banana pancakes with more sliced banana, toasted pecans and maple syrup.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $4-$6
Keyword: banana pancake recipe, banana pancakes
Cuisine: American
Course: Breakfast
Calories: 151 kcal
Servings: 12 pancakes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center.
  2. Mash banana with a fork until a chunky applesauce consistency.
  3. In a second bowl, combine wet ingredients: buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, mashed bananas and melted butter. Whisk to combine.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and whisk just until combined. Do not overmix, the batter should be lumpy.

  5. Preheat cast iron or nonstick skillet or griddle to medium heat (350˚F). Grease your griddle or skillet with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Scoop batter 1/4 cup at a time onto your greased pan at least an inch apart.

  6. Cook about 2 minutes per side. Use a spatula to flip pancakes when bubbles start to pop on the surface. Add more oil as needed and cook remaining batches and serve warm.

Recipe Notes

*Nutrition label is per pancake and does not include toppings or maple syrup. This recipe makes 12 pancakes. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Banana Pancakes Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 151 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 177mg8%
Potassium 132mg4%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 181IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Anna
    July 25, 2021

    This was my first time making banana pancakes. They came out very yummy with a crepe-like texture. I had them with strawberries, blueberries and orange juice, and it sticks to your ribs, as they say. I haven’t been hungry in hours.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 25, 2021

      Delicious, I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe, Anna. Thank you for your review.

      Reply

  • Cynthia N
    July 1, 2021

    So far this has been the best from scratch pancake recipe we have tried. Thank you very much!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 1, 2021

      You’re very welcome, Cynthia. I’m happy to know that you loved these pancakes!

      Reply

  • Clayton
    June 30, 2021

    I’ve made this recipe two Sunday’s in row and it turned out so delicious every time! I’ve printed out the recipe and added it to my breakfast binder. There’s usually 3 or 4 left over that I’ll eat cold right out of a refrigerated container the next day as a snack. Lol! The next time, going to try a 1/4 to a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of ground cloves. Thank you so much for this recipe!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 30, 2021

      Hello Clayton, thanks for your great feedback. I’m happy to know that you enjoyed this recipe! Thank you for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Abby Nguyen
    June 30, 2021

    So delicious! So fluffy! I want to eat this everyday. Thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 30, 2021

      You’re welcome, Abby! I hope it becomes your new favorite.

      Reply

      • Fiona
        July 28, 2021

        Hi what buttermilk did you use

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          July 28, 2021

          Hi Fiona, our store carries lucerne or darigold. Both worked great with this recipe.

          Reply

  • Jen R
    June 27, 2021

    These were amazing!! My husband who eats absolutely no veggies or fruits actuslly ate it & loved it, thank you!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 27, 2021

      I’m happy to hear that he loved this recipe! Thanks for your review. Jen.

      Reply

  • Ala
    June 27, 2021

    Delicious pancakes,i used the same mix to make waffles and it came out perfect,best waffles I’ve ever had.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 27, 2021

      Hello Ala, that is great to hear! I’m glad you loved this recipe for your waffles too.

      Reply

  • Steve Waltman
    June 23, 2021

    I made these over a recent weekend. The only difference was that I used 3 tbsp of baking powder instead of 1 tbsp of baking soda, just because that’s what I had on hand. (The 3:1 ratio was taken from looking up the substitution of one for the other on the net.)
    They came out pretty good, although my first batch of 6 or 8 pancakes needed to cook longer.
    I’d be curious to see this recipe adapted for Belgian Waffles!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 23, 2021

      Hi Steve! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • ROBIN
    June 22, 2021

    As the pancakes are prone to stick because of the sugar content in the bananas, I put chopped nuts in the skillet first, pour the batter on top. It toasts the nuts, more yummy. Nuts also serve as “ball bearings”, reducing sticking.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 22, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Robin! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Roger
    June 21, 2021

    I made these for my wife today. Very easy to make. The pancakes lacked structure with only bananas in them. I made a note to incorporate chopped nuts or coconut in my next batch. You don’t even need to chew these. Just suck them back! Yumm.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 21, 2021

      I’m so glad you gave these a try Roger! We absolutely love them!

      Reply

  • Natasha
    June 20, 2021

    These were amazing! We made them today for Father’s Day used GF flour and they tuned out amazing. Thank you 😋😍

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 20, 2021

      Very nice! Good to know that you made it work too using GF flour. Thanks for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • GRAMPA JOE
    June 20, 2021

    Big let-down. We make excellent pancakes. This recipe is far from a nice recipe. First time we’ve had this experience with Natasha’s recipes. Can’t win em all.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      June 21, 2021

      Hi Joe, I am always happy to troubleshoot. Did you change anything in the recipe that could have affected the results? We have made these many times and always get the same great fluffy pancake results.

      Reply

  • Sikin
    June 19, 2021

    These pancakes were such a hit! Thank you

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 20, 2021

      You’re very welcome! Glad you enjoyed them.

      Reply

  • Rose
    June 19, 2021

    Natasha!! Can we use white whole wheat flour or whole wheat?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 20, 2021

      Helo Rose, I honestly haven’t tried that yet to advise. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes!

      Reply

  • Wendy Leal
    June 19, 2021

    I saw your video on YouTube today and I had 2 bananas that I had to use up so I tried this recipe. They are amazing! Everyone in the family loved them, especially my 1 year old granddaughter. I love how there was very little sugar in them. They are them just as a snack and didn’t need syrup.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 19, 2021

      I’m so glad you caught that video, Wendy! That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Michelle
    June 19, 2021

    So good! Made them as an early Father’s Day breakfast, they were a hit!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 19, 2021

      Yum! That’s so great! The perfect Father’s Day treat!

      Reply

  • Ena
    June 19, 2021

    Hi Natasha
    Can I use regular milk instead of buttermilk??

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 19, 2021

      Hi Ena, we need the buttermilk in this recipe since it activates the baking soda and adds a hint of tangy flavor. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, You can make your own buttermilk at a ratio of 1 cup whole milk to 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice. Combine and let it sit 10 minutes to curdle then stir and use.

      Reply

  • Vijay Naidoo
    June 18, 2021

    I will differently make them my grandson love’s bananas so I will get him eat pancakes

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 19, 2021

      YES! They are so good and good for you! I hope your grandson loves this recipe!

      Reply

  • Vijay Naidoo
    June 18, 2021

    Thx u for sharing

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 19, 2021

      You’re welcome, Vijay! Thank YOU for watching!

      Reply

  • Olga
    June 18, 2021

    Can I use kefir instead of buttermilk?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 19, 2021

      Hi Olga, I haven’t tried it in this specific recipe, but I bet it could work. Kefir is a good substitute for buttermilk.

      Reply

  • Nina
    June 18, 2021

    Hi Natasha 👋 I will make these pancakes for Father’s day!
    Could you tell me which oil dispenser you use from amazon?
    Thanks!

    Reply

  • Lily
    June 18, 2021

    These banana pancakes were amazing, I am always trying to think of new ways to use my browned bananas and this was perfect, the whole family loved them. I already got requests to make them for Sunday brunch 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 18, 2021

      That’s so great, Lily! I love when simple recipes are a hit with the family!

      Reply

  • Sara Welch
    June 18, 2021

    Enjoyed these for breakfast this morning and started my day off right! Perfectly light and fluffy; my whole family loved them!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 18, 2021

      The perfect way to start Friday morning! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Tatum Burke
    June 18, 2021

    So happy I found this, I have a bunch of ripe bananas to use up!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 18, 2021

      I’m so glad you discovered my blog and this recipe! I hope you love it!

      Reply

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