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Homemade Banana Pancakes made from scratch with mashed ripe banana, walnuts, and buttermilk are what family breakfasts are all about!

These fluffy homemade pancakes are perfect with a pat of butter and warm pure maple syrup. Don’t bother using a mix when it’s so easy to mix up a batch with ingredient you have on hand!

banana pancakes on plate with butter and syrup
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Why this recipe works so well:

When you take that extra 5 minutes to actually measure out the ingredients and make pancakes from scratch, you’ll be reminded of how much more wonderful homemade pancakes are.

There are two ingredients that really make these pancakes soft and fluffy: the buttermilk and the mashed banana. Both will make the inside of the pancake pillowy soft and moist and the melted butter gives a golden crisp outer layer.

The mashed banana is mixed right into the batter and gives a subtle and not overpowering banana flavor.

The chopped walnuts give an incredible crunch that makes the texture of the overall pancake more pleasing, but you can totally omit if you’re not a fan of nuts.

I don’t add much sugar to this recipe because the ripe banana adds all the sweetness you need!

Here’s how to make them:

  1. Mix all of the liquid ingredients together including the buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, vanilla extract, and mashed ripe banana (photo 1).
  2. Likewise, in a separate bowl whisk together all of the dry ingredients which include flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt (photo 2).
  3. Mix together the dry and wet ingredients just until fully incorporated (photo 3). It’s okay to have a few lumps. Just be sure to not overly mix the batter.
  4. Fold in the walnuts, if using (photo 4).
  5. Pre-heat your griddle over medium low heat, grease it with butter, and be sure it’s nice and hot before adding the pancake batter (photo 5).
  6. When you start to see small bubbles form around the edge, flip the pancakes (photo 6) and continue cooking a bit longer until they have cooked through.
step by step photos of pancake recipe with banana and walnut

Cooking Tips for perfect results:

  • Aside from finding a good recipe (ahem, like this one), there is a trick to properly mixing your pancakes. The trick is to not overly mix them. If you’re a good parent and let your kids stir the batter, just be sure to make them stop mixing as soon as all of the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • The perfect ripe banana is yellow with some brown spots.
  • Make sure your griddle is nice and hot before you add the batter. This will allow them to start cooking instantly. Also, I like to use a medium low temperature that is slightly cooler than the temperature I use to cook eggs. This allows the center of the pancake to cook without burning the outside.
  • Never flatten your pancake with your spatula! Only flip it once and let it rise to it’s airy fluffy glory.
  • To prevent them from sticking, you can use a cooking oil, but I prefer to melt butter all over my griddle as well as on top of the cooked pancake. Mmmmm… butter.
  • And for the love of God, please use real maple syrup! You’ll break my heart if you use corn syrup “syrup”.

What to serve with pancakes:

Whether you make these homemade banana pancakes or any kind of traditional pancake, here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy a good old fashioned pancake breakfast:

  • Real butter and real maple syrup. You just can’t go wrong here.
  • Bacon. Duh.
  • Lately I’ve been adding hemp seed to the top of my pancakes. They add great texture, taste, protein, and all sorts of other nutrients. If you haven’t given them a try yet, you should!
  • Cooked apples or pears. Any time we have apples or pears on the counter that are ripening faster than we can eat them, I peel and slice them and cook them down with some cinnamon and maple syrup. YUM!
  • Sliced banana on top! That seems like a no brainer, but sometimes people forget how good that tastes.

Are these healthy banana pancakes?

No, not really.

If you’re looking for a paleo pancake or a banana egg oat pancake recipe, this isn’t it.  This banana pancake recipe calls for flour and sugar and everything wrong yet everything right.

Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against those healthy banana pancake recipes and actually make them quite often. I just felt like making a good tasting old fashioned homemade buttermilk pancake that happened to have mashed up ripe banana mixed into the batter. These are what I got!

bite of four stacked banana pancakes

What else to make with ripe bananas:

If we have ripe bananas, I end up making things like Banana Bread BrowniesBanana Upside Down Cake, and Brown Butter Banana Bars.

They are also fantastic in things like a Strawberry Banana Smoothie or a Mango Pineapple Smoothie

Did you make this recipe? Please leave me comment below! I love hearing from my readers. 

Banana Pancakes

Prep15 minutes
Cook8 minutes
Total23 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Banana Pancakes made from scratch with mashed ripe banana, walnuts, and buttermilk are what family breakfasts are all about! These fluffy homemade pancakes are perfect with a pat of butter and warm pure maple syrup. Don't bother using a mix when it's so easy to mix up a batch with ingredient you have on hand!

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Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, vanilla, and mashed banana.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Fold in the nuts. Batter will be slightly lumpy.
  • Heat a griddle to medium low heat and grease with butter. Cook the pancakes until they are golden brown on each side, flipping only once.

Notes

These pancakes will burn more easily than pancakes from a mix, so be sure to have your heat set lower than what you’re used to.
Recipe makes 12 (4-6 inch) pancakes

Cooking Tips for perfect results:

  • Aside from finding a good recipe (ahem, like this one), there is a trick to properly mixing your pancakes. The trick is to not overly mix them. If you’re a good parent and let your kids stir the batter, just be sure to make them stop mixing as soon as all of the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • The perfect ripe banana is yellow with some brown spots.
  • Make sure your griddle is nice and hot before you add the batter. This will allow them to start cooking instantly. Also, I like to use a medium low temperature that is slightly cooler than the temperature I use to cook eggs. This allows the center of the pancake to cook without burning the outside.
  • Never flatten your pancake with your spatula! Only flip it once and let it rise to it’s airy fluffy glory.
  • To prevent them from sticking, you can use a cooking oil, but I prefer to melt butter all over my griddle as well as on top of the cooked pancake. Mmmmm… butter.
  • And for the love of God, please use real maple syrup! You’ll break my heart if you use corn syrup “syrup”.

Nutrition

Calories: 195kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 39mg, Sodium: 281mg, Potassium: 262mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 205IU, Vitamin C: 1.7mg, Calcium: 96mg, Iron: 1.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally published in April 2018 and has been updated with more cooking tips, information, and updated photos. Don’t worry – I didn’t change the recipe!

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24 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Great! Made half a recipe. Used 1/2 & 1/2 and a little milk. First two were pretty large, still made 6. Will make it again. Another way to use up my freezer bananas. Thank you.

  2. These pancakes are amazing! I use 3 small bananas and leave out the nuts as my children don’t like them, but the recipe gives light fluffy subtly flavoured pancakes that work a treat for breakfast or school lunch box snacks 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    These are fabulous! The whole family loves them especially with chocolate chips! They even freeze and reheat well!

  4. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! So do my parents and my sister, but because they like to eat healthy they make me switch up the not so healthy ingredients. I have used coconut flour, bread flour, whole wheat flour and combined flours and all of the batches turned out amazing! I also switched the buttermilk for half milk half yogurt and I also add cinnamon and pumpkin spice sometimes. I’ve made over 15 batches so far and they were all amazing!

  5. We absolutely love these pancakes. We made them two times now. We like making fresh homemade whipped cream and add some strawberries on top. We don’t need much syrup, maybe just a drizzle. So delicious!!

  6. The recipe was a huge success in my house. Husband, teenager, & toddler ate it with gusto. Thank you Krissy for this awesome recipe. You’re awesome….♥️

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve made these several times now. It’s a great weekend treat. Was thinking about adding some sweetened coconut flakes. Has anyone tried that yet?