Banana Pancakes the Whole Family Will Love

These banana pecan buttermilk pancakes are perfect for Sunday breakfast. Bonus: They're sure to satisfy your pregnancy cravings.

Banana Pancakes the Whole Family Will Love
Yield: Makes eighteen 4-inch pancakes


  • 3/4 cup pecans, toasted, plus more for garnish
  • 1 3/4 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon iodized salt
  • 4 tablespoons ground flaxseed (optional)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the pan
  • 1 cup milk, whole or 2%
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (see note below)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large ripe bananas, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds (reserve some for garnish)
  • Buttered Maple Syrup (recipe follows)
Buttered Maple Syrup:
  • 1 1/2 cups pure maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter

Make It

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F and place a cooling rack on a baking sheet.

2. Finely grind 1/2 cup of the pecans in a food processor, or chop them to a fine powder. Coarsely chop the remaining 1/4 cup pecans and reserve. Transfer the ground pecans to a large bowl. Add the flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and flaxseed (if using) and whisk until combined.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, butter, milk, buttermilk, and vanilla until frothy. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined (don't overmix or your pancakes won't rise properly). Fold the reserved 1/4 cup of chopped pecans into the batter.

4. Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium heat. Brush the griddle with butter; keep the surface buttered well throughout cooking to prevent the bananas from sticking. Pour 1/4 cup of the batter onto griddle for each pancake. Lay about 5 banana slices onto each pancake and cook until small bubbles form and pop on the surface and the bottom is golden brown. Flip the pancakes and cook until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes.

5. Place the pancakes on the cooling rack on top of the baking sheet and keep them warm in oven until ready to serve. Drizzle with Buttered Maple Syrup and garnish with bananas and pecans. Serve warm.

Buttered Maple Syrup:

6. In a small saucepan, warm the syrup and butter over medium-low heat; whisk to combine.


  • If you don't have buttermilk, simply add 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar or lemon juice to 1-cup measure and complete the cup with whole or 2% milk to yield 1 cup "buttermilk"! Let stand for 5 minutes and then use as needed.
  • Start in one spot and lift your spoon or ladle up as you pour over the same spot to form well-shaped circles. Flip the pancakes only once so that they stay light and fluffy. Store your pancakes in the oven on a cooling rack over a baking sheet to keep the pancakes from steaming.
  • Reprinted with permission from Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun by Daphne Oz, William Morrow Hardcover