Easy Banana Pancakes Recipe

Yields: About 12 medium pancakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas (the riper, the sweeter the pancakes!)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk (any kind you prefer)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted (or cooking oil like vegetable or canola)

Optional Add-ins:

  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Instructions

  • Mash Bananas: In a large bowl, thoroughly mash the bananas with a fork until mostly smooth.
  • Whisk Wet Ingredients: Add the eggs, melted butter (or oil), and milk to the mashed bananas. Whisk until well combined.
  • Mix Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Combine Batter: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, gently mixing until just combined. Don’t overmix, as this can lead to tough pancakes. If you’re adding any optional ingredients like nuts or chocolate chips, fold them in now.
  • Cook the Pancakes: Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Lightly grease with butter or cooking oil. Pour about ¼ cup of batter onto the skillet for each pancake. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until bubbles form on the surface and the edges look set. Flip and cook for an additional minute or two until golden brown.
  • Serve Warm: Serve immediately with your favorite toppings like maple syrup, fresh fruit, whipped cream, a sprinkle of powdered sugar, or a drizzle of honey.

Tips

  • Ripe Bananas: Super-ripe bananas will create the most flavorful and naturally sweet pancakes.
  • Don’t Overmix: Lumps in the batter are okay! Overmixing activates the gluten in flour and can make your pancakes dense.
  • Let the batter rest: For optimal fluffiness, let the batter rest for 5-10 minutes before cooking.
  • Adjust Thickness: If the batter seems too thick, add a splash more milk. If it’s too thin, add a tablespoon or two more flour.

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