Feb 20, 2024
Banana Pancakes Recipe – Love and Lemons

These banana pancakes are a delicious, easy weekend breakfast. They’re fluffy, moist, and filled with spiced banana flavor. Pass the maple syrup!


Banana pancakes


Fingers crossed you have a couple ripe bananas on your counter right now, because these banana pancakes are the perfect weekend breakfast! They’re fluffy, moist, and tender, with a warm, spiced banana flavor that will keep you coming back for more. They’re also conveniently easy to make, so if you’ve just rolled out of bed and have yet to drink your morning coffee, you won’t have any trouble whipping them up.

Pass the maple syrup, and enjoy! We love this banana pancake recipe, and I think you will too.


Banana pancake recipe ingredients


What You Need to Make Banana Pancakes

To make this banana pancake recipe, you’ll need these simple ingredients:

  • Bananas, of course! The spottier, the better. The riper your bananas are, the sweeter, moister, and more flavorful your pancakes will be. You’ll need 1 cup mashed banana for this recipe, about 2 medium bananas.
  • All-purpose flour – Spoon and level the flour to avoid packing too much into your measuring cup.
  • Baking powder, baking soda, and an egg – To help the pancakes puff up as they cook. Don’t do eggs? Check out my vegan banana pancakes!
  • Cane sugar – It brings out the sweetness of the bananas.
  • Milk – Any kind! I typically use a dairy-free milk like almond milk or oat milk, but regular milk works nicely too.
  • Avocado oil – You’ll add some to the pancake batter and use more for the pan. If you don’t keep avocado oil on hand, feel free to substitute vegetable oil or melted butter.
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract – They add warm, spiced depth of flavor that makes these pancakes taste just like banana bread.
  • And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.


Hands using spatula to mix pancake batter in a large bowl


How to Make Banana Pancakes

This banana pancake recipe is SO simple to make!

Step 1: Mix the batter.

Use a fork or potato masher to mash the bananas in a medium bowl. Measure 1 cup of the mash. If you’re a little short, top off the cup with yogurt to keep the pancakes moist.

In the medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: the banana, egg, milk, oil, and vanilla. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add the banana mixture to the dry ingredients and fold until just combined.

  • Tip: Careful not to overmix the batter! If you do, the pancakes will be dense.

Step 2: Cook the pancakes.

Heat a non-stick pan over medium-low heat, and pour 1/3 cup batter for each pancake into the hot skillet. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes on the first side, or until bubbles form on the surface of the batter and the pancakes are golden brown underneath. Flip and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. The pancakes are ready when they’re puffed, golden brown, and cooked through.

  • Tip: If the pancakes are browning on the outside before they’re done in the middle, turn down the heat!

That’s it! Unless you have a very large griddle, you’ll likely need to work in batches. To keep cooked banana pancakes warm while you work through the remaining batter, place them on a baking sheet and tent them with foil. Warm them in a 200°F oven until you’re ready to eat.


Banana pancakes topped with bananas, nuts, and maple syrup


Topping and Serving Suggestions

If you want to keep things simple, serve these banana pancakes with a big drizzle of maple syrup. But if you’re in the mood to get creative, have fun experimenting with other toppings, too. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Fresh fruit. I love these banana pancakes with sliced bananas or fresh berries.
  • Nut butter. Slather them with peanut butter or almond butter.
  • Something rich or creamy. I like a pat of butter or a dollop of Greek yogurt.
  • Something for crunch. Try chopped walnuts, pecans, or toasted coconut flakes.

You could even sprinkle them with chocolate chips!

Round out the meal with hot coffee or tea and a side of fresh fruit. If you’re craving a bigger brunch, pair the banana pancakes with something savory, like a frittata, breakfast casserole, or scrambled eggs.

How to Store Banana Pancakes

Store leftover banana pancakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, warm them in the toaster or zap them in the microwave.

Can you freeze banana pancakes?

Yes! These banana pancakes freeze perfectly. Allow them to cool to room temperature after cooking. Then, seal them in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Microwave for 30 seconds or so to reheat!


Banana pancakes recipe


More Favorite Breakfast Recipes

If you love these banana pancakes, try one of these favorite breakfast recipes next:

Banana Pancakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serves 4

These easy banana pancakes are the BEST weekend breakfast or brunch! They’re fluffy, delicious, and filled with spiced banana flavor. Serve them with sliced bananas and a big drizzle of maple syrup.

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  • In a large bowl, place the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg, and stir to combine.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the mashed banana, egg, almond milk, avocado oil, and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

  • Heat a nonstick skillet to medium-low heat and brush lightly with oil. Use a ⅓-cup scoop to pour the batter into the skillet. Cook the pancakes for 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until they’re puffed, cooked through, and golden brown on both sides. Serve with maple syrup.

Makes 10 pancakes.
*The pancakes will be dense if the flour is too packed.
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Feb 9, 2024
Banana Bread Recipe – Love and Lemons

This easy banana bread recipe is the BEST way to use ripe bananas! It’s moist, delicious, and packed with banana flavor. You’re going to love it!


Banana bread


This banana bread recipe is the best way to use overripe bananas. Now that we have a little one in the house, we’ve been buying a LOT more bananas than we used to. Sometimes (ok, often), we don’t get to all of them before they ripen, and I end up with a heap of dark brown, spotty bananas on my counter. Banana bread to the rescue!

But not just any banana bread.

While some popular recipes call for 2 or 3 bananas, this banana bread recipe calls for 4. I love that it lets me use up lots of ripe bananas in one go, but that’s not the only benefit of adding so much fruit. It gives the banana bread an amazing moist texture and rich, sweet banana flavor.

Even if you already have a go-to banana bread recipe, I hope you’ll try this one. Easy to make and SO delicious, it’s my new favorite. It could be yours too!


Banana bread recipe ingredients


Banana Bread Recipe Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:

  • Bananas, of course! The riper, the better. You’ll need 2 cups mashed, about 4 large bananas. Tip: To quickly ripen bananas for this recipe (within 1 to 2 days instead of 3+), store them in a paper bag.
  • All-purpose flour – Spoon and level it to avoid packing too much into your measuring cup.
  • Cane sugar – It sweetens the bread, bringing out the banana flavor. Brown sugar is fantastic here too—it makes the loaf extra-moist.
  • Melted butter – It perfects the moist texture and adds buttery flavor. Sub vegetable oil to make this recipe dairy-free!
  • Eggs and baking soda – They help the loaf puff up as it bakes.
  • Vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg – For warm depth of flavor.
  • Walnuts – For crunch! If you’d rather not add nuts, omit them, or replace them with an equal amount of raisins or chocolate chips.
  • And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.


Mashing bananas in mixing bowl


How to Make Banana Bread

This recipe is easy to make—no mixer required! Here’s how it goes:

First, combine the wet ingredients. Mash the bananas with a potato masher or fork, and place them in a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla and whisk until well combined.

Can you use thawed frozen bananas for banana bread?

Yes! Previously frozen thawed bananas work well here.

To freeze bananas, peel them and place them in an airtight container or freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw overnight in the fridge before making this recipe.

  • Tip: Freeze bananas when they are ripe and spotty for the sweetest flavor.


Adding dry ingredients to wet ingredients


Next, whisk together the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture…


Using wooden spoon to mix wet and dry ingredients


…and mix until just combined. Careful not to overmix! If you do, the bread will be dense.


Pouring walnuts into banana bread batter


Fold the walnuts into the batter.

Variations

Not a walnut person? Here are some other mix-ins that would be great:

  • Chopped pecans
  • Chocolate chips
  • Dried cranberries
  • Raisins

Or skip the mix-ins! The recipe is still delicious without them.


Sprinkling walnuts over moist banana bread batter in loaf pan


Finally, bake! Transfer the batter to a greased loaf pan and sprinkle more walnuts on top. Bake at 350°F for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the top springs back to the touch.

  • Tip: Check the bread at 40 minutes. If the top is well browned but the loaf still needs more time, tent it with foil to prevent further browning as it continues to bake.

How to Make Banana Bread Moist

The best way to ensure that the bread comes out moist is to use the full amount of mashed bananas, 2 cups.

If you come up short on the banana, with 1 1/2 or 1 3/4 cups mashed, substitute plain yogurt or sour cream for the missing quantity to keep the loaf moist.


Easy banana bread


How to Store Banana Bread

Proper storage will keep your quick bread moist after baking.

Allow it to cool to room temperature in the loaf pan. Then, transfer the loaf to an airtight container, or tightly wrap it in foil or plastic wrap. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Can you freeze banana bread?

YES! This banana nut bread freezes perfectly.

If you’d like to keep it on hand for more than 3 days, slice the cooled loaf and seal it in an airtight container or freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Transfer slices to the fridge to thaw overnight, or quickly defrost them in the microwave.


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More Quick Bread Recipes

If you love this recipe, try one of these easy quick breads next:

Got more ripe bananas? Make banana pancakes, banana muffins, or a peanut butter banana smoothie next!

Banana Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Serves 8

The BEST banana bread recipe! This easy loaf is moist, delicious, and packed with banana flavor. I love to add walnuts for crunch, but feel free to swap in pecans, chocolate chips, or raisins if you prefer.

  • 2 cups mashed very ripe banana, about 4 large
  • ½ cup cane sugar or brown sugar
  • ½ cup melted butter or vegetable oil, plus more for the pan
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts, plus 2 tablespoons for topping

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  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease an 8×4 or 9×5-inch loaf pan.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the mashed banana, sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Don’t overmix. Fold in the ½ cup walnuts.

  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and top with the remaining 2 tablespoons walnuts.

  • Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the top springs back to the touch. I like to check the loaf after 40 minutes. If the top is golden brown, I cover it with foil for the remaining bake time to prevent further browning.

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