Banana buttermilk pancakes are light, fluffy and delicious. Topped with candied walnuts and maple syrup, they’re a wonderful start to the day.
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Do you know that Jack Johnson song, Banana Pancakes? That’s my song.
Waking up slow is the very definition of me in the morning. (Some people say that song is about something else but I run a family friendly blog here so we will ignore those people lol!)
Some days though, we get hit by the pancake bug and we are suddenly up at a respectable hour expected of responsible adults on a Saturday, fussing in our kitchen making pancakes.
And buttermilk banana pancakes are one of our favourite pancakes to make.
Light, fluffy and so good! Throw in some candied walnuts and let me tell you, you’d become a morning person too.
Why you’ll love making banana buttermilk pancakes
- Making banana pancakes is an easy way to use up those overripe bananas. No need to bake banana bread or banana buttermilk muffins.
- Speaking of buttermilk, this recipe is also a great way to use up leftover buttermilk.
- Banana buttermilk pancakes also freeze well. So you can make them tonight and enjoy pancakes every morning next week.
- This banana pancake recipe is also very customizable. Add your favourite mix-ins and toppings. I have some delicious ideas in the FAQs below.
How to make banana pancakes
Making pancakes from scratch is almost as easy as using the box mix. You simply need to get your ingredients together yourself.
And the ingredients for this buttermilk banana pancake recipe are simple to find. You’ll need:
- All purpose flour
- Granulated sugar
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer)
- Mashed ripe bananas
- Unsalted butter
- Oil or butter for frying (canola oil, vegetable oil or coconut oil works)
Candied walnuts are optional but highly recommended. They’re such a great topping for these pancakes! To make them, you’ll need:
- Granulated sugar
- Unsalted butter
You really don’t need any special tools to make pancakes. Just bowls, measuring cups and spoons, a frying pan or pancake griddle, and a turner or pancake flipper.
If making candied walnuts, you’ll also need a skillet and a baking sheet.
Banana buttermilk pancakes recipe
STEP 1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
STEP 2. In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, almond milk, eggs, mashed bananas and melted butter. Set aside.
STEP 3. Put a medium sized pan or a pancake griddle on your stove over medium heat. You know it’s ready when small amounts of water sprinkled over it sizzles and evaporates immediately.
STEP 4. At this point, you can pour your buttermilk mixture into your flour mixture and gently stir. Do not over do it — the batter doesn’t have to be a smooth mixture. You want a coarse batter with bits of flour remaining.
STEP 5. Put a little oil or butter on your pan and start dropping your pancake mixture about 1/3 cup at a time. Cook about 3 minutes per side, or until bubbling and the edges are golden brown.
STEP 6. Serve warm topped with candied walnuts and maple syrup, or your favourite toppings.
How to make candied walnuts
STEP 1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside.
STEP 2. Using a skillet over medium heat, stir walnuts, sugar and butter together until the sugar is melted and all walnuts are coated (4-5 minutes). Make sure to stir constantly so your sugar doesn’t burn.
STEP 3. Transfer mixture to your baking sheet and spread evenly so the walnuts don’t stick together. Wait for the sugar to cool and harden (1-2 minutes) before serving.
I often have a jar of candied walnuts that I snack on. It’s also great with oatmeal and salads.
Tips for making fluffy banana pancakes every time
Frustrated with flat and rubbery pancakes? Here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way for soft, fluffy pancakes every time:
- Combine your wet and dry ingredients at the last minute, just when you’re ready to fry them. I know some recipes ask you to chill or rest the batter but I’ve found that resulted to flatter pancakes for me.
- Do not over mix the batter. You don’t want a smooth batter but a lumpy one. Again, I know other recipes suggest mixing the batter in a blender but I prefer to do it by hand so I have more control. I only usually use my blender when making lemon sugar crepes.
- Watch the temperature. You want the your pan to be hot enough, but not too hot to burn the pancakes before they’re properly cooked. Sprinkle some water on your pan and if it sizzles, you’re there. You don’t necessarily need a pancake griddle; a non-stick pan that distributes heat evenly works well too.
- Don’t flatten. Once you pour the pancake batter on your pan, leave it alone. Don’t swish it around, don’t flatten it, resist the urge to peek underneath. You’ll know when it’s time to flip when the edges are set and bubbling.
Buttermilk banana pancake recipe substitutions and FAQs
Pancakes that are undercooked in the middle but overcooked on the edges are a result of a pan that’s too hot. The edges burn while the middle remains mushy and raw. Getting the temperature just right is key.
Set your stove to medium heat and give your pan enough time to heat evenly. You may have to have a few sacrificial pancakes to ensure the heat is just right.
Then adjust along the way to ensure the pan doesn’t get too hot or too cool as you go through the rest of your pancake batter.
Flat and rubbery pancakes are most often due to an over-mixed batter. You want a lumpy pancake batter so as soon as you don’t see significant streaks of flour anymore, you can stop mixing.
No buttermilk? No problem. It’s easy to make your own.
It won’t be as thick as the ones you can buy in the store but I don’t notice a significant difference in my pancakes made with homemade buttermilk vs. those made with commercial buttermilk so I don’t hesitate to use it in a pinch.
Just mix a cup of milk and a tablespoon of lemon juice, stir then let sit in room temperature for 30 minutes.
I’ve also recently discovered the joys of powdered buttermilk, which you just mix with water. It has a longer shelf life so there’s less pressure to use it all up in a week.
I’ve tried both butter and oil for frying pancakes and find that one is not really better than the other. It’s a matter of personal preference.
I personally use butter more often than oil for that added flavour. And I sometimes also mix the two.
So whatever you have on hand works.
Banana buttermilk pancakes freeze very well.
Once they’re completely cool, put them in a large Ziploc bag (with a piece of parchment paper between each pancake so they don’t stick together) and put the bag in the freezer.
On hectic weekday mornings, just microwave a piece of pancake straight out of the freezer for about 30 seconds and it’s good as new. Still fluffy and still delicious!
Frozen banana pancakes should last up to a month.
This recipe for banana pancakes is very customizable. You can add your favourite mix-ins like:
– Chocolate chips
– Shredded coconut
– Dried fruit
Just be careful when adding in wet ingredients (e.g. another mashed fruit) because it might mess with the ratios in the recipe.
If you’re not in the mood for candied walnuts, you can top these pancakes with:
– Other candied nuts
– Sliced bananas or berries
– Peanut butter
– Chocolate syrup
– Your favourite jam
These pancakes are also great on their own.
You can use this recipe as a starting point to make banana buttermilk waffles but not the exact ratios because waffle recipes usually contain more fat (oil or butter) and sugar.
You’ll need to experiment a bit to get the waffle batter just right.
Other pancake recipes
Pancakes make every morning special. Make them for Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving morning, Christmas morning, or for someone’s birthday breakfast in bed.
- Pumpkin buttermilk pancakes are light, fluffy and full of the warm, cozy flavours of fall. They’re amazing with candied pecans!
- Ube pancakes are your favourite buttermilk pancakes bursting with the ube flavour you love. Made with ube halaya or ube jam, it’s sweet, soft, fluffy. Definitely a delicious way to start the day.
- Whip up a batch of these light fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes and start the day with sunshine on a plate! Bright lemon flavour, not too sweet, soft as a cloud.
This weekend, get up early and reward yourself with fluffy banana pancakes. They will make you feel great about being up before noon!
Of course, who said pancakes are just for breakfast and brunch? Go ahead and make these pancakes at midnight. They will be just as delicious.
Banana Buttermilk Pancakes with Candied Walnuts
For the Pancakes:
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups buttermilk room temperature
- ½ cup almond milk room temperature (see notes)
- 3 pcs large eggs room temperature
- 1 cup mashed ripe bananas about 2-4 bananas
- ¼ cup unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled
- Oil or butter for frying
For the Pancakes:
- In a large bowl, combine 3 cups flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, 3 teaspoons baking powder, 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk 2 cups buttermilk, ½ cup almond milk, 3 eggs, 1 cup mashed bananas and ¼ cup melted butter. Set aside.
- Put a medium sized pan on your stove over medium heat. You know it's ready when small amounts of water sprinkled over it sizzles and evaporates immediately.
- At this point, you can pour your buttermilk mixture into your flour mixture and gently stir. Do not over do it – it doesn't have to be a smooth mixture. You want a coarse batter with bits of flour remaining.
- Put a little oil or butter on your pan and start dropping your pancake mixture about ⅓ cup at a time. Cook about 3 minutes per side, or until bubbling and the edges are golden brown.
- Serve warm topped with candied walnuts and maple syrup.
For the Candied Walnuts:
- Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Using a skillet over medium heat, stir all ingredients together until sugar is melted and all walnuts are coated (4-5 minutes). Make sure to stir constantly so your sugar doesn’t burn.
- Transfer mixture to your baking sheet and spread evenly so the walnuts don’t stick together. Wait for the sugar to cool and harden (1-2 minutes) before serving.
- You can substitute dairy milk for almond milk.
- This recipe yields 12-16 pancakes, depending on how big you make them.
- You can make the candied walnuts up to 3 days ahead – just store in an airtight container. No need to refrigerate.
Nutritional information are estimates only.
Happy pancake making!
Did you make fluffy banana pancakes? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.