Banana Bread Pancakes

Sometimes ideas for food just pop into my head.  Sometimes the idea is a result of some brainstorming.  And sometimes the ideas come to me while I’m sleeping.

I think about food a lot.  A lot, a lot.

Well, one morning, pancakes were on the menu.  And there were some over ripe bananas just begging to be in those pancakes.  But my little brain started turning and I decided banana pancakes were not going to suffice.  These needed to be extra special banana BREAD pancakes.  And I instantly knew just how I was going to do it.

I love that my brain works like that.

banana bread pancakes at Eat It & Say Yum

These pancakes have two whole bananas smashed into them, and candied nuts.  You can use candied walnuts, or candies pecans.

Banana Bread Pancakes from Eat It & Say Yum

Of course I served these with Buttermilk Syrup.  But maple would be delicious as well.

Banana Bread Pancakes


  • 1 2/3 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar (or 1 tsp honey)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 eggs- yolks separated
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ripe bananas- mashed
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 2 Tbs brown or white sugar- to candy the nuts


  1. In a medium frying pan, add the nuts and the 2 Tbs sugar. Over medium heat allow the sugar to melt, or dissolve, and coat the nuts. You can can add a tsp or two of water if the sugar isn’t melting well. Remove the nuts to a sheet of parchment paper, or foil with non-stick spray. Separate the nuts a little, so they aren’t in a big clump, and allow to cool.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the buttermilk and baking soda. Stir with a fork and let sit.
  3. In a small bowl or two cup measuring cup, combine the flour, salt, sugar (if using honey, add it later), baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. No need to stir yet.
  4. Separate the egg yolks from the whites. Put the yolks in the same bowl as the buttermilk. Put the whites into a third bowl, a medium size mixing bowl. Using an electric hand mixer whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the buttermilk. Mix with the hand mixer. Add the mashed bananas, oil, and vanilla to the buttermilk mixture and mix again.
  6. Using a rubber scraper, fold the egg whites into the buttermilk mixture. Fold in the candied nuts as well.
  7. Cook the batter, about a 1/3- 1/2 of a cup for each pancake, on a hot griddle for about two minutes on each side. Make sure the inside is cooked all the way through before serving.
  8. Serve warm with your favorite syrup. Makes about 12- 15 pancakes.


Makes about 14 pancakes.


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14 thoughts on “Banana Bread Pancakes

    1. If you want to substitute regular milk, I suggest adding a tablespoon and a half of vinegar to your measuring bowl, and then filling it the rest of the way with the milk. To give you a total of 1 2/3 cups of liquid. The vinegar and milk together make a great substitute for buttermilk, and then it will still have a similar reaction to the baking soda. I’ve used this substitute a lot, and they still turn out great! (I’ve heard lemon juice works as well.) I hope that helps! 🙂

  1. I can almost taste these! I love that you folded in beaten egg whites to make the pancakes light and fluffy. Had a look at your recipe for buttermilk syrup too – I am definitely going to have to give that a go.

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