Easy Banana Pancakes

These easy banana pancakes are lightly sweet and fluffy, made with a bit of whole wheat flour. Here’s how to make banana pancakes.

Pancakes with Coconut Bacon-004

Life will take on a new normal soon, though we’re not sure when. The interesting thing about adopting is that we have no idea when it will happen, versus a typical pregnancy with 9 months to prepare. Even if we’re matched with a baby, there’s no telling until it happens whether it will officially become our little one. So we’re holding this one lightly, with open hands. I think about all the things in your life that you might be holding this way: maybe a new job, a big test, buying a home, a health issue, a relationship. It’s a little terrifying knowing these things are not fully within our control, right? And in uncertain times, a comforting meal tradition can help to soothe the soul– enter these easy banana pancakes.

Want gluten free pancakes? Go to Banana Oatmeal Pancakes.

Banana Pancakes with Berries and Coconut Bacon | A Couple Cooks

How to make banana pancakes

These banana pancakes will not make all your big life decisions complete: BUT they are an excellent and delicious comforting brunch recipe with a healthy spin. Our banana pancakes feature a healthy dose of whole wheat flour and almond milk, making them dairy free. They’ve got the perfect fluffy texture and are lightly scented with banana and cinnamon.

How to make banana pancakes? It’s extremely easy: the hardest part is making sure to have a ripe banana on hand! Make them with the most ripe banana that you can find; otherwise, the banana flavor won’t come through! Other than that, these banana pancakes are a breeze: just mix together the wet ingredients and they dry ingredients, then fry up the dough on a skillet. One tip for cooking the pancakes: wait until bubbles form and pop on the top of the batter: then you’ll know when to flip them!

More great pancake recipes? Sour Cream Pancakes, Best Gluten Free Pancakes and Greek Yogurt Pancakes are tall and fluffy.

How to serve these banana pancakes

SO: these banana pancakes are even better because of the way that we’ve served them here: with ripe berries and coconut bacon! What’s coconut bacon? Well, it’s complete with bacon made from coconut! It might sound strange, but you’ve got to try this one! We’re not usually ones for meat substitutes, but this bacon is truly worth the effort. The coconut is infused with a spicy, smoky flavor that both crisps in the oven and maintains intermittent chewy parts, reminiscent of the crispy + fatty texture of bacon.

A dear friend had the idea of combining these salty bacon bits with lightly sweet banana pancakes, berries and maple syrup. It’s a sweet and savory masterpiece that is truly satisfying. You may remember from this salted chocolate ice cream recipe that my love of sweet and savory far exceeds Alex’s: but we were both huge fans of this way to serve these banana pancakes!

This banana pancakes recipe is…

Vegetarian and dairy-free. For gluten free, use ourBanana Oatmeal Pancakes

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Banana Pancakes with Berries

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 large pancakes 1x


These delicious banana pancakes are lightly sweet and fluffy, with a bit of whole wheat flour. Topped with ripe berries, they’re beyond delicious.



For the banana pancakes

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, plus additional for serving
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ripe banana
  • Butter

For serving


  1. Make the coconut bacon.
  2. Combine the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and kosher salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, then pour in the almond milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. In a small bowl, mash the banana.
  4. Stir the wet ingredients and banana into the dry ingredients.
  5. Lightly butter a skillet and wipe off extra grease with a paper towel. Heat the skillet to medium heat. Pour the batter into small circles and fry the pancakes until the bubbles pop on the top. Then flip them and cook until done.
  6. Serve topped with coconut bacon, berries, and maple syrup.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Banana Pancakes, Easy Banana Pancakes, How to make banana pancakes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    September 14, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Could it possibly be more perfect than this! I think not! Wishing I could face plant into that gorgeous stack of yum right now! So pinned!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    September 14, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Gah! So cool! I seriously need to make that coconut bacon, but since you first posted the recipe I’ve ordered some liquid smoke!! It seems like a game changer.

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    Sarah | Well and Full
    September 14, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Two thumbs up for brinner!! ;) I love the way you paired the coconut bacon with the pancakes! A meal like this can be so comforting during a time of uncertainty. I always hate not knowing what’s coming next, so I can’t imagine what you’re going through! Sending you my best wishes and lots of love. <3 Also, the new website design looks fantastic!

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    Kelsey M
    September 14, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    I certainly turn to comfort in the kitchen when I’m feeling out of control with things in my life. Cooking is a way of relaxing but also taking control of something.

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    September 14, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I love the redesign – so sleek! And breakfast for dinner might be the best thing ever, this would be perfect for it :)

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    September 14, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Best of luck on the potential adoption! What a stressful and blessed place to be right now. But going back to the food, this looks delicious. I am not a huge coconut fan, but I have tried coconut bacon before, and it pushed my feelings about coconut from “hell no!” to “maybe sometimes”.

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    September 15, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Nicely done on the site design, Alex! And as for the waiting time for adoption, we looked at it as our expecting period, which is exactly what is is. There are changes, emotions, ups and downs… and maybe a few papercuts from all that paperwork :). But is is a beautiful journey and I truly hope you embrace your expectancy. All the crazy nesting, planning, preparing… it is so much fun. Who knows, your little one may already be. Blessings to you both!

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