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Caramelized Banana Pancakes

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about 16 4-inch pancakes

These fluffy pancakes offer a double dose of banana: There’s mashed banana in the batter and caramelized bananas on top.


  • 3 oz. (6 Tbs.) unsalted butter; more for the griddle
  • 3 large ripe bananas; 1 mashed, 2 sliced 1/2 inch thick on a diagonal
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 11-1/4 oz. (2-1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Pure maple syrup, for serving

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size per 1 pancake
  • Calories (kcal) : 170
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 60
  • Fat (g): 6
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 40
  • Sodium (mg): 190
  • Carbohydrates (g): 26
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 4


  • Heat the oven to 200°F, and set a large rimmed baking sheet on the center rack.
  • Melt 3 Tbs. of the butter and let cool slightly. In a large bowl, combine the butter with the mashed banana, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Pour the dry ingredients over the wet and fold together with a spatula until just incorporated; let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Heat a griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat until drops of water dance briefly before evaporating. Lightly butter the griddle. Working in batches, and buttering the griddle as necessary, pour a scant 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle for each pancake, spreading a little to make 4-inch circles. Cook, undisturbed, until the edges look dry and the underside is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until the second side is golden brown, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to the baking sheet to keep warm.
  • Melt 1-1/2 Tbs. of the remaining butter in a 10-inch nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add half the banana slices and cook until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining butter and bananas. Serve the pancakes topped with the caramelized banana slices and maple syrup.


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Reviews (1 review)

  • Aloder | 02/07/2015

    Not bad... but needs a little more flavor. I would definitely increase the salt to 3/4-1 teaspoon and the vanilla to 2 teaspoons, and maybe add some chopped pecans to the batter.

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