Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Chips & Walnuts

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Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Chips & Walnuts are so fluffy, soft, and sweet that you might not need syrup! Except totally add syrup.

Guys, these Banana Pancakes are to die for! I love pancakes but hardly make them because when I do, I eat them all. But this was a special “cook in case of emergency” situation, so I took the 15 minutes to throw these together while Eddie munched on these literal hot cakes as they came off the griddle. It really was the perfect breakfast for dinner I could have made and certainly filled my weary tummy.

Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancake Recipe

Here’s everything you’ll need to make the best Banana Pancakes!

  • Bananas – ripe bananas! This wouldn’t be a banana pancake recipe without bananas.
  • Egg – for moisture and structure.
  • Vanilla Extract – for flavor.
  • Skim Milk and White Vinegar – this acts like buttermilk in the batter.
  • Canola Oil – you can also use melted butter.
  • All-Purpose Flour – to fill out the pancakes.
  • Granulated Sugar – to sweeten.
  • Salt – to balance out all of the sweetness.
  • Baking Powder – this is the leavening agent in the batter.
  • Ground Cinnamon – optional! I suggest adding cinnamon if you don’t add the chocolate chips.
  • Chocolate Chips, Chopped Walnuts, and Maply Syrup – all optional but highly suggested additions to banana pancakes.

Batter

How to Make Banana Pancakes

  1. In a large bowl, mash ripe bananas well. Whisk in egg, vanilla, milk, vinegar, and oil.
  2. Add in flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Whisk until batter is mostly smooth. (A few lumps are ok!)
  3. Preheat a lightly greased nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-medium low heat. Using a 1/4 cup dry measure, pour batter onto hot skillet and spread into a 4-inch circle. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips and chopped walnuts onto the tops of the pancakes. Flip when bubbles start to form on the pancake surface and the bottom is golden brown. Cook another minute or until the bottom is also cooked. Remove from the hot pan.
  4. Repeat the process until no more batter remains. Serve warm with sliced bananas, extra chocolate chips, walnuts, and real maple syrup.

Cooking Flapjacks

Banana Pancakes Tips and Tricks

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  • Optional Additions. I topped my pancakes with extra bananas, walnuts, and chocolate chips to make it obvious what kind of pancakes these were. Feel free to NOT do that…though, extra chocolate never hurt anyone 😉 And if you are JUST going to add nuts or keep them plain, add in 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to the batter. You’ll thank me later.
  • Non-Stick Pan. Here is the nonstick pan I used for this recipe (I used the 12-incher). Grease it lightly with some butter or nonstick cooking spray. That should set you up for pancake success. I also have used this cast iron griddle, but I prefer the pan (easier clean-up).
  • Flipping Pancakes. I love this pancake turner for flipping because it slides easily under anything!
  • Moderate the heat. Depending on your burner, you’ll want to keep the pan consistently over medium-low to medium heat. Not too hot so they burn and don’t cook in the center and not too cold that they never get any color. Every stove is different so if you’ve never made pancakes before, it might take a few tries to get the temperature where you want it but medium-low to medium is about right.
  • Mixing Bowl Heaven. PS- these mixing bowls are rad. They come with lids and are my favorite. The large one is pictured above. Oh, and did I mention they are on sale?? #winning

Banana Pancakes

Leftovers

Any leftover banana pancakes can be stored in the fridge, in an airtight container for up to 5 days. They, of course, are better fresh but can be reheated in the microwave or in a toaster oven.

Freezing

Alternatively, you can also store banana pancakes in the freezer! Cool all the way, then when stacking separate each layer with parchment paper. Store in an airtight freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

Banana Pancake Recipe

Variations

Banana Pancakes have been around for quite a while, so there are a ton of different ways to enjoy them! For this recipe, I made them with chocolate chips and walnuts but here are some other super good options.

  • Peanut Butter – spread some peanut butter over plain banana pancakes or add peanut butter chips to the mix!
  • Oatmeal – ever heard of banana oatmeal pancakes? It’s like an oatmeal cookie for breakfast!
  • Protein Powder – consider adding vanilla protein powder to the mix for a healthy spin.
  • Blueberries – keep it fresh with sliced bananas and blueberries topping your pancakes.
  • Instant Pancake Mix – if you’re looking for a quicker banana pancake recipe, add 1 very ripe banana and 1 tsp of vanilla to this Homemade Pancake Mix Recipe.
Banana Pancake Recipe

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5 from 8 votes

Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Chips & Walnuts

Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Chips & Walnuts are so fluffy, soft and sweet that you might not need syrup! Except totally add syrup.
servings 12 pancakes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mash ripe bananas well. Whisk in egg, vanilla, milk, vinegar, and oil.
  • Add in flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Whisk until batter is mostly smooth. (A few lumps are ok!)
  • Preheat a lightly greased nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-medium low heat. Using a 1/4 cup dry measure, pour batter onto hot skillet and spread into a 4-inch circle. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips and chopped walnuts onto the tops of the pancakes. Flip when bubbles start to form on the pancake surface and the bottom is golden brown. Cook another minute or until the bottom is also cooked. Remove from the hot pan.
  • Repeat the process until no more batter remains. Serve warm with sliced bananas, extra chocolate chips, walnuts, and real maple syrup.

Notes

*optional add-in: 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon... it's so good!!

Nutrition

Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 173mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana pancake recipe, Banana Pancakes, how to make banana pancakes
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  1. Jess

    This sounds amazing! YUMMY! Pinned! 🙂

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  2. Amanda Seniuk

    This looks amazing! I’m thinking this would be a great Father’s Day breakfast since my husband loves pancakes.

  3. Janet Lazich

    5 stars
    I love this. My family has dairy allergies but this is one of the few pancake recipes that doesn’t need melted butter etc. I can swap skim milk for coconut milk and ENjoy Life chocolate chips and they’ll still make an amazing breakfast. Or dinner 🙂

  4. Lauren

    I just started working in the evenings which means I have leisurely mornings all to myself! These pancakes look like the perfect way to slowly wake up. Thank you 🙂

  5. Emily

    My husband and I make pancakes almost every Saturday for our 2 1/2 year old. We make chocolate chip pancakes but I’m excited to try this recipe and amp up our usual Saturday pancake tradition!

  6. Stacy Lopez

    Hello – Commenting for your giveway.

    Making these tonight – We always have pancakes on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. 🙂

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