Nope, you don’t need milk or eggs to make a great stack of light, fluffy banana pancakes. Love and Lemons creator Jeanine Donofrio uses a clever blend of bananas, almond milk, olive oil, baking soda and powder, oat flour, whole wheat flour, and flax to mimic the classic pancake texture sans any animal products. Working bananas right into the batter already gives the ‘cakes some sweetness, but adding in vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg is a sugar-free way to boost the taste.
If you like banana bread, you’ll love these banana pancakes! They’re not only delicious, but they’re also healthy, made with oat and whole wheat flour.
This stack of banana pancakes pretty much sums up my ideal Saturday morning. Except, well, I don’t eat 7 banana pancakes on my individual plate, but Jack would if I put them in front of him. Portion control aside, if you have ripe bananas hanging around, give this banana pancake recipe a try! It’s a super easy one-bowl recipe that’s sure to make it into your regular weekend breakfast rotation.
Why I Love These Banana Pancakes
While I’m not a huge fan of bananas on their own, I love them baked into muffins or bread, and now in these banana pancakes!
To make these pancakes a wholesome breakfast, I use a mixture of oat flour and whole wheat pastry flour, which makes them light and fluffy. I add cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla to give them a warm, spiced banana flavor. And with plenty of sweetness from ripe bananas, they require no added sweetener. (Though I don’t hesitate to serve them with a generous drizzle of maple syrup.)
Banana Pancake Recipe Tips
- Don’t overmix! If your batter is too well-combined, your pancakes will be rubbery, not light and fluffy. If there are a few lumps in your batter, that’s ok.
- Adjust the heat as you cook. Typically, I start with my pan over medium heat, but I lower it during cooking to ensure that the pancakes cook evenly. If your heat is too high, the outsides will burn while the insides stay raw.
- Wipe out the pan if you have excess oil on the sides – left alone, it will burn.
- Add oil between batches. Nothing’s worse than a pancake that sticks to the pan, so brush your skillet with olive oil each time you’re ready to pour in new batter.
- Be mindful of your timing. This batter is thick, so it doesn’t bubble up as much as traditional pancake batter might. I usually cook pancakes for 2 minutes per side, but I cook these for about 1 1/2 minutes per side, until they’re nicely golden brown.
Banana Pancakes Variations
Fold a scoop of chocolate chips or blueberries into the batter, or change up the spices! A dash of cardamom or ginger would be a great addition. And though I’m partial to maple syrup, peanut butter, almond butter, sliced bananas, or your favorite fresh fruit would also make delicious toppings.
Serve these pancakes on their own, or as part of a bigger brunch alongside a veggie frittata or shakshuka. On special occasions, we serve these pancakes with mimosas, but otherwise, they’re wonderful with a glass of chilled vanilla oat milk.
Let me know how this vegan banana pancake recipe turns out for you in the comments – I love them, and I hope you do too!
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 3 tablespoons water
- ½ cup mashed banana, about 1 large
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more for brushing
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons almond milk, more if needed
- 1½ cup whole wheat pastry flour*
- ½ cup oat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- heaping ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Maple syrup, banana slices, pecans, for serving
- In a large bowl, combine the flaxseed, water, and banana. Mash and stir until well combined. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes to thicken.
- Add the olive oil, vanilla, and almond milk and whisk. Add the flour and sprinkle the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt evenly over the top. Stir until all the ingredients are combined, but the batter is still a bit lumpy. The batter will be a bit thick but if it’s too thick to scoop, stir in an additional 1 tablespoon almond milk.
- Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle to medium heat. Brush the skillet with a little olive oil and use a ⅓-cup measuring cup to pour the batter onto the pan. Use the back of the cup to gently spread the batter a little more. Cook the pancakes until bubbles appear, about 1½ minutes per side, turning the heat to low as needed so that the middles cook without burning the outsides. I usually start with medium heat and move to low heat as my pan starts to hold residual heat after each batch.
- Serve with maple syrup, sliced bananas, and pecans, if desired.