Best Banana Pancakes

November 17, 2009

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: Inspired by a recipe of my mothers and the warm banana doughnuts I had at Fix restaurant at Bellagio, working on the premise that pancakes are basically squashed doughnuts! I find adding oats adds more interest than plain white flour - any whole grain benefits are an added

Serves: 2


  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup natural (plain) yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large banana or 2 medium, the riper and spottier the better
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
In This Recipe


  1. Beat egg and mix together with yoghurt, oats, sugar and milk.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
  3. Lightly stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined and still lumpy. Add additional milk if too thick. Stand 10 minutes.
  4. Mash the banana well with the baking soda and stir gently into the batter along with the melted butter.
  5. Heat a large and preferably non-stick skillet, lightly greased with oil, melted butter or cooking spray, over medium heat until a drop of water sizzles and dances (if it evaporates immediately lower the temperature). Add quarter cupfuls of batter and cook until bubbles appear on surface and edges firm. Turn over with spatula and cook on the other side until golden brown. Repeat, regreasing pan as needed.
  6. Serve immediately (or if needed you can keep warm, covered, in 200F oven) with melted or whipped butter and warmed maple syrup.

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Reviews (12) Questions (0)

12 Reviews

Cristina G. May 11, 2015
Total waste of food and time. They stuck to the pan (a non-stick one) and were impossible to turn around.
pizza.princess January 16, 2015
I have everything except the yoghurt and I would absolutely LOVE to try this tomorrow morning! Does anybody know if it would negatively affect the recipe to leave out the yoghurt?
Author Comment
energy January 16, 2015
Hello, thanks for trying the recipe! All milk should be fine. Or buttermilk should you have it (I know I never do). Also If you add a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to the milk that will make a sort of buttermilk/yoghurt substitute. (But if just using milk and no acidic ingredient you can just use baking powder and leave out the baking soda)<br />
pizza.princess January 16, 2015
Omg thank you for replying!!!! That buttermilk idea sounds awesome, I'm totally trying it tomorrow! :-)
Author Comment
energy January 16, 2015
Just to make sure all clear, so if not using the yoghurt replace the yogurt amount with milk. So the recipe would be 1 cup milk, 1 cup buttermilk, or 1 cup milk with 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice. Or if ou want a thicker batter maybe try 3/4 cup instead of 1/4 cup. Good luck!1
HeatherM March 17, 2013
I've made this several times now, and while the flavour and texture are great, the 1/2 cup batter suggestion is absurdly large, and a nonstick pan is requisite. Go for 1/4 cup to retain any hope of pancake integrity.
Lorenza February 6, 2013
Whoa Jenny! These are awesomely wonderful. I prepared them for my daughter this morning. I was going to surprise her, but she was so curious that I showed the recipe to her. With no prompting, she queued up Jack Johnson's "Banana Pancakes" as was suggested below. Perfetto e Delicioso! Grazie
global G. February 25, 2012
This was great. My husband couldn't stop eating them.
cookdaddy August 24, 2010
I didn't have bananas so added peaches instead. My son, who never eats fruit, devoured them! Excellent recipe.
lacerise April 12, 2010
I love these! There's just a hint of sweetness from the small quantity of sugar and the bananas I used weren't over-ripe so they were just right! I love eating them and feeling like they're good for me...yogurt, oats, bananas. What could be better? Thank you!
Lori H. April 12, 2010
I agree - these are the best banana pancakes! My family loved them. Be sure to put on Jack Johnson's "Banana Pancakes" while you whip them up.
drbabs March 31, 2010
I made these tonight--they were really good!