Weekend Post: Caramelized Banana Pancakes

I often think in terms of all or nothing.  Hence the reason I like to ask you guys questions such as, “if you had to eat but one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?”  Or, “if you had to cook one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?” 

You see?  All or nothing.

But maybe that’s because when I land on a recipe that I really, truly love, I can think of nothing I want more.  I’ll usually fall so deeply in love that I continue to make that certain something, over and over and over again.  Until—finally—I either tire of it or something else that’s just as wonderful comes along and takes its place.

Today I discovered caramelized banana pancakes.

 This wasn’t an e-n-t-i-r-e-l-y new discovery.  It’s not like I’ve never had a banana before (HA!)  And I’ve had more than my fair share of puffy pancakes smothered in syrup. 

But there’s something quite miraculous about the combination of a doughy, cinnamon infused pancake and caramelized bannas.  The bananas were anything but ordinary.  The heat from the pan helped them develop a delicate, crispy skin and a plump, marshmallowy center.  It is bliss.  Pure, sweet bliss.

This pancake recipe is much heartier than your standard pancake.  In fact, it reminds me very much of a muffin.  Thick, doughy, and very, very carb-y.  I foresee these becoming a regular at my breakfast table, as they quickly become a member of the all or nothing group.  😀

Caramelized Banana Pancakes
Serves 1

  • 1/4 c. whole wheat flour
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • sprinkle of ground nutmeg
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 T. rolled oats
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp molasses (optional)
  • 1 banana, sliced thickly
  1. Mix together flour through oats.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine milk through molasses.  Add wet ingredients to dry and beat  just until smooth (don’t overmix).
  3. Heat a griddle to medium heat and spray well with cooking spray.  Add batter to pan and cook until browned.  Flip and cook until desired doneness (I like mine doughy on the inside!)
  4. Meanwhile, in the same pan, add the bananas and flip once browned on one side.  Cook until warmed and oozing with sweetness.
  5. ENJOY! 😀

Meanwhile—on the family front—Nicole and Nate’s brand new couch arrived today! 

It’s adorable, cozy, and super comfy to boot. 😀

So far, the cats have been behaving themselves with the new furniture addition.

Let’s hope Stitch can stay out of trouble. 😉

Question: Favorite kind of pancake?  Aside from bananas, I love, love, love a good pumpkin pancake, dabbed with butter and drizzled with maple syrup.  It may just be my favorite autumn meal. 😀


15 thoughts on “Weekend Post: Caramelized Banana Pancakes

  1. oooh these look great!! i love the addition of molasses, especially – i bet that the bananas really complement it! speaking of bananas…i’ve never had them caramelized. don’t know why that is!
    i love blueberry pancakes! boring? maybe…but i just love those fresh blueberries exploding in your mouth 🙂

  2. I love pancakes made with oats and cinnamon! The oats add such fluff and texture! Top it off with fresh fruit and I’m a happy girl. Strawberries, kiwi, bananas…mmmm….

  3. Yummm 🙂 I don’t eat raw bananas (they make my throat hurt)… but caramelized ones look insanely appealing! My favourite type of pancakes are simple oatmeal ones, topped with tahini and maple syrup. Yum!

    Cute kitty 😉
    ❤ Tat

  4. I was actually planning on making my basic whole-wheat pancakes in order to use some of the buttermilk that we have, and then I saw your post. So I made Eataing Well’s Buttermilk-Oatmeal Pancakes (minus the oil) and topped them with sauteed banana slices, walnuts, and a drizzle of maple syrup. Yummm. 😀 Thank you for the sauteed banana idea! Have a terrific Sunday, Sarah!

  5. I was planning on making my basic whole-wheat pancakes in order to use some of the buttermilk that we have, and then I read your post. I decided on EatingWell’s Buttermilk-Oatmeal Pancakes (minus the oil and switched the whole-wheat to 1 c & all-purpose to 1/2 c) and topped them with sauteed banana, walnuts, and a drizzle of maple syrup. So tasty! Thank you very much for the idea! Have a terrific Sunday, Sarah!

  6. I’m dying to try pumpkin pancakes – I’ll probably cave and buy a $2.70 can of pumpkin soon so I can try them 🙂 I love blueberry pancakes, though. AND I totally copied your breakfast this morning…well, not the pancake recipe, but I did have pancakes and caramelized bananas – delicious!!

  7. Ooh I love pumpkin/sweet potato pancakes too. Otherwise blueberry is hands down my favorite.

    You’re so right about caramelized bananas being absolutely amazing.

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