What do you do when you have some bananas lying around that are getting browner and browner, but don’t actually like bananas all that much and also are currently painfully missing your blender, where those bananas usually go? You get thinking how banana pancakes are some of the best pancakes there are and how you should make some, like, now. Which is exactly what I did.
Banana is a great fruit, don’t get me wrong. I like it in so many things from nice cream to smoothies. Just not to eat raw. But mash a ripe banana and put it in your pancake batter and it takes it to a whole other level. It’s also a natural sweetener, but who are we kidding, pancakes in most cases (and this one) still won’t exactly qualify as ‘health food’. But give yourself a break and treat yourself to a Sunday morning with these babes.
These pancakes are fluffy and not overly sweet. I don’t need my pancake batter very sweet if I’ll put maple syrup or apple sauce on top anyway. If you disagree, feel free to simply up the amount of sugar used.
makes about 17 pancakes
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup plant-based milk such as oat milk
- 2 tablespoons canola oil plus more for the pan
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 + 1/4 cup spelt flour (or any all-purpose flour)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- Mash the banana until no bigger lumps remain. A fork works well or you can use a potato masher.
- Add oat milk, canola oil, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, and maple syrup. Mix to incorporate.
- Add sugar and mix again.
- Sieve in the flour and add baking powder and baking soda. Mix one more time.
- Pre-heat a skillet on medium to low heat. When the skillet has warmed up, add some canola oil.
- When the pan is nice and hot, add 1/8 cup of the batter for each pancake. Bake for 2 to 3 minutes from each side. The pancakes are ready to be flipped when bubbles appear on the dough and the edges are slightly browned.
- Serve with maple syrup, apple sauce, berries, or other toppings you love.