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Making Banana Pancakes - 15 minutes and Minimal Ingredients

Making pancakes seemed like a massive obstacle for me not too long ago. Are you craving pancakes this morning, but you're terrified of turning your kitchen into a mess with 10+ ingredients? Are you hungry now and you think this is going to take you an hour? Have no fear. Here's a very easy, no fail banana pancake recipe for you.

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When people asked me what I enjoy making in the kitchen, I always said, "Oh, I don't cook. I don't bake." The idea seemed like an unnecessary mountain to climb. I'm not sure if you're in the same boat as me. But the more I tried it out and the more I repeated recipes, I gained confidence and my food started to turn out surprisingly tasty.

The more you push yourself, the smaller the obstacle becomes. The result is something you can be proud of and honestly, it's probably cheaper and healthier than eating out. For me, the key is to use healthy ingredients, minimally added sugar, and minimal ingredients.

What's worse than cooking with a ton of ingredients? The clean up afterwards! Who wants to cook for an hour and then clean up for another hour? When do you get to sit down and eat? After your food is cold? No thank you! That's how I figured out this recipe.

ripe bananas

Why choose bananas to add into my recipe instead of keeping it as a traditional buttermilk pancake? At least every other week, I end up with overly ripe bananas. I guarantee that many of you have overly ripe bananas sitting on your counter right now or you did recently and just tossed them - unless you don't eat bananas regularly.

Despite having a sweet tooth, I love to change out traditional ingredients in popular recipes for healthier ones. In this case, instead of buttermilk or having empty calorie ingredients, I wanted to incorporate healthy ones like bananas. They have such as strong, sweet flavour so you can cut out a lot of sugar in your recipe and have a lovely gooey texture that fits perfectly with the pancake batter. And, of course, we can't leave out the nutritious value bananas have.

syrup bananas pancakes

I'm going to make this very simple for us. Banana pancakes with six ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, unless you plan on adding the optional maple syrup drizzle on top. Then, it's seven ingredients to make your dish complete. My pancakes don't feel like pancakes without the maple syrup. So, it's a necessity on my list. Ready? Here we go!

Here's a list of simple ingredients you will need:

recipe list pin

Now, let's get right to it!


Step 1: Mash a medium-sized banana.

banana peeled
mashed banana

Step 2: Add one medium-sized egg and mix it with the banana.

egg yolk in mashed banana

Step 3: Add 1 tsp of vanilla extract.

vanilla extra added to baking

Step 4: Add 1/4 cup of plain flour.

flour for baking

Step 5: Add 1/4 tsp of salt.

pinch of salt to batter

Step 6: Heat up a pan at medium heat. Add about 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan. Whisk all of the ingredients together. Then, add the batter to the hot pan.

frying pan

Step 7: Flip pancakes once the batter is bubbling (about 2-3 minutes on each side).

banana pancakes frying

Step 8: Plate your pancakes. Decorate with your favourite toppings. Then, drizzle the best maple syrup you can find. Dig in!

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