Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Banana Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce

I’m not a “pancake person,” meaning the toddler can probably count the times I made pancakes in my entire life (and he can only reliably count to about 12 or so…). I also never order them on the rare occasion that we go out for breakfast. However, for some reason I felt like banana pancakes on Sunday. I literally woke up and thought “banana pancakes.” Strange. Anyway. I decided to replace the oil in a traditional pancake recipe with two very, very ripe bananas, and it worked out great. I thought a strawberry sauce would go nicely with bananas and knew that I had some frozen strawberries left in the freezer.

Banana Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce


  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup all whole wheat flour (or your can use 1 cup all purpose flour instead of half and half)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 very ripe bananas, smashed (the ones I used were almost “beyond hope.” I put them in a plastic bag and smashed them up.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • In another bowl beat the egg, then add the milk, bananas and vanilla.
  • Mix the dry and wet ingredients together.
  • Heat a bit of oil or butter in a pan or oil/butter a griddle and pour small ladles of batter in the pan/on the griddle.
  • Let the pancakes cook on medium heat until bubbles form, then flip the pancakes over and cook on the other side until golden brown.
Servings: 12 – 15 small pancakes
Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes

Strawberry Sauce 

  • 12 Frozen Strawberries
  • About 1 tablespoon sugar (use more or less depending on how sweet you like your strawberry sauce)
  • Put the strawberries in a bowl and microwave for about 90 seconds, until there is some liquid.
  • Transfer the strawberries to a small pot and cook them over medium high heat on the stove for about 10 minutes, until some of the liquid reduces.
  • Add sugar to taste.
Servings: Enough for 12 – 15 small pancakes
Prep and Cook time: 12 minutes

These pancakes were awesome, and I may be a “pancake person” after all!!! Oh, and the whipped cream didn’t hurt either… Winking smile

Questions: Do you like pancakes? What are your favorite kind? What’s your favorite breakfast? My “everyday” breakfast is oatmeal, non-fat plain Greek yogurt, and walnuts. I love it. My “special occasion” breakfast used to always be something savory, like breakfast burritos. But after these pancakes, I’m not so sure anymore… Smile

Be well,


  1. I do enjoy pancakes but I don't care for a lot of syrup. I prefer a squeeze of orange or lemon and a sprinkling of a little powdered sugar, or a few sliced strawberries, or a pancake with a poached egg sitting on top. Your banana pancakes sound wonderful!

  2. You'll laugh but my husband is a pancake person, whereas, given the choice,, I prefer waffles. These look so lovely, though, especially with the mound of fruit and the irresistible whipped cream.

  3. I used to Loooove pancakes and now like them occasionally if they're loaded with fruit and fun toppings!

  4. ah pancakes....add that to my list of things i've never made before. (i'm SO not domesticated.) cereal on the other hand, we go way back. my day just isn't the same without it.

  5. OH BOY!
    banana pancakes make me insane!


    we have pancakes on a Sunday morning once or twice a month. SO GOOD

    I'm either eggs for breakfast or a cereal grain...but lately it's been nuts and dried fruit....but I'm wierd.


  6. OOOH...these look so good. What time should I come over for breakfast tomorrow? :) Have a great day Andrea!!!

  7. These look wonderful! I've never made pancakes. I know!!

  8. I love to make pancakes on the weekends, but my husband prefers baked oatmeal. I think this is something though that we would both love!

  9. Anonymous2/16/2011

    oh yum! my hubby makes the best pancakes.....though on a normal morning i love oats :)

  10. Hi Andrea! Just got my internet back! Woohoo!!

    I love pancakes but don't eat them regularly. My go to breakfast is 2-3 scrambled eggs, Ezekiel toast, and a tomato and/or grapefruit. This look delicious esp. since I've been limiting my grains as of late.

  11. I actually do love pancakes, and I can see how that strawberry sauce would make anyone want to make them. :)

  12. When you have a craving, it's always good to listen to your body. I think these pancakes looks amazing, Andrea! I'm so impressed. I rarely make pancakes, and when I do I'm usually making them for Nick because I'm still not over my oatmeal addiction. I eat my oats with yogurt, pumpkin, and walnut butter (similar to yours, actually!).

  13. Banana pancakes are a favorite in our house! Most of the time I crave cereal & milk with fruit in the morning. But I love all breakfast foods both savory and sweet ones :)

  14. I'm with you, pancakes aren't on my breakfast menu very often. Usually only when my nephew visits. He'll love these. Have you tried whole wheat pastry flour? It's hard to find, at least around here, but I love the light texture it gives my baked goods.


  15. What a fantastic recipe! The pancakes look perfect and the sauce sounds so good.

  16. You know I love pancakes but hardly make them. Bananas sound like an amazing addition!
    Lately, my go to breakfast has been oatmeal with banana and peanut butter. So delicious and filling!

  17. They came out perfectly. I love fruit with pancakes. My favorite is probably whole wheat with berries. I do like pancakes, but I like french toast better.

  18. Yum! I love making a "special" breakfast every once in a while.

  19. Amazing! I'm going to remember this one, it looks so delicious!

  20. While I like pancakes enough, I prefer waffles. They're my "treat" type of breakfast. Other than that, oats it is!