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Brown Sugar Banana Pancakes

Moist, light, and fluffy Banana Pancakes sweetened with brown sugar and flavored with vanilla. The best Banana Pancakes EVER!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 (approximately 8 pancakes total)
Calories 347kcal


  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour*
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup mashed ripe banana about 2 small bananas
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter (plus more for greasing griddle)
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup buttermilk**
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar (I prefer dark brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • To serve: butter, maple syrup, sliced banana, walnuts, and/or chocolate chips.


  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk mashed banana, butter, egg, buttermilk, brown sugar, and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir with a rubber spatula until combined, being careful not to overmix.
  • Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium-low heat and grease with butter. Drop the batter in approximately ⅓ cup portions onto the griddle, spreading out the batter to form even circles. Cook until bubbles begin to form (it might be hard to see the bubbles because the batter will be thick). Flip and continue cooking until cooked through (another couple minutes). Be careful not to turn up the heat too high, as you want the pancakes to cook slowly so that the outside doesn't cook faster than the inside. Serve hot with butter and syrup.


*To properly measure flour: fluff the flour with your measuring cup, scoop a heaping portion and level it off with the back of a knife.
**If you don't have buttermilk you can try one of these buttermilk substitutes.


Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 216mg | Potassium: 447mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 327IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 3mg