Buttermilk Banana Pancakes with Coconut Maple Syrup

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I discovered the secret to the perfect pancakes: BUTTERMILK!

These Buttermilk Banana Pancakes are so good! It's an easy pancake recipe that's yields fluffy pancakes that taste so good with coconut maple syrup.

I know, I’m super slow sometimes. People have been making buttermilk pancakes forever and I’m just now jumping on that train. In my defense, I have a favorite pancake recipe…and I almost never have buttermilk in my refrigerator. That? Is changing as of right now.

From now on I will be making Buttermilk Banana Pancakes using this recipe and I will forever have buttermilk in my refrigerator.

I also think that I should forever add banana slices to cooking pancakes. Not only does it make them pretty, but the bananas sort of cook and add some deliciousness to the pancakes. The only problem is that, if I did that, I’d be the only one eating them. (My family is weird.)

On second thought, maybe that’s a good thing? #MorePancakesForMe

Buttermilk Banana Pancakes with chunks of banana cooked into the pancake!

If you read my Marshmallow Whipped Cream post last week, you may have been waiting anxiously for this recipe. These pancakes are a quasi-copycat of the ones I had at The Gazebo a few weeks back in Maui.

If we’re being honest with each other, I built an entire day around going to this restaurant. #notjoking

The fuss about this restaurant is totally legit. It’s even worth the wait – 45 minutes before they even opened. We got there at 6:45am (the restaurant opens at 7:30) and there was already a line. We managed to squeak in for the first seating (there are only 14 tables).

You guys, I don’t even like breakfast food for breakfast. But I inhaled their Macadamia Nut Pancakes. And a healthy portion of the best fried rice I’ve ever had. (Seriously, I’ll never order fried rice again, anywhere. It’ll never be the same for me.)

Buttermilk Banana Pancakes - an easy pancake recipe topped with Coconut Maple Syrup and Marshmallow Whipped Cream!

Now, you’re probably thinking to yourself: but these are banana pancakes, not macadamia nut. And that’s true, for two reasons. One, I don’t think the pancakes had macadamia nuts inside them, just on top. I may have missed them with all the whipped cream and syrup, but it didn’t matter. Macadamia nuts are astronomically expensive – even in Hawaii – so the crushed nuts on top are more of a serving suggestion.

Two: my family won’t eat banana pancakes and since we were sharing I couldn’t order them. #sadface

But I more than made up for that here. I recreated those fluffy buttermilk pancakes and I added banana. AND?

Jordan liked these. She tasted them and said, “Wow, mom. These are actually good!” which sounded really mean but was a total compliment.

These Buttermilk Banana Pancakes are so good! It's an easy pancake recipe that's yields fluffy pancakes that taste so good with coconut maple syrup.

What makes these pancakes so fluffy? Well, a few things. There is a full tablespoon of baking powder in them, which already makes for a fluffy pancake. But then I added the buttermilk, so I also added some baking soda. Baking soda and buttermilk are very good together – they work magic. The combination of the leavening and the acid makes for some seriously fluffy, tender pancakes!

And then you add the banana.

I love mashing up banana and stirring it into pancake batter. In fact, I’ve been doing that for years. It’s my favorite way to “sneak” some banana into pancakes for people who hate banana pancakes. (What never made sense was that you can totally taste the banana, but she’d still eat them and then say she hated banana pancakes. ??!!) Adding the mashed banana means you can add less milk (or buttermilk, in this case) and less oil. These pancakes have only 2 tablespoons of oil!

By reducing calories from the oil, I can drown these in coconut maple syrup. #kiddingnotkidding

So I got the idea for the coconut maple syrup from these pancakes. I doctored some pure maple syrup by heating it in the microwave until it boiled, then adding some coconut extract.

(If you haven’t ever used coconut extract, you’re missing out. OMG people, RUN to the store.)

Of course, I topped these with marshmallow whipped cream too, for authenticity. And chopped macadamia nuts (you can use your favorite nut) AND the syrup.

These are totally low calorie.

I wish.

Buttermilk Banana Pancakes with Coconut Maple Syrup and Marshmallow Whipped Cream!

I ate these almost as fast as I ate the ones on Maui. Almost. 🙂

Did you make this recipe?

Buttermilk Banana Pancakes with Coconut Maple Syrup

Buttermilk makes pancakes super fluffy and perfect! These Buttermilk Banana Pancakes add some extra flavor with mashed and sliced banana and they’re all topped off with coconut maple syrup.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk (regular or low-fat)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or melted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 medium banana, mashed (about 1/3 cup mashed)
  • 1 medium banana, sliced, optional
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
  • Marshmallow whipped cream (or plain whipped cream), optional
  • chopped macadamia nuts, pecans, or almonds or toasted coconut, for garnish, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat your electric griddle to 350°F. If you’re making these in a pan on the stove, preheat the pan once the batter is ready.
  2. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a large measuring cup, whisk the buttermilk, oil, eggs, mashed banana, and vanilla extract. Whisk wet ingredients into dry just until mixed. Some lumps will remain.
  3. Ladle pancakes onto preheated griddle after spraying with nonstick cooking spray. I made my pancakes with about 1/4 cupfuls of batter but you can make them however big or small you want. The batter is somewhat thick, so pour the batter then spread it slightly with your ladle or spatula to spread it out.
  4. If you want to add chunks of banana to your pancakes, now is the time to do so. Place 3-4 thin slices of banana on the tops of each pancake. Cook until they’re brown on the bottom then flip and continue cooking until done.
  5. To make the coconut maple syrup: heat the syrup in a microwave safe measuring cup or bowl until it just boils (45-75 seconds depending on your microwave). Stir in coconut extract.
  6. Serve pancakes topped with whipped cream, a sprinkling of nuts or toasted coconut, and syrup.
  7. To store: place cooled pancakes between layers of paper towel and store in refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
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36 comments

  1. There’s a Thai place like that here in DC. People start lining up around 4 for dinner, and first seating is 5:30. But it is amazing!
    And I’m digging the idea of fried rice for breakfast, too. That could be reallyreally good!
    These look so fluffy and amazing. I’m glad they passed the Jordan test! 🙂

  2. Between the bananas in the batter and then the slices embedded in, these looks beyond amazing! And buttermilk pancakes are the best! The syrup though…I could drink that stuff 🙂

  3. Where do you get coconut extract?  I have never seen it.  These pancakes look so fluffy and brown – just the way I like them!

  4. Oh, yes, please!!! I would love these. I put my leftover buttermilk in the freezer for the next time that I need it. I just have to remember to take it out… 🙂
    xoxo

  5. Drooling all over these pancakes. They look awesome, Dorothy! Banana pancakes are one of my favorite kinds of pancakes. Throw on some coconut whip and we have a party. 🙂 

  6. Banana pancakes must be delicious. I have to make them soon, I love the addition of coconut and maple syrup

  7. Dorothy!! I feel like you’ve totally outdone yourself with these pancakes! I’ve been looking for a way to move my kids past chocolate chip pancakes and THESE ARE IT!!!

  8. Wow! I actually don’t love chocolate in pancakes so these are perfect! Love the banana and coconut combo 🙂

  9. You know I’ve read recipe after recipe saying “use buttermilk” in pancakes…I’ve never tried it and I always moan that my pancakes suck. I’m doing it next time…these babies look amazing!

  10. These pancakes look so gorgeous.. so perfect for breakfast!

  11. You must seriously know how much I adore pancakes!  I mean these are sensational!!!  The banana element is fantastic.

  12. Banana anything is my favorite!! These sounds so good; I want to lick my screen!!!

  13. Banana pancakes are seriously my favorite – love these! And a little buttermilk secret – did you know they make powdered buttermilk? It’s refrigerated, but keeps for a while. You just add it in with your dry ingredients and add water when you’d normally add milk and bam! Buttermilk without having to buy a whole carton that might go bad. It’s my best friend. I usually find it on the aisle with the sweetened condensed and evaporated milk. 🙂

  14. These pancakes, they look so crazy good. I wish I could reach through my screen and grab those pancakes.

  15. I never have buttermilk in my fridge, either. No wait. That’s not true. I do have buttermilk….it’s just gone rotten half the time, because most recipes only call for 2 tablespoons, amiright? SO, I found this awesome powder stuff (I know, I know. It’s sounds gross. But it’s not!) And now I can make as much (or as little) buttermilk as I need. Whenever. Which means I can make these pancakes whenever. Yay!

  16. Oddly enough, I love banana and I like pancakes, but I’ve never had banana pancakes. Must remedy that STAT! These look so divine! 

  17. Growing up, my family always made pancakes on Saturdays! I’ve never had banana pancakes though so I’ll have to add these to my rotation 😉 Love the coconut maple syrup too!

  18. ahhhhhh these pancakes really do look fantastic!!!!! Michael isn’t a banana fan either so this means they’re all for me also ;P

  19. OMG!! these sound & look so good tasting!! Pinned!

  20. There is something magical about buttermilk pancakes!  The kids devour them as fast as I can make them.  These look so crazy awesome with that coconut syrup and topping!  Holy cow, I’m drooling over here.  And let me say get the powdered buttermilk too!  It’s awesome stuff!!!

  21. I actually found a recipe that rivals the traditional buttermilk pancake, and it’s made with Greek yogurt! That is actually my go-to recipe since I don’t buy buttermilk as much. There’s something about the fluffiness of a traditional buttermilk pancake that gets me every time!

  22. These pancakes look absolutely perfect! Seriously, I want to face plant into that glorious stack! Love buttermilk pancakes. I hardly ever have buttermilk in my fridge either and found a buttermilk powder at Walmart in the baking aisle and it’s seriously life changing! That coconut maple syrup though – boy does that sound heavenly!

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