Banana Buttermilk Pancakes (with pecans and vanilla bean)

A stack of banana buttermilk pancakes with dripping syrup

Banana Buttermilk Pancakes (with pecans and vanilla bean) ~ it’s banana bread meets pancakes for the ultimate weekend breakfast treat….make up a stack of these fluffy banana pancakes and wait for the sleepyheads to appear!

A stack of banana buttermilk pancakes with dripping syrup

My banana buttermilk pancakes take breakfast to the next level

Pancakes get a bad rap. People think of them as frivolous, fattening, and unhealthy. But when you use naturally low fat buttermilk, some whole grain, mashed banana and nuts, I think they make a great breakfast. It’s a really nice change from my usual morning English muffin which fuels me for, oh, two hours max before I start rummaging around the kitchen like a wild animal. These keep me civilized till mid afternoon, at least.

A stack of banana buttermilk pancakes with melting butter

It’s back to school in California this week. I’m not a big fan of the shift to an earlier start date. It screws with my internal biorhythms. Nature hasn’t given the back to school signal yet.

A bite of Banana Buttermilk Pancakes

Maybe these pancakes will help set the mood. My daughter goes back East to college at the end of the month. Maybe I subconsciously made these for her. But she slept right through breakfast. And lunch, for that matter. My husband opted for his regular English muffin.

So I guess I won the breakfast lottery in our house today!

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A stack of banana buttermilk pancakes with dripping syrup
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2.86 from 28 votes

Banana Buttermilk Pancakes (with pecans and vanilla bean)

Banana Buttermilk Pancakes (with pecans and vanilla bean) ~ it's banana bread meets pancakes for the ultimate weekend breakfast treat....make up a stack of these fluffy banana pancakes and wait for the sleepyheads to appear!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup mashed banana about 2 small or 1 large
  • seeds from I vanilla bean or 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • about 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together the dry ingredients and nuts.
  • Whisk together the banana, vanilla, nutmeg, buttermilk, egg and oil.   Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing just until it's all combined.  Don't beat the batter too much, lumps are fine.
  • Cook on a hot griddle using a 1/3 cup measure to scoop out even amounts of batter.  If your batter gets too thick just add more buttermilk.

Cook's notes

You could use regular whole wheat, or oat flour in place of the white whole wheat flour in these.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    Neshmia
    November 19, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    5 stars
    Hii I just made these for our Sunday breakfast and omg everyone’s in love…followed the recipe and made these amazing fat fluffy pancakes 🙂 I drizzled mine with honey and melted butter. LOVED the taste of banana with nuts !!

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 20, 2016 at 8:13 am

      I’m so glad you loved these Neshmia ~ it’s almost like dessert for breakfast isn’t it??

  • Reply
    grace
    August 17, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    i was feeling really crummy a couple days ago (ah, the pleasures of being a woman), and then i had a stack of buttermilk pancakes and felt infinitely better. they’re powerful comfort food for me, and these look great!

  • Reply
    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    August 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    WOW – banana pancakes that are sooooo fluffy! Love these and that glorious maple that’s just oozing off. Mmmm, so good. And a vanilla bean. Swoon.

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    August 15, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I love pancakes and always enjoy a new recipe. These look so good. Pecans and bananas go together well.

  • Reply
    gigiofca
    August 15, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Sue, these look sooooo good! Your revised site here is great. 🙂

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