Banana Buttermilk Pancakes (with pecans and vanilla bean)

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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

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!

Notes:  You could use regular whole wheat, or oat flour in place of the white whole wheat flour in these.

Banana Buttermilk Pancakes (with pecans and vanilla bean)
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Category: Breakfast, Brunch, Favorites

Servings: serves 4

A stack of banana buttermilk pancakes with dripping syrup


  • 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


  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the dry ingredients and nuts.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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    November 19, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    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 !!

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      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??

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    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!

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    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.

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    August 15, 2012 at 5:28 am

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

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    Ellen B Cookery
    August 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    These pancakes look amazing! I love your photos!

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    Linda A. Thompson Ditch
    August 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Those pancakes look wonderful! I created a multi-grain pancake mix that I keep in the freezer for when I’m in a pancake mood. Now I’ll have to see how they come out mixed with banana and nuts! Or I could just make yours! Lovely!

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    August 14, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I agree-pancakes can definitely be a healthy breakfast. I love using buttermilk in pancakes when I have it too. Beautiful looking breakfast!

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    August 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    That’s a beautiful breakfast Sue! I can even smell the syrup and melted butter. Goodness :)

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    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    August 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Mmmm…perfect combination. You were definitely the winner (and I’d love to join you)!

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    Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake
    August 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Wow your pancakes look so fluffy and delicious, I can almost taste it! :D

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    August 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Oh they look incredible, I don’t really like pancakes, but then I haven’t tasted many. I’ll give these a go, I love pecans.

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    August 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    The texture of these pancakes looks absolutely perfect, Sue! Beautiful photos.

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      Sue/the view from great island
      August 15, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      The texture was a little different from most pancakes that I’ve made, they rose really high and had a cakey but not dry texture.

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      August 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      We like our pancakes very light and fluffy most of the time, so I know we would love these!

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    Gerlinde in Dallas
    August 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I love the idea of adding mashed banana to the batter.. yum!