Easy Banana Pancakes: They’re Gluten Free!

pancakesandsausageOur daughter spent Christmas Day at her grandmother’s home in Vermont this year.  Her cousins were there too,  and her aunt and uncle. One of her cousins brought a friend who shared a special Christmas tradition from his family:  banana pancakes.   Our daughter told me about his special pancakes in a phone call, and I was curious.  It seems that these particular pancakes are made with only 2 ingredients:  ripe banana and eggs.

I decided we would try the recipe one morning when we had one over-ripe banana left on the kitchen counter.  I didn’t expect much. In fact, I expected the pancakes to have very little flavor.   We were completely surprised when the crepe-like silver dollar pancakes turned out to be really tasty.  Sweet.  Satisfying.

Our son is always looking for good gluten-free ideas, so I told him about the special pancakes.  “Good!  We’ll come over for a birthday celebration tomorrow and you can make them!”   When he told his fiancé that we would be celebrating her birthday with pancakes made from eggs and banana,  she was skeptical.  But when she tasted them,  the delight was visible on her face.   We all agreed that this was a great discovery indeed.

bananaandeggbatterI used 2 large eggs for each ripe banana.    The nice thing about these pancakes is that one banana and two eggs makes 6-8 small pancakes…plenty for two people.   Just mash the banana,  beat the eggs slightly, and then use an egg beater to combine the banana and the eggs.    Warm up a skillet,  melt a little butter,  and pour in the batter to make small pancakes.

bananacakesI like to use a non-stick pan made of aluminum and coated with marble…the pancakes need to set up and cook through before you turn them…cooking over medium heat.   If you’re feeling adventurous, add a sprinkle of cinnamon or even a teaspoon of vanilla to the batter.  Serve with fresh fruit,  jam, or maple syrup.  I like mine plain with some turkey sausage.

IMG_5491Aren’t these pretty?  I can’t think of a better way to use up an over-ripe banana…and I’m thrilled to have a gluten-free treat for our family celebrations.  Give them a try!






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  1. Mimi, my friend was just telling me about this same recipe the other day. I was skeptical that it would actually turn out looking like a real pancake!

    A two ingredient pancake recipe sounded too good to be true. I’m glad I saw your pictures though, because they look great.

    I think this recipe is perfect after a workout. I can get my protein from the egg and potassium from the banana.

    I actually like putting bananas on top of my regular pancakes, so with this recipe, I can just eliminate that step. I can’t wait to try it!
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  3. I stumbled on this site while reading about Camp Blogaway (would love to get your input on that experience).

    Found your post lovely AND ironic. I am always finding myself with over-ripe bananas that my husband tells me I should get rid of. I always say I will make banana bread – alas, I never do make banana bread. However, just Sunday, I had two really nice, ripe, organic, bananas that needed to be baked with or …adios.
    On an impulse (because I just refused to throw these away… again) I chose to make banana corn bread with chocolate. I was trying to keep it really healthy; so no sugar, no salt, whole wheat flour and whole grain corn meal. It turned out okay but really not good enough to make me do it again (without alterations). The chocolate was really just a gesture.

    Had only I read this post a few days sooner, I would have made these immediately. At least now I know what to do next time. Off to buy bananas.

    P.s. if you could let me know if the camp would be worth traveling to from Seattle as a “newbie”, would love your opinion. Thanks.

    • Yes, yes, yes…Camp Blogaway is one of the best blogging conferences … Small enough to make wonderful connections, and overflowing with opportunities to connect with brands. If you want to have a conversation about it, feel free to message me on Facebook and I will call you. This will be my third year at Camp Blogaway…soooo worth it!!!

  4. I love banana pancakes. Once when watching a favorite show one of the main characters kept talking about banana pancakes, so I decided to give it a try. We had some pancake mix on hand (something uncommon for us) so I just mashed some bananas, added in mix, and a little water. They were so good! I’ve made them many times since, but it’s been awhile now, so I think I just might have to make some more soon.
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