5 Healthy and Delicious Banana Pancakes for Breakfast
Fluffy, sweet stack of banana pancakes is a truly delightful morning treat and my favorite breakfast. They are super easy to make from scratch and only require a few ingredients.
If you are health conscious and have been staying away from carb-laden pancakes, you’ll love these 5 healthy banana pancake recipes. They are also compatible with particular diets like GF, Paleo, and a low-carb diet.
While a classic pancake recipe uses white flour and processed sugar, we only bring recipes that are void of those unhealthy foods.
Yes, pancake with banana can be uber healthy! And you’ll be hooked once you have a bite of these healthier alternatives!
That’s why we are so excited to introduce you to the tastiest flourless pancakes ever made.
They are gently sweet and crunchy on the outside yet fluffy on the inside. Getting hungry for the best pancakes banana can make?
So let’s get started.
1. 4-Ingredient Pancake Recipe
(Paleo, GF, Dairy-Free, vegetarian)
I love simple recipes. I’m an avid cook but with two hungry eaters in my family, I need to keep things simple.
Adding that to the mix, they are also gluten-free and dairy-free. So no wheat flour and no cow milk is usually my base requirements for anything I make.
While traditional pancakes are full of those foods I can’t use, this Paleo version is everything I need and want in a pancake recipe.
It’s only made with 4 staple foods you already have in your fridge and pantry. And you can easily dress it up with optional add-ins like cinnamon, vanilla, and chocolate chips to make it a Sunday brunch-worthy stack.
It’s a great base recipe to build off of. To keep things simple, here is what you need to make 1 serving of these pancakes.
Makes 1 serving:
- 1 ripe mid-large banana
- 1 large egg or 2 egg whites
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- In a mixing bowl, mash the banana with a fork. Add the egg and the avocado oil to the bowl and whisk together.
- Once mixed, add the almond flour and combine. If you are adding cinnamon, do it here. 1 big pinch is all you need for a serving of 1.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat and spray some vegetable oil. Spoon 1/4 of the batter and drop it on the skillet. Make 4 of them total and cook until the bottom looks golden.
- Flip them once the edges look done and cook the other side for a few more minutes. Remove from the skillet and stack them up. Drop a tablespoon of grass-fed butter on top and enjoy!
Nutrition info per serving: 363 calories, 22g total fat, 36 g carbs, 5g dietary fiber, 18g sugar, and 9g protein.
While these, in particular, may not turn out to have angel-like fluffiness but again, the batter takes the most minimalistic approach. You can add things like baking soda, whipped egg whites, or yogurt to the mix to make them more fluffy and lighter.
2. Protein Pancakes
If you are looking to boost your protein intake, this one is for you. It’s one of those recipes my husband would get excited for.
First, you only need three things to make yourself what you can call ‘pancakes’!
It’s a great recipe for those on a low-carb diet for weight loss. In every serving, there is 16g of protein and 32g of carbs, of which 4g is fiber. That’s only 11% of the daily recommended carb intake based on a 2,000-calorie a day diet.
It’s also wonderful to know that it’ll fill all your carb cravings without having to ditch your diet and deter from your weight loss plan.
If you are looking for a post-workout snack, this can be a great high-protein option too. And it’s a far healthier, more weight-loss friendly choice than a slice of banana bread.
The best part is of course how minimalistic this recipe is. You only need three things.
But don’t let its simplicity fool you. It’s completely filling, satisfying, and delicious with mere 321 calories per serving.
Not to mention, you can pack in 144% daily value of Vitamin A.
Here is the ingredient list for 2 serving:
- 2 ripe bananas
- 4 whole eggs
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil for cooking
- Put every ingredient in a blender and blend until your batter is smooth and consistent.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat and add a tsp of coconut oil or vegetable oil to coat the skillet.
- Using a spoon, drop some batter on the skillet. Once the bottom side is lightly brown, flip. Cook the other side. When done, move them to your plate and stack up the pancakes. Add toppings like chocolate chips and enjoy.
3. Fluffy Pancakes
If you love the fluffy, light, airy pancakes with gentle, natural sweetness from bananas, you’ll totally love this one.
It’s gluten-free, vegetarian, and Paleo.
I’m a sucker for over-simplified recipes, and I’ll stick to my word on this one too. You only need 5 things to make these amazing banana pancakes, but they come out as fluffy as Jamie Oliver pancakes sans sticky bananas.
If you’ve loved American-style pancakes all these years, this one comes close to it – both in terms of the texture and taste.
And of course, to top this gorgeous stack the Jamie way, I’d go with crème fraîche instead of butter. And if your diet allows it, I’d even add a teaspoon of 100% maple syrup just to dress it up and create these pancakes even more gushing.
The secret is in the rice flour. Unlike the first two pancakes on this list, this one is made with flour. But since rice flour is gluten-free, you can enjoy this even if you have gluten sensitivities.
Here is the ingredient list to make 3 servings:
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 whole egg
- 3/4 cup rice flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 50 ml almond milk
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil for cooking
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- 1.5 tbsp brown sugar (optional: only if you can’t help yourself!)
- 1 tsp crème fraîche (optional)
- Mix the flour and BP together in a mixing bowl.
- Prepare another bowl and add the bananas. Use a fork to mash them and add the egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Add the flour blend to the second bowl and mix.
- Coat your skillet with vegetable oil spray. Take a spoon and scoop a spoonful and drop it on a pan. Cook over the medium-low heat until the bottom side becomes golden. Flip them and cook the other side for a few more minutes. Enjoy with butter!
4. Banana Oat Pancakes
If you are looking for a bit of thickness and satisfaction in your pancakes, this oat and coconut milk version is the one you’ll love.
It’s made without any egg, thus it’s completely vegan.
The richness and the mass come from the coconut milk and rolled oats.
If you are worried if the coconut might be too overpowering or dominating, I can assure you it’s not. It adds a touch of a tropical feel that I crave from time to time.
What’s also great about this is that it’s completely mess-free.
I don’t even need a mixing bowl nor whisk. I just have to throw everything into the blender and get your griddle ready.
Considering how filling this recipe is, you can easily stay satisfied for hours till your next meal.
With no added sugar and no simple carbs, it’s one good weight loss friendly breakfast everyone in your family would enjoy.
Here is what you need for 2 servings.
- 1 ripe large banana
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- 1 cup of rolled oats
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla essence (optional)
- Add all the ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. Note: If you are adding chocolate chips or other mix-ins like blueberries, add them to the mixture after you finish blending.
- Lightly coat your griddle with oil spray. Drop a few tablespoons of batter onto the griddle to make small pancakes.
- Cook until bubbles appear on top. Flip and cook until golden brown on the bottom.
5. Oat Pancakes
So if you like the oat pancakes but just not the coconut milk, here is another recipe to try.
This one is gluten-free, vegetarian, but not vegan since it has eggs.
With just a few simple food items, you’ll be amazed at how delicious they’ll come out and how naturally sweet they taste.
Nutrition-wise, it’s a total win too. It’s full of fibers, proteins, potassium, and vitamins in every bite. It’s also not as high in fats like the last one since it omits the coconut milk. It’s a guilt-free pleasure I know you’ll really love.
- 2 bananas
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
- In a blender, combine all the ingredients. If desired, you can also add a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla to enhance the flavors. Blend until the mixture is as smooth as you want it. Let the batter sit for 10-20 minutes.
- Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Fry spoonfuls of the batter until golden brown on both sides.
There you have it! 5 of my all-time favorite healthy pancake recipes made with delicious bananas. These banana pancakes are as delicious and flavorful as classic pancakes but with much healthier ingredients.