Healthy banana pancakes

5 Deliciously Healthy Banana Pancakes for Your (Paleo, GF, Low-Carb) Lifestyle

Indulge in a fluffy, sweet stack of banana pancakes—a delightful morning treat and my favorite breakfast. Crafting them from scratch is easy, requiring only a handful of ingredients.

If you’re health-conscious and have been steering clear of carb-laden pancakes, rejoice in these five healthy banana pancake recipes. Tailored to specific diets like GF, Paleo, and low-carb, these recipes omit white flour and processed sugar, promoting a healthier alternative.

While traditional pancake recipes often include less nutritious components, we exclusively feature recipes free from such unhealthy ingredients.

Indeed, pancakes with bananas can be remarkably healthy! Once you take a bite of these wholesome alternatives, you’ll be hooked.

Healthy banana pancakes
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Now, let’s dive into these delectable recipes.

1. 4-Ingredient Pancake Recipe (Paleo, GF, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian)

Simplicity is key for me as an avid cook with a hungry family. This recipe, gluten-free and dairy-free, requires only four staple ingredients commonly found in your fridge and pantry. Enhance it with optional add-ins like cinnamon, vanilla, or chocolate chips for a Sunday brunch-worthy stack.

Ingredients for 1 serving:

  • 1 ripe mid-large banana
  • 1 large egg or 2 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup almond flour

How to:

  1. Mash the banana in a mixing bowl. Add egg and avocado oil, whisking together.
  2. Add almond flour and combine. Optional: add cinnamon at this stage.
  3. Heat a skillet, spoon 1/4 of the batter, and cook until golden.
  4. Flip, cook the other side, stack, add grass-fed butter, and enjoy!

Nutrition info per serving: 363 calories, 22g total fat, 36g carbs, 5g dietary fiber, 18g sugar, 9g protein.

While these may not be as fluffy, you can customize them with ingredients like baking soda, whipped egg whites, or yogurt for added lightness.

2. Protein Pancakes

For those aiming to boost protein intake, this recipe is a winner. With just three ingredients, it’s perfect for low-carb diets. A serving provides 16g of protein and 32g of carbs, 4g of which is fiber—only 11% of the daily recommended carb intake for a 2,000-calorie diet.

Ideal for a post-workout snack, this high-protein option is a healthier choice compared to banana bread. Plus, it’s remarkably easy to prepare.

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil for cooking

How to:

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.
  2. Heat a skillet, add coconut oil, drop batter, cook until golden.
  3. Stack, add toppings like chocolate chips, and enjoy!

Nutrition info per serving: 321 calories, filling, satisfying, and 144% daily value of Vitamin A.

3. Fluffy Pancakes

For lovers of fluffy, light pancakes, this gluten-free, vegetarian, and Paleo recipe is a winner. With just five ingredients, including rice flour for a gluten-free twist, these pancakes come close to the texture and taste of American-style pancakes.

Ingredients for 3 servings:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3/4 cup rice flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 50 ml almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil for cooking
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1.5 tbsp brown sugar (optional)
  • 1 tsp crème fraîche (optional)

How to:

  1. Mix flour and baking powder in a bowl.
  2. In another bowl, mash bananas, and add egg, milk, and vanilla. Add the flour blend.
  3. Coat skillet with oil, drop batter and cook until golden.
  4. Enjoy with butter!

4. Banana Oat Pancakes

For thickness and satisfaction without eggs, try this oat and coconut milk version. Completely vegan, it’s rich and filling, thanks to coconut milk and rolled oats.

Mess-free and naturally sweet with no added sugar or simple carbs, this recipe is ideal for weight loss and family enjoyment.

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 1 ripe large banana
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence (optional)

How to:

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.
  2. Lightly coat the griddle, drop the batter, and cook until golden.
  3. Flip, cook the other side, and enjoy!

5. Oat Pancakes

For oat pancakes without coconut milk, this gluten-free, vegetarian (not vegan) recipe with eggs is a delight. Simple yet delicious, it’s packed with fibers, proteins, potassium, and vitamins.


  • 2 bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt

How to:

  1. Blend all ingredients, and let the batter sit.
  2. Fry spoonfuls until golden brown on both sides.

There you have it—five of my favorite healthy pancake recipes featuring delicious bananas. These banana pancakes are as flavorful as classic pancakes but with much healthier ingredients.

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