Light and fluffy pancakes! These vanilla pancakes are topped with caramelized bananas for an easy decadent breakfast treat.
During the summer, there are a lot of nights that I’m just too tired and hot to make a big dinner. On those nights, my son always asks for the same thing – pancakes.
This is one of my favorite pancake recipes – partly because of the great vanilla flavor and partly because the pancakes are so light and fluffy.
And the caramelized bananas are beyond delicious!
I always make a double batch of pancakes and freeze the leftover pancakes because they reheat so well.
How to make vanilla pancakes
Begin by whisking the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
Add the wet ingredients, and whisk in just until combined.
How to make caramelized bananas
Begin by melting the butter in a skillet.
Once the butter has melted, stir in the sugar.
Let the sugar cook, stirring regularly, until the sugar melts into the butter.
Add the bananas slices, and let them cook until softened and caramlized, aboutu 2-3 minutes.
Flip, and repeat caramelization on the other side.
Stir in the pecans just before serving, if using.
Can I use Greek yogurt?
You can! You’ll need to increase the amount of milk to 1 cup, but Greek yogurt will work just fine.
Also, you can use plain Greek yogurt if you’d like the pancakes to be a little less sweet.
Do I have to make the caramelized bananas?
Nope! You can top the pancakes with butter and syrup or any other topping that you prefer.
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Vanilla Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup milk¹
- 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt²
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 bananas (not overripe), in 1/4-inch slices
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Make a well in the dry ingredients, and add the wet into the dry; mix until just combined.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Grease skilled with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
- Add 1/4 cup batter per pancake.
- Cook until bubbles form and the edges start to look dry, about 2 minutes.
- Flip pancake over, and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the other side is lightly browned.
- Meanwhile, make the caramelized bananas.
- Melt the butter in a separate skillet over medium-low heat.
- Add the butter and let it melt.
- Once the most of the butter has melted, stir in the sugar; continue stirring until the sugar melts.
- Add the banana slices, and cook until the bananas begin to soften and caramelize.
- Flip bananas over and continue cooking until the other side has caramelized, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the pecans, if using, and stir to combine.
- Pour the banana sauce over hot pancakes.
- Anything from skim to whole milk will work.
- If using vanilla Greek yogurt, increase the milk to 1 cup.
- Nutrition values are estimates.
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Comments & Reviews
Shira Yavor says
Tried the recipe but I didn’t have yoghurt, so I used about 1.5 glasses of almond milk. It still turned out great. I love the bananas!
Thank you so much!
Wow this recipe looks amazing, we are searching for the best recipes that could use a cooking butane torch and share it on our instagram. We can definitely add some sugar on top and caramelize it.
What do you think?
Jane @ Newport Butane
Makeda G says
Looking forward to trying.
Thanks! I hope you enjoy!! =)
Lois Christensen says
These look amazing! Sharing on my Walking on Sunshine FB page tomorrow! Thank you for linking up with Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back this week for our Fruit Party!
Thank you so much, Lois!! That is so nice of you!! I’ll be there! =)
Joanne/Winelady Cooks says
This recipe is so perfect to make for supper. We love breakfast for supper in our family and I think everyone will enjoy the bananas. Thanks so much for sharing this with Foodie Friends Friday.
We look forward to seeing you again soon.
A FFF co-host,
I agree! We had these pancakes for supper last week. I hope your family enjoys the pancakes as much as my family does! =)
This looks devine!
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Thanks so much!! =)
Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! says
Just the word, “caramelized” gets my mouth watering! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #16!
~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
Haha! Mine too! Thanks for hosting! =)
Amy | Amy's Cooking Adventures says
This looks so delicious! I’d eat these any time of day!
Thanks!! I don’t think there’s ever a wrong time for pancakes! =)
Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Mondays at Call Me PMc ~Paula
Thanks for hosting!! =)
Lisa@ Cooking with Curls says
Yum…this is my kind of breakfast/dinner!!!
Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats says
Kate, these look delicious! I love bananas with my pancakes! The combination of pecans to add some crunch sounds awesome. :) Can’t wait to try these on our next “lazy” Saturday morning.
Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet says
These look incredible. The kids and I have been doing pancake dinner once a week a lot lately!!
Thanks! That’s so fun!! I love doing pancakes for dinner – maybe even more than pancakes for breakfast. I think we should start having a pancake night at our house, too. =)
This looks wonderful. I LOVE bananas, and caramelized as a topping like this is incredible.
Thanks so much!! =)
Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry says
I am a fan of pancakes for dinner. Yummy.
Thanks!! Me too! =)
I am excited to try these! If I plan to use plain Greek yogurt (it’s what I always have on hand), do you recommend increasing the sugar and vanilla that the recipe calls for? Thank you!
Yes, I would increase the sugar to 3-4 tablespoons, and I would increase the vanilla to 1 teaspoon. I hope you enjoy the pancakes!! =)
I finally tried these, and they are scrumptious! They got rave reviews from my family, and I know I will be making them again. Thanks so much.
Yay!! I’m so glad you liked them!! Thanks for coming back to let me know! =)