Amazing, Healthy Whole Wheat Banana Pancake Recipe

Updated on March 3, 2020
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Whole wheat banana pancakes.
Whole wheat banana pancakes. | Source

Everybody loves a good pancake. The French have crepes; the Polish have nalesniki. Some cultures make them from corn, some from potatoes, and others from chickpea flour. In addition to all of those yummy cakes cooked in a pan, here in the United States we enjoy the traditional, fluffy, golden brown cakes served up by diners and moms across the land. Elsewhere, they may prefer a different sort, but these are my favorite.

I created this pancake recipe from the traditional white flour recipe found in most kitchens. I wanted to make them a bit healthier by adding whole wheat flour, oats, and yogurt. Fruit is always a good idea, so I pureed some bananas and added them to the mix. It was a technique that worked and leads to a fluffy, delicious pancake.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 10–12 large pancakes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (Quaker Old Fashioned Oats work well)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar (3 tablespoons will lead to sweet pancakes)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 to 2 bananas (depending on the size and how much you like bananas)
  • additional fresh fruit or nuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients. An electric mixer works best, as the bananas should be completely pureed into the mix.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  4. Don't over-mix! Over-mixing creates tough pancakes.
  5. Let the batter stand while the griddle heats up.
  6. Scoop the batter onto the hot griddle and flatten slightly if necessary. This batter will be thick.
  7. Let the pancakes cook until you see air bubbles popping and they are golden brown. Flip and cook until the second side is golden brown.

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Mix and blend the dry ingredients.Mix the wet ingredients.An electric mixer works well to puree the banana.
Mix and blend the dry ingredients.
Mix and blend the dry ingredients. | Source
Mix the wet ingredients.
Mix the wet ingredients. | Source
An electric mixer works well to puree the banana.
An electric mixer works well to puree the banana. | Source
Add the wet to the dry ingredients.
Add the wet to the dry ingredients. | Source
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Whisk the batter.Cook the pancakes, flipping them when you see air bubbles popping.
Whisk the batter.
Whisk the batter.
Cook the pancakes, flipping them when you see air bubbles popping.
Cook the pancakes, flipping them when you see air bubbles popping.

What Do You Think?

3 stars from 2 ratings of Amazing Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes
Maple syrup makes an excellent topping for these pancakes.
Maple syrup makes an excellent topping for these pancakes. | Source

Additional Options

  • Enjoy these delicious pancakes with maple syrup or jam.
  • Mix nuts or more fruit, such as blueberries, into the batter.
  • Use flavored yogurt instead of plain. (Definitely use only 2 tablespoons of sugar if you choose this option, as the flavored yogurt will add sweetness, too.)

How to Make Vegan Pancakes

Make these vegan by using flax eggs (1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons of water = 1 egg) and subbing almond milk for the milk and yogurt. I have made these substitutions many times with brilliant success!

Enjoy!

© 2012 Donna Hilbrandt

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    • donnah75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Hilbrandt 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, Indian chef. Enjoy!

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      Indian Chef 

      7 years ago from New Delhi India

      Donnah, i really liked this recipe. Very good presentation with pics and step by step instructions. Very impressive.

    • donnah75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Hilbrandt 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, Rajan!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Very useful recipe. Thanks for sharing Donna.

    • donnah75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Hilbrandt 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, Alicia C! I find that adding bananas helps with the fluff factor. Enjoy!

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love pancakes, especially the healthier varieties, and I love the idea of adding banana to the batter, too! Thanks for sharing the recipe, donnah75. I will be definitely be trying it in the near future!

    • donnah75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Hilbrandt 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      simplysmartmom: I hope you and your kids like it. Thanks for reading.

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      simplysmartmom 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      I absolutely love banana pancakes! I usually make my basic plain pancakes every weekend, (my kids are reluctant to try anything different!) but I prefer the healthier versions. I love that you put oatmeal and the whole wheat flour in these to make them extra healthy - I will definitely try this recipe!

    • donnah75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Hilbrandt 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      markpath: The bananas puree nicely. Let me know how it goes. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      markpath 

      8 years ago

      I never though banana could be used this way into pancake. Let me try it this coming weekend. Thanks for your sharing.

    • donnah75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Hilbrandt 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks so much, vespawoolf.

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      Vespa Woolf 

      8 years ago from Peru, South America

      I can't wait to try these! I love the idea of healthier pancakes, and you've laid this hub out beautifully. Voted up and shared!

    • donnah75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Hilbrandt 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, Denise. The photos did come out better than expected :)

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      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Banana pancakes are one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing this yummy looking hub. Love the photos. :)

    • donnah75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Hilbrandt 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Virginia Lynne and Gypsy Rose: Thanks for reading and sharing!

    • donnah75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Hilbrandt 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Virginia Lynne and Gypsy Rose: Thanks for reading and sharing!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Now this sounds and looks so good. Will try it and passing this on.

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      Virginia Kearney 

      8 years ago from United States

      These look great. I love fruit pancakes and oatmeal too. Great recipe. Pinned.

    • donnah75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Hilbrandt 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you!

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      Urmila 

      8 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Your pictures are great and making me hungry. Okay this will be on my breakfast table tomorrow. Thanks for the idea. Voted up!

    • donnah75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Hilbrandt 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Giselle: Let me know how it goes.

      Stephanie: We eat nalesniki in my house too! Be tend to buy them frozen, as we are perfecting the homemade version.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      Ohhh...these look yummy! I'm not a huge pancake fan, but I love the idea of adding whole wheat, oats and bananas. I think my family will love them!

      By the way, my mother (of Polish heritage) used to make the nalesniki that you mentioned ...mmmm...

      Voted up and pinned!

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      Giselle Maine 

      8 years ago

      Yes, pancakes freeze well in general (at least, they can be found in the frozen section of the supermarket) and can be microwaved to heat up. Not as great as fresh-cooked but it works well enough for busy moms. The frozen ones I buy are a natural brand without preservatives. I like the healthier option here of whole wheat and banana. Plus it would be cheaper for me to make my own and freeze (if it works), instead of buying. So those are 2 good reasons for me to try out your recipe!

      I would assume for home freezing that the pancakes would have to be separated (e.g. via a layer of foil or parchment) so as not to stick to one another.

    • donnah75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Hilbrandt 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Giselle, I haven't tried freezing them. Do pancakes freeze well in general? Next time I make a batch, I will give it a try.

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      Giselle Maine 

      8 years ago

      Mmmm, sounds delicious, and I think it's a wonderful and healthy option for kids breakfasts. By the way, have you ever tried freezing these and if so do they freeze well? I'm a busy mom of a 2-yr old and a 3-yr old so I'm hoping to make a batch and freeze it.

    • donnah75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Hilbrandt 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks! There are a million pancake recipes out there, but I had to put my own spin on it. Try it out and share it if you like it :)

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      Michelle Liew 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      Cool, Donna, it's a much healthier pancake too! Voted up!

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