Amazing, Healthy Whole Wheat Banana Pancake Recipe - Delishably - Food and Drink
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Amazing, Healthy Whole Wheat Banana Pancake Recipe

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Whole wheat banana pancakes.

Whole wheat banana pancakes.

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 timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

10 min

20 min

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.
Add the wet to the dry ingredients.

Add the wet to the dry ingredients.

What Do You Think?

Maple syrup makes an excellent topping for these pancakes.

Maple syrup makes an excellent topping for these pancakes.

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

Comments

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on April 05, 2013:

Thanks, Indian chef. Enjoy!

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on April 05, 2013:

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

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on February 10, 2013:

Thanks, Rajan!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 10, 2013:

Very useful recipe. Thanks for sharing Donna.

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on October 07, 2012:

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

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 07, 2012:

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!

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on September 15, 2012:

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

simplysmartmom from North Carolina on September 15, 2012:

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!

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 12, 2012:

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

markpath on August 12, 2012:

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

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 10, 2012:

Thanks so much, vespawoolf.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on August 10, 2012:

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!

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on July 31, 2012:

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

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on July 31, 2012:

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

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on June 29, 2012:

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

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on June 29, 2012:

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

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 29, 2012:

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

Virginia Kearney from United States on June 28, 2012:

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

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on June 28, 2012:

Thank you!

Urmila from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA on June 28, 2012:

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

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on June 28, 2012:

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.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on June 28, 2012:

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!

Giselle Maine on June 28, 2012:

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.

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on June 28, 2012:

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.

Giselle Maine on June 28, 2012:

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.

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on June 27, 2012:

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 :)

Michelle Liew from Singapore on June 27, 2012:

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