Banana Pancakes – Healthy, Quick, Simple, Delicious!
These warm, delicious pancakes are a cross between a traditional pancake and a thick fluffy banana crepe. Requiring only two ingredients (I add a spoonful of oats and a little cinnamon for a little extra flair from time to time) you likely have everything on hand to make them today! They are a healthy treat with all the satisfaction of an indulgence – seriously!
As another bonus, if you are on Weight Watchers Freestyle and using sugar free syrup, they can be zero points- no guilt!
Now, as part of the Southerner’s food code, there are two ways of using the word “healthy”. One way is in the expression “Wow! THIS is healthy?!” Which translates to “This is so delicious I would have never known had you not of told me. I will actually make, and eat, this again.”
And the other is “Oh! This is healthy! How neat!” Which translates to, “Well, at least it doesn’t look like cardboard but it sure does taste like it. I’ll finish chewing this bite to be polite and then I’ll distract you with an elaborate story about the crazy side of my family.” If both sides of your family are crazy, your job just got that much easier.
Well friends, these pancakes fit into the first category. In fact, me and my Katy have them several times a week and sometimes, when I get to hankering for a little something sweet, I’ll even make up a batch in the evening as a dessert.
They only take a couple of minutes to make and don’t make much of a mess at all, which is probably another reason why I’m always so gung ho to whip up a batch!
To make these you’ll need: 1 ripe Banana, 1 egg, some cinnamon (optional), and 1 tablespoon of quick oats (optional).
*I know more than a tablespoon of oats is pictured but you only need one. They just like to travel in groups like that. Also, the oats and cinnamon are completely optional and your pancakes will turn out just fine without them so you do you, feel free to use only a banana and an egg. If you do use the oats, they add about 1 weight watchers point to this entire recipe, which makes about four mediumish pancakes, so it’s totally worth it to me. No sweetener is needed because our banana makes them perfectly sweet.
Note: As I’ve shared this recipe, one question I have been asked a lot is whether or not they taste like eggs. They do not taste like eggs. They taste like warm banana pancakes that love you and want to feed you bliss and comfort.
Moosh Moosh Moosh the banana.
Until it’s nice and liquidy like this.
Add in your egg and just mooch that in using the same motions you did for the banana. If using cinnamon and oats, add those now as well.
Your batter will look like this. It will look slightly different without oats but again, it will be just fine. Do you feel reassured? I want you to be reassured. Because I want you to eat these pancakes – because I care.
Drop by large spoonfuls into a hot skillet or griddle that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cook these on about medium heat.
Now the one thing to remember with these is that they need to be almost fully cooked before you flip them. You’re basically flipping them to just brown the bottom for a bit. If you try to flip them before they are almost fully done they will fall apart. But if you do that, go ahead and finish cooking them because they still eat just fine!
This makes about four medium sized pancakes. Me and Katy usually split them but in general, a recipe is enough for one person. This recipe can be easily doubled.
I’m tearing up just thinking about y’all getting to taste these!
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon optional
- 1 tablespoon quick oats optional
- Place peeled banana in a medium bowl and mash well with a fork. Add egg, cinnamon, and oats and mash it all together until well blended.
- Spray a skillet or griddle with cooking spray and heat to medium or medium high heat. Drop batter by large spoonfuls onto this.
- Allow to cook until almost fully done before flipping to brown on the bottom. Serve warm, topped with more bananas if you like, with syrup of your choice - I use Mrs. Butterworth's Sugar Free.
I got this recipe from a dear friend of ours, Tom, when we went camping with them last September. He and Donna have become some of our dearest friends and y’all know, when dear friends get together, recipes get passed around! These were too good not to share. Thanks, Tom!
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
You might also enjoy my Low Sugar Banana Muffins