Banana Pancakes with Maple Rum Syrup

This is one of those things where you smack your forehead and realize that you have unthinkingly lived never-you-mind how many years on this earth without putting bananas in your pancake batter.  Literally hundreds of bananas have traveled through my kitchen, and while we’ve been very happy with the banana bread and the banana muffins and the banana bites, we’ve been missing out on the banana pancakes.  So to make up for lost time, I made them for dinner the other night…with maple rum syrup on the side.  Can you say dessert for dinner?

Obviously to start with you need some bananas.

Not pretty cheery yellow ones like these…you need the brown squishy ones.  I know you have some, or will have some soon.  Mush them up well with a fork, and then add them to pancake batter…I make my pancakes with buttermilk and flour and sugar and the other usual suspects.  This batter is going to be a little thicker than your usual pancake batter, because of the bananas.  The pancakes also need to be cooked at a lower heat than usual, because the bananas are going to add a little more sugar and that means the outside will brown faster.  So have your electric griddle on medium low heat, or your stove top skillet if that’s what you are using.

Now, you can of course use regular maple syrup on these babies, but you can also kick things up a notch by adding a little brown sugar and cinnamon and rum and butter to the party.  Stir it all together in a little saucepan and simmer it for about 5 minutes.  After you’ve used it on your banana pancakes, you can use the rest on vanilla ice cream, or drizzled over apple cake, or probably a million other things that haven’t occurred to me yet but will.

So the next time you find yourself with a handful of elderly bananas, give banana pancakes a whirl.  You’ll never look at pancakes the same way again!



Banana Pancakes with Maple Rum Syrup
Serves: About 10 pancakes
For the Pancakes
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 egg, beaten to blend
For the Syrup
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Mix flour and baking soda together.
  2. Mix bananas, buttermilk, sugar, butter and egg together in a separate bowl.
  3. Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture and stir until everything is well mixed.
  4. Heat an electric griddle to medium-low, or a nonstick skillet over medium low heat.
  5. Ladle out spoonfuls of the batter onto the griddle. This is a thick batter and you may have to press down on it lightly to get it to spread.
  6. Cook slowly on each side until a deep golden brown.
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Simmer for 5 minutes, and then pour over pancakes


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  1. says

    I’m a little in shock that you’ve never had banana pancakes. You need to make up for lost time BIG TIME! These look pretty perfect for doing just that.

  2. Amy says

    These just got a “F’ing awesome – those are the best pancakes I ever put in my mouth!” from Precious Angel (my “Southern husband,” and we actually live in the South – St. Simons Island GA). Didn’t have rum, so I subbed brandy. Absolutely delicious.


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