Hearty Banana Bread Pancakes

I really like banana bread.

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In fact, I like it so much that when I thought I smelled it baking downstairs last Sunday, I hopped up from my homework and ran straight into the kitchen… Although it turns out that it was actually a batch of cookies baking, not my favorite quick-bread, I immediately began craving banana bread.

Even though banana bread is one of the most delicious baked goods out there, sometimes I just can’t find the time to make it. Not to mention, hardly any banana bread recipe out there is completely clean, not even my very first recipe: Hearty & Healthy Banana Bread! And if you’re like me and can’t stop at just one slice when it comes to banana bread, making a huge loaf isn’t always the best decision concerning your physique.

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That’s where these Hearty Banana Bread Pancakes come in handy! This recipe makes enough thick, fluffy pancakes for two, although if you’re really hungry you can definitely go all out and finish the whole batch yourself! Not to mention, unlike classic pancake recipes, this one doesn’t contain any milk, so it’s completely dairy-free for any of you who can’t digest lactose or prefer not to eat dairy products. These pancakes are also made with only natural sweeteners (ie. honey & banana), so they’re both completely processed sugar and sugar-substitute free!

These pancakes are also the perfect solution to a banana bread craving. Or a pancake craving, for that matter. Yesterday I happened to be having both of said cravings, and all day I couldn’t wait to make it home and whip myself up a huge batch of these babies!

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Like Hannah Montana said, why settle for one when you can have “the best of both worlds?” 😉

Hearty Banana Bread Pancakes

  • 1/2 c old fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 c whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 medium banana, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c milk of choice (I used almond milk)
  • 1/2 tbs honey
  • 1 tbs coconut oil (if desired)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Blend old fashioned oats in a food processor until it’s reached the consistency of oat flour. Pour into a small bowl and combine with baking powder and whole wheat flour. Add mashed banana, egg, milk, coconut oil (if desired), and honey and stir until combined. Stir in cinnamon. Heat up a griddle or pan and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Drop 1/4-1/3 c circles of the mixture onto the pan. Top with bananas, blueberries, chocolate chips, or other add-ins of choice. Let cook on medium heat for 1 minute, or until the edges are bubbling, then flip and cook for another minute. Plate, top with honey, maple syrup, or peanut butter and enjoy!

Nutrition Information (from myfitnesspal.com)

Calories: 275

Fat: 5g

Carbs: 50g

Protein: 10g

(Yields 2 servings)

Recipe yields 3 large pancakes or 5 medium pancakes.

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