Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Quick Whole Grain Banana Pancakes

2 WWPP Posted by 7 years ago 88 Comments

Click here to watch the toddler and I make these pancakes on video

Yesterday was my first breakfast with the toddler in a week and I wanted to make something special! Staring at some brown bananas and about nothing else, this is what I came up with and…. it WORKED!

They were delicious! The toddler devoured them with just a bit of syrup. Just look at him, how cute? I couldn’t pick so I posted all three pics.

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I chose a smear of low sugar strawberry jelly and a handful of blueberries. Not a bad 2 point breakfast, is it? ;~)

Whole Grain Banana Pancakes

  • 1 large overripe banana
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup (4oz) skim milk
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¾ cup (90g) whole wheat flour

Mash the banana in a medium bowl. Add the egg and milk. Whisk until frothy.

In a smaller bowl, add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and nutmeg. Sift into the banana mixture. Mix until just blended.

Pour batter in a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Cook about 1-2 minutes a side, small bubbles will form but not as many as traditional pancakes. I just peaked underneath for a light brown color, then flipped.

Just a few more pics, I was a little camera crazy!

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Click here to watch the toddler and I make these pancakes on video

09/13/08 Update: I didn’t have milk and replaced the 1/2 cup milk with 1/4 yogurt. The batter was super thick (mostly because I forgot the 1/4 cup water) but they came out delicious in the waffle iron!

Also check out:100% Whole Grain Pancakes

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
8 1 pancake
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
61 1g 2g old: 1 new: 2
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
3g 0g 12g 3g

See other recipes using: banana, nutmeg, whole wheat flour

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    June 23, 2008

    thanks Roni, looks simple and amazing! I cant wait to try. by the way, those blueberries look amazing!! Reply


    June 23, 2008

    Ohmygosh Roni! The toddler is gone for a week and he looks like a new boy (yes I said boy!) in those pictures! He is growing up so fast! I think maybe it's the longer hair that makes him look about five! Too darn cute! Glad to hear the Roni/Ryan team is back in action and that your recovery is going well! :) Reply


    June 24, 2008

    LOL Believe it or not...we've missed Ryan too! :) Glad he is home, and glad you were snap happy! I made my own similar version of whole wheat pancakes for dinner last night! It was one of those nights we were all in and out of the house at different times, so pancakes were something all the teens could cook on their own when they had time. We love breakfast for dinner! And for breakfast! Reply


    June 24, 2008

    I made these this morning. They are a real treat. My husband really liked them, especially since they have no added sugar. I'll be making your banana muffins this afternoon. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration! Reply


    June 24, 2008

    These look so yummy Roni! Thanks for sharing. I'm going to make these next weekend! Reply


    June 24, 2008

    yum! just when i was running out of breakfast ideas! we are trying to clean out the pantry before moving so this will be perfect :) Reply


    June 24, 2008

    I made these this morning and they were so yummy. The only thing is I didn't have nutmeg so I used pumpkin pie spice!! Reply


    June 24, 2008

    These look great. I think I found the best pancake recipe yet! They sound so easy. I've found ones with "different" ingredients (cottage cheese - not a fan)or ones that make alot of servings (9 in a great number). Plus I think these might remind me of my Grammy's banana bread. I will have to try these over the weekend. Maybe add some chopped pecans. * I saw the poster before me used Pumpkin pie spice. I thought I wonder if you could sub the banana with pumpkin. Thanks for sharing. Reply


    June 24, 2008

    These sound delicious! Bananas are my favorite pancake ingredient! I just have to say, those are the blue-est blueberries I've ever seen!!! Reply


    June 24, 2008

    These sound great. I was wondering about your thoughts on egg substitute. I discovered it a few months ago and we just about live on it. I actually think they taste better scrambled than real eggs. Thoughts? Reply


    June 25, 2008

    Roni- Another winner. I made these with my 6 year old this morning and we both loved them. She had hers with a dollop of banana cream pie yogurt and strawberries. I do have one observation on your ingredients. You wrote 120 gm of whole wheat flour or 3/4 of a cup. Both of my bags of whole wheat flour show 30 gms as a 1/4 of a cup so 3/4 of a cup would be 90 grams. Am I confused on the amounts. Still yummy and will definetely make them again. My daughter wanted to make them because "little Ryan" was eating them. She was disappointed that there was no video for them. As always thanks Rebecca Reply


    June 25, 2008

    Melissa - Eggs in a carton creep my out. It's a personal problem I have. LOL So I rarely use them. Rebecca - Thanks for catching that!! I don't know where my head was! I did use 90grams, but nutritiondata still lists the grams for a full cup (120) even though I listed .75 of a cup. I wasn't paying attention. Thanks again! Glad you'll are liking them! Reply


    June 26, 2008

    YUMM-O! When you posted this, I just happened to have 1 brown banana sitting on the counter. "What am I gonna do with 1 brown banana?" I thought to myself since my current favorite banana muffin calls for 2-3 bananas. When I saw this post...I thought it was perfect. So I made them this morning with my lone banana to celebrate the first day of summer vacation for my son. The kids all enjoyed them. (I used cinnamon instead of nutmeg.) I love that you get a good sized pancake for just 1 point...usually they're 2 or 3 per. Hubby won't like them because he hates all things with baked banana. But it's got me thinking...applesauce instead of banana? I'm gonna hafta try that. Reply


    June 26, 2008

    That's so funny! I always wondered why you didn't use them. I understand;It is a little weird. Reply


    June 30, 2008

    Ok, I did not have a banana but after reading this I was in the mood for pancakes so I substituted 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce and some blueberries I had in the fridge. They were great. Also, I do not have children and my man only eats cereal or egg white omelets so I froze the rest for later. They freeze well and now I can have them anytime. Thank you for sharing all your great recipes, Roni. Reply

    Lauren A

    September 20, 2008

    This seems amazing! I can't wait to try this! Reply


    November 17, 2008

    Hi Roni, I made these over the weekend and they were great! I made a few substitutions and they were still very delicious, thank you for the recipe! Reply


    December 17, 2008

    tried these today and they were good but i didnt have rip bannana and tried to use one not rip not recamended you can really tast the un rip banana will do this again when the bananas are rip now whats for dinner lol i love this site i use it at every meal now thanks roni im a man that cooks lol Reply


    February 1, 2009

    I just made these & they are great. I love the strawberry preserves instead of syrup! The kids & dh also loved them! Thanks for another great recipe, I was glad that you added the video! Reply


    February 8, 2009

    I just made these this morning. They were really tasty! I have one more banana & egg to use up so I may another batch today and freeze 'em all for a quick and easy breakfast on my way to work. Great idea! Thank you for all of the delicious recipes and ideas. Reply


    February 16, 2009

    We made these tonight for dinner! They were soooo good! Thank you so much for all you do for all of us! Reply

    Beth M.

    March 8, 2009

    I had some over-ripe bananas sitting on my counter and kept trying to think of what to do with them....we've exhausted the frozen banana and banana bread routes...and then I remembered you had these. They were a wonderful alternative to our normal Sunday breakfasts and a great way to use the bananas. I'm on a "waste nothing" mission for the next two eating out...and eating only what is in our I'll be frequenting this site for ideas! Come up with some more bulgur recipes in your "spare" time :-) Reply


    November 17, 2009

    I just have to thank you, Roni, for this great recipe. I make a big batch of waffles and freeze them at least 2-3 times a month. I pop them into my toaster oven, get the toddler in the car, and "share" my breakfast as we run errands. He loves them and I know they are healthy. Thanks again for sharing. Reply

    Lindsay Morrison

    December 15, 2009

    I loove pancakes. I can't wait to make these. But I was wondering how much of the batter did you use for each pancake?? Thanks. =] Reply


    December 21, 2009

    Hi Lindsay! I usually use about 1/8-1/4 of a cup bur rarely measure. You can really make them any size you want, just adjust the nutritional info based on the total number. Hope that helps! Reply


    February 20, 2010

    What an excellent recipe!! I doubled it, and added white chocolate chips to the batter and toasted almonds on the top..delcious! Thank you Reply

    Renae W.

    February 27, 2010

    Those look great and would be a great go-to freezer item! I have a tip about freezing bananas...I puree them in the food processor and freeze the puree in ice cube trays. After they are frozen I store the nanner cubes in a freezer bag; it takes around 5-7 cubes to make one banana in a recipe, depending on the size of your tray. I buy the "too ripe" bananas at the store for half price and freeze them. It's easy for me to use half a banana in my smoothies this way. I *ADORE* your site! It has helped me more than you could ever know! Thanks a million! Reply


    November 8, 2010

    I just tried this recipe today and it turned out really really good! but instead of nice round pancakes, i got a pile of ugly looking ones. Please share how yours turn out sooooo beautiful! Thanks! Reply


    November 9, 2010

    Sometimes i get ugly ones too! You can see how I do them on the video... nothing special.. your batter just may be too thick. Try a bit more milk or even a splash of water. Reply


    November 9, 2010

    Thanks for the video link! I watched how you did it and got better looking pancakes! I need more practice haha. Thanks alot! Ryan's really cute! Reply


    April 9, 2011

    Your pancakes have gone cross-continental. I live in Paris now, and I make them every Monday morning for my lovely Italian flatmate and any miscellaneous visitors. Lashings of maple syrup and Jack Johnson are obligatory... Thank-you for all of your recipe ideas. I am a longtime reader, first time commenter. But I appreciate your blog(s) a lot! Reply


    August 11, 2011

    Does anyone know the points plus value of these? Or even just the carbs and protein and I can figure it out. Thanks Reply


    October 1, 2011

    I made these today, subbing canned pure pumpkin for the ripe banana. They turned out super moist and fluffy. I have made them in the past with the banana, and they are delicious that way as well. :) Reply


    February 14, 2012

    Hi Roni, I just joined weight watchers and I made your Quick Whole Grain Pancakes this morning but I noticed the WW Points are from June, 2008. I am such a newbie..I don't know how to calcuate the points. Would you be able to help me. They were very good. I really, really, really like your website and recipes. Thank you very much Reply


    February 18, 2012

    I updated the NI! Hope that helps. :) Reply


    February 21, 2012

    Still my go to pancake recipe: this time with pear slices, coconut and caramel. Not so healthy but still awesome. Thank-you! Frances P.S. Happy Pancake Day, hope you celebrate! Reply


    February 22, 2012

    You don't have pancake day??! You Americans are missing out! For us, Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, was traditionally the day when you use up all your fattening things - eggs and butter etc - before fasting for Lent. So, pancakes! Now of course we just eat pancakes and forget about the fasting after :) They even have races with frying pans to celebrate. Cool no? I think you should start a new tradition! xx Reply


    February 22, 2012

    P.S. It was yesterday though... would have to be a belated celebration! Reply


    February 22, 2012

    Some may celebrate it like that. I'm just oblivious to those type of things for some reason. Iol Reply


    April 14, 2012

    Finally an wonderful and simple, most important FILLING pancake recipe. Topped mine with strawberries (which I froze and thawed, they made their own syrup). Going to freeze the extras for quick breakfasts. Delicious. Thanks Roni!! Reply


    July 1, 2012

    Can I use whole wheat flour instead of oats? If so, would it be the same amount as oats? Reply


    July 1, 2012

    I'm not sure what you are asking. I only use Whole Wheat Flour. There are no oats in this recipe. Reply


    July 1, 2012

    Oh gesh, my bad! For some reason I thought it was an oatmeal recipe, forgot it was a flour recipe! Reply


    July 11, 2012

    I made these this morning, and they were aboslutely amazing! I had a really over-ripped banana that I used and my pancakes were so sweet and delicious! They melted in my mouth! I used soy milk instead of skim, and they turned out so fluffy! I will definetly save this recipe, because these are amazing! :d Reply


    September 4, 2012

    He was probably in heaven when he ate them. I would be in heaven to I mean pancakes are good as it is. Put maple syrup on them and your in heaven. Reply

    Barry Driver

    November 28, 2012

    I got what you intend, thank you for posting. Woh I am thankful to find this website through google. Reply


    May 4, 2013

    If these pancakes were dropped on either side of a war, enough for every person to have a pancake, all fighting would stop until everyone finished their pancakes. Yes, they are THAT GOOD!!! :) Reply