You know who I just love to pieces?  Jack Johnson.  Without a doubt, he is one of my top three favorite artists.  He makes up 8.5% of my iTunes library.  And in my top three favorite Jack Johnson songs, Banana Pancakes for sure!  My sweet Ben bought me tickets to see Jack Johnson in concert last month as an anniversary gift, and we had a truly wonderful time.  Perfect weather in an outdoor venue, mellow environment, and great people watching.  (Also, we had a fabulous sushi dinner before the concert – a truly perfect evening!)  If you are a fan and you have never seen him in concert, I highly recommend it!

Anyway, the day after the concert I just couldn’t resist making banana pancakes for breakfast.  Cliche?  Maybe, but also delicious.  I’ve got to give Jack credit because before hearing that song, I had never even heard of banana pancakes, let alone tasted them.  Now this recipe has been a favorite in our household for several years.  These are easy as can be and would be great for a fun weekend project with the kiddos.  Even though Andrew isn’t quite old enough to help yet, he definitely did his part in eating them.


4 tbsp. unsalted butter, plus additional for greasing the pan
1½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. sugar
2½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1 small ripe banana, mashed
1 cup milk
2 large eggs
½ tsp. vanilla extract
Additional banana slices, for serving
Maple syrup, whipped cream, etc. for serving


  • 01

    Preheat the oven to 200˚ F.  Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl; set aside to cool slightly.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; whisk together to combine.  In a another bowl, combine the mashed banana, milk, eggs and vanilla and whisk to blend.  Add the melted butter and the banana mixture to the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix gently with a rubber spatula until just blended (the batter will be slightly lumpy).

  • 02

    Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat.  Grease lightly with butter.  Drop the batter in 1/3 cup portions onto the heated cooking surface.  Cook until a few bubbles form in the top surface and the bottom is golden brown, about 2 minutes.  Carefully flip the pancake over and cook on the remaining side until golden brown, 1-2 minutes more.  Transfer finished pancakes to a plate in the warm oven while you use the remaining batter, re-greasing the pan as needed.  Serve warm with maple syrup and sliced bananas as desired.

  • I’m a big Jack Johnson fan too and I love this song! Not that keen on bananas in baking but maybe I should give it a try.

  • Well you’d just have to make these after a Jack Johnson evening! They look splendid – there’s nothing better than pancakes and adding bananas sounds just delicious!

  • That’s a gorgeous picture! Your pancakes look incredibly fluffy, which I can never make happen for me=( Banana’s sound like a decadent add-in for sure.

  • Alexa

    Jack Johnson is one of my favs too! Banana Pancakes is my cell phone ringtone and I never get tired of hearing it. Thanks for the recipe! I can’t wait for a rainy weekend day.

  • Kelly

    I love Jack Johnson too and just saw him for the 1st time a few weeks ago when he was touring the North East. Best night ever. Every time I hear that song, I want to try banana pancakes so thank you for posting the recipe. Glad to see I’m not the only one who was curious about them after hearing that song.

    BTW, love your blog. I’m a new mommy and I cannot imagine how you get all of this done with a two year old by your side and working as a doctor. Can you write a post on how to be super-mom like you?! :)

  • My mouth is watering for these pancakes! I may even spread some PB on top and then drizzle maple syrup! Wild, right?! :)

  • Lauren

    My baby girl loves that song and when she gets old enough to eat more I can’t wait to make these for her!

  • Those pancakes look amazing! We are headed to see Jack on Friday here in Atlanta! So excited… maybe banana pankcakes on Saturday morning! :)

  • Jo

    I made these for the kids this morning. Bananas w/ Almonds and a little whipping cream. They are a big hit with a tall glass of milk!

  • Yum! I was just talking about making pancakes this weekend. This makes me want these. :)

  • Love the syrup pour! I also love banana pancakes — I made “banana nut bread” pancakes once and was so in love with them :)

  • I love this song and can’t wait to see Jack when he comes out this way in October. Michael and I tried to surprise each other and both ending up getting us tickets!

  • I’ve never had banana pancakes and I don’t know what I’ve been waiting for! I love bananas! I eat one every morning. Not to mention my adoration of all things banana in baked goods. So thanks for the inspiration, I’ll be doing this soon!

  • I love that song, too! Neat idea to search out the recipe. And I also love sushi…it does sound like you had the perfect evening!

  • Janet

    What a fun anniversary celebration! I love Jack Johnson too; his song “Better Together” was my husband and I’s 1st dance song.

    I love banana pancakes too. My dad always added a super ripe mashed banana to the batter when I was a kid. Now when my bananas get over-ripe, I throw them in the freezer to save for pancakes and waffles. :)

  • I am printing out this recipe to make one morning for my husband; he loves bananas :)

  • What a great shot! I LOVE banana pancakes! I”ll have to try out your recipe!

  • I love your picture! Banana pancakes are yum. I have a recipe that I’ve used for years. Mine uses buttermilk, so I’ll have to try yours and compare! Hmmm…I now have a Jack Johnson song stuck in my head! ;)

  • These look DELICIOUS!! =) Great picture too!

  • Your food pictures are gorgeous and the banana pancakes look absolutely delicious!

  • i saw the title, and i thought ‘jack johnson. stud.’ and then, voila, you’re thinking the same as i am. good stuff, annie. :)

  • Mmm, these look so yummy! Can’t wait to make them.

  • How adorable! I made banana pancakes for the first time after hearing that particular Jack Johnson song myself…I used a recipe from Epicurious for a caramel-banana syrupy-topping though.
    Your photograph is lovely and inspiring, its making me hungry :)

  • Meagan

    thanks, now I have that song in my head!

  • OMG what a coinkydink! i was found jack johnson a while ago and ive been listening to his songs ever since! i always drive to banana pancakes!

  • I absolutely love Jack Johnson, and Banana Pancakes is one of my favorite songs. I really wish I liked bananas! I might just make these one day simply in honor of such a great song. At least I know my husband would appreciate them!

  • OMG!! We must be BFF’s and don’t even know it! I LOVE Jack Johnson too and went to his concert a few nights ago and was in heaven! Ever since I have had Banana Pancakes on the brain and was going to make them this weekend, I will definitely have to try your recipe!

  • Mindy

    I made these for breakfast this morning and Quinton was already asking me when I was going to make them again! They were so fluffy and tasted awesome!!! Thanks for making recpie searches so easy…if its not on your blog I just don’t make it…Matt is even making requests from you blog now too:-)

  • Annie

    Aww, yay! I love to hear that!

  • ds8607a

    I sing that song every time I make pancakes…whether they are banana or not :P

  • Missy

    Annie, I made these pancakes yesterday morning and they were fantastic! I loved the little chunks of banana in them Thank you for the recipe!

  • anna maria

    what a great picture! i made these this past weekend and added blueberries – they were delicious :) great post!



  • Lisa

    I made these this morning for my kids. We loved them! The banana flavor comes through nicely. I switched 1/2C whole wheat flour for the white and they still turned out perfectly.

  • Erin Day

    So being 13 days from my due date with our second daughter, I am not often motivated to do a lot in the kitchen but I was having a major craving for banana pancakes this morning. These are PERFECT. They came out so well – fluffy, great flavor and my 4 year old declared them “better than a restaurant.” (HA!) Thank you!

  • Made these for my husband this morning! He bit into them and shouted “WHOA! These are outrageously good!” Great texture, great flavor, great everything! Thank you for sharing!

  • Jennifer

    I made this pancake this morning! My very first pancake from scratch, at the age of 23. :)

  • Jihan

    i have been looking for a new pancakes recipe, and can’t wait to try this one! would these turn out just as well if i substituted the bananas for chocolate chips? or if i just did the pancakes on their own?

  • Annie

    No, I wouldn’t do that as the bananas are an important part of the liquid: dry ingredient ratio here. I do, however, have a chocolate chip pancake recipe. Just use the search bar on the right hand side. Enjoy!

  • Erin

    Just made these, added a little pink coloring (i know, i know…cringe) for valentines day. Then i cut out each pancake with a heart cookie cutter. Implan to serve them up to my kiddos (and husband!) tomorrow for breakfast! Yum! Tasted one, and theynare fab! Thanks! :)

  • Ashley_wallace

    Just made this for breakfast. I was low on milk but had some buttermilk and they turned out crazy good. Thanks again Annie for another successful recipe! I’m about to make some lime curd for your key lime pie cupcakes :)

  • Jennie

    Love that song too…my little girl Larkin LOVES bananas…it was one of her first words. Will have to try these!