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Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

Light and fluffy whole wheat banana pancakes take breakfast to a whole new level. You’d never guess that they are healthy!

100% whole wheat, no butter, low sugar and a little added protein make these Whole Wheat Banana pancakes healthy and delicious! Incorporate more whole wheat into your baking with Honey Whole Wheat Banana BreadWhole Wheat Blueberry Muffins, and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins.

Stack of Fluffy Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes topped with fresh fruit.

Fluffy & filled with whole wheat

A few months ago I shared our favorite buttermilk pancake recipe. It’s one we love and use often! However, lately I’ve been trying to incorporate more whole wheat into our baked goods (when appropriate, of course) and cut back on the sugar.

I’m not going to lie, I was a little skeptical, but these turned out pretty good!

These are seriously the BEST whole wheat pancakes I’ve ever had. A lot of times whole wheat goods can get really dense and have a strong flavor to them, but these are light, fluffy and taste like banana bread. Sounds pretty good, right?!

Pile ’em high and serve them with warm syrup, fresh fruit & whipped cream, or a nice slather of peanut butter. You really can’t go wrong!

Batter for Fluffy Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes.

Making Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

BUTTERMILK. In a 2 c. glass measuring cup, add the milk and lemon juice. Let stand for 5 minutes or until it becomes curdled.

WET INGREDIENTS. Add the Greek yogurt, egg yolk, mashed banana, brown sugar and vanilla extract, whisk until combined.

EGG WHITES. Beat the egg white until stiff peaks form; set aide.

DRY INGREDIENTS. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

COMBINE. Make a small “nest” or well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients in. Using a large whisk or spatula, stir together until a few dry spots remain. Fold in the egg white.

COOK + SERVE. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and melt a small amount of butter in the pan. Pour ⅓ c. of batter into the pan (I can do 2 at a time in my large skillet) and allow the pancake(s) to cook for 2 minutes, then flip and continue cooking for an additional 2 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter, buttering the pan between each batch.

Pile of Fluffy Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes served on a white plate.

Tips, Variations + Storing Info

These pancakes are so light, fluffy, and packed with banana flavor that you might just forget that they are made with whole wheat! Here are a few tips when making them:

  • Drizzle a few drops of water onto your skillet before cooking your pancakes – if it sizzles then it’s ready to go!
  • Tiny bubbles forming on the top of your pancakes is an indication that  it’s time to flip them over. Cook your pancakes until both sides are golden brown.
  • Lightly coat your skillet or griddle with butter between batches and wipe off the excess carefully with a paper towel.
  • Make sure to never use an electric mixer when making pancakes. Overmixing will give them a rubbery texture.
  • Add in chocolate chips, blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries or top with some peanut butter and slice bananas for some variety.
  • Almond, cashew, or soy milk can be substituted for regular milk.
  • Top with your favorite syrup – buttermilk, cinnamon, and blueberry are all great choices.
  • Keep pancakes warm in a baking dish in an oven set to 200 degrees before serving them.

STORE leftover pancakes in a ziploc bag or airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

To FREEZE, make sure pancakes are cooled first, then store in a ziploc bag or airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Reheat pancakes in the microwave or in a toaster oven set to 300 degrees.

Fluffy Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes stacked and topped with fresh fruit.

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Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes Recipe

These light and fluffy whole wheat banana pancakes take breakfast to a whole new level! You'd never guess that they are healthy! 100% whole wheat, no butter, low sugar and a little added protein.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 4 mins
Servings: 8 pancakes
Calories: 118kcal
Author: Life Made Simple Team
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp milk - skim, 1% etc
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup greek yogurt - plain, vanilla or fruit
  • 1 egg - separated
  • 1/2 cup ripe banana - mashed
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Instructions

  • In a 2 cup glass measuring cup, add the milk and lemon juice. Let stand for 5 minutes or until it becomes curdled. Add the greek yogurt, egg yolk, mashed banana, brown sugar and vanilla extract, whisk until combined.
  • Beat the egg white until stiff peaks form; set aide.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Make a small "nest" or well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients in. Using a large whisk or spatula, stir together until a few dry spots remain. Fold in the egg white.
  • Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and melt a small amount of butter in the pan. Pour ⅓ c. of batter into the pan (I can do 2 at a time in my large skillet) and allow the pancake(s) to cook for 2 minutes, then flip and continue cooking for an additional 2 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter, buttering the pan between each batch.

NOTES

-Any kind of fruit can be added to these pancakes, or you can add flavor to these by using a Greek yogurt with fruit in it.
Nutrition Facts
Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 pancake
Amount per Serving
Calories
118
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
2
g
3
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
24
mg
8
%
Sodium
 
235
mg
10
%
Potassium
 
219
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
21
g
7
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
88
IU
2
%
Vitamin C
 
2
mg
2
%
Calcium
 
80
mg
8
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Recipe source: adapted from my Buttermilk Pancakes & from Sally’s Baking Addiction

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Comments:

    1. Hi Ade, the nutritional information is for 1 pancake and the recipe makes 8 pancakes, so for a batch, the total calories is 944kcal.