What do you make for breakfast when you have bananas, eggs, milk and flour? Banana pancakes of course!


Ingredients (made 6 good sized pancakes.

100g flour
100ml milk
1 egg
1 banana, or 2 if you want to go wild
2 tbsp oil

Handful of sultanas – I’d normally add these but I don’t have any πŸ™

Finely slice the bananas and – depending on their ripeness – either mash them with a fork or chop chop chop them into pieces. Add to a large mixing bowl.

Add the flour, and a teaspoon of bicarbonate or baking powder if using plain flour.

Add the egg and milk (and sultanas if you have them, sulk…) and mix together with a fork to form a smooth batter.

Heat the oil in a frying pan and add a tablespoon of batter. Cook on a medium heat for a minute or two on each side. Repeat until all of the batter is used up.

Serve in a heap with optional lemon, sugar, honey, warmed peanut butter – the choice is yours!

Jack Monroe. Twitter: @MsJackMonroe


  1. but that’s not TRUE banana pancakes, if *I* made them authentically I’d use bananas and….. oh…

    just doing a CIF impression :-p

    seriously, I’ve never had much luck with pancakes, but think it might be better now I have a better quality pan my parents bought me as they thought the one I’d had since uni was a health risk πŸ™‚

  2. Sounds ace. Have always wanted to make these since that Johnson chap sang about them (catchy name). Will try on unsuspecting family at weekend if I can find bananas at market πŸ™‚

  3. you can also make mean banana gluten free pancakes- mash a banana and wish together with two eggs until really bubbly and frothy. cook in frying pan – yum yum

  4. The best thing about banana pancakes is that you can leave out the flour. I use one banana, two eggs, about 50 ml milk, some cinnamon and a pinch of salt. They taste amazing, still very pancakey, plus they are wheat thus gluten free and low carb.

  5. I’ve just made these for my little famy for breakfast (it made around 14 small pancakes) they were very yummy and hubby has asked any time we have left over bananas if we can have these for breakfast again πŸ™‚ xx

  6. Jack, you could also not use an egg to make the batter because the mashed banana acts as a binder. Sometimes you need a little more flour though.

  7. This is exactly what I had for tea tonight Jack and I tried your tip of using milk powder and it worked really well. You save me a fortune on my food shop. Thank you so much again and all the best to you and lovely wee Small Boy xxx

  8. Did them! They were ACE. Everyone ate them and wanted more, even my youngest who doesn’t eat much at all. At the suggestion of my eldest we sprinkled with cocoa and icing sugar. Fab.

  9. Made these this morning as had a very brown banana begging to be used. Got 7 good sized pancakes. My 13 year old wolfed down four of them so I think that means they were a success ;-). The other 3 are waiting for my daughter for a post trampoline snack. Certainly they were very easy & healthy – no sugar and containing fruit. What’s not to like!

  10. I’m not usually sucessful with pancakes but just made these for breakfast and they were really good! I added a splash of vanilla essence to the batter.

    Thanks πŸ™‚

  11. We eat a lot of pancakes and drop scones when there aren’t enough eggs for one each, and the best thing to cook them on is the electric griddle my daughter persuaded me to buy. We got it in John Lewis (we like going in there to eye up the nice kitchen things) and then saw some in Aldi a week later – they get them in for pancake day. The great thing is that they are non-stick so you don’t need oil, and they have thermostats so it’s really hard to burn things. My daughter uses it a lot when she has friends round and I can let her get on with it. We’ve had it a few years now and it was a really good investment.

  12. That brings back memories of childhood. Sometimes we had banana ones, sometimes currant ones. Don’t think we ever ran to sultanas.

  13. Do you know that a mashed banana will hold a pancake together similar to an egg. So if all you have is a banana (or two would be even better-but one is ok) flour and milk then you can still make a pancake. I think it may make a smaller portion, so start with a smaller amount of flour and milk than you usually might. But it’s good to know if you haven’t got an egg and don’t live near a place where you could buy an individual egg rather than a whole box.

  14. P.s. yes today I made pancakes without egg, but I did have ground fix seed as well as a banana. I have always made vegan pancakes with banana in the past and this was my first time adding 2 teaspoons of grou d flax seed, too, which really replaces egg like magic. Yesterday’s pancake included the expensive leftover of buttermilk, easily replaces with milk or soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk. (I know some of those are not budget, however maybe you have the. For any reason) so here was my recipe : 1.5 of flour, 1.5 cups of buttermilk, a small teaspoon of baking powder (not essential), a third of a teaspoon of baking soda (not essential), 2 teaspoons of ground flax seeds, 1 mashed banana, 2 teaspoons of sugar (I often bring home two mini sugar packets if I have passed or been to a cafe or cafeteria… I don’t use sugar in coffee so I use those for making pancakes instead..) mix the dry ingredients first. Then I added the buttermilk and the mashed banana and mixed it all together. This batter had a much thicker texture than I usually make pancakes with but I decided to roll with it. I made small pancakes about the size of a DVD disk. Quite thick. They came out fantastic. Don’t cook them on too high a heat setting, so they can cook through easily without burning. Serve with sugar and cinnamon, or with half a lemon squeezed over, or with jam, or anything more fancy than that that may live in your fridge. But cinnamon is great. And plain sugar and lemon are, too. Or just plain and let’s say you did find an egg: you could hypothetically fry it and turn your pancake not a savoury sandwich of pancake and fried egg… Sweeter savoury: either way works, x
    (Grate a tiny leftover cheese on the pancake – yum.)

  15. I was just wondering about cooking these – are you aiming for flat “pan filling” pancakes, or fatter smaller ones like American or Scotch pancakes? I guess what I’m asking is, how runny is the mixture?

  16. For lactose intolerant people, you may omit milk! …just mushed bananas, egg and self-raising flour (raisins are desirable but optional) …and they are delish with plane low fat basic yogurt (Β£0.45 from most supermarkets) and coffee or tea… πŸ™‚

  17. I know this was posted a while back but I actually think this recipe shouldn’t be handed out parents with birth certificates. Heads off post nursery/school tantrums perfectly.

  18. Just made some, delicious. Added a handful of oats to the mix that needed using up, some cinnamon and instead of sultana’s had raisins and chopped dried apricot. Still have black banana’s left, might have to make it again tomorrow! Thank you.

  19. Hi Jack, you are doing a great and generous thing with this blog – thank you! I’ve always been scared to cook pancakes – did them yesterday in 15 min following your recipe – restaurant-worth outcomes! Thank you and have a happy day!

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