Quick and simple recipes will always be favored by those who just want to get in and out of the kitchen with a delicious but fast meal. When you’re following a healthy lifestyle or following a meal plan, simple recipes allow you to monitor the ingredients you’re putting into your dishes to prevent any unnecessary calories.
This simple 4 ingredient Banana Pancakes Recipe is clean, quick, easy, and can satisfy any sweet tooth, without being overly sweet. At just over 200 calories, this pancake option has great nutritional values to start your day off correctly. You get your protein and healthy fats from the eggs. Fiber and healthy carbs come from the bananas.
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I have tried a few different variations of this recipe and just could never get the consistency I was looking for. The original recipe I tried was simply just 1 or 2 eggs and 1 banana. Unfortunately, that combination was a bit too simple for my taste buds.
I then tried a variation from a meal plan I was following. They suggested 2 eggs, 1 banana, and a dash of baking powder. The consistency of this pancake was still too “wet” for my liking.
After a vigorous google search, I came upon Feel Good Foodies recipe that referenced adding a small amount of an ingredient that I believe I was missing; Flour! Not a lot of flour, but just enough to make the consistency more pleasing to a pancake lover.
Combining aspects of all three recipes finally got me to the destination I was looking for. This Simple 4 ingredient Banana Pancakes Recipe actually took me by surprise. I didn’t plan on blogging about it or recording it. As I was making this variation though, something told me to turn to turn the camera on and I’m so glad I did. I’ve enjoyed this recipe a few times and decided to share it with you.
A great nonstick stovetop griddle is key for making pancakes at home.
Nordic Ware Non-Stick Two Burner Griddle, 10.3 x 17.4 inches
Made of formed aluminum, the Nordic Ware Non-Stick Two Burner Griddle spans two burners with ease.
One Medium Ripe Banana
The most important ingredient in this recipe is an overly ripe banana. Bananas get sweeter as they ripen as their starches are broken down into sugar.
One Large Egg
Brown, White, Cage free, or not, one egg is all that is needed to bind this recipe together.
Regular or Gluten free – any baking powder on hand will do.
Bobs Red Mill Baking Powder, 14 Ounces
Bob’s Red Mill Double Acting Baking Powder is a leavener used for baking. It releases carbon dioxide when exposed to moisture and heat, causing dough and batter to rise. It is gluten free and contains no added aluminum. This vegan baking powder is perfect for quick breads, biscuits, scones, waffles, pancakes, cakes and cookies.
Whole Wheat Flour
Finding the best flour is key to making great tasting simple baking.
Palouse Soft White Whole Wheat All Purpose Flour, 3 pounds
This Soft White Wheat All Purpose Flour has a mild nutty flavor with just a touch of sweetness and is best suited for baked goods like cookies, cakes and brownies.. Premium quality flour farmed in 5th generation fertile soil in Washington State. Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher, 100% Non-Irradiated and Certified Sustainable by the Food Alliance.
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Preparing This Recipe
Beat your eggs.
Peel and mash banana.
Combine your baking powder and flour in a separate bowl.
Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix well
Pour the batter onto the preheated prepared griddle.
Cook the pancakes on one side until bubbles form, then flip.
The original recipe I tried was simply just 1 egg and 1 banana. Unfortunately, that combination was a bit too simple for my taste buds. I then tried a variation from a meal plan I was following. They suggested 2 eggs, 1 banana, and a dash o baking powder. The consistency of this pancake was just too “wet” for my liking. After viewing Feel Good Foodies recipe I combined aspects of all three recipes to get me to the consistency I was looking for.
- 1 over ripe medium banana (100g), mashed
- 1 large egg, beaten
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 Tablespoons whole wheat flour
- 1-2 Tablespoons of crushed walnuts (optional)
- 1-2 Tablespoons of sugar free maple syrup, agave, or honey (optional)
- Mix 1 egg and 1 banana together. (Optional: add in ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract)
- Mix in the ½ teaspoon of baking powder and 2 tablespoons of whole-wheat flour.
- Lightly oil the griddle using a combination of spray and butter.
- Preheat lightly oiled griddle under medium heat.
- Pour 1/4 cup measuring cup of pancake mix onto a griddle for two small pancakes.
- Cook 2 – 3 minutes until the top of pancakes have bubbles.
- Flip carefully with a thin spatula.
- Cook until brown and crisp, about 2 – 3 minutes, adding more olive oil spray and butter if needed.
- Transfer to a plate.
- Top with 1-2 tbsp. nuts and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
To quickly ripen a banana, cook the peeled fruit, on parchment paper, on a baking sheet, in a 300 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes.
Instead of 1 large egg, a 1/4 cup of egg substitute could be used instead.
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Simple 4 ingredient Banana Pancakes Recipe
I’ve lost over 100 pounds \o/. See my story here. I am NOT a nutritionist or a doctor. This blog is NOT meant to be a substitute for any professional guidance or counseling. The information I provide merely reflects my own personal experiences and is NOT meant to take the place of medical or nutrition advice from professionals. But it’s helpful and pretty…so enjoy! 😀
My BodyBuilding Boo and I like to live an 80/20 lifestyle; 80 percent of our foods are clean, healthy, whole natural foods and then we allow ourselves to indulge in processed food varieties 20 percent of the time. We like to KISS our recipes (Keep It Simple Sweetie); Easier to track, monitor, and meet our MACROS that way!
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