These fluffy banana pancakes require only 8 simple ingredients! They’re easy to make and perfect for a weekend breakfast! Or make extra and freeze them for a quick weekday breakfast you can make in advance.

Update: This recipe was originally published in 2016 and has been republished with all new photos.

Banana pancakes have long been a favorite in my home. The addition of ripened bananas makes a classic breakfast just a little sweeter. My kids especially love them when I sprinkle in a few chocolate chips!

If you’re currently making pancakes using a store bought mix I bet you’ll be surprised by just how easy it is to make them from scratch. It’s truly not hard! You’ll feel great knowing exactly what ingredients are in the pancakes plus you likely already have everything you need on hand!

This recipe uses only 8 ingredients and takes about 20 minutes to make.

These pancakes are just perfect on the weekend when the whole family is together or on a weekday morning if you have a few spare minutes. I so hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

For this recipe you’ll need (full list of ingredients and instructions can be found in the recipe card below):

  • All purpose flour
  • Sugar (can omit)
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Bananas
  • Chocolate chips

How to make perfectly cooked pancakes

  1. Preheat your nonstick skillet or griddle on medium heat. Once the pan is warmed, reduce the heat to medium-low.
  2. Add a tablespoon or two of butter (ghee or vegan butter also work well) to the pan. Let it completely melt before moving to the next step.
  3. Ladle the batter into the pan to create pancakes the size you desire. The key to cooking pancakes all the way through without burning them is to watch for bubbles. Once you see a lot of bubbles for on top and they start to pop a bit, carefully flip those pancakes. Then cook the remaining side for a minute or two until golden brown.

Note: Adjust the heat as you cook. If your pancakes are browning too quickly reduce your heat. You may find that you have to reduce the heat after the first batch because your pan will get hotter the longer you use it.

Can you omit the sugar?

Yes! If you’re using extra ripe bananas you’ll find that they give you plenty of sweetness. Plus those chocolate chips help too!

Can you omit the chocolate chips?

Go right ahead and skip them if you’re craving more of a classic banana pancake.

How to serve these pancakes

You can of course go the classic route and simply serve with a little butter and syrup. Or if you’re feeling especially fancy add sliced bananas and/or extra chocolate chips. My son’s eyes always go big when he sees those chocolate chips on his plate!

Can you freeze these pancakes?

Aboslutely! I love to freeze pancakes so we have a ready made breakfast ready to go when we want them.

I recommend separating the pancakes with a piece of wax or parchment paper before freezing in a freezer ziplock bag or other container. This way the pancakes won’t stick to each other so you can pull out one at a time.

How to store leftovers

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator (I recommend separating with wax or parchment paper to prevent sticking) for up to 5 days.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Your family is sure to love these Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes. They’re so fluffy with just the right amount of sweetness to make any morning extra special!


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar, Can omit if bananas are very ripe.
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Combine your flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir.
  • Stir in your beaten egg, milk, and mashed bananas.
  • For each pancake pour about a 1/4 cup or less (depending on if you like smaller pancakes) onto a hot skillet or griddle. I prefer a nonstick pan with a small dab of butter.
  • Sprinkle a few chocolate chips on the side facing up.
  • Cook on each side on medium heat until your pancakes are a golden brown.This typically takes approximately 2 minutes per side.
  • Top with syrup, sliced bananas, and a few chocolate chips.
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