These super fluffy banana foster pancakes are topped with caramelized banana slices and a warm cinnamon maple syrup sauce. The perfect sweet breakfast and brunch recipe!
Super fluffy homemade banana foster pancakes
I love pancakes so much that I eat them almost every day for breakfast. During the week, I love these quick 3 ingredient pancakes or these protein blender pancakes. But on the weekends, when you want to have a lazy morning and deliciously sweet breakfast, I make these homemade banana foster pancakes!
You’ll impress your family with these fancy pancakes. It is shocking how easy it is to make the homemade banana foster sauce. This recipe only needs four ingredients, a saucepan, and no rum required – it is alcohol-free.
These ultra fluffy and soft pancakes are topped with the most delicious warm, cinnamon banana foster sauce made with browned butter and maple syrup. It’s so delicious. They are the perfect weekend breakfast or brunch! Even your kids will love them.
Is there rum in this recipe?
No, there is no alcohol in this recipe! Typical banana foster recipes call for rum in the sauce. Don’t worry; you do not need any for this banana foster pancake recipe.
You only need a handful of simple ingredients for these banana foster pancakes. You probably have everything in your pantry already! Here is a list of ingredients so you have everything prepared:
- All-Purpose Flour: The first ingredient in these ultra fluffy oat milk pancakes is all-purpose flour. You need 1 and 1/2 cups.
- Baking Powder: To make these pancakes extra fluffy and help them rise, we use 2 ½ teaspoons of baking powder. Baking powder is NOT the same thing as baking soda.
- Sugar: Then, for a bit of sweetness that all pancakes need, add 2 Tablespoons of granulated white or coconut sugar.
- Salt: For a little sweet and salty combo.
- Egg: Add in 1 egg to help bind these pancakes together and make them soft and fluffy.
- Oat Milk: We use oat milk in this banana foster pancakes recipe. You need 1 + 1/4 cups. You can also almond milk, 2% or whole milk.
- Vanilla Extract: Add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract for the best taste.
- Butter: To make these pancakes extra soft, add in 2 Tablespoons of melted butter.
Banana Foster Topping:
- Butter: First up, grab 3 Tablespoons of unsalted butter for the base of the sweet and delicious homemade banana foster sauce.
- Maple Syrup: Plus 3 Tablespoons of real maple syrup to naturally sweeten the sauce.
- Cinnamon: A dash of cinnamon for the best flavor.
- Bananas: Then we slice up two large bananas and add them to the sauce to simmer, soften, and sweeten up.
Kitchen tools required
You’ll need a few kitchen utensils to make this recipe – don’t worry, I bet you have all of them already!
- Cutting Board
- Large Saute Pan or Pancake Griddle
- Measuring Tools: 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, 1 Tablespoon, 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1 cup.
How to make banana foster pancakes
These fluffy banana foster pancakes are so easy to make in two simple steps: first, we make the oat milk pancakes, and second, we make the homemade banana foster sauce. Here are detailed step-by-step instructions for any level cook:
First, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Then, in another bowl, lightly beat the egg, then whisk in the oat milk, vanilla, and melted butter.
Next, add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture, and whisk until a batter is formed. Do not over mix – it will make the pancakes tough. If the batter is too thick, add 1 – 3 Tablespoons more of oat milk.
Now, let’s cook the oat milk pancakes by heating a large pan or griddle to medium heat and adding a little butter. Once melted, pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto the hot pan for each pancake. Cook for about 2 minutes until little bubbles form on the tops of the pancakes, and the bottoms are golden brown. Gently flip and cook the other side for about 1 minute.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan on low heat, melt the butter with maple syrup and cinnamon to make the banana foster topping. Make sure to allow the sauce to simmer on low for 2 – 4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or so. Heat must be on low, or else the sauce will burn! Then, add in banana slices, gently stir to coat with the sauce, and allow it to simmer for another 2 – 3 minutes.
Finally, stack pancakes and top with bananas foster topping. Enjoy!
How to keep pancakes warm for brunch
If you’re making these fluffy banana foster pancakes for a breakfast or brunch party, feel free to make them ahead of time and keep them warm in the oven until you are ready to serve! Just preheat your oven to 200°F, add your pancakes to a clean baking sheet or oven-safe plate, and store them in the oven until you’re ready to serve. Likewise, let the banana foster sauce sit on the stovetop on a low simmer until you are ready to serve.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best oat milk to bake with?
Full-fat oat milk is the best type of oat milk to use for baking and cooking. It is creamy, thicker, and mimics regular cow’s milk the best. I highly recommend Oatly, but any type will work!
Can I use almond milk?
Yes, you can use almond milk in place of the oat milk if you would like. You can also use 2% milk or cashew milk too.
Are banana foster pancakes healthy?
The term healthy is all relative, but I consider these banana foster pancakes to be healthy since we use oat milk, fresh bananas, and less butter and sugar than typical recipes. Also, the banana foster sauce only calls for 4 ingredients and uses maple syrup rather than brown sugar to sweeten it.
Can I make banana foster sauce dairy free?
This recipe calls for regular butter; however, if you are dairy free, feel free to use vegan butter (dairy-free butter). I love Earth Balance Vegan Butter Sticks. I do not recommend using margarine.
What is the best heat to cook pancakes?
It is best to cook pancakes on the stovetop or griddle on medium heat. If it is too hot, they will burn. If it is too low, they will not get as fluffy.
Storing: Banana foster pancakes are best enjoyed a few minutes after making them. They will be super fluffy and warm, and the sauce is perfectly tempered. If you have leftovers, store the banana fosters sauce separately from the pancakes in airtight containers or bags. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Reheating: For best results, reheat the pancakes in the oven at 350°F for 5 – 10 and reheat the banana foster sauce in a saucepan on the stove on low.
If you love this recipe, try these pancakes next!
- Protein Oatmeal Blender Pancakes
- Oat Milk Pancakes
- 3 Ingredient Banana Oat Pancakes
- Chunky Monkey Banana Pancakes
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Banana Foster Pancakes
Banana Foster Topping:
- 3 Tbsp butter, unsalted
- 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 2 large bananas, sliced
- Pecans, optional garnish
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
- In another bowl, lightly beat the egg then whisk in the oat milk, vanilla, and melted butter.
- Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture, and whisk until a batter is formed. Do not over mix – it will make the pancakes tough. Add 1 - 3 Tablespoons more of oat milk if the batter is too thick.
- Heat a large pan or griddle to medium heat and add a little butter. Once melted, pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto the hot pan for each pancake. Cook for about 2 minutes until little bubbles form on the tops of the pancakes and the bottoms are golden brown. Gently flip and cook the other side for about 1 minute.
Banana Foster Instructions:
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan on low heat, melt the butter with maple syrup and cinnamon.
- Allow the sauce to simmer on low for 2 - 4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or so. Heat must be on low, or else the sauce will burn!
- Add in banana slices, gently stir to coat with the sauce, and allow it to simmer for another 2 - 3 minutes.
- Stack pancakes and top with bananas foster topping. Enjoy!
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