These ultra-fluffy banana foster pancakes are topped with caramelized banana slices and drizzled with a sweet browned butter maple syrup sauce made without rum. The ultimate sweet breakfast and brunch treat that will leave you craving for more!
Easiest ultra-fluffy homemade banana foster pancakes
Say goodbye to boring plain pancakes. Today, we’re excited to share a recipe that combines the classic flavors of indulgent Banana Foster with a breakfast favorite—pancakes! Get ready to treat yourself to a stack of fluffy pancakes infused with the irresistible sweetness of caramelized bananas, warm spices, and a sweet maple syrup butter sauce. Our banana foster pancakes will take your breakfast experience to a whole new level of deliciousness.
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 ultra-fluffy banana foster pancakes!
With a winning combination of ripe bananas, velvety maple syrup caramel sauce, and a touch of cinnamon, these pancakes are the ultimate breakfast indulgence. You’ll impress your family with these fancy pancakes. It is shocking how easy it is to make homemade banana foster sauce. This banana foster sauce is alcohol-free, so families and kids can enjoy it.
These pancakes are the perfect weekend breakfast or brunch! Even your kids will love them. Whether you’re planning a leisurely weekend breakfast or a special brunch gathering, these banana foster pancakes are a perfect choice. They will captivate your taste buds with their fluffy texture and the lusciousness of the cinnamon banana foster sauce. The pickiest eaters, including your kids, will love this banana foster pancakes recipe.
Why you’ll love this recipe:
- The homemade buttermilk pancakes are so fluffy and soft.
- They are covered in a homemade, sweet caramelized banana fosters sauce.
- The sauce is made with maple syrup instead of brown sugar.
- You can use oat milk, almond milk, or regular milk.
- There is NO RUM in this recipe.
- The perfect weekend brunch, an easy breakfast, and holidays!
- Easy to make in under 15 minutes.
- This recipe can be easily made gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free.
- Kids will love this recipe.
- Try these blueberry lemon pancakes or these chunky monkey banana pancakes next!
Ingredients and substitutions
These ultra fluffy and soft pancakes are topped with the most delicious warm, cinnamon banana foster sauce made with browned butter and maple syrup. You only need a handful of simple ingredients for this banana foster pancakes recipe. Here is a list of ingredients so you have everything prepared:
Homemade fluffy pancakes:
- All-Purpose Flour: All-purpose flour is the first ingredient in these ultra-fluffy oat milk pancakes. You need 1 and 1/2 cups. You can also use gluten-free 1:1 baking flour.
- Baking Powder: To make these pancakes extra fluffy and help them rise. Baking powder is NOT the same thing as baking soda.
- Sugar: For a bit of sweetness that all pancakes need, add 2 Tablespoons of granulated white or coconut sugar.
- Salt: Just a dash for a sweet and salty combo.
- Egg: You only need one egg to help bind these pancakes together and make them soft and fluffy.
- Milk: We use oat milk in this banana foster pancakes recipe. You can also almond milk, 2%, or whole milk.
- Vanilla Extract: Add some vanilla extract for the best taste.
- Butter: To make these pancakes extra soft, add in 2 Tablespoons of melted butter. You can also use vegan butter or coconut oil.
Banana Foster Sauce:
- 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
Don’t worry, you probably already have all the kitchen utensils you need to make this recipe! Here is a list:
- Cutting Board
- Large Saute Pan or Pancake Griddle
- Small saute pan
- Measuring Tools: 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, 1 Tablespoon, 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1 cup.
How to make homemade banana foster pancakes
Get ready to whip up these easy and fluffy banana foster pancakes in two simple steps. First, we’ll make the oat milk pancakes, and then we’ll prepare the homemade banana foster sauce. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced cook, follow these detailed step-by-step instructions for guaranteed success:
First, mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
Then, lightly beat the egg in another bowl, 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. Add 1 – 3 Tablespoons more oat milk if the batter is too thick.
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, melt the butter with maple syrup and cinnamon in a small saucepan on low heat to make the banana foster topping. Allow the sauce to simmer on low for 2 – 4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. 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!
Is there rum in this recipe?
Rest assured, this banana foster pancake recipe does not require any alcohol. While traditional banana foster recipes often include rum in the sauce, our version skips the alcohol altogether. You can enjoy these delicious banana foster pancakes without needing any spirits. Kids will love these pancakes!
Expert recipe tips:
- Preheat the pan or griddle: Ensure your cooking surface is adequately heated before pouring the pancake batter. This ensures even cooking and prevents sticking.
- Use ripe bananas: Choose ripe bananas for the best flavor and sweetness. They should have a few brown spots on the peel, indicating that they are fully ripe and ideal for making banana foster sauce.
- Brown the butter for the sauce: When making the banana fosters sauce, start by browning the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. This step adds depth and richness to the sauce. Be careful not to burn the butter; stir it frequently and remove it from heat once it turns a golden brown color and releases a nutty aroma.
- Non-stick surface or grease with butter: If you’re using a non-stick pan or griddle, you may not need to grease it. However, if you’re using a regular pan, lightly grease it with butter or cooking spray to prevent sticking.
- Don’t overmix the batter: Mix the pancake batter until just combined. Overmixing can lead to dense and tough pancakes. It’s okay if there are a few lumps in the batter.
- Wait for bubbles: When cooking the pancakes, wait until bubbles start to form on the surface before flipping them. This indicates that the bottom is cooked and ready to be flipped.
- Keep them warm: If you’re making a large batch of pancakes, keep them warm in a low oven (around 200°F or 93°C) until ready to serve. This helps maintain their warmth and prevents them from getting cold.
How to keep pancakes warm:
- Oven method: Preheat your oven to a low temperature, around 200°F (93°C). As you cook each batch of pancakes, transfer them to a baking sheet or oven-safe plate and place them in the preheated oven. The low heat will keep the pancakes warm without overcooking them. Cover the pancakes with aluminum foil to retain their moisture.
- Warming drawer: If your oven has a warming drawer function, you can use it to keep the pancakes warm. Simply place the cooked pancakes in the warming drawer, set it to a low heat setting, and close the drawer until you’re ready to serve.
- Electric griddle: If you’re using an electric griddle, you can set it to a low temperature and place the cooked pancakes on the griddle while you continue cooking the rest. The griddle’s heat will keep the pancakes warm without drying them out.
- Stacked with a towel: Stack the cooked pancakes on a large plate or platter and cover them loosely with a clean kitchen towel. The towel helps insulate the heat and prevents it from cooling too quickly. This method works well for a short period of time – around 10 – 15 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use almond milk?
Yes, you can use almond milk instead of oat milk if you like. You can also use 2% milk or cashew milk too.
How do I prevent pancakes from sticking to the pan?
Use a non-stick skillet or griddle to prevent pancakes from sticking to the pan. If using a regular pan, lightly grease it with butter or cooking spray before pouring the batter. Additionally, wait for the pancakes to bubble and set on the surface before flipping them to ensure they are cooked and won’t stick.
Can I make pancakes without eggs?
Yes, you can make pancakes without eggs. You can use several egg substitutes, such as mashed bananas, flax eggs, applesauce, yogurt, or buttermilk. These alternatives help bind the ingredients together and provide moisture to the pancakes. You can use one large flax egg or 1/4 cup of mashed banana for this recipe.
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 four 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 (dairy-free) butter. I love Earth Balance Vegan Butter Sticks. I do not recommend using margarine.
What is the best griddle temperature for pancakes?
The best griddle temperature for pancakes is around 375°F (190°C), which is medium heat. This temperature allows the pancakes to cook evenly without burning or sticking to the surface. To test if the griddle is ready, sprinkle a few drops of water on it. If the water sizzles and evaporates quickly, it indicates that the griddle is at the right temperature. Adjust the heat as needed to maintain this temperature throughout the cooking process.
Can you make pancakes without milk?
Yes, you can make pancakes without milk. You can use alternatives such as almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, or even water instead of milk in pancake recipes. The choice of alternative will affect the flavor and texture of the pancakes.
Can I freeze pancakes?
Absolutely! Allow the cooked pancakes to cool completely, then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Transfer the frozen pancakes to a freezer-safe bag or container and label them with the date. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. To reheat, pop them in the toaster, microwave, or oven until warmed through. Do not store the banana fosters sauce; when you are ready to enjoy the pancakes, warm them and top them with a fresh batch of the sauce.
Storing: To enjoy the fluffy and warm goodness of banana foster pancakes, it’s best to consume them shortly after cooking. If you have leftovers, store the banana foster sauce and pancakes separately. Place them in airtight containers or bags and refrigerate. The sauce can be stored for up to 3 days.
Reheating: For optimal results when reheating, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the pancakes on a baking sheet and warm them in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until heated. In the meantime, gently reheat the banana foster sauce in a saucepan on the stove over low heat, stirring occasionally. This will help restore its delightful texture and flavors.
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
- Fluffiest Blueberry Lemon Pancakes
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Banana Foster Pancakes Recipe
Banana Foster Topping:
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter,
- 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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