3 Ingredient Magical Banana Pancakes

I call these my “magical pancakes” because I’m constantly amazed at how these three simple ingredients pull together to make a fast, tasty, and reasonably healthy pancake. These are a great gluten-free option that doesn’t require you to acquire any unusual ingredients, so a perfect choice when you need a last-minute gluten-free breakfast treat.  I keep a few over-ripe bananas in my freezer for these “just in case” moments, defrosted bananas work just as well as fresh in this dish.

These are usually a BIG HIT with toddlers, and are a great way to add some protein into the diet of kids (or grownups) who are picky eaters.   Top with Nutella for an especially indulgent treat.


  • 2 over ripe bananas, mashed with a fork but still slightly lumpy

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter variety)- while using an  “all-natural no sugar added” nut butter is my usual preference this recipe also works well with Jif/Peter Pan/ etc type peanut butter

  • Optional- 1 teaspoon baking powder will create a fluffier pancake, but is absolutely not necessary.
  1. Combine eggs and nut butter until very well mixed.  A fork or wire whisk works best for this step.

  2. Add bananas, then fold gently with a fork or silicone spatula just until mixed, don’t over-beat. Batter will be thick.

  3. Preheat a nonstick skillet over low to medium-low heat, lightly grease lightly with butter, a neutral cooking oil like canola, coconut oil, or cooking spray.  Keep the heat lower than you would when cooking conventional pancakes, as these do burn easily at higher temperatures.

  4. Keep pancakes small so they will cook more evenly and flip more easily, use a scant ¼ cup of batter each at most.  Or, make “silver dollar” pancakes for a kid-friendly finger food.

  5. Cover pan with lid and cook 2-3 minutes- this helps the pancakes bind and set well. Flip pancakes and cook UNCOVERED for 2-3 minutes on second side.

Variations- This basic recipe lends itself well to add-ins and flavor tweaks. Try adding a dash of vanilla extract or cinnamon, some fresh blueberries, a handful of dark chocolate chips, or a teaspoon of good quality cocoa powder. These also taste amazing topped with Nutella.

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