These easy banana pancakes for two are made with just one overripe banana and a handful of pantry staples. They’re quick to make, fluffy, and packed full of banana flavor.
Say hello to your new favorite small-batch pancake recipe, friend. These pancakes are perfectly fluffy, incredibly good, and designed to serve two.
Like my buttermilk pancakes for two, this banana pancake recipe will make exactly four good-sized pancakes, so you can enjoy them with someone else or make them solo and freeze the extra two for next weekend (always an excellent option).
Ingredients of Note
- One overripe banana: This recipe is perfect for using up that single sad banana sitting on your counter, but if you’re craving banana pancakes and don’t have any brown bananas, check out my post on how to quickly ripen bananas.
- Vegetable oil: A little vegetable oil in the batter helps these pancakes cook up moist and perfect. I prefer to use oil in pancakes, but if you don’t have any, the same amount of melted butter can be substituted.
How to Make the Best Banana Pancakes
- Whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, a little sugar, baking powder, and salt. Then in a separate bowl, mash your banana and add an egg, some milk, oil, and vanilla.
- Finally, mix everything together until just combined, and your batter is ready to go.
- When it comes to cooking, the key to getting a nice fluffy banana pancake that isn’t soggy in the center is to start with a preheated pan/griddle and keep the temperature just at medium. Any higher, and your pancakes are going to burn before they are cooked through, and no one wants burnt and/or undercooked pancakes.
- Once completely cooked, plate those babies up and it’s time to add toppings.
My little sister, a banana pancake connoisseur, says that the mark of a good banana pancake is that you can eat it plain, straight off the griddle. And you can absolutely do that with these pancakes (as one of my taste testers, that’s what she did and gave them her thumbs up), but my favorite way is as you see in the photos, with butter, some fresh fruit, and maple syrup.
It’s *so* good. Other ways you can enjoy these include:
- Spread with Nutella or Nutella sauce
- Slathered with peanut butter and honey, peanut butter sauce, or chocolate sauce
- Topped with strawberry sauce and whipped cream
Feel like changing things up? Try some of these mix-ins:
- Chocolate chip banana pancakes: Add about 1/3 cup of chocolate chips or chopped chocolate to the batter just before cooking.
- Blueberry banana pancakes: Make the pancakes according to the recipe instructions, and once you spoon the batter out onto the hot griddle, drop blueberries evenly spaced over the top of the pancakes.
Can I freeze banana pancakes?
Absolutely. Banana pancakes free pretty well. Freeze them in a freezer bag with a small sheet of parchment paper between each pancake and reheat in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Extend the reheating time slightly for each additional pancake you’re reheating.
And if you have extra brown bananas you’re not quite ready to use, check out my post of How to Freeze Bananas.
What to serve with banana pancakes?
These pancakes are filling enough to be served on their own, but if you want to do a full breakfast spread, scrambled eggs with sausage and roasted red potatoes are an excellent way to go.
Can I double this recipe?
Yes. You can double the recipe with no changes needed. To change the yield, in the recipe card below, hover over the serving size or click if you’re on mobile, and slide the slider.
If doubling the recipe, I recommend using a griddle if you have one so you can cook all your pancakes at once. If you’re cooking the pancakes in batches on the stove, keep the finished pancakes warm in a 200°F oven while you cook the full batch.
More Banana Recipes
- Small-batch Banana Muffins
- Small-batch Chocolate Banana Muffins
- Small Banana Cake
- The Best Banana Milkshake
- Banana Pudding
More Small-batch Breakfasts
- Waffles for Two
- Small-batch Cinnamon Rolls
- Pumpkin Pancakes for Two
- Pancakes for One
- Small-batch Cream Scones
Easy Banana Pancakes for Two
- ½ cup (60g) all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons (6g) granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 medium-to-large very ripe banana
- 1 large egg
- 2-3 tablespoons milk any percentage, divided
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or melted butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- In a medium bowl, use a fork or potato masher to mash peeled banana very well. Add egg, 2 tablespoons of the milk, oil, and vanilla, and mix until well-combined.
- Add flour mixture and use a spoon to stir until just combined. If batter seems too thick, add up to 1 tablespoon more milk.
- Heat a griddle to 350°F or a skillet over medium heat (no higher). Once cooking surface is hot, lightly grease with butter or cooking spray and add pancake batter using a 1/3 cup. Cook first side until the tops of the pancakes begin to bubble. Flip and cook until cooked through.
- Serve and enjoy!
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This post was originally published on 3/14/18. It was updated on 11/1/20 with new photos and additional information and tips.
Stella Hampers says
My family loved this recipe but I used self rising flour and omitted the salt and added 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. It came out just perfect. Thanks!
Thanks for reporting back. I’m so glad they enjoyed them!
Totally pinning these! I love a good homemade pancake recipe!
Me too! 😉 Thanks for pinning, Emily!
Michelle Sandoval says
Do you need to add baking powder if I don’t have any at home ?
Yes, the baking powder helps the pancakes rise. You’ll have really flat, dense pancakes without it.
Oh I love from-scratch pancake recipes…they’re just so easy and fun! These look spectacular and I wish I had a stack to gobble down on this rainy afternoon. Pinning!
Thanks, Traci! And rainy day pancakes sound dreamy. 😉
I love making pancakes for two on lazy nights when I don’t feel like cooking! What a great way to use up one overripe banana, which I always seem to end up with too! These look awesome!
Agreed, pancake dinners are the best lazy night dinners!
Allison - Celebrating Sweets says
I love that this makes a small recipe. My kids would love these! I will be trying them soon!
Thanks, Allison! I hope they enjoy them!!
Can you imagine, my hubby doesn’t like banana pancakes? But it’s totally fine with me because I can eat them all by myself. So, I will use this recipe as the easy banana pancakes for one 🙂
LOL. Banana pancakes for one sounds just about perfect. 😉
Dawn - Girl Heart Food says
I need these this morning!!! They sound delicious and look even better! Your photos are GORGOUS Tracy! Just want to reach through my screen and grab that plate!
Thank you, Dawn!! 🙂
Albert Bevia says
I always have the problem of my bananas going brown, now I have a great way to use them up, these pancakes look absolutely stunning!
Jessica Robinson says
Gotta love an amazing from scratch banana pancake recipe! These look so delicious and your pics are gorgeous! Will definitely be adding my parents farm made pure maple syrup to these!
Thanks, Jessica! Also, majorly jealous of your maple syrup supply!!
Katherine | Love In My Oven says
I love your small batch recipes, Tracy! So perfect for when you just want a little bit of something. We’re definitely on the same page when it comes to bananas in baking – I’m actually a little bummed that I don’t have any ripe bananas sitting around! Can’t wait to try these fluffy pancakes out!
Thank you, Katherine!!
Agness of Run Agness Run says
I am always up for a good pancakes recipe and this recipe is making my mouth water, Tracy! These pancakes have the potential of becoming my new favorite dessert!
These banana pancakes look super yummy and I love how quick and easy this recipe is to put together! My mornings totally need them!
Thanks, Neha! And I agree, your mornings totally do. 😉
Donna from Fayetteville says
Hi Tracy; I love your banana pancakes. I liked they way you incorporated the mashed banana in the batter instead putting slices of banana on top of the pancakes. This made my day. Going to make more for my brother. Thank You.
So glad you enjoyed them, Donna! Hope your brother likes them too!
I eat mostly eggs for breakfast but you just won me over with banana pancakes for two! I think I’m going to surprise my hubbers with this recipe soon. It looks legit amazing!
Thanks, Christina!! I hope you both enjoy them!
It looks deliculious and I want to give it a try without the egg… That should be possible right?
Thanks, Gwendolyn! I’ve made banana pancakes without eggs before, but I’ve never made *these* pancakes without eggs. You might need to add more mashed banana or applesauce if the batter seems too dry. If you give it a try, please report back how they turn out, it would be really helpful for other people who want to omit the egg!
run 3 says
These banana pancakes look super yummy and I love how quick and easy this recipe is to put together! My mornings totally need them!
I just made them on a beautiful Tuesday morning here. Perfect. As Katherine mentioned, I also love the small-batch recipes.
Thanks for reporting back, Jessie! So glad you enjoyed them, and I love that you made time for pancakes on a Tuesday morning. That’s living the dream! 😉
Isabel Cosentino says
WOW! I had 2 overripe bananas that I couldn’t toss! I added some pitted cherries cut in half. The best pancakes ever!
This makes me so happy to hear! Love the idea of throwing some cherries in there!
Love this recipe tuned out great !
So glad you enjoyed them, Celine!
J. Ann says
These pancakes are fantastic!!! Just tried out the recipe as a test run in preparation for tomorrow morning (Saturday). Of course, I just had to do a sample taste test.
So glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for reporting back to let me know!
I don’t usually comment on recipes because usually I’m neutral on recipes I try. However, these were excellent! The right amount of banana flavour, quick to whip up, and enough for two or a particularly hungry one. These are fluffy, but do not disintegrate, and it’s a relief to encounter a pancake that doesn’t sit like a lump in my stomach.
Ended up serving it with a scattering of pecan bits, a bit of blueberry jam and a small amount of maple syrup (I was low on syrup). Excellent!
Thank you for this recipe! I’m consistently impressed with your recipes! Keep up the good work!
Thank you so much, Aja. That really means a lot to me, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the pancakes!
I love love this recipe, so easy and tasty. My husband is not pancake lover but when I made this one he wouldn’t leave my kitchen. Although I added 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, next time I will add some nuts ,too. This is gonna be my new and only pancake recipe from now on. Thank you so much.
Thanks, Paula! I’m so glad you and your husband enjoyed them!
Jeanne Paluch says
Amazing! I usually make banana pancakes with baking mix so this was my first from scratch pancake without it. These are super fluffy and delicious. I had to double it for the family and that was easy enough to do.
Thank you, Jeanne!
These were just perfect and delicious! My husband loved them ! And they were so easy to make. I served them with sliced banana on top and a little butter and maple syrup. We also made some veggie bacon strips on the side. So yummy! Thank you for the recipe.
Thanks, Sara! So glad you guys enjoyed them!
Elizabeth Valachovic says
Good recipe for using up the last couple of going brown bananas. I only used one tablespoon of milk since I was worried the batter would be too moist, and they cooked up fine. Just remember not to turn the heat too high since the sugar in the bananas will burn. Thanks for an easy, good recipe for small households!
Thanks, Elizabeth! So glad these worked out for you!
Ali Hay says
Just found this recipe after an online search …. and I could not be happier!
Made exactly as per your recipe and ended up with three (my portion sizes are a bit off lol) amazingly fluffy banana pancakes … just what I needed to cheer me up on a cloudy and chilly morning in Scotland
So glad you enjoyed them, Ali! Thanks for taking the time to let me know!!
These came out amazing, they were simple to make and it was the perfect amount for two!!!
So glad they worked out for you, Isabella!
So good! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I used homemade oat flour. I didn’t add the sugar as the banana is sweet. Used 1 tbs. of milk. Turned out great. This is a keeper.
Thanks, Mary! Making these with homemade oat flour sounds amazing!
This was my first time making banana pancakes and they came out great! I used oat milk and added cinnamon. Delicious! And the small batch was perfect for my two year old and myself thank you!!
Yay! So glad your first time was a success!
These were great. Prefect for 2 people. Delicious. The only constructive feedback I got from my mother was, “next time let’s add blueberries!”
This recipe doubled beautifully and my family loved these pancakes. This is my new go-to.
Very good. I used white whole wheat flour and olive oil. Light & fluffy. Made four decent sized pancakes. Just enough for a Daylight Savings Sunday breakfast with the husband.
So glad you enjoyed them, Sarah!
Bianca H. says
Hi there! I came across your recipe last night and made it this morning.
I loved the banana flavor and the texture so much. My husband however, kept saying it reminded him of waffles – “dry like waffles”.
*sigh* Sadly, he wasn’t a fan – he’s super picky and expects certain things to taste the way “he expects them to taste”.
I’ll give your recipe a 5 rating as it was simple & delicious.
Thanks for sharing.
LOL, so glad you enjoyed them at least! 😉
Do you you have this recipe , but also including peanut butter? So for peanut butter and banana pancakes for two??
Sorry for the late response! I don’t have a peanut butter and banana pancake, but if you want banana pancakes with peanut butter flavor, you could try these pancakes with peanut butter syrup: https://bakingmischief.com/peanut-butter-sauce/
Hope that helps!
Today I wanted to make something for my mom today. I came across your recipe and tried making the pancake. I made the pancake according to the recipe, but added ice cream, whipped cream and sliced bananas on it. This is the first time making banana pancake from scratch, and my mother and I absolutely love it. Thank you for sharing this recipe.
Loooooove that idea!! I’m so glad you and your mom enjoyed them!!
I usually butcher pancakes, but these came out amazing! My 19 month old daughter loves them. I ate some of her breakfast while feeding her too (so yummy).
Best banana pancake recipe I have tried so far, delicious!
Perfect recipe and delicious pancakes!
So glad you enjoyed them!!
This is my go-to recipe for banana pancakes, I’ve made 3 double batches in the past fortnight. I’m currently pregnant with my 2nd bubba, and these pancakes are one of the only things I can stomach for brekkie lol. Even my banana hating 7yo daughter is stealing these pancakes from me. Only modification I’ve made is that I use vanilla yoghurt instead of milk, it makes a lovely thick pancake. Thanks again for a great recipe!
Thanks, Mandi!! So glad you’ve been enjoying the recipe. And major congrats!!!
Kate D. says
Absolutely FANTASTIC recipe! I tried these out for dinner last night (since it was national pancake day) and they were delicious! Tasted just like banana bread, but in pancake form! I also added some cinnamon and topped it with my peanut butter maple syrup concoction! I’ll definitely be having these again in the future!
So glad you enjoyed them, Kate!!
Milena KUŽNIN says
My 15 yrs old daugther does not like bananas and she loves your pancakes! Thank you, an excellent recipe.
So happy to hear it!!
My favorite banana pancake recipe I’ve found!!! Made it exactly as directed and it was perfect!!
Thanks, Nicole!! I’m so happy to hear it!
Selene Nunez says
Hey Tracy so is the nutritional information for one pancake or 4??
Hi, Selene, it’s per pancake.
These are simply divine! Perfect sweetness, easy to put together, and super fluffy!
So glad you enjoyed them, Amelia!!!
Just one word….. DELICIOUS! Perfect for one or 2 people. So easy:. You will be eating them under 15 minutes urea from start to finish
Thank you, Judy!!
Jake Sint says
Fantastic recipe! Really enjoyed it! The pancakes were also fluffy!
This recipe was easy, quick and delicious. I didn’t add the sugar or salt and made them for my toddler, he absolutely loves them. It’s my new go to recipe.
So glad that the kiddo enjoyed them!!
Courtinay Homann says
I like little mini pancakes so it easily made about 9 a little smaller than my first. We did blueberry banana and my 1 year old absolutely loved them.
I tried this recipe as my first go making pancakes from scratch. I quadrupled the recipe having 4 bananas sat there and made 9 fair decent sized pancakes (using a ladle maybe didn’t help the size LOL). Not that they lasted long once my 3 daughters had gotten a taste! They came out perfect and I already have requests to make more! Thank you so much!
My toddler is a pancake fiend and he couldn’t get enough. Thanks for an easy and delicious recipe that doesn’t keep me over the stove making endless pancakes lol
Lol so thrilled to help!
hamza hassni says
loved it and so did my sister but i added 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 tablespoon vinegar which is why rose beautifully but overall ur recipe was fantastic
These are AMAZING, and have become a week end staple !
Such a good recipe for breakfast!
These came out so thick and hard to cook as a result – kept adding more liquid: Not worth the trouble for 3 small pancakes for basically 1 person.