Level up your pancake game with these Bananas Foster Pancakes! These fluffy pancakes are topped with caramelized bananas and the most delicious sticky syrup. They take under 30 minutes to make. These pancakes are perfect for weekend brunch, an easy breakfast, and holidays!

Bananas foster pancakes on white plate

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These bananas foster pancakes are perfectly sweet.
  • They are easy to make.
  • The bananas foster topping is incredibly flavorful.
  • Say goodbye to boring plain pancakes.
  • This recipe is gluten free and can be easily made dairy free and nut free.
  • Check out these Oat Flour Pancakes for another gluten free breakfast idea!

Ingredients & Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for bananas foster pancakes. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.

Any pancake mix will work, but I highly recommend Pamela’s Products for gluten free pancakes. You will also need the ingredients to prepare the pancake mix according to package instructions.

Butter contributes to these bananas foster topping. For dairy free, use dairy free butter sticks. Coconut oil will not give the same buttery flavor.

Brown sugar can be replaced with coconut sugar or maple sugar. Granulated white sugar may work, but will not yield that deep brown color.

Use pure maple syrup for best results.

Rum extract is completely optional. It gives the sauce a depth of flavor but may be omitted.

Use ripe bananas but not overly brown bananas. They should be yellow.

Ingredients needed for pancakes

What is Bananas Foster?

Bananas foster is a dessert that features bananas and a sweet buttery sauce. The sauce is typically made with brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and rum or rum extract. Traditionally, the bananas and sauce are cooked together and served over vanilla ice cream.

This American dessert is originally from New Orleans. Since then, it has become very popular all around the country and beyond.

Taste & Texture

These bananas foster pancakes taste mostly like maple syrup, cinnamon, and bananas. They are sweet!

The pancakes themselves are fluffy and soft. The topping is smooth and a little sticky. The bananas become soft and tender while caramelizing. A pecan garnish adds some crunch.

How to Make

Step 1

First, prepare pancake mix per box instructions. Once a batter is formed, allow batter to sit for 5 minutes to thicken.

Step 2

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons butter in large skillet over low medium heat. Once melted, use ¼ cup measuring spoon to spoon batter onto pan. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on first side, or until bubbles have formed.

Raw pancakes in skillet

Step 3

Carefully flip pancakes. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes on second side. Remove pancakes to a large plate. Continue for remaining batter.

Golden pancakes in pan

Step 4

Then, make the topping. Add all topping ingredients except bananas and pecans to a skillet over low heat. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, or until brown sugar has melted into butter.

Step 5

Then, slice bananas into coins. Place banana coins in the skillet. Cook for 1 minute on each side.

Step 6

Finally, top pancakes with caramelized bananas. Next, pour some of the sauce from the pan on top. Garnish bananas foster pancakes with pecans if desired.

Expert Tips & Tricks

Choose a high quality pancake mix for best results. After mixing the batter, allow it to sit at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes. This thickens the batter and yields fluffier pancakes.

Do not skimp on buttering the skillet. The skillet should never be dry while making pancakes.

Cook the bananas foster topping on low and watch carefully. Since it contains both brown sugar and maple syrup, it can easily burn.

Use ripe yellow bananas for best results.

Pancakes with bananas foster topping

How to Serve & Store

Serve bananas foster pancakes hot from the skillet! Top pancakes with caramelized bananas and sauce.

Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. If possible, store pancakes and topping separately.

Serve with orange juice, apple juice, or milk. These bananas foster pancakes are great with bacon, sausage and fresh fruit!

Frequently Asked Questions

What do these pancakes taste like?

The bananas foster topping tastes like caramel and maple syrup. It has a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg.

How can I make them more fluffy?

After mixing the batter, let it sit at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes to thicken. This yields fluffy pancakes.

Can I make them dairy free?

Sure! Replace butter with dairy free butter sticks and use dairy free milk to make pancake batter.

Where can I buy Pamela’s Products?

Pamela’s products can be found on their website or on Amazon.

Stack of bananas foster pancakes with syrup

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Bananas foster pancakes on white plate

Get the Recipe: Bananas Foster Pancakes

These bananas foster pancakes are the best breakfast and brunch! The caramelized bananas are sweet, sticky and delicious. This elevated take on classic pancakes will become your new favorite!
5 from 7 votes

Ingredients

Pancakes

  • 1 cup pancake mix
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup water or milk
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil, or neutral flavored oil
  • 2 tbsp butter

Bananas Foster Topping

  • 6 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp rum extract, optional
  • 2 large bananas, sliced
  • pecans, to garnish

Instructions 

  • First, prepare pancake mix per box instructions. Once a batter is formed, allow batter to sit for 5 minutes to thicken.
  • Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons butter in large skillet over low medium heat. Once butter has melted, use ¼ cup measuring spoon to spoon batter onto pan. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on first side, or until bubbles have formed.
  • Carefully flip pancakes. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes on second side. Remove pancakes to a large plate. Continue until batter runs out.
  • Then, make the topping. Add all topping ingredients except bananas and pecans to a skillet over low heat. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, or until brown sugar has melted into butter.
  • Then, slice bananas into coins. Place these banana coins in the skillet. Cook for 1 minute on each side.
  • Finally, top pancakes with caramelized bananas. Pour some of the sauce from the pan on top. Garnish with pecans if desired.

Notes

  • I used and loved Pamela’s gluten free pancake mix, but any pancake mix will work.
  • This recipe can be easily made dairy free.  Use dairy free butter sticks and almond milk.
  • Rum extract is completely optional, but will provide that signature bananas foster flavor.
  • This recipe made about ten 4 inch pancakes.
  • Stir topping frequently to prevent burning.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • Nutritional facts are for 1 pancake with topping.
Calories: 200kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 38mg, Sodium: 143mg, Potassium: 160mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 305IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 56mg, Iron: 1mg

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