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Fluffy Vegan Banana Pancakes (Refined Sugar Free and Gluten Free Option)

Unbelievably thick and fluffy, these vegan banana pancakes are the perfect breakfast treat!  The secret ingredient is..

..the secret ingredient is using maple syrup IN the batter in place of any other added sugars!  It pulls the flavor together so beautifully.

I’ve always had one major problem with going out to breakfast – when you go out to lunch or dinner with friends or family, it is socially acceptable to order something to share for the table.  Appetizers, fries, a salad.  But at breakfast, why don’t we order shared food to snack on while we wait for our main courses??

Well, my friends, I introduce to you a million dollar concept – Pancakes for the table.  That’s right, I am proposing that we make it socially acceptable to order a stack of pancakes at any breakfast gathering, that way everyone can get one pancake while they wait for their eggs, or avocado toast, or, well, maybe more pancakes.

Anyway, my dreams of a better society aside, these vegan banana pancakes are the most perfect banana pancakes you will ever have.  They are thick and fluffy, stuffed with banana flavor, and using maple syrup in the batter ties it together perfectly with your maple syrup topping.

Last note – if you’ve found your way here because you LOVE pancakes, but just realized that the bananas on your counter are maybe a little too far gone, or someone else in the household ate them without you realizing it, head over to either my buttermilk pancakes, blueberry pancakes, or chocolate chip pancakes and it’ll all be okay!

How To Make Them

Start off by mashing your bananas.  I find that 2 ripe bananas gives the perfect amount, usually just over a cup.  The recipe is forgiving though, so if you wind up with a little more or less, don’t worry about it!

Add in maple syrup, vanilla extract, soy milk, and neutral oil to the mashed banana.  Once that is smooth, in go the dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, salt, and optionally cinnamon or any other spices you want to include.  Of course you can also add in chocolate chips or peanut butter chips or nuts.. go wild!

Here is my secret to making them so thick – I let the batter rest for about 20 minutes before making my pancakes.  You can skip this step if you are in a rush, and the pancakes will still be wonderful, but allowing the batter to rest for a little while will aid in getting you extra thick and fluffy pancakes.  This works especially well if you are using gluten free flour.

When you’re ready to make them, scoop about ¼ cup of batter at a time onto a non-stick or greased pan at medium heat.  I recommend using a spoon or even your fingers to help them form that perfect circle shape once the batter lands on the pan. They will be around 3-4 inches across, and you’ll get about 10 pancakes from this amount of batter. 

If you’ve never made pancakes before, they’re quick and simple!  Let them cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes on the first side, you’ll know it’s time to flip them when the top starts to bubble a bit and you see the edges are cooking.  Flip and cook on the other side for about 2 minutes until golden brown, then remove from the heat and get the next one going!

And that’s it! Make them all, then eat your stack of perfect fluffy vegan banana pancakes!! Nutritional info can be found in the Notes section below the recipe instructions.

Storage:

Who stores pancakes?!  Eat them all!

(I have never stored them.  I’m sure they will keep for a few days, or can be frozen!)

Pro tips and tools:

  • Make sure you are measuring your flour either by weight or using the spoon and level method.  Do not scoop directly from the container, as you will wind up with too much! This is so important! If you want to buy a pre-made gluten free flour blend, make sure it’s King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten Free Flour, it is BY FAR the best one for my recipes, NOT Bob’s Red Mills or any others. If you want to make a homemade blend, here is a link to the one I use.
  • Make sure you measure your liquid ingredients using liquid measuring cups.  This will ensure accuracy!  I love this set.

Ingredients needed:

  • Bananas
  • Maple syrup
  • Neutral oil – any will work, I usually use grapeseed.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Non-dairy milk – any will work, I usually use soy
  • Flour – Make sure you are measuring your flour either by weight or using the spoon and level method.  Do not scoop directly from the container, as you will wind up with too much! This is so important! If you want to buy a pre-made gluten free flour blend, make sure it’s King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten Free Flour, it is BY FAR the best one for my recipes, NOT Bob’s Red Mills or any others. If you want to make a homemade blend, here is a link to the one I use.
  • Baking powder – I recommend using baking powder that has no added aluminum. This one is my go-to.
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon – optional

What To Bake Next:

Stack of pancakes topped with cut up banana pieces, walnut pieces, and syrup drizzling onto them

Fluffy Vegan Banana Pancakes (Gluten Free option)

Thick and fluffy, these banana pancakes are the perfect breakfast treat!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Rest Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 10 pancakes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup mashed banana around 2 bananas
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 scant cup non-dairy milk
  • 2 tbsp neutral oil
  • cups gluten free flour can sub all-purpose if desired. This links to my favorite store bought gluten free flour blend that works best with all of my recipes, or see “Ingredients Needed” section for further info.
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon optional

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, mash up your bananas. This will come to a little over a cup of banana, but the recipe is forgiving so it’s okay if it’s a little more of less. Add in the maple syrup, vanilla extract, non-dairy milk, and neutral oil, and mix until well combined.
  • Add in the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon, and mix together. If you want to add chocolate chips or chopped nuts, add now as well.
  • Cover the bowl and let it sit on the counter for 20 minutes. You can skip this step if needed and the pancakes will still be great, but this helps them get extra-fluffy when cooked.
  • When the batter is ready, grease a pan and warm over medium heat. One at a time scoop about 1/4 cup of batter onto the pan. I use my finger or a spoon to spread it into a circular shape, as it will be fairly thick. Cook for about 3 minutes on the first side until the batter starts to lightly bubble on top and firm around the edges, then flip and cook another 2 minutes on the other side until golden brown.
  • Remove from the heat and continue with the rest of the batter.
  • Eat and enjoy!

Notes

NUTRITION INFO

Total amount: 10 pancakes
Serving size: 1 pancake
Per serving amounts:
  • Calories – 87
  • Grams of fat – 3.5
  • Grams of carbs – 12.4
  • Grams of protein – 1.9
Keyword banana, banana pancakes, breakfast, gluten free, pancakes, vegan
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