Start your day with these heart healthy Banana Nut Pancakes! You won’t miss the flour in this easy gluten free pancake recipe.
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What makes These Pancakes Healthy
You can throw a fruit or vegetable in just about anything and call it “healthy.” I mean, Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cupcakes are basically a superfood, right?
But THESE pancakes really are good for you! Or at least, a zillion times better for you and your blood sugar levels than traditional banana pancakes.
Here’s what makes our banana nut pancake recipe so healthy:
- Bananas are a rich source of essential nutrients including magnesium, potassium and B vitamins.
- The walnuts contain lots of Omega-3 acids to support heart health, brain health and more.
- Each pancake has a balance of protein, carbs and fats to give you sustained energy all day long. No sugar crashes!
- They’re gluten free with no processed ingredients.
The health benefits are all well and good. But I wouldn’t be sharing this recipe with you if the pancakes didn’t taste amazing, too!
Sweet, soft and full of crunchy nuts, a stack of these healthy banana pancakes is perfect served with your favorite pancake toppings, from maple syrup to whipped cream.
My family says they taste like the “inside of French toast” which I think is spot on!
You only need 4 ingredients to make these pancakes!
You’ll also need a little bit of oil for cooking the pancakes on the griddle. I use coconut oil to keep it heart-healthy. Butter or canola oil would work too!
Tips and Tricks
- Toast your walnuts! It’s not required, but an easy way to make the pancakes taste even better. Here’s my easy tutorial for how to toast nuts. Buy extra walnuts so you can make a batch of our easy fantasy fudge too.
- Use a thin, flexible spatula. You need to be able to slide it under the pancake to flip it without breaking.
- Grease your spatula. If you find the pancakes are sticking, rub thin layer of coconut oil on your spatula.
- Serve hot! These taste best enjoyed fresh hot off the griddle.
- Topping ideas: Enjoy your healthy banana nut pancakes with real maple syrup, whipped cream, banana slices and a few extra nuts sprinkled on top.
These 4-ingredient pancakes have about 100 – 150 calories each. It can vary depending on how large you make them.
Absolutely! Overripe bananas are perfect here because they contain more natural sweetness.
Yes! Here’s how to ripen bananas quickly in the oven to use in all kinds of banana recipes.
These pancakes are lower in carbs than most but still contain about 20 grams of carbs per serving, thanks to that delicious banana. They are gluten free and made with only natural, unprocessed ingredients.
More Nutty Recipes
- Coconut Almond Bars
- Healthy Chicken Salad
- Berry French Toast Casserole
- Mandarin Orange Pretzel Bars
- Almond Pesto Salmon
- Blueberry Cheesecake
Banana Nut Pancakes
- 4 bananas
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- whipped cream banana slices and syrup, optional
- In a large mixing bowl, beat bananas with eggs and cinnamon until fully blended. You want the mixture as smooth as possible. Fold in chopped walnuts.
- Heat a large skillet or griddle, and grease generously (I used coconut oil to keep these healthy). Drop batter by 1/4 cup onto hot griddle. Cook until browned on each side, flipping carefully.
- Serve pancakes hot with extra nuts, sliced banana and whipped cream and/or syrup if desired. ENJOY.