Caramelized Banana Pancakes



  • 3 oz. (6 Tbs.) unsalted butter; more for the griddle
  • 3 large ripe bananas; 1 mashed, 2 sliced 1/2 inch thick on a diagonal
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 11-1/4 oz. (2-1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Pure maple syrup, for serving


  1. Heat the oven to 200°F, and set a large rimmed baking sheet on the center rack.
  2. Melt 3 Tbs. of the butter and let cool slightly. In a large bowl, combine the butter with the mashed banana, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Pour the dry ingredients over the wet and fold together with a spatula until just incorporated; let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Heat a griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat until drops of water dance briefly before evaporating. Lightly butter the griddle. Working in batches, and buttering the griddle as necessary, pour a scant 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle for each pancake, spreading a little to make 4-inch circles.
  5. Cook, undisturbed, until the edges look dry and the underside is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until the second side is golden brown, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to the baking sheet to keep warm.
  6. Melt 1-1/2 Tbs. of the remaining butter in a 10-inch nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add half the banana slices and cook until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining butter and bananas. Serve the pancakes topped with the caramelized banana slices and warm maple syrup.

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