30-Minute Banana Pancakes the Whole Family Will Love

  • By Jackie Sun
  • May 10, 2015

Banana Pancakes with Honey Yogurt | Breakfast #recipe via @CookSmartsIt’s Mother’s Day today! You know what that means. . .It means breakfast and brunch time! And celebrating your mom and all moms, of course. Can’t forget that!

But since Mother’s Day usually involves breakfast-in-bed or brunch, we decided to switch things up a bit and share a breakfast recipe with you to enjoy on this special day. (For those of you who are new to Cook Smarts, we primarily create dinner recipes, but every once in awhile, we do like to post breakfast recipes.)

But who says that Mother’s Day should be limited to one special day? Showing your mom you care about her and love her should be everyday. And a nice little gesture is homemade banana pancakes!

Fluffy, healthy, and tasty pancakes filled with bananas and topped with crunchy walnuts and sweet-tangy honey yogurt make everyday a cause for celebration. If you take the time out to make some of these banana pancakes for your mom, we’re pretty sure they’re gonna make her melt.

Banana Pancakes with Honey Yogurt | Breakfast #recipe via @CookSmarts

We’ve had our share of Mother’s Day breakfast attempts in the past. It consisted of slices of burnt toast and runny scrambled eggs. But in the end, it’s the thought that counts.

Sure, we could go to our favorite local brunch spot. . .and wait an hour until we get seated. But it’s a whole lot more meaningful when you take that time to make something for your loved ones and with your loved ones.

So remember, don’t worry about any misshapen pancakes! They have that nice homemade look about them, and they’re going to be so yummy, you’ll be enjoying the taste (and the company) instead of worrying about whether or not it looks like some kind of amoeba.

Making pancakes is a great activity to do as a family, because everyone can participate – one person flips pancakes, another person can mix the honey yogurt, someone else can brew a pot of coffee, and mom. . .Well, mom should kick back, relax, and take it easy!

Switch it Up:
Make different variations or customize to your liking by adding or swapping with different fruits and nuts. Try using blueberries or chopped strawberries, and garnish with pecans, pistachios, or sliced almonds.

Our cooking community exists and thrives because of all the moms in it, and sharing a pancake recipe is really not enough to express our gratitude. All we can say is that you ladies are the best, we appreciate all that you do for your families, and we thank you so, so much for allowing us to be a part of your kitchen.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there! And a big toast (breakfast pun intended?!) to not having to do the dishes tonight! (Hint hint.)


This pancake recipe was originally featured on our Cooking on a Budget 7-Day Meal Plan that includes breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, so if you want the whole meal plan, you can download a free copy here. Learn all about cooking on a budget and cook more delicious meals with this guide!

Equipment Smarts:

Using a griddle or non-stick pan helps us get pretty pancakes every time:

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How to Make Banana Pancakes with Honey Yogurt

Sunday mornings are the perfect time for making breakfast together, and these banana pancakes will have the whole family excited to be cooking together. Feel free to swap in whatever fillings you like, but we love bananas because they’re inexpensive and can be found year round.

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 15 min

Total time: 30 min

Serves: 4


  • Bananas, ripe and mashed - 3
  • Flour - 1 1⁄2 cups
  • Sugar - 1 1⁄2 Tbsp
  • Baking powder - 3 tsp
  • Salt - 1⁄2 tsp
  • Eggs, beaten - 2
  • Cooking oil - 3 Tbsp
  • Butter or more cooking oil for greasing pan
  • Toppings
  • Plain yogurt - 1 cup
  • Honey - 2 Tbsp
  • Bananas, sliced - 2
  • Walnuts, crushed - 1⁄4 cup



  1. Use a fork to mash bananas.
  2. In one bowl, mix together dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk eggs and then mix in oil and bananas.


  1. Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients. It’s okay if the batter is a bit lumpy.
  2. Heat a griddle or non-stick pan over medium heat. Lightly grease with some butter or oil. Pour or scoop batter onto heated surface and cook on each side until they’re golden brown. It’s okay if the first few don’t come out great! Adjust heat as needed.
  3. While pancakes are cooking, mix together yogurt and honey, and slice bananas.
  4. Let everyone enjoy their stacks drizzled with honey yogurt and topped with more banana slices and walnuts.


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