Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Pancakes made with Greek yogurt, buttermilk, mashed banana and whole grains for extra fluffy and flavorful pancakes. One of my favorite healthy (er) pancake recipes!
There is nothing my kids love more for breakfast than pancakes! We usually make them on the weekends, and they are a nice change-up from yogurt or eggs, which I make during the week.
If I happen to have overripe bananas on the counter, the unanimous vote is always these Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Pancakes! They are delicious, really flavorful and filling.
How to make whole wheat banana bread pancakes:
Start by adding all of the “wet” ingredients and the sugar to a mixing bowl: mashed bananas, buttermilk, eggs, Greek yogurt, vanilla, and melted butter.
Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl: whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
Gently stir the dry ingredients and chocolate chip into the wet, being careful not to over-mix the batter.
The batter will be thick. Spoon about 1/4 cup full onto a hot skillet and spread it into a circle. Cook until golden on the bottom and small bubbles come to the surface. Flip to the other side and cook for another minute or two.
Serve with syrup and fresh sliced banana.
The key to fluffy pancakes:
DO NOT OVER-MIX THE BATTER.
Resist the urge to mix the pancake batter until it’s completely smooth. When you combine the wet and dry ingredients together just mix it to incorporate everything. It’s okay if it’s slightly lumpy with streaks of flour. If you mix pancake batter too much it causes the gluten to develop in the flour and your pancakes will be chewy and instead of fluffy.
DO NOT PAT DOWN PANCAKES.
Once you pour the pancake batter onto the hot skillet, don’t pat down on the pancakes while they cook or you will break the air pockets that help make the pancakes light and fluffy.
DO NOT FLIP THE PANCAKES MORE THAN ONCE.
Wait until you see small bubbles rise to the surface of the pancakes, and then they’re ready to flip. Just flip each pancake one time, and cook it on the other side until it’s done. It wont take long.
Other healthy recipes that use ripe bananas:
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Pancakes
- 3/4 cup overripe bananas (about 1 1/2 bananas), mashed
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 2 Tablespoons Greek yogurts
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons light brown sugar , packed
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoons butter , melted
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- dash of salt
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- Add banana, buttermilk, Greek yogurt, sugars, egg, vanilla and melted butter to a bowl and mix well.
- In a separate bowl stir the dry ingredients together.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix, just until combined.
- Fold in chocolate chips, being careful not to over-mix the batter. It's okay if it's lumpy, and the batter will be thick.
- Heat a griddle to 350 degrees F. (Or use a skillet over medium heat). Grease the griddle or skillet, if necessary.
- Scoop 1/4 cup of batter onto the skillet and spread into a circle.
- Cook until the bottom is golden grown, then flip and cook on the other side.
- Serve warm, with syrup, sliced bananas, and chocolate chips, if desired.
CONSIDER TRYING THESE OTHER BREAKFAST FAVORITES:
- Classic French Toast
- German Pancakes
- Breakfast Quessadillas
- Buttermilk Pancakes
- Egg and Sausage Breakfast Taquitos
- Cheesy Egg, Avocado, and Ham Breakfast Sausages
I originally shared this post in August 2015. Updated March 2018.