Breakfast/ Lunch/ Sweet/ Vegetarian

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Banana Pancakes

12 March 2021

Simple pancakes, simple ingredients, simple pleasures. Looking for inspiration for breakfast this weekend? Then look no further! The great thing about this recipe is that it’s super versatile. You don’t have buttermik but you do have soy milk or yoghurt for example? Then use that! You don’t have whole wheat flour? Then use regular or self rising! You don’t have bananas? Then use other fruit or leave the fruit out. It’s all up to you!

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Banana Pancakes

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Brunch, breakfast
By Saffron Serves: 8 small pancakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes


  • The basis of the pancakes is easy to remember: 7 x 1
  • 1 Cup of (whole-wheat) flour (see notes)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of buttermilk (or more depending on which flour you use, see notes)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence (optional)
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed (see notes)
  • To serve
  • A drizzle of honey
  • A dollop of yoghurt



Mix all ingredients together well before adding the fruit.


Heat your pan to a medium heat and add a drop of oil in a non stick frying pan or cast iron skillet.


Add a small ladle (±1/4 cup) full of the mixture in the hot pan and let is spread out into a small pancake (± 8cm in diameter).


Fry for about 3 minutes, you’ll know when it’s ready to flip when the edges have started to set and small air bubbles appear in the pancake.


Flip and fry for another minute.


While making the rest, I like to keep the pancakes warm on a plate in the oven (100 C) covered with some aluminium foil.


When ready to serve drizzle with a dollop of your yoghurt of choice (we always have low-fat yoghurt) and a drizzle of honey. Enjoy!


  • Whole wheat flour tends to soak up moisture more than regular flour. After adding 1 cup of buttermilk or other fluid, check the consistency. The batter should be thin enough to pour easily and spread to just over half a cm thick. I usually add an additional 1-2 tablespoons of buttermilk.
  • You can also use just plain yoghurt, kefir, milk and even soy milk.
  • If using banana, slice or mash them. If using apples or pears, grate them. If using pineapple, chop or slice them. If using forest fruit, I like to keep them whole.

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