These caramelised banana and hazelnut pancakes are a true breakfast treat! Super fluffy, extra thick and delightfully soft pancakes studded with crunchy hazelnuts and topped with caramelised bananas!
With Pancake Day approaching fast, I thought I would squeeze one more pancake recipe, because you can never have too many, right? And this recipe is definitely one of my favourite breakfasts, and I hope it will quickly become your favourite too!
Caramelised banana and hazelnut pancakes
What's so special about this recipe? Well, let's start with pancakes. They're super fluffy, light and sooo pillowy! 100% vegan and dairy-free.
Chopped hazelnuts add lovely, crunchy texture and that yummy, nutty flavour. I have also added a couple of tablespoons of dark chocolate chips. You don't have to add them, but they create these amazing little puddles of melted chocolate and make these pancakes even more special!
Layers of caramelised bananas add even more delicious, sweet and sticky flavours to this recipe. You simply have to try it to know what I'm talking about!
The recipe itself is very easy and super adaptable. Use this pancake batter (minus hazelnuts and chocolate chips) as a base for any vegan pancakes. Treat it as a 'blank canvas'. You can top them with whatever you like, fruit, yogurt, favourite nut butter, or some chocolate.
Pancake batter is simply made by mixing 'wet' ingredients with self-rising flour. The consistency of the batter should be thick, but runny.
If you prefer your pancake batter to be thinner, simply add some more milk to the mixture.
How to caramelise bananas?
If you never tried doing this before, you are up for such a treat! Cooking your bananas in a bit of brown sugar/ caramel will create this wonderful, sticky, golden- brown coating and melt-in-your-mouth texture.
Simply slice the bananas and heat some brown sugar in a large frying pan until it melts (any brown sugar will work). Add banana slices into the pan as soon as you notice sugar melting. Allow them to cook on one side for about 30 seconds, spooning some of that caramel syrup and drizzling it onto bananas. The slices will become soft, so just be careful when removing them from the pan.
In case if your caramel starts to harden, add a splash of maple syrup or water and mix it a bit until it becomes syrupy again.
Can I freeze these pancakes?
Yes you can! Prepare the pancakes as per the recipe instructions (skip caramelised bananas, you can make these on the day when you are planning on eating the pancakes). Once cooked, allow them to cool completely. Place them in freezer bag and keep separated between with parchment paper. To defrost, simply pop the pancakes into microwave for about 20 seconds. You can freeze them for up to 3 months.
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Caramelised Banana and Hazelnut Pancakes
For caramelised bananas:
- 2 medium bananas
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 200 g self-rising flour (see notes for the alternative)
- 130 ml milk of choice (I've used oat milk)
- 4 tablespoon dairy-free yogurt (plus extra for topping)
- 70 ml maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 50 g chopped hazelnuts
- 2 tablespoon dark chocolate chips (optional)
- In a large bowl, mix together milk of choice, yogurt, olive oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Add flour to this mixture and mix to combine, until you have thick, but runny batter. Add chocolate chips (if using) and chopped hazelnuts (reserve small amount of hazelnuts to sprinkle on top at the end).
- Heat a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. If the batter sticks to the pan, you may have to add small amount of oil or butter to fry your pancakes. Use roughly about 2 tablespoon of batter per pancake (¼ measuring cup works well too) and fry until small bubbles appear on a surface. Flip the pancake on the other side and fry for further 30- 40 seconds, until golden brown.
- To caramelise bananas, heat a large frying pan and scatter 2 tablespoon of brown sugar. Heat the sugar until it melts and starts to bubble, to a deep amber colour, then add bananas and coat them in the caramel. If the syrup starts to harden, add a little splash of maple syrup or water until it becomes syrupy again.
- To serve, stack the pancakes with caramelised banana slices between the layers, and pile some more on the top. Top with some yogurt, drizzle with some maple syrup and sprinkle with more chopped hazelnuts. Enjoy!
Please note that all my recipes are developed and tested in metric grams. I recommend that you use digital scales for a more accurate results. I have provided a conversion to US customary in the recipe but please note that I haven’t tested using this method.
- If you don't have access to self-rising flour, you can make your own. Simply add 1 teaspoon of baking powder to your 200g of plain flour.
- I've used ¼ cup measuring cup for each pancake and this recipe made 10 pancakes.
- You can swap hazelnuts for any other nut of choice, or leave them out of the recipe completely.
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Those pancakes looks sensational! Who can resist caramelized banana. Caramelized banana in a pancake is simply the best! I'm so hungry now!
hehe, I couldn't agree more Jo! Caramelised bananas are literally the best thing ever!
I made these pancakes for my family this weekend. They turned out perfect. Sweet, fluffy and delicious. They were so easy to make too. We all loved them so much. I will make it again for sure.
Aww that makes me super happy Natalie, thank you so much! Over the moon to hear that you've tried and enjoyed this recipe!
Sam | Ahead of Thyme
Wow just wow! These pancakes look so perfectly fluffy and thick. I will be making these this week, thank you!
Pleasure all mine Sam! Thanks so much for stopping by, let me know if you make these!
What a gorgeous stack of pancakes! I would never guess they are vegan - the flavors look absolutely amazing, and I really love that little syrup bottle that you have, too!
Thanks so much Sara, my other half could also not believe these are vegan. It's amazing that even without the eggs these are super fluffy and airy! Let me know if you try the recipe!
Pancakes have been one of my favorite ways to start my weekends. This recipe is now on my to-do list 🙂
Same here Marcel, we always make pancakes on weekends! Glad to hear you will be trying these, let me know how did you get on!
Whaaat?! You never fail to amaze me; this recipe is just another one of your incredible inventions! Those caramelized bananas are calling my name and added with the hazelnut flavour? Yummmm!! Love the ideas of the extra hazelnut crunch too!
You're so sweet, thanks so much Aleta! I honestly don't know anyone who doesn't like caramelised bananas, and hazelnuts are such a great ingredient to match them with. Let me know if you make them!
Loreto and Nicoletta Nardelli
These pancakes look amazing! They are super thick and so fluffy! Love the chopped hazelnuts and chocolate chips in there, too!
Thanks guys, so happy to hear that! And yes, it's a great combo that always produces the delicious result!
I love pancakes and these look amazing! These look like a great weekend breakfast idea too..
Thanks Page, these are made for the weekends, we always have them on Saturday!
The way you mixed both flavors is so unique and looks incredible! I love hazelnuts and who on earth doesn't love caramelized bananas and pancakes?! Great recipe, thanks for sharing.
Thank you Paula! Yeah, hazelnuts and bananas are a great match, the flavours and textures compliment each other really well! Hope you will try and enjoy this recipe as much as I do!
Amy Liu Dong
Seeing your pancakes photos makes me so hungry, it looks really delicious and my kids will definitely having a beautiful having these for their breakfast.
Thanks so much Amy, these are perfect to enjoy during weekend with a whole family! the recipe can be easily doubled too!
You can never go wrong with pancakes for any meal of the day. Seems like we are living in our jammies these days. I could eat these for dinner tonight.
Hah, that is so true Gloria! I don't even know what day of the week it is anymore! And they will be great for dinner too 😉
Alkisti @ Travel Bananas
This looks amazing! I love bananas, I will try it for sure!
And i love your logo design! Who made it? Cheers
Thanks so much, hope you will like the recipe as much as I do! And logo was designed by a friend of a friend, very long time ago!
Love these fluffy pancakes, they look amazing! And the flavor combination sounds soooo good! 🙂
So good to hear that you like them! I hope you're making something delicious for Pancake Day tomorrow! 😉 big hugs!
We make a new pancake recipe once a year for hubby's birthday. I think this will be the one we try this year! Looks yimmy! I love hazelnut.
yayyy!!! I'm honoured to ear that! And let me know how did he like the recipe! Hope he will! 🙂
Nicole | What She Ate
These pancakes are so fluffy and mouthwatering! I love caramelized banana so this is right up my alley.
That is great to hear Nicole!
Caramelised bananas are just the best! Soooo sweet! Thanks for stopping by!
I love everything about these pancakes!
That is great to hear Sarah!
Thanks so much!
What fun! And what flavors! Great combination !
Thanks Mimi, it's a good one!
Oh my goodness, Anna, these pancakes look incredible! I'm normally not a big fan of sweet recipes, but I'd eat 5 stacks of these right now!! Pinned 🙂
Hey Evi! Yeah, I know how much you like your savoury noms, so it's really great to hear you like this recipe! Thanks so much girl!
Tania | Fit Foodie Nutter
Hi my darling! How come I had no idea about the Polish Fat Thursday? I know what I'll be doing that day then - heading over to yours with a big box of doughnuts and an extra pair of extra big trousers, just in case hahaha. These pancakes look sensational Anna. I can just about taste them virtually. Great job my lovely xxx
lololololllll! I can easily imagine us working our way through a box of yummy doughnuts, wearing track suits... 🙂
Thanks so much Tania! Big hugs!!!
First of all, your pancake pictures look insanely delicious! 🙂 And secondly, thank you for the heads up on pancake day, I always miss it every year, but I won't this year ha!
Ahaha, you're welcome! And thanks so much, may your Pancake Day be filled with many pancakes! 😉
Oh Wow! these look simply amazing!! I have these on Fat Tuesday/ Pancake Thursday anytime!
Hahahahaha Deanna, that's a good point, they are fit for every day use! 🙂
Shashi at SavorySpin
My family members would compete to see how much cake we could eat - wishing we had thought of doughnuts or even these fluffy pancakes! Those caramelized bananas sound and look amazing!
Hahah, occasionally, I also participate in cake eating competitions 😉
So glad you like them Shashi, thanks so much!
Such a great flavor for pancakes!
Oh, my goodness! These pancakes are everything! What time is breakfast? I'm coming over!
Hah, thanks Jenni, I will put the kettle on for you... 😉
Jessica Fasano Formicola
These sound like they are the most delicious way to start the day! Pancakes always make the morning better!
They totally do Jessica!
And I'm so glad you like them, they will make a perfect brunch too! Thanks so much!