Banana Silver Dollar Pancakes
These sweet little banana silver dollar pancakes are fluffy and fun; a favorite of kids and adults everywhere! Customize them to be as healthy or as indulgent as you’d like.
Most breakfast-y restaurants have silver dollar pancakes on the menu, but they might not be something you’ve tried to make at home. Well, we’re here to say: now is the time! And this recipe for banana silver dollar pancakes is the perfect simple recipe to start with.
If you have trouble flipping pancakes, these banana silver dollar pancakes won’t let you down—their size makes flipping them easy-peasy. They cook quickly, they’re super fun for stacking and snacking, and they’re the absolute best for babies who are just transitioning to solids. (But your kids will continue to love them all the way through toddlerhood, preschool, and beyond!)
And since these silver dollar pancakes are made with banana, they’re infused with sweetness and tropical flavor. What’s not to love?!
About this banana silver dollar pancake recipe
This banana silver dollar pancake recipe produces fluffy little pancakes about an inch-and-a-half in size—much smaller than a traditional pancake, but still bigger than our homemade pancake cereal.
Just like our simple banana pancakes, there’s plenty of room for customization here, so feel free to make this recipe your own with different mix-ins and toppings. As long as you stick to the basic batter recipe, you’ll be good to go!
What you need
- Dry ingredients: All-purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon or pumpkin spice
- Wet ingredients: Eggs, melted butter, milk, vanilla extract, mashed bananas
- Also: Additional butter or oil for cooking
A note about the bananas: Just like with homemade banana bread, you want dark, ripe bananas when making these banana silver dollar pancakes. Not only will they add more sweetness to the recipe, but ripe bananas also have a more pronounced banana flavor.
How to make them
Mix the dry ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
Mix the wet ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, melted butter, milk, vanilla extract, and bananas until the mixture is smooth.
Finish the batter. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and fold them together until there is no dry flour.
Tip: The batter will be a bit lumpy, and that’s okay! It’s better to have a slightly lumpy batter than to over-mix.
Cook the pancakes. Preheat an electric griddle to 375ºF or set a griddle or skillet on the stovetop over medium heat. Grease with butter, then drop a tablespoon of batter onto the griddle for each pancake.
When the pancakes begin to bubble, flip them to cook the other side until both sides are golden.
Silver dollar pancakes are mini pancakes that are about the size of an American silver dollar. These days, the name isn’t quite as straight-forward because silver dollars aren’t widely circulated anymore!
There are a few possible culprits here. The dry-to-wet ingredient ratio could be off; if you use too much banana or too little flour, the result is mushy pancakes. Another common reason is cooking the pancakes at too high of a temperature, which cooks the outside before the inside has a chance to firm up.
When the batter forms bubbles that pop and leave small holes, it’s time to flip them. You can also lift an edge of the pancake to peek underneath; if it’s golden brown, it’s time to flip.
How to make these banana silver dollar pancakes your own
It’s time to top your banana silver dollar pancakes! Here are some of our favorite ideas.
- Make them healthy. Top them with vanilla Greek yogurt, chopped nuts, and fresh fruit for a light and healthy pancake breakfast.
- Make them decadent. Add peanut butter, chocolate chips or chocolate syrup, whipped cream, sliced bananas, or homemade caramel sauce.
- Try some mix-ins. Make banana nut silver dollar pancakes by adding minced walnuts or try adding mini chocolate chips. Anything you add to the batter should be small or finely chopped to account for the smaller size of these pancakes!
For a well-rounded breakfast, try pairing with over-medium eggs, bacon, and a blueberry smoothie. If you’re looking for a caffeine fix, don’t miss our iced vanilla latte or pumpkin spice latte.
Make Ahead Ideas
Banana silver dollar pancakes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
If you want to freeze these banana silver dollar pancakes, we recommend flash freezing them by placing them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet for an hour. Once they have frozen through, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag for storage.
To microwave, reheat in 15 second intervals until the pancakes are hot. You can also reheat banana silver dollar pancakes in a skillet; melt butter over medium-low heat, then add the pancakes and cook until warm. Another option is warming them in a 350ºF oven for about 10 minutes.
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Get the Recipe: Banana Silver Dollar Pancakes
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (195 grams)
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon or pumpkin spice
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 1 cup milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about ¾ cup)
- Additional butter or oil for cooking
- In a small bowl, mix the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
- In a separate medium bowl, whisk the eggs, melted butter, milk, vanilla extract, and bananas.
- Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, until there is no dry flour visible. The batter should still be lumpy, don’t overmix.
- Heat your electric griddle to 375°F (190°C) or turn your stovetop to medium heat. Melt butter on griddle or skillet.
- Using a small scoop, drop batter onto skillet in 1 tablespoon portions.
- Once the pancake begins to bubble, flip over to finish cooking. Serve hot.
- Banana silver dollar pancakes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- If you want to freeze these banana silver dollar pancakes, we recommend flash freezing them by placing them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet for an hour. Once they have frozen through, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag for storage.
- To microwave, reheat in 15 second intervals until the pancakes are hot. You can also reheat banana silver dollar pancakes in a skillet; melt butter over medium-low heat, then add the pancakes and cook until warm. Another option is warming them in a 350ºF oven for about 10 minutes.
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