Easy & Delicious Bananas Foster Pancakes – How To Make This Amazing Breakfast Treat

Our bananas foster pancakes recipe takes this classic Louisiana desert and transforms it into a breakfast that you’ll never forget.

Easy bananas Foster pancakes recipe

When I was first introduced to Bananas Foster at Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans, it was love at first bite. This rich and creamy flambeed dessert is one of the best foods to eat in New Orleans, and I was lucky enough to try it for the first time at the restaurant that invented it.

It wasn’t long after I first tried it that I was playing around with the recipe to find new, fun ways to incorporate this delicious dessert into other meals. On Saturday mornings I typically make pancakes for the family, and it dawned on me that a bananas Foster pancake recipe would be the perfect way to combine our Saturday tradition with a new and fun twist.

Since I first made it, I’ve tweaked the recipe a few times to find the best way to combine fluffy pancakes with bananas foster in a way that isn’t overwhelmingly sweet and remains easy to prepare.

What Is Bananas Foster?

Brennan's Restaurant in New Orleans
Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans – Photo courtesy of Brennan’s Restaurant

Banana’s Foster is a dish invented by chef Paul Blange and Ella Brennan back in 1951. The dish was created to help drive business to a relative who was a local fruit vendor.

The two created a dish that takes ripe bananas, sautees them in a combination of sugar, rum, and liquor, and has them flambeed tableside. Its typically served over vanilla ice cream. The banana stays soft and moist yet takes on a crispy outside finish for a nice combination of textures.

For these bananas foster pancakes, we change it up a bit and add the sweet, caramel banana topping to our favorite pancake recipe.

Chef Paul named the dish ‘banana’s Foster’ for Richard Foster, a frequent customer of Brennan’s restaurant. Brennan’s still serves up the original recipe and you can experience it for yourself on one of these fun New Orleans food tours.

How To Make The Bananas Foster Sauce

Bananas Foster food to try in New Orleans
“bananas foster bread pudding” by annieseats is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Bananas Foster sauce is made of an easy 1, 2, 3 recipe that combines brown sugar, rum extract (you can use 80 proof rum if you want to flambee, but I typically save time by using rum extract instead), cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple syrup.

Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Once hot you’ll need to add the butter and brown sugar. Stir it continuously, so it doesn’t burn, until it begins to bubble. add in the cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple syrup. Stir to combine and then remove from heat.

Once you’ve got the sauce, you can add the bananas and pecans, pour over your flapjacks, and you’ll have an amazing bananas foster pancakes recipe for the whole family to enjoy.

Easy Bananas Foster Pancakes Recipe

If you’ve never had bananas Foster pancakes before, prepare yourself. This recipe takes pancakes to an entirely different level. It’s sweet, delicious, and so full of banana goodness that you’ll want to make them again and again.

This bananas Foster pancake recipe combines our favorite fluffy buttermilk pancake recipe and tops them with delicious bananas Foster for a meal you can enjoy at any time of the day.

It’s rich though, so I would recommend saving this one for those special days when you need something to bring up your spirits and you don’t want to count those calories.

Easy bananas Foster pancakes recipe

Easy Bananas Foster Pancakes Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This easy and delicioius bananas Foster pancakes recipe combines our favorite fluffy buttermilk pancakes with scrumptious bananas Foster to create the perfect treat for breakfast or brunch.


Buttermilk Pancakes

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp granulated white sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ¼ tsps kosher salt
  • 2 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter. Melted
  • Vegetable, canola or coconut oil for the pan
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar (or lemon juice)
  • 1 1/2 cup milk

Bananas Foster


Buttermilk Pancakes

  1. Pour vinegar (or lemon juice) into a medium bowl. (hint, you can purchase buttermilk powder if you'd like to save this step). Add milk to the bowl.
  2. Gently stir the mixture and let sit for about 5 minutes. You should see the milk slightly curdle into buttermilk.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt.
  4. Using your whisk, make a large well in the center. Add buttermilk to the well.
  5. Crack eggs and pour innards into the buttermilk.
  6. Pour melted butter over the eggs.
  7. Beginning at the center of the bowl and moving outwards, whisk everything together until all ingredients are combined. Don't worry about lumps.
  8. Heat a large nonstick griddle or skillet on medium heat. Once hot add 1 tbsp oil or butter to the skillet.
  9. Ladle 1/3 cup buttermilk pancake batter into the skillet taking care not to crowd the cooking surface.
  10. When bubbles appear on the surface (approx. 2-4 minutes), flip pancakes. The bottom should be golden brown. Continue cooking until both sides are golden brown.
  11. Remove pancakes and set, covered, to retain warmth.

Bananas Foster

  1. In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup, and rum extract. Whisk to combine.
  3. Bring to a soft boil and cook for 2-3 minutes until slightly thickened. (Note, if you opt to use 80 proof rum, cook allow to cook for an additional 10-minutes to burn off the alcohol).
  4. Add sliced bananas and stir to coat. Maintain at a low boil for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat.

Combining Bananas Foster Pancakes

  • Serve the pancakes 2-3 high on a large plate and top generously with bananas Foster. Add the toasted pecans on top for an optional salty addition.

    For an extra treat, you can top your pancakes with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.


Extra pancakes can be frozen for up to two weeks. The bananas Foster is best eaten immediately. However, it can be thickened in the fridge as a desert for later.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 1129Total Fat: 65gSaturated Fat: 40gCholesterol: 242mgSodium: 1242mgCarbohydrates: 174gFiber: 8gSugar: 110gProtein: 17g

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