Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes (Guest Post with The Realistic Nutritionist)


Today is another guest post, this time from Claire of The Realistic Nutritionist.  I love Claire’s blog and have been following for a long time.  We don’t necessarily do “healthy” the same way, as Claire tends towards low fat recipes, whilst I go low carb.  But our approach to “healthy” is similar…food is something to be enjoyed and celebrated, as much as it is something to nurture our bodies.  I love the name of her blog because it evokes the idea that we need to be realistic in our expectations for ourselves.  We can strive to always be nutritious, but we may not always succeed and we need to forgive ourselves that.  And small indulgences keep us happy and more likely to stay the course.  So please welcome Claire, The Realistic Nutritionist, and her gorgeous Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes!  My kids are going to looooooooove these.  

Hi y’all!! I was so thrilled when Carolyn asked me to be a guest poster on her amazing blog. I’ve been following her since I first started and I must say, she’s just incredible. Her recipes are amazing and she’s just the sweetest! So, thank you again for hosting me Carolyn!
One of the reasons I love this blog is because Carolyn has the same views on healthy eating as I do. She loves good food and loves to indulge, but also wants to live a healthy lifestyle! Which, as a budding nutritionist as well as a chef-to-be, is something I struggle with on a daily basis! So, when she asked me to guest post, I immediately started thinking of delicious recipes I could make that are also light, low-fat and guilt-free. So, this is where these tasty whole wheat banana pancakes for two came in.

I am a HUGE fan of banana pancakes, and not just because that handsome Jack Johnson sang a song about them. My dad used to make stacks upon stacks of fluffy, banana pancakes every Saturday and it was always such a treat. I’d help him stir the batter and tell him when the bubbles were popping up so he could flip. Then, when he wasn’t looking, I’d eat the delicious batter with a wooden spoon. Shockingly, I never got sick!
These perfect pancakes taste just like the ones my dad used to make, but with a much healthier spin. Made with whole wheat flour and some brown sugar, you can enjoy these without any guilt. Plus, this recipe is perfectly portioned for just two people, which is great for a newlywed like me!

Recipe adapted from Chocolate and Carrots.

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes for 2 
Yields about 7 pancakes
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 4 – 6 minutes
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cup skim milk 
  • 1 large very ripe banana 
  • 1/2 tablespoon of butter

  1. Mash the banana and place in a small bowl. 
  2. Sift the flour, pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar and baking powder together in a large mixing bowl. 
  3. In another bowl, whisk the egg and milk together. Slowly mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mixing well. Fold in the mashed bananas. 
  4. In a nonstick pan, heat the butter over medium high heat. Measure out about 1/4 cup of batter and pour into the hold pan. Once the batter starts to bubble, flip with a nonstick spatula and cook until pancakes are golden brown. 
  5. Serve with fresh maple syrup and enjoy!
Nutritional information per 2 pancakes:
Calories: 165
Fat: 2.25 grams
Carbohydrates: 30 grams
Fiber: 4 grams
Protein: 6.12 grams
Weight Watchers Points Plus Points: 4 Points
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  1. Erin@TexanerinBaking says

    Oooh, those look good! I've loved all the recipes I've tried from Chocolate and Carrots so I'm sure this recipe is awesome. :)

  2. says

    What a coincidence! I just "met" Claire a couple days ago, and look who I find here!
    These pancakes look just perfect, and I did immediately start singing Banana Pancakes when I saw the title. That song will be in my head all day!!

  3. theharriedcook says

    Ooooh… these look delicious! I love banana pancakes and I would love to try your version, Claire! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Nami | Just One Cookbook says

    We love pancakes and my kids especially love banana in it. These pancakes look so perfect!

  5. Carolyn says

    My husband always makes the pancakes and I think I'm going to surprise him with this one! I pinned and G+ shared! Excellent!

  6. says

    The post title caught my eye right away, and I wondered what Carolyn was doing with the whole wheat! We are BIG pancake fans here, and these would make my daughter extremely happy. It's spring break this week… I think I just might surprise her!!

  7. says

    I'm always delighted to find two blogger friends working together! Claire, your pancakes sound incredible…healthy, yet yummy! Thanks, Carolyn, for the great featured blogger :)

  8. Emily @ Life on Food says

    Pancakes on the weekend are a tradition in our house. These look great and I love adding bananas in mine too. Chocolate chips are also a bonus :)

  9. says

    I've been looking for a whole wheat pancake recipe. Well, I've been thinking about looking for a whole wheat pancake recipe. I have this container of wheat grains to mill and pancakes came to mind. These look fantastic!

  10. Kayla says

    I tried these today (added blueberries to them) and LOVED them! They were delicious. I was a little worried because the batter seemed more runny than what I'm used to but darn they tasted good! Next time I might try adding a little flax seed or wheat bran! Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Jennifer says

    Hi There! Thanks for the recipe. I just finished making it and I did add 2 TBSP Organic Pure Pumpkin to the egg and milk mix. When I finished mixing, the batter was just as thin as milk so I added 1/2 c. flour extra. At any rate the pancakes cooked through so it seems as the bubbles went wild before flipping. Somehow the pancakes turned out flat and tough with a doughy middle. Why would this be? What did I do wrong? Any suggestions are great!

    • Carolyn says

      I wish I had some suggestions but this was a guest post and I didn’t make the recipe. I really don’t cook with wheat flour at all anymore. Sorry!

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