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Bananas Foster Pancakes

If you love Bananas Foster pancakes from IHOP, you’ve got to try this recipe at home! The pancakes are thick and fluffy, feature a touch of cinnamon, and are topped with caramelized bananas.

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fork cutting banana foster pancakes

Even though I love whipping up lunch and dinner recipes, breakfast holds a special place in my heart. On hectic weekday mornings, cereal is usually on the menu.

But when the weekend rolls around, I like to get creative in the kitchen!

Savory dishes like scrambled eggs, bacon, and tater tots are always yummy, but sometimes I get a craving for something a little more sweet. Bananas Foster pancakes are one of my personal favorites!

Make these on a leisurely Saturday or Sunday morning when you have a little extra time on your hands.

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Plus, your family will love waking up to the smell of sweet caramelized bananas! And although this dish may take a bit longer to prepare than a bowl of cereal, they’re ready in about 30 minutes. 

You can also make Banana Foster pancakes without alcohol. If you don’t want to add any rum to yours, that’s perfectly fine!

Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post:

  • How to make thick and fluffy pancakes that are almost exactly like the Bananas Foster pancakes at IHOP. 
  • All of the ingredients you’ll need to make the caramelized topping at home, plus instructions on how to make Banana Foster pancakes without alcohol. 
  • Tips and tricks for how to make this breakfast dish extra special. Hint: it involves cinnamon and maple syrup!

Make a restaurant-quality breakfast at home with my Bananas Foster pancakes recipe! It’s the best way to start your day, especially if you have a sweet tooth.

ingredients to make banana foster pancakes

How To Make Bananas Foster Pancakes 

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Start with the pancakes! Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt into a large bowl and stir to mix.

The cinnamon is optional, but I love the added warmth and flavor it brings to this dish. 

making pancake batter

STEP TWO: Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then add the milk, egg, and oil. Use a whisk to combine. 

pancake in skillet

STEP THREE: Place a nonstick pan over medium heat. Once it’s warm enough, pour about ⅓ of a cup of pancake batter into the pan. Allow to cook until bubbles form along the edges, then flip.

Cook an additional 1-2 minutes, or until the pancake turns golden brown and is cooked all the way through. You can keep your pancakes warm in the oven at 200 degrees F while you make the banana topping.

golden brown pancake in skillet

STEP FOUR: Add the brown sugar, butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon to a large saucepan and heat until it begins to bubble. I like to use maple syrup for even more toffee-like flavor. 

liquid in skillet

STEP FIVE: Add the rum and vanilla , then allow to simmer until the alcohol content has cooked off — about 4-5 minutes. If you want to make Banana Foster pancakes without alcohol, simply leave it out.

bananas in skillet

STEP SIX: Place the bananas and nuts into the mixture and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the bananas turn golden and start to soften.

Remove from heat, pour over a stack of pancakes, and enjoy!

stack of pancakes with banana sauce

What Is Bananas Foster Made Of?

Bananas Foster is a traditional dessert. Caramelized bananas are served with vanilla ice cream and a rich sauce made from butter, brown sugar, rum, and a few other key ingredients.

This recipe features all of the tastiness of this dessert plus pancakes. After I tasted Bananas Foster pancakes at IHOP, I knew I had to recreate the dish at home!

What Do Bananas Foster Pancakes Taste Like?

The pancakes are fluffy with hints of warm cinnamon, and the Bananas foster topping is rich and sweet!

The caramelized bananas, paired with maple syrup, taste like toffee. It’s a very decadent breakfast and such a treat.

ready to serve banana foster pancakes

What Can I Substitute For Rum In Bananas Foster?

If you don’t want to cook with rum, it is possible to make Banana Foster pancakes without alcohol.

You don’t have to worry about replacing it with anything. Simply add the vanilla extract to the bananas and nuts on its own!

What Kind Of Bananas Should I Use?

While you should always use extra ripe bananas in recipes like banana bread or banana muffins, you’ll want to opt for firm varieties for this bananas foster pancakes recipe.

They’ll keep their shape a lot better!

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ready to serve banana foster pancakes

Bananas Foster Pancakes

Samantha Erb
Banana Foster pancakes are thick, fluffy, and decadent. Topped with a sweet caramelized banana sauce, they’re a treat for breakfast!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast Ideas
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 803 kcal


For the pancakes

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup canola oil

For the bananas

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 firm bananas sliced
  • ½ cup chopped pecans


For the pancakes:

  • In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  • Create a well in the center and add the milk, egg and oil and whisk to combine.
  • Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat, then scoop about ⅓ cup of pancake batter onto the pan and cook until bubbles form.
  • Flip, then cook an additional 1-2 minutes, or until pancake is golden brown and cooked through
  • Keep pancakes warm in the oven at 200F while you prepare the bananas.

For the bananas:

  • In a large saucepan, add the brown sugar, butter, maple syrup and cinnamon and cook over medium heat until it bubbles.
  • Add the rum and vanilla extract and allow to simmer until the alcohol has cooked out, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the bananas and nuts and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, or until the bananas start to soften and look golden.
  • Remove from heat, serve warm over a stack of pancakes.


Serving: 1gCalories: 803kcalCarbohydrates: 102gProtein: 11gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 653mgFiber: 4gSugar: 56g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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I’ve always had a love of cooking and creating new recipes, so it only made sense to create a food blog so I could share those recipes with you. This site is designed to provide easy and flavorful recipes with as little ingredients as possible. That means you still get great flavor combinations without all that extra time and effort. Read more...

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