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.
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!
Make these on a leisurely Saturday or Sunday morning when you have a little extra time on your hands.
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.
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.
STEP TWO: Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then add the milk, egg, and oil. Use a whisk to combine.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Other Breakfast Recipes You’ll Love:
- Pancake In A Mug
- French Toast Pancakes
- 3 Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies
- Cake Mix Pumpkin Bread
- Sweet Cream Pancakes
- Brioche French Toast Casserole
- Air Fryer French Toast Sticks
- Pumpkin Spice Donuts
- Bisquick Coffee Cake
- Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins
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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 803Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 653mgCarbohydrates: 102gFiber: 4gSugar: 56gProtein: 11g
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.