Banana pancakes with crispy bacon & syrup

Banana pancakes with crispy bacon & syrup

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4 (makes about 10 pancakes)
Treat yourself to a lazy brunch with these American-style fluffy pancakes with pancetta and maple drizzle

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal411
  • fat16g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs56g
  • sugars30g
  • fibre2g
  • protein11g
  • salt1.6g
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  • 8 rashers smoked streaky bacon (or pancetta strips)
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
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  • 2 tbsp light soft brown sugar
  • 2 ripe bananas, 1 mashed, 1 thinly sliced



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  • 2 large eggs
  • 25g butter, melted, plus a little extra



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 125ml milk



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  • maple syrup
    Maple syrup

    Maple syrup

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  1. Heat the grill to high. Arrange the bacon on a baking tray lined with foil. Cook for 5-7 mins until crisp, then turn off the grill but leave the tray inside to keep warm. In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and sugar with a pinch of salt. Make a well in the centre and add the mashed banana, eggs, butter and milk. Whisk to a smooth batter without any flour lumps.

  2. Heat a little butter in a large frying pan. Once sizzling, ladle in small dollops of the pancake batter, leaving a little space between each, as they will spread out. Put 2 or 3 slices of banana onto the surface of each pancake and cook for 2 mins over a medium heat. When you see bubbles appear between the banana slices, flip the pancakes over and cook for 1 min more, until puffed up and golden. Transfer to a plate and keep warm with the bacon while you cook the rest. Serve the pancakes with the crispy bacon and a drizzle of maple syrup.

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VanillaSpice81's picture
10th Aug, 2018
I make these pancakes often and warm them for breakfast at work. I always use two mashed bananas and just add a splash more milk, otherwise follow the recipe, sometimes add pinch of cinnamon. I use a ladle and get 8-9 equal sized pancakes. Don't spread the mix out, it spreads enough by itself when put into pan. Ready to turn when bubbles pop. Easy and versatile.
20th May, 2018
Made the pancakes but didn’t add bacon. Really light and fluffy. Will make again, very easy and quick.
13th Feb, 2018
Agree; halved the recipe but kept the whole mashed banana and fried for a bit longer over a slightly lower heat (also used Doves gluten free flour). It was absolutely fab and SO easy! Next time I'd be tempted to mash the banana a little less as the chunks were really nice, and maybe ass some chocolate chips because, well, chocolate :)
Dot Cotton
13th Oct, 2016
Family loved this recipe
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7th Aug, 2016
I've made this recipe a few times and it always turns out well. Today, I halved this recipe which made 5 pancakes. I used a whole mashed banana in the halved mix and we used goats milk. My boyfriend is veggie so instead of bacon, I added chopped walnuts and blueberries, which gave the pancakes a lovely tanginess. I'll definitely make them again.
17th Jul, 2016
Halved this recipe but kept the one mashed banana. Great fluffy pancakes with lots of banana flavour. Half the mix made 6 pancakes. Added a bit of cinnamon as well!
2nd May, 2016
Amazing pancakes! Didn't have any bacon in so just had them with maple syrup and berries. Used up all of the battery between to of us oops! I got 9 pancakes out of the battery so recipe accurate. Will definitely make these again.
11th Apr, 2015
Amazing recipe! Such a good taste, the crispy bacon and the indulgent pancakes were a great hit with the b/f
21st Dec, 2014
These are so easy to make and taste delicious.I will definitely be making these again for brunch.
21st Apr, 2014
These were great! Served them during easter brunch and everyone loved them. The combination of the sweetness of the bananas with the salty bacon and the maple syrup was lovely. Would definitely make them again!


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19th Feb, 2014
Try it without the bacon for vegetarians! It tastes just as good!
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