Banana Nut Pancakes

Good morning! Happy Tuesday to all of you, how was your Monday? Mine was pretty great actually. Well, once I got out of the office.

It was a day off from running and therefore a perfect errand day, so I ran to Target and Trader Joe’s for a few groceries and stuff for Vegas. Yay travel size section!


I have no idea why but miniature shampoos make me really happy.


Why yes, that’s an enormous bottle of ketchup. It was on sale, okay? Also I really like ketchup.

And Nutella…hmm, where did you come from? Oh that’s right, Nutella brings me joy.

Look what my Trader Joe’s is now carrying!


I’m so excited! Can’t wait to try it. After running all my errands, I had a quick pancake dinner then got ready and decided to try out a yoga class.


It was definitely a gentle class, so I might try something a little more advanced next time. But overall it felt great to stretch my muscles and focus on resting.

Anyway! As promised, it’s time to share a recipe for Banana Nut Pancakes with you guys. Is there anything more comforting than whipping up a batch of pancakes on a Saturday morning?


I don’t think there is. I used buttermilk in this recipe because I had some leftover from making my Gingerbread Snack Cake, but I’m sure you could substitute whatever milk you have on hand.

Chocolate chips found their way into a few of my pancakes too…


Okay enough chitchat, let’s get to the recipe!

Banana Nut Pancakes (Gluten Free!)
Makes about 8-10 large pancakes.



1 large egg
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 medium, overripe banana (I used a frozen one, thawed and mashed)
2/3 cup gluten free all purpose flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
1/3 cup almond flour (I use Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour)
1 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
chopped walnuts
chocolate chips


1. In a medium bowl, beat egg. Add buttermilk and vanilla extract and mix well.
2. Mash banana with a fork, and add to wet ingredients.
3. Add flours, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon to wet ingredients and mix well.
4. Heat griddle or pan to medium heat (350 degrees) and spray with cooking spray.
5. Pour batter onto griddle. It’s a fairly thick batter so form the pancakes into circles as you pour.
6. Sprinkle pancakes with walnuts and/or chocolate chips.
7. After a few minutes, flip pancakes with a spatula when they are golden brown on one side. Cook other side for a few minutes until golden brown.
8. Serve with peanut butter, bananas, maple syrup, or any desired toppings!


These pancakes were another major gluten-free success of mine. I’m really loving the combination of GF all purpose flour + almond flour + xanthan gum. It’s the best way I’ve found to mimic old fashioned all purpose.


If you don’t have a gluten allergy (boo you whore) then 1 cup of all-purpose or white whole wheat would be a great substitution.

Cinnamon and banana is one of my all time favorite flavor combinations. I love it in breads, muffins, oatmeal, and now pancakes. Do yourself a favor and try it!


Top it with peanut butter and syrup. It’d be wrong not to.

Somewhat annoying special request: I entered this recipe into a contest sponsored by Source4Women. It’d be super awesome if you guys voted for me! Also feel free to participate in the contest and submit your own recipe, you could win $2,000 for groceries!

Vote and/or submit a recipe here!

Questions: What unplanned food items often find their way into your cart? What yoga classes have you tried and enjoyed? I’m looking for recommendations! :)

34 thoughts on “Banana Nut Pancakes

  1. kaityscooking

    uhh those pancakes look amazing, i just may have to have them for dinner tonight to.. and i am the same way i dont no why i get so excited over the mini shampoos and stuff, the bathroom essentials is like my favorite thing to pack for vaca, go figure lol.. there is always an unexpected item in the cart and it usually is some kind of nutbutter!

    1. aftertheivyleague

      Haha yes! So glad I’m not the only one. Seriously what is it about mini shampoo bottles that’s just so fun? I’m kind of excited to pack for this trip, I want to stay organized! And same here, usually some sort of nut butter + chocolate combo will find its way into my groceries!

  2. pickyrunner

    Yummmm pancakes! Even more yum that they were for dinner ;) I love going to target. Yesterday a bathing suit somehow found it’s way into my basket. How did that get there? It’s like the target fairies just knew I was going to be at a moment of weakness!

    1. aftertheivyleague

      I had to force myself to blow right by the bathing suits before I got distracted, and I’m glad I did because Target gave me a $5 coupon for swimwear with my purchases yesterday. I gotta remember to use that!

  3. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    These look so good! And serve as a reminder that there are not enough pancakes in my life. :-D
    Unplanned items? Usually whenever I walk past something that’s on at a good price, whether it’s meat, crackers, or a giant bottle of ketchup (definitely done that too)….or ice cream. Yes, I tend to be an impulse shopper :-p

    1. aftertheivyleague

      Me too! I will always buy items that are on sale as long as they’re non-perishable and I’ll use them eventually. Sometimes that means I spend wayyy more than planned but at least I’m stocked up for awhile!

  4. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen

    Those pancakes look awesome! Haha I totally let random things creep in my shopping cart from time to time. I’m the girl who buys things while waiting in like. Stupid marketing. Magazines, reeses cups, gum, mentos you name it. Also, I’d recommend yoga videos at home. They are kind of tough to get motivated for but I really liked the ones I did this morning that were preloaded on my DVD player. Not quite sure how that works but it was right next to the NetFlix option so I hopped on board!

    1. aftertheivyleague

      I get sucked in by last minute purchases in line too. I’ll suddenly remember I need chapstick and batteries and orange TicTacs haha! I was thinking of grabbing a yoga video actually, I’ve heard good things about the Jillian Michaels one and she already kicks my ass in strength workouts so might be worth a try. I’m just trying to take advantage of some of my gym’s classes since I pay a little more for them (used to go to Planet Fitness with no classes). I’m sure I’ll find one I like!

  5. Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    There’s seriously nothing better than the combination of bananas and chocolate, and although I have yet to stray from my cereal-for-breakfast obsession, these are seriously tempting me to do so… orrrr they just might end up as dinner, which is equally as good ;) Not so good are the unplanned items that always manage to squeeze their way into my cart. I have the biggest problem with going into a grocery store to get one item and coming out with 4 bags worth of stuff. Or maybe it’s not really a problem at all :mrgreen:

    1. aftertheivyleague

      Dinner it is! Haha, breakfast for dinner is a staple as far as I’m concerned so you know I wouldn’t blame you! And I don’t think it’s a problem at all. If one of my favorite items is on sale, of course I’m gonna buy 3 or 4 of them. That’s just plain practical.

  6. Carrie

    Mmmm, all I want for dinner now is pancakes! I always go to Vinyasa yoga classes–and I always go to the same instructor, too. :) I really like this style because it’s a little more “intense”–you move through poses quickly, so it’s like a cardio workout–yet you still get the traditional stretches.

    1. aftertheivyleague

      My gym offers Vinyasa too, I wish it was at the time I wanted to go! I think I might do some re-working of my schedule and try to make it next week, I’ve been wanting to try it for awhile now!

  7. alltidrun

    Your pancake recipe came at the perfect time! I have guests staying over this weekend who recently went GF and I’ve spent the last day trying to plan out foods to prepare for them because I’m clueless when it comes to that lifestyle. Thanks!

    1. aftertheivyleague

      Awesome! I hope you’re able to try it out for them! I’ve been GF for a couple years now, so I’m pretty used to the lifestyle and what works for me. Best of luck to your friends or family who just went GF!

  8. Tara

    Voted! :)

    Love travel-sized everything! Why are things so much cuter when they’re small?? ha

    I loooove Bikram, such a great way to stretch & sweat!

    1. aftertheivyleague

      Yayy! Thanks for voting Tara! I really appreciate it :)

      And I think that’s what it is, travel-size things are just so cute! Mini versions of the real thing…I’m sort of obsessed. I had a pass for Bikram a few months ago that has sadly expired, but I did love the classes I went to! I think I might try Vinyasa at my gym next week to mix things up a bit.

  9. Khushboo

    Yum- you’re so right about pancakes being comforting! I know people like to go crazy with toppings but peanut butter & banana are pretty much ideal to me! As for yoga, I really enjoy Vinyasa! I once tried hot yoga and hated it- it’s like yoga in a sauna, ick!

    1. aftertheivyleague

      PB and banana for me too usually! I didn’t have any fresh bananas on hand (borrowed my roommate’s for the pictures, haha!) so I couldn’t have my favorite this weekend. And I think I need to try Vinyasa very soon! It’s offered at my gym, just need to fit it into my schedule. :)

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    1. aftertheivyleague

      I love peering into people’s shopping carts too, nosy neighbor syndrome probably :) This was my first time seeing the Chobani bites so I deiced to try them, I think they’re pretty new. Absolutely delicious! I got the coffee and dark chocolate flavor.

  11. bananasforyogaandyogurt

    Buying things for trips is the best!

    Every two weeks or so, I’ll treat myself to a new grocery. Recently, I picked up chia seeds. I’ve been wanting to try them for such a long time, and now I can’t imagine my oats without them! I’ve tried Vinyassa, Asthanga and Kundalini. I like the fast pace of Asthanga, and Kundalini is great on days I need to get focused!


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