3-Ingredient Pancakes, aka the Quickest Pancakes You’ll Ever Make

I wrote this post this morning, before the tragedy in Boston. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this horrible, senseless act. I am having a hard time processing what happened… but instead of feeling overwhelmed by the scary and awful things in the world, I’m trying to focus on the happy things in life. This post is one of those happy things.

I  felt like I had been bestowed the magical power of making pancakes appear from thin air when I made these this morning. I grabbed 1 banana, 1 egg, a 1/4 cup of peanut butter (plus a dash of vanilla), threw them in a bowl, mashed them up, plopped them on the griddle… and voilà! Pancakes!

They look like normal pancakes and they taste so good that you won’t notice that they’re not exactly like normal pancakes. They’re gluten free, PLUS there are no refined or added sugars– just the naturally occurring sugar in the banana. And on top of that, these pancakes have a solid amount of protein from the peanut butter and egg. I’m a firm believer in starting your day off with protein, because it can help stabilize and regulate your blood sugar levels throughout the day, which boosts your metabolism, keeps you full, and helps your body maintain a stable energy level.

In other words, these pancakes are perfect.

Inspired by this recipe over on Gluten Free Fix.

3 Ingredients

All you need!



3-Ingredient Banana Pancakes, aka the Quickest Pancakes Ever You’ll Ever Make
This will make 1 serving of 3 small pancakes– multiply as needed for the number of lucky people you plan on feeding these to!

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • Optional: dash of vanilla (or cinnamon)
  1. Combine everything in a bowl. Mash it up. Mix it up.
  2. Pour batter onto pre-heated, pre-greased griddle. Heat until pancake batter bubbles, then flip.
  3. Congratulations! You just made pancakes in less than 10 minutes! Now eat them and be merry.


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20 thoughts on “3-Ingredient Pancakes, aka the Quickest Pancakes You’ll Ever Make

    • Let me know what you think of them if you do make them! And do you like pancakes made with almond meal? I’ve never tried that.

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  2. I found your site through Kelly (above) and haven’t thought about putting peanut butter in them, but have considered almond butter.. However.. any tips for getting it not to stick to the spoon or to mix well? I’ve made a couple desserts using almond butter, and even when I top my sweet potatoes with it, it just seems like I end up wasting a bunch (well, licking the spoon) that could have gone in there instead!

    • I have issues with that too. Sometimes I try scraping the PB off on food as I’m mixing, but I normally just end up grabbing a spatula to clean the spoon. In terms of mixing, it’s much easier to take the mashing approach to peanut butter instead of trying to stir it. Once you get it all mashed up with other ingredients, everything will stir better. I hope that makes sense!

    • First I mashed my bananas and then mixed in the eggs. Then I added the peanut butter in and it did not stick to my spoon at all!

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  4. I tried making pancakes this morning with a banana & two eggs and it went horribly wrong! they wouldn’t flip because the mixture was so runny! Will the same problem happen with these? do you have any tips!?

    • Were the pancakes you tried to make based off this recipe? Generally speaking, if your pancakes are too runny the simplest fix is to just add more flour until the consistency is right. But if you were trying this recipe (without flour), then adding more peanut butter would work. Bananas are often used as a replacer for eggs, so between a whole banana and two eggs you probably just had more liquid in your pancakes than you accounted for. This 3-ingredient recipe has always worked perfectly for me with 1 banana and 1 egg. Good luck!

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    • Nutella doesn’t have quite the same sticky consistency as peanut butter, but with a little experimentation, I’m sure you could make that happen. Sounds delicious!

  6. Found this this morning and immediately went downstairs and made it. Pretty darn good! A bit gooey in the middle but if you like that this is the stuff! it didn’t bother me it was an awesome alternative to normal pancakes. I did eyeball the peanut butter because I only have a measuring cup not little ones. But I microwaved the peanut butter to help ot mix better. The only thing I would suggest is to make each one about palm sized, because they stay gooey in the middle so they can be a bit hard to flip. All in all, really good recipe!

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