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De-Lite-Ful Vegan Whole Grain Banana-Pecan Pancakes

Who says you can’t make a light pancake from whole grains? These pancakes are melt-in-your-mouth light and delicious. They also have no additional oil, just the healthy kind found naturally in whole nuts. Whole wheat pastry flour adds fiber and creates a lighter pancake than regular whole wheat flour
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: American Comfort Food
Keyword: bannana, pancakes, vegan
Servings: 8 six-inch pancakes
Calories: 120kcal


For the pancake batter:

  • 1 large banana (113 g)
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (260 g)
  • 2 cups filtered water, divided (450 g)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon (I prefer ceylon)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

For garnish any combination of fresh fruit, nuts, and maple syrup – for example:

  • 1/4 cup sliced banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1/8 cup pecans chopped into medium-sized pieces
  • 100% maple syrup as needed (optional)



  • Preheat grill to 315º to 320º or use a preheated nonstick skillet over medium-high heat on your stovetop.
  • Wash berries if using. Chop pecans. Slice bananas and strawberries.
  • Warm plates in a microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute or warm oven (200º) while preparing pancakes.
  • Heat maple syrup (if using) in a microwave in a heat-proof measuring cup for one minute or a small saucepan until warm. Do not boil.

Make the pancake batter:

  • In a blender, puree banana, 1 cup water, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • In a mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients (flours, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt).
  • Stir banana water into dry ingredients. Add additional cup water slowly until you have a batter consistency. You should be able to stir it with a whisk, but it should not be runny. Take care not to over-mix! Mixing dough batter too much will make your pancakes gummy and/or rubbery by over-developing the gluten content.
  • Fold in pecan pieces.
  • Pour three six-inch pancakes onto an electric grill preheated to 315º-320ºF or a large skillet (stovetop pancakes will have to be smaller or prepared one or two at a time) on medium to medium-high heat. Cover and cook until the pancakes begin to firm up in the middle, 2 to 3 minutes. The edges should be more firm.
  • Turn and cook another 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until the bottom is lightly browned.
  • Transfer to warm plates. Garnish with plenty of blueberries, sliced strawberries, and banana slices. Serve with warm maple syrup.