Wholewheat & Banana Pancakes

April 6, 2021mayurisjikoni
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Wholewheat & Banana Pancakes so soft, fluffy and delicious without refined sugar makes a healthy and nutritious breakfast or brunch for the whole family. Serve it topped with homemade chocolate sauce, fresh fruits and nuts.


What are Pancakes?

Pancake is a popular breakfast option in many parts of the world, be it sweet or savory. So what is pancake? Basically, its a batter of flour, liquid, a raising agent(leavening agent) mixed together and cooked on a griddle or frying pan. Known also as flapjack, griddlecake or hotcake, there are so many different kinds of pancakes all over the world.


Which kind of flour is used?

Most popular ones are made with plain flour (all purpose flour) or wheat flour. However other grains, nut or lentil flours like buckwheat flour, chickpea flour, barley flour, millet flours, almond flour, coconut flour, quinoa flour, amaranth flour, spelt,oats or oat flour, etc are used. The options are endless.


Which kind of liquids are used?

Depending on the type of pancake you’re making, dairy milk, nut milk, coconut milk, yogurt, buttermilk, fresh fruit juices, or water is used.


Egg or no Egg?

  • Actually, the choice is yours. Add an egg or substitute with:
  • Flax seed egg which is 1 tbsp flaxseed meal or powder and 3 tbsp water mixed together. Allow the mixture to rest for 15 minutes till it becomes gelatinous.
  • Another substitute is chia seeds, making it the same as the flaxseed one.
  • Egg replacers can be used but personally haven’t tried that.
  • Pureed banana or apple sauce too are good replacers for egg. If you use apple sauce then for every egg its ¼ cup applesauce + 1tsp baking soda.
  • 1 large banana mashed is a good replacement for 1 egg. 
  • Buttermilk, usually ¼ cup for every one egg
  • Use ¼ cup thick yogurt to replace 1 egg.


What to drizzle on the sweet pancakes?

  • Chocolate sauce
  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Whipped cream
  • Sour cream


Toppings for Sweet Pancakes

  • Fresh fruits of your choice
  • Nuts of your choice
  • Jam
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Fruit sauces


Fat used for pancakes:

Its all up to you, some options are:

  • butter
  • oil
  • coconut oil
  • ghee


Savory Pancakes

Sometimes hubby and I prefer savory pancakes or what we call in India, chilas or pudla. Its made using chickpea flour, with yogurt, chopped fresh coriander or fenugreek. Finely chopped tomatoes, onion, grated carrots, bottle gourd, etc are sometimes added.  


Pancakes you may want to try out:


Dietary Tips:

  •  A vegan version requires that you replace the eggs with options mentioned above, replace the dairy milk and use oil or vegan butter instead of butter.
  • For a satvik friendly version, avoid eggs and use any egg replacement mentioned above
  • Want a gluten free version? Replace wheat flour with buckwheat flour.


Ingredients Required For Wholewheat & Banana Pancakes

  • Wholewheat Flour – wholewheat, wholemeal, atta, wheat flour all are the same. For pancakes I prefer to use the flour we normally use for parathas, roti. Wholewheat flour meant for breads makes the pancakes heavy. If you don’t get the regular Indian Flatbread flour then use wholewheat pastry flour.
  • Ripe Banana – use overripe banana mashed. When bananas begin to turn a bit brown, I freeze them and they are so handy for smoothies, cakes, muffins, pancakes, etc. Overripe bananas tend to be sweet, and adding it to a pancake batter adds natural sweetness
  • Sweetener – use either maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar if you want the pancakes to be a bit more sweet. Usually with ripe banana added to the batter you don’t require additional sweetener.
  • Cinnamon Powder – for flavoring. Can replace it with cardamom powder or orange/lemon zest.
  • Salt – any of your choice. I’ve added Himalayan Pink Salt. Add according to your taste.
  • Milk – I’ve used dairy milk. Can replace it with nut milk for a vegan version.
  • Egg – if you want to replace the egg, use ‘flax egg’, apple sauce, pureed banana, yogurt or egg replace.Read  above for details.
  • Butter – to add to the batter and also for cooking the pancakes. For vegan version replace butter with oil.
  • Vanilla Extract – for flavour.
  • Chocolate Sauce – an option for drizzling over the pancakes. Or use honey, maple syrup. Check out the recipe for Homemade Chocolate Sauce here.
  • Topping – fresh fruits, nuts, etc of your choice.


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Wholewheat & Banana Pancakes so soft, fluffy and delicious without refined sugar makes a healthy and nutritious breakfast or brunch for the whole family. Serve it topped with homemade chocolate sauce, fresh fruits and nuts.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 1 cup wholewheat flour atta
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1-1¼ cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup overripe mashed banana
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup/honey/coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

For Topping:

  • ½ cup chocolate sauce
  • fruits of your choice
  • extra butter for cooking


  • Mix all the dry ingredients i.e. the flour, baking powder, cinnamon powder and salt in a bowl.
  • In another bowl add sugar or whatever sweetener you're using, egg, milk, mashed banana and melted butter.
  • Whisk it well.
  • Add the wet ingredient mixture to the dry ingredient mixture.
  • Using a wooden spoon or your hand whisk mix just enough till the flour gets wet. Do not over mix.
  • Heat a pan over medium heat and let it become hot.
  • Add a little knob of butter, and add about ¼ - ⅓ cup of the batter into the hot pan.
  • Let the cook for 1-2 minutes or till golden brown. Best to cover the pan for the pancake to cook well.
  • Flip it over, add a tiny knob of butter and let the pancake cook till its light golden brown in colour.
  • Serve immediately drizzled with chocolate sauce. Add chopped fresh fruit, nuts, etc of your choice.


  • Make sure the batter is like a cake batter. Dry batter makes the pancakes dry and flat.
  • Don't over mix the batter once the wet ingredients are added to the dry ingredients.
  • Replace the egg with ¼ cup of thick yogurt, mashed banana, apple sauce.
  • To replace the egg with 'flax egg' soak 1 tbsp of flax seeds in 3 tbsp of water for 10-15 minutes. 
  • Can replace flax seeds with chia seeds.
  • To make gluten free pancakes replace wheat flour with buckwheat flour.
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  • Archana

    April 7, 2021 at 7:32 am

    5 stars
    Ahh! Breakfast is a pleasure when you have pancakes especially something as delicious as whole wheat and banana pancakes. Love them Mayuri and yes we will be having them soon Thanks to your easy instructions.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 7, 2021 at 3:46 pm

      Thank you so much Archana, I love pancakes and make them at least once a month.

  • Kalyani

    April 13, 2021 at 11:58 am

    5 stars
    I like that this can be made egg free. Any pancake with wheat flour in place of maida is a winner at home. and this looks scrumptious too

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 13, 2021 at 7:10 pm

      Thank you so much Kalyani. The egg free ones also turn out really good.

      1. The Girl Next Door

        April 17, 2021 at 10:49 am

        5 stars
        What a lovely recipe! Love the look of these fat, soft pancakes oozing with chocolate syrup. 😊

        Love the tip of replacing egg with flax seeds and water solution.

      2. mayurisjikoni

        April 18, 2021 at 12:36 pm

        Thank you Priya, you can also replace it with plain yogurt.

  • Super duper kitchen

    April 14, 2021 at 4:29 am

    5 stars
    The pancake looks so perfect and it has do many advantages. Starting from the flour used, sweetener and those fruit toppings makes it healthy too. And you have given the options for making eggless ones which helps many yo try this recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 20, 2021 at 11:17 am

      Thank you so much Niranjana.

  • Swati

    April 14, 2021 at 10:32 am

    5 stars
    Such an inviting pic of fluffy pancakes made with all the health friendly ingredients.. Who won’t love to wake up to such a deletable platter for breakfast..loved all the details on the ingredients, substitutes and how to get fluffy and perfect pancakes..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 14, 2021 at 11:10 pm

      Thank you so much Swaty.

  • Sasmita Sahoo

    April 16, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    whole wheat and banana pancakes are looking just perfect for breakfast time…. The use of wheat flour is definitely a healthy choice and I just love it. Nice tips on Egg / No Egg 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 16, 2021 at 11:29 pm

      Thank you so much Sasmita.

  • Preethicuisine

    April 17, 2021 at 6:02 am

    5 stars
    These whole wheat banana pancakes look scrumptious. Love both the versions with and without egg. My boys would surely love these pancakes. Beautifully clicked.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 18, 2021 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    April 17, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    5 stars
    These banana and whole wheat flour pancakes look so healthy and filling. I like the banana flavour and have tried out malpuas with this combo. Pancakes is a better and healthy choice. As always the presentation and plating is superb.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 18, 2021 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you so much Shobha.

  • Jolly Makkar

    April 27, 2021 at 12:31 am

    5 stars
    Homemade pancakes with wheat flour are always the best. Looks so easy to make and your recipe are tempting me to make some during this lockdown time. My son would loved it, he loves pancake.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 27, 2021 at 10:41 pm

      Go on make them Jolly, and yes they are so easy. Banana also adds a bit of natural sweetness and is healthy for your son.

  • Poonam Bachhav

    April 28, 2021 at 7:21 am

    5 stars
    These whole wheat banana pancakes look so fluffy and delicious , especially with that chocolate topping ! Love such healthy whesome breakfast .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 28, 2021 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam.

  • Seema Sriram

    May 2, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    5 stars
    Such a beautiful fluffy pancake. I am sure it will make any Sunday morning perfect. I cannot take my eyes off the chocolate syrup drizzle, amazing.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 3, 2021 at 11:29 am

      Thank you so much Seema. Yes it sure makes Sunday brunch special.

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