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Ricotta Pancake Recipe with Caramelized Bananas

We used the simplest methods to make this ricotta pancake recipe with caramelized bananas. Results? Mouth watering!

The ricotta adds moistness and a slight creaminess. Almost a cross between a fluffy pancake and a crepe. Perhaps a little denser than a regular pancake, but still plenty fluffy.

stack of ricotta pancakes with caramelized bananas on plate

If you search for ricotta pancake recipes on google, you will find that they all have pretty much the same ingredients – with some variation in amounts.

Some recipes incorporate beaten egg whites to make the pancakes fluffier. Ours does not. I’m lazy, especially in the morning. And beating egg whites is an extra step without a big payoff. You won’t miss it.

The caramelized bananas are the crowning glory. You can put them on dense hockey puck pancakes and they’d be great. The banana sauce takes about 2 minutes to make with 3 basic ingredients.  Just to be clear, the bananas are not browned in this recipe. You are simply smothering them in a caramel-type sauce of butter and maple syrup.

Bottom line: make lots. And if you love pancakes, also try our lemon blueberry pancakes or pumpkin spice pancakes.

Tailor To Your Taste

  • For the caramelized bananas, try adding toasted pecans, walnuts or macadamia nuts. And/or a pinch or cinnamon or nutmeg.
  • For the pancakes, add a mashed banana for extra banana flavor.
  • For a savory version, omit the sugar and vanilla and add about 1 cup of cooked, finely chopped onions and vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, etc. Great for toddlers – hidden veggies!

Shortcut

  • Skip the caramelized bananas (not recommended!) and replace with plain maple syrup or pre-made toppings.

Make ahead 

  • Instructions for several make ahead options are in the recipe notes. I don’t suggest making the caramelized bananas ahead.
    • Make the batter the night before;
    • Make the pancakes and keep them in the fridge of a day or two. They make great leftovers for breakfast or snacks; or
    • Freeze the ricotta pancakes for up to 2 months.

Other delicious breakfast ideas to try

Or check out our full list of vegetarian brunch recipes for Mother’s Day.

How to make this ricotta pancake recipe with caramelized bananas

flour, sugar, ricotta, eggs, butter, baking powder, baking soda, salt, milk, vanilla
Gather pancake ingredients: flour, ricotta, sugar, eggs, butter, baking powder, baking soda, salt, milk, vanilla
one bowl egg mixture and one bowl dry ingredients
Mix wet ingredients and dry ingredients in two separate bowls.
pancake batter in bowl
Combine to make the batter.
4 pancakes cooking in pan
Cook pancakes on a griddle or pan in batches.
banana, butter, syrup and cinnamon
Heat butter, maple syrup and bananas to make caramelized bananas. Add pinch of cinnamon if you like.
stack of ricotta pancakes with caramelized bananas on plate
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stack of ricotta pancakes with caramelized bananas on plate
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Ricotta Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas

We used the simplest methods to make this ricotta pancake recipe with caramelized bananas. Results? Mouth watering!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings: 16 pancakes
Author: Cheryl

Equipment

  • Griddle or non-stick skillet/pan

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (214 g)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (46 g) or maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or less if using salted butter)

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk (236 ml), any kind (I use 2%)
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese low fat is fine too
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter (14 g)
  • 1 banana, mashed (optional) pancakes will be a bit denser but full of banana flavor.

Caramelized Banana Ingredients

  • 2 small bananas, 1/2 inch slices
  • 1/2 cup – 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

  • PREHEAT OVEN TO WARM (160-200F) to keep pancakes warm as you make batches. If using a griddle, PREHEAT it to medium high. (If using a pan, you'll be cooking on medium heat)
  • MIX DRY INGREDIENTS – flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt – in a larger bowl.
  • MIX WET INGREDIENTS – milk, ricotta, eggs, vanilla, melted butter – in a separate bowl – until well blended. Mix in mashed banana if using.
  • MAKE BATTER: Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and whisk until just combined. A few lumps are good. Don't over mix.
  • MAKE PANCAKES: Heat a skillet or non stick pan to Medium (if not using griddle). Spray pan with oil or melt a tsp butter in pan. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to ladle pancakes onto pan. You will have to do this in batches depending on the size of your pan. Cook for about 3 minutes or until bubbles start to appear on surface. Flip over with spatula and cook another 2-3 minutes. Transfer to plate and keep warm in oven. Repeat with remaining batter.
  • MAKE CARAMELIZED BANANAS: While pancakes are cooking, heat butter and syrup on medium until bubbly. Add cinnamon if using. Stir in sliced bananas and warm through for 1 minute. Spoon onto pancakes.

Notes

Variations
  • For the caramelized bananas, try adding toasted pecans, walnuts or macadamia nuts. And/or a pinch or cinnamon or nutmeg.
  • For the pancakes, add a mashed banana for extra banana flavor.
  • For a savory version, omit the sugar and vanilla and add about 1 cup of cooked, finely chopped onions and vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, etc. Great for toddlers – hidden veggies!
Make Ahead
  • Make the batter the night before and keep it covered in the fridge.
  • Or make the pancakes and keep them in the fridge in a sealed container or bag for a couple of days. Reheat in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds.
  • To freeze the ricotta pancakes, cool them first. Either layer them between parchment and place in a sealed container. Or flash freeze them on a flat tray for 20-30 minutes, then pile them into a sealed bag or container. Freeze them for up to 2 months. Reheat uncovered in microwave for 30-50 seconds (or in a 375F oven, covered, for 6-8 minutes).
Nutrition values are estimates based on one pancake (not including mashed banana) with caramelized banana topping. 

Nutrition

Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. My first initial bite was so good but then after it had a weird bitter after taste. I am not sure what went wrong? Could it be I didn’t mix enough but didn’t want to over mix.

    1. Hi Nicole. I don’t think the mixing would have anything to do with an aftertaste. Is is possible the ricotta or milk were a bit off? I also understand Covid can have a strange affect on taste (hope that’s not the case!).

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