Banana Boat Pancakes

I hope everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day celebration! My parents have made it a tradition to visit us in Boston over the holiday and this year the highlights were visiting Castle Island, attending a cookbook signing with my mom (more on this in a future post!), and heading out for a couple of jogs with my dad, who has done several half marathons and is an amazing and inspirational runner. We jogged around the Charles River and Boston Common on Friday and then did a 5K race on Sunday morning that benefited the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. My dad was nice and slowed down his usual pace so he could run alongside me both days, which was really fun. I never know how fast I’m running outside (although a smartphone with RunKeeper is on my current wish list), so I was completely shocked that my official 5K time was 27:19, which is an 8:49 minute per mile pace! I crushed my first 5K time by almost 5 minutes and I thought this course was more difficult than the first one because there were a couple of hard hills. I recently started training for my first triathlon, which I’ll be doing in August with Shannon, and I’m excited that all my extra time at the gym is already paying off!

Anyway, in honor of Mother’s Day I wanted to come up with a recipe for my mom. I’ve mentioned before that she loves pancakes and I was recently inspired to make a version inspired by Banana Boats, my favorite Girl Scout campfire treat, when I smelled a bonfire during a recent bike ride. Does anyone else remember these? You split a banana open and stuff it with chocolate and marshmallows and then wrap it in tinfoil and put it on the fire until all the components are warm and gooey – yum! So for these pancakes I put chocolate chips and mini marshmallows in the batter and then topped the pancakes with banana slices. They are delicious with syrup or a peanut butter drizzle!

Banana Boat Pancakes
Printable Recipe

1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 banana, sliced
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons milk


Mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl. Stir in the egg, buttermilk, butter, and vanilla extract until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and mini marshmallows.

Pour 1/4 cup scoops of batter onto a greased nonstick skillet over medium heat. Flip the pancakes when bubbles start to appear on top, after about 3 minutes. Cook the other side until golden brown. Makes 9 pancakes.

Top pancakes with banana slices. Mix peanut butter and milk in a small bowl until smooth and drizzle over pancakes. Makes 3 servings.

Nutrition: 593 calories, 24.8g fat, 4.3g fiber, 14.3g protein per serving
Cost: $1.67 per serving

38 Responses to Banana Boat Pancakes

  1. Love this idea! PB, banana, chocolate chips and marchmallows all in a pancake. It hink I’d have to run a marathon myself to work off the calories. ha ha!

  2. Absolutely love that gathered shirt you have on, it’s so pretty.

    As for the pancakes, love them, and anything with banana is always a HIT HUGE with me!!

  3. Yay on a speedy 5K!!
    The pancakes look incredible. I happen to have some mini marshmallows on hand after making rocky road bars for my mom this Sunday, so I may have to put them to use with your recipe :)

  4. Sounds like a wonderful weekend with your parents! And those pancakes look scrumptious. We must be thinking alike because I made some pancakes over the weekend with bananas and cashew butter-syrup – yum!

  5. Lovely pictures of the 3 of you!! You resemble a lot of your mama!!!

    Those pancakes look so tasty & truly special too!

    That’s lovely of you to make them specially for your mom!

  6. Sounds like you had a great time. I love Castle Island, it’s so beautiful on a nice day. I never had a banana boat before, but your pancake interpretation looks yummy.

  7. AWESOME 5K time!! That’s wonderful! And what a way to spend Mother’s Day! The pictures of you and your family are too cute :)

    The banana boat pancakes sound incredible! Me and your mom are on the same page with loving pancakes…mmmm!

  8. It sounds like you and your parents had a fantastic weekend! Those pancakes looks so good! I would love to take a bite of those right now haha:)

  9. ooh, how about maple syrup AND a peanut butter drizzle? yes please–these are awesome, kerstin. and hey, so are you–your running is most impressive. :)

  10. Congrats on CRUSHING your old time! You have improved SO MUCH and I’m SO PROUD OF YOU. Sounds like someone’s caught the racing bug 😛

    These pancakes look amazing! Any mom…or really anyONE would adore these!

  11. i still, to this day, have not tried making pancakes with whole wheat flour. but now that i see yours i can see that they are just like the real thing. i have fussy pancake eaters in my house (myself included). ha

  12. Thanks everyone!

    Cara – Cashew butter syrup sounds amazing!

    Grace – Oh, I like the way you’re thinking :)

    Joanne – Aww, thank you – that means so much coming from you! Your comment made my day :) And yes, I’ve definitely caught the running bug!

    VanillaSugar – I’m not a fan of regular whole wheat flour in pancakes either, but I can handle white whole wheat!

  13. Sounds like you had a great Mother’s Day weekend! Congrats on your 5K time! That’s fantastic :)

    I’ve never had a banana boat! We only made S’mores in Girl Scouts. Sounds delicious, and so do these pancakes!!

  14. Kerstin
    Your pancakes come in the nick of time for me; my daughter adores pancakes and I never make them (I am not a breakfast person) so I think I will surprise her with these because a) they are healthier than the others and b) tastier and I have some ripe bananas that need to be consumed. Merci!
    PS: Your parents look lovely

  15. aww! So much fun!! Very cool that your dad is such an amazing runner. I love Castle Island. Such a pretty spot. And those pancakes? With that melty topping? droool. I think I need some pancakes in my life today :)

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