Motherhood

Two-Ingredient Pancakes

Our beloved babysitter, Brady, has been making a great lunch for the boys, and I wanted to share it: Pancakes made from eggs + bananas (and blueberries, if you’d like). They’re sweet and delicious; you don’t even need syrup.

Here’s how Brady does it: “To make three pancakes, mash half a banana with a fork in a bowl—it’s fine if there are chunks—and then mix in one egg and blueberries (chopped in half). Pour pancake-size amounts into a greased frying pan over medium-low. I keep lifting the edges with a spatula to see if they’re browning, and once they are, I flip them over to brown the other side. That’s it!”

You can always skip the blueberries, or add other ingredients: Cinnamon, peanut butter, chopped strawberries, chocolate chips, you name it. The boys go c-r-a-z-y for them. Have you ever made them? Thank you so much, Brady!

(We added blueberries to these, but you can make them with just egg and banana, if you’d like)

P.S. 7 tips for getting picky kids to eat, and toddlers in the kitchen.

(Photos by Yossy Arefi for Cup of Jo)

  1. Jane says...

    I just fed this to my one year old- what a fantastic finger food! And a great way to make something quick with leftovers. Who has half a banana lingering in the fridge? Parents to one year olds. Thanks!!

  2. Suzie says...

    Hey Jo, thanks for reminding me of these 2 ingredient pancakes. My son has a wheat allergy so these pancakes would be perfect!

  3. I just made these for brunch and there’s only a single word to describe it: delicious! Tried with cinnamon, a tablespoon of peanut butter, and maple syrup. So fluffy and easy!

    Thank you for sharing! Greetings from Brazil :)

  4. I make these at home too, and just add a little coconut flour for fluffiness!

  5. Just made these for my boys and I don’t think either one cane up for air until they were all consumed. I spread Laughing Cow cheese on them and they were pretty delicious. Thanks for this, I will definitely make them again!

  6. These sound great, I would’ve ever thought. I like the suggestion of adding cottage cheese or yogurt. Will definitely try.

  7. I just attempted these with unfortunate results. I think my ratio of banana to egg was a little off. I will persevere and try this recipe again in the near future!

  8. I just made these and wow- I am officially converted to flour-free pancakes! Not only are they SO easy, but they taste delicious and feel relatively healthy. I need protein in the mornings, so I like that they have eggs in them, and I also added a scoop of peanut butter. Thanks for the post!

  9. I’ve actually been making a similar four-ingredient version of these myself, with my secret ingredient being spinach! I’ve posted the recipe here: http://gwensfishfood.com/caseys-grinch-cakes/. I really think they are great for sneaking some veggies into the kids’ breakfast!

  10. So Good!!! In the midst of the Whole30 cleanse and can’t tell you how thankful I was for a breakfast to break up my scrambled eggs-every-morning-routine! My 20 month old loved them too.

  11. I also add a little vanilla. You can sub the blueberries for grated apple or pear. AND a 1/2 tsp of baking soda will make them fluffy like real pancakes!!!

  12. I’ve just tried these and… well, they taste very nice! but they are more on an omlette side but done on both sides.. any tips how to make these more pancake-y?

  13. Must try this!!

  14. Awesome idea, definitely great for when I’m trying to cut back on carbs, thanks!

  15. I made these today for my one year old, and he went nuts for them (just as he was starting to get bored with scrambled eggs). Thanks for the great suggestion!

  16. Mmmm. Bananas, blueberries and cinnamon are all perfect in pancakes. Love! I don’t eat pancakes regularly though; I don’t find them satisfying enough. Thanks for sharing. Love your blog.

  17. Thanks for sharing. I made it today for my 9 months old baby. He loved it.

  18. I make these all the time with a scoop of protein powder for a quick post workout breakfast or snack!

  19. These are wonderful! Sitting here in northern England, rather wet and drizzly outside, thought the best antidote to a non-functioning hot water boiler would be a cheering breakfast. Even better than traditional pancakes…had mine with Greek yoghurt, pineapple and mixed nuts. Am ready now to tackle the silent monster upstairs in the cupboard…

  20. Oh, this looks amazing! I am so going to try this.

  21. We make these all the time for Saturday brunch! My husband and I use a blender and add cinnamon and blend the blueberries in. Super delicious :)

  22. I don’t have kids, but I do have a very anti-fruit boyfriend. Will definitely be trying this recipe on him! We’ll see if he notices ;)

  23. My 15 month old loves something very similar. 1 banana, 2 eggs, 1 tbs almond butter, 1/4 c cooked steel cut oats, vanilla and cinnamon. I got the recipes from here http://laurenbrimley.blogspot.com/.

  24. Yeah, they are great – I was introduced to them a couple of years ago – they make for at good, sweat and healthy breakfast..

  25. it’s an omelet with banana. an omelet, people.

  26. jm says...

    I totally love this recipe! The pancakes look great and the simplicity of the recipe is amazing. I can’t wait to make them.

  27. You should try 1 banana, 1 egg and a little less than 1/4 cup almond butter plus cinnamon & vanilla. (This makes enough for 1 adult). Grain free and delicious!

  28. You should try 1 banana, 1 egg and a little less than 1/4 cup almond butter plus cinnamon & vanilla. (This makes enough for 1 adult). Grain free and delicious!

  29. This is such a great idea! My two-year-old will have nothing to do with eggs but he’s never met a pancake he didn’t like. Great way to sneak in a little protein:)

  30. Pure genious. Making these tonight for Dorian. I am thinking tonight will be a ‘breakfast for dinner’ sort of night. Tell Brady thanks!

  31. I love these kind of pancake recipes! I put protein powder in mine to make them extra filling (a great pre or post workout snack too), and cinnamon because I’m a cinnamon freak. :) Yum!!!

    – Michelle at PermanentDaydream.com

  32. I’ve had these before — they’re so easy and yummy, but definitely taste banana-y, so you have to like bananas! I’ve made berry syrup to go with them too — pour a bag of frozen berries into a sauce pan, add 2ish tablespoons of honey and heat it up til the berries are bursting! So good.

  33. I’ve tried these! They taste like banana pudding. Strangely, though, my eleven-month-old won’t eat them. Ornery little guy.

  34. This is perfect – I’m always looking for ideas for quick and easy (and healthy) options for my 18 month old. I think I’ll try this right now! Thanks!

  35. Is your babysitter following a Paleo diet? This is a favorite among us! Fast, delicious, and healthy.

  36. Oh! I’ll bet my kids would love that. They’re 7 & 10 now, but still picky eaters.

  37. I make these for my 1 year old twins all the time – I usually make a bunch and keep some for snacks. I also add cottage cheese or yogurt (1/4 cup usually) for extra protein. Haven’t tried with blueberries yet but will have to!

  38. Perfect for people like me that avoid grains

  39. maureen and emily, just added the info to the post! thank you!!

  40. Do you have to grease the pan? I have a kinda mushy banana and I’m gonna go try it right now!

  41. How many eggs? How many pancakes does the recipe make? Thanks!

  42. This is fantastic! I will have to try it!

  43. My way takes a little more effort but I think they turn out better… mix the banana and egg yolks in a food processor (with cinnamon and vanilla extract). Whip the egg whites with a mixer until light and fluffy, then fold into the banana mixture… scoop into pan and cook like pancakes… they turn out soooo fluffy and delicious!

  44. Wow! Nice recipe. I will try them for sure.

  45. just made them now and my 15 month old is in heaven – wonderful idea – thannk you so much for sharing!

  46. Okay, I SO needed this recipe! We love having “breakfast for dinner” nights at home, and this just sounds so easy and yummy, especially for those nights where we just don’t have much time. What a great babysitter! :) Thanks for sharing!

  47. I saw a similar recipe on Oh Joy a couple of years back and have made it from time to time since. We add nut butter to ours and a little flour (1 egg: 1 TBS flour; 1TBS PB; 1 banana). Sometimes we substitute nutella for the nut butter.

  48. I make these too! They’re surprisingly pancake-like, and a great option for people who can’t tolerate gluten.

  49. WoW! Who would’ve thought that you could make pancakes out of just bananas + eggs. Definitely going to try this one out!! Thanks for sharing!!

  50. I’m on this! They sound delicious and such a good way to pack in an awesome breakfast on a small plate. Thank you!