Banana Bread Pancakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Syrup


I admit it I’m pancake crazy =). I should start a food blog dedicated to pancakes. That’s just how much I love pancakes. There are endless flavor possibilities and who doesn’t love a warm fluffy pancake smothered in syrup to wake up to first thing in the morning? The great thing about this version is that they have all the flavors of banana bread but they are ready to eat in less than half the time. Plus you get this amazing Cinnamon Cream Cheese Syrup generously smothered over them which you don’t get on banana bread. This pancake recipe will very likely keep you coming back for more. You can now have another use for the overripe bananas in your home, so move over banana bread you aren’t the best thing for speckled bananas anymore.


Banana Bread Pancakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Syrup

Yield: 1 Dozen


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 cup mashed well , overripe bananas (about 2 bananas)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp butter , melted
  • banana slices , for garnish (optional)
  • chopped walnuts or pecans , for garnish (optional)

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Syrup

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat a non-stick griddle to 325 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, set aside. In a separate mixing bowl whisk together buttermilk, milk, mashed bananas, sour cream, egg and melted butter. Add dry ingredients to milk mixture and whisk just until combine (batter should be slightly lumpy, don't over-mix or your pancakes won't be as fluffy). Pour about 1/4 cup mixture onto buttered preheated griddle and using the measuring cup slightly spread the batter outward keeping a circular form (this helps them to be more even so you don't get the fat center and thin sides). Cook until bubbles begin to appear on the surface and bottom is golden, then flip pancake and cook opposite side until golden. Serve immediately with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Syrup and garnish with optional banana slices and chopped nuts.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Syrup

  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium low heat. Stir in sugar, cinnamon, buttermilk and cream cheese. Cook mixture, whisking constantly until cream cheese has melted. Stir in baking soda and whisk for about 10 seconds until very frothy. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Serve warm. Store in refrigerator up to 1 week. .
  2. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

Recipe Notes

Leftover syrup is delicious over oatmeal, especially with a ripe banana mixed in.


  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: I’m completely pancake crazy too so I’ve bookmarked/pinned this so I can make it this weekend! It’s perfect timing too because I have some ripe bananas just sitting on my counter waiting for me :) May 15, 2012 at 2:09pm Reply

  • jjmitchell94: Just love your ideas – I only found your site a week ago, and I’ve got so many new recipes to try! Thank you!!! :) May 15, 2012 at 3:36pm Reply

  • YummyInspirations: Yum! I have all the ingredients on hand, so no excuses to give this yummy recipe a try! Thanks May 15, 2012 at 4:13pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: You’re welcome! Thanks so much for the comments! I LOVE getting comments! It keeps me excited about blogging and making new recipes. I hope you love these! May 15, 2012 at 4:34pm Reply

  • Gracey: I love this recipe. it reminds of the waffles I used to have every Wensday at the pancake house. =) May 15, 2012 at 8:57pm Reply

  • Pencil Kitchen: I’m crazy pancake too! I mean, I don’t think a stack of dozen pancakes is over-the-top at all. I love how fluffy it looks! May 16, 2012 at 1:07am Reply

  • Winnie: Oh Mother of God..
    That is beautiful, woman! May 16, 2012 at 4:26am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Thanks for the comments! I’ve always wanted to try the pancake house when we go on vacation to Vegas but there are thousands of options so we haven’t made it there yet, but next time we will have to go. May 16, 2012 at 11:02am Reply

  • Rand and Tracy: Made these for dinner tonight. My kids woofed them down. My husband said they tasted exactly like banana bread. They were delish! May 16, 2012 at 6:55pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Rand and Tracy – I’m so happy to hear your family enjoyed these. Pancakes are my specialty =). Thanks so much for leaving a comment letting me know you enjoyed! And isn’t breakfast for dinner one of the best dinners ever? May 16, 2012 at 7:02pm Reply

  • Anonymous: nice idea.. thanks for sharing. May 28, 2012 at 8:15pm Reply

  • Anonymous: My daughter made this for dinner last night. They are so good and the syrup was to die for. Thanks so much. June 16, 2012 at 4:54am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Anonymous – you are very welcome! I’m so glad you loved these pancakes, and the syrup I would have to agree =). I can’t wait to try it on cinnamon roll pancakes too. Thanks for the comment! June 16, 2012 at 7:06pm Reply

  • Brittany: I love pancakes too!! Funny because growing up they were not my favorite– probably because 8 times out or 10 they were from a pancake mix. yuck. I’ve been experimenting with different pancake flavors too and can’t wait to try this one! Love the idea for the cinnamon cream syrup. Sounds delicious. By the way, I absolutely LOVE your blog! August 8, 2012 at 2:39pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Brittany – thanks so much! I hope you love these! August 9, 2012 at 7:45pm Reply

  • Brittany: Ok, I don’t know what’s been going on- first time I made the syrup it turned out perfect, but the past couple times I’ve made it the cream cheese won’t melt and the syrup was lumpy. :( I had it on the stove forever, it was almost turning to candy and the cheese was just not melting! Could it be the brand of cream cheese or I am doing something wrong? When you add the cream cheese should it be softened? December 15, 2012 at 9:08am Reply

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