Banana Pancakes with Coconut Caramel Syrup
Fluffy homemade banana pancakes topped with a homemade coconut caramel syrup made from just three pantry ingredients.
Even when I feel like I have no time to cook or create anything, my mind is constantly churning with recipe ideas.
These banana pancakes with coconut caramel syrup are my latest creation!
I’ve had the idea for this coconut caramel syrup for weeks. Logically, my next thought was, “What can I pour coconut caramel syrup on top of?” Obviously the answer to that question is everything, but these banana pancakes were the first idea to pop into my head.
What sounds better than fluffy banana pancakes topped with warm coconut caramel syrup?
While this coconut caramel syrup is not traditional, this version prepared with just brown sugar, light coconut milk, and vanilla extract, is incredibly simple to make.
After a bit of experimentation, I was able to achieve the thickness and drip-ability of traditional pancake syrup.
Banana Pancakes with Coconut Caramel Syrup
Homemade Coconut Caramel Syrup:
- ½ cup packed dark or light brown sugar
- ½ cup (120 mL) light coconut milk
- pinch kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons (136g) unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon (12g) granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt
- 1 cup (240 mL) buttermilk
- 1½ very ripe bananas mashed
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon (15g) unsalted butter melted, plus more for cooking
- banana slices optional
- coconut caramel syrup or pure maple syrup see recipe above
- Prepare Coconut Caramel Syrup: Combine the brown sugar, coconut milk, and pinch of salt in small saucepan. Whisk together until the sugar has mostly dissolved. Bring to low boil. Continue to boil for 2 to 3 minutes until the syrup begins to thicken. Remove from the heat. Whisk in the vanilla extract and keep warm (or reheat later) for serving. Leftover coconut caramel syrup can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
- Prepare Pancakes: Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, mashed banana, egg, and melted butter. Add the liquid ingredients to the flour mixture and using a spatula, fold and stir together until just combined. Allow the batter to sit for 10 minutes.
- Heat a tab of butter in large non-stick (or cast-iron) skillet over medium heat. Once the butter begins to sizzle, spoon the batter onto the park ,forming 5 to 6-inch pancakes. Avoid over-crowding the pan.
- Once bubbles begin to form on the tops of the pancakes, flip them carefully and continue to cook on other side until lightly brown. Adjust heat as needed. Serve the hot pancakes with warm coconut caramel syrup. Garnish with sliced banana as desired.
36 Comments on “Banana Pancakes with Coconut Caramel Syrup”
This was one of the best pancake recipes ever. so moist and delicious. The coconut syrup was amazing. great job.
Great photos! That sauce is screaming make me!
YES! That is exactly the reaction I was hoping for 🙂
These look waaaaaaaay better than what I ate for breakfast this morning. I’ve never had coconut caramel syrup before, but it combines two of my favorite things. How can you go wrong?
Haha! 🙂 It is such an easy syrup to put together, so so simple. Thanks Anna!
ooooh… coconut caramel syrup, that’s really unique and banana pancakes are the best. love that first photo.
Laura these pancakes are absolutely gorgeous! Pinned! I would love to pour (drink!) that sauce/syrup and put it on everything!
Thanks so much Averie. That means a lot! I downed a few spoonfuls on the side… 😉
I had no idea that you could make caramel from coconut milk. But it makes perfect sense, and to use it for bananas! Ooooyyyyy. I think I jsut fainted a little bit! WOW!
These are seriously fabulous! I love your method for the coconut caramel syrup! Ummmm … yeah … I can see myself pouring that over pretty much everything! Well, maybe not asparagus … 😀 Phenomenal recipe! Pinning as fast as I can! 😀
That coconut caramel syrup sounds amazing. Uh May ZING.
I snuck a few more spoonfuls this morning. You know…for quality control purposes. Thanks Sarah! 🙂
I don’t think I have ever had that combo but it sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe! That sauce sounds yummy and easy to make and I can already taste it on ice cream!
Saw these on Pinterest. Your photos are stunning!!
Thank you, thank you!! That means so much to me! 🙂
These look amazing! I have also been obsessed with the idea of coconut caramel lately… hmm, these might be my excuse to finally make it!
Yessss! Glad to know I’m not alone 😉 Thanks Erica!
Omg. What the whaaaaaat?! I need these!
Hahahah! This made me smile. Thanks Ashley!
I have some overripe bananas I have to use up, and I’ve been searching for pancake recipes – these look fantastic!
Great! Definitely let me know if you try these 🙂 Thanks for visiting Brittany!
Isn’t it sad when life gets in the way of blogging? I’m a big fan of your posts and look forward to them whenever you have a chance to share! I’ll definitely have to check out this coconut caramel sauce one of these days. It sounds incredible.
YES, so true. Thank you so much Nora! I always look forward to reading your comments when you stop by and this means so much to me.
I love everyyyy single thing about these!
I’m totally coming over for breakfast!
Please do 🙂
So happy to have found your blog, Laura! Fabulous recipe…love it. Having gone paleo, I work with coconut milk frequently. I just adore the stuff and would be lost without it being dairy-free now. (Experienced awful dairy allergic reaction this past summer.) Thanks for sharing, girl! Pinning! xo
Great idea! I didn’t even think about that–such a great option for those that are on dairy-free diets. This version is definitely more of a syrup (than a thick caramel), but it’s delish! Thanks so much for visiting and so glad that you like what you see 🙂
Wow… these look amazing! I definitely will be trying these!!!
Yay! 🙂 Definitely let me know if you do!
That syrup is the bomb!
Thanks Paula! 🙂
Isn’t coconut caramel sauce the most awesome thing!!??! I only discovered it back in Feb., but I cannot get enough of it! So good! These pancakes are calling my name! So awesome!
Yes!!! I can’t believe it took me this long to make my own version. Thanks Tieghan!