Mar 26

3-Ingredient Pancakes

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Today’s theme = Overcoming Fears! Make sure you hop around to check out all the amazing recipes in this link up and feel free to add your recipes as well!

Before we get to the recipe, guuesss who gets to have a life tomorrow!? (NO WAY! :O ) I’m going to Pittsburgh for half the weekend with my friends! <3 It’s also apparently National Doctor’s Day, so the hospital is celebrating and I get all sorts of free noms! *-* I have about $40 left out of my $100 to use up next week. >_> Looks like I’ll be eating reallyyyy well!

I actually tried out this recipe about two years ago, by way of Cassey’s (anyone a Blogilates fan? :O ) Banana Pancakes recipe, but at the time, I didn’t own a spatula, so they ended up looking like super sorry/sad messes (sigh). They were still tasty, but definitely not picture-worthy. I couldn’t even bring myself to take a picture of it.

Yep, that bad.

Since then, I’ve been a bit wary of pancakes. I make waffles, because it’s pretty hard to screw those up (I have a waffle iron back in CA). But pancakes, I tend to just enjoy at my church in Lewisburg over Easter. 😑

I was reminded of this recipe by Tricia, so I decided to try again, now that I actually own a spatula. (My best friend/facebook hubby gave me one of his spatulas when he heard of my plight.) I’ve also been telling Rebecca all year that I’d make em’, so I figured I’d finally make good on that statement.

The chili powder* was used by complete accident (they’re housed in pretty much identical containers, are roughly the same color, start with “c”…totally a mistake anyone could’ve made)! Fortunately, it didn’t alter the taste, so not all was lost. My first attempt was a pretty sorry sight.

I was very tempted to just pretend that everything went well…but in the interest of full disclosure, here it is:

And...it looks like I really haven't improved at all.

I really haven’t improved at all.

Thankfully, I am not so easily discouraged!

They didn’t come out looking super pretty (with practice, maybe?), so that’s the reason for the strategically placed/randomly strewn raspberries! I added a dollop of cookie butter to drown my sorrows away.

3-Ingredient Pancakes

3-Ingredient Pancake


  • 1/2 cup ripe banana, mashed well
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp coconut oil

(The rest are optional!)

  • 1 heaping tbsp hemp hearts
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • dash of ground ginger
  • chili powder if you’re absentminded*
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • dollop of Trader Joe’s cookie butter


  1. Add mashed banana, eggs and hemp hearts into a bowl and mix well.
  2. Heat a skillet to medium heat + add the coconut oil.
  3. Scoop batter onto the skillet and cook until golden brown, + the edges are dry.


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  1. Cat

    Aw I can totally relate to the pancake fails! I always seem to pour too much batter in the pan, and then get impatient to flip it… a big battery mess πŸ˜‰ One massive tip that has helped me though when making banana pancakes is to choose an unripe banana – you’d think you loose sweeteness but I promise you don’t! Instead, the batter holds together more when the nana is slightly green at the tip.

    If you try it let me know if it’s any better!
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    1. Farrah

      Ooo, maybe that’s where I went wrong! I used a sorta ripe one because it’s what I had (and I also figured it’d be either to mash it and all that). Thanks for the tip! I’ll definitely try that out! :]

  2. Susie @ SuzLyfe

    Yay PGH! Some of my fave people live there πŸ˜€ National Doctor’s Day I thought was March 30 (Alex’s bday) but honestly, who knows. They are all made up anyway. I think my pancake fear ingredient is coconut flour. I’ve never had any luck with that stuff AT ALL

    1. Farrah

      Ah, you’re completely right! I guess the hospital I’m at is just celebrating early because it’s Friday, haha. πŸ˜› I have not tried making pancakes with coconut flour. 😑 I would probably be a mess with that though!

  3. AJ @ NutriFitMama

    Ok, you’re speaking my language with a recipe like this. EASY and hardly any ingredients. SO my thing! I love these pancakes. πŸ™‚ I have a funny pancake story- I used to not know how to cook, and I was making pancakes one day and I flipped them and pressed down with the spatula on top like I was flattening them- my husband and grandfather looked at my like I was psycho crazy asking why I would want a flat pancake. Apparently I thought I was getting the raw batter out, but what I was really doing was brutalizing a pancake. Thankfully this was YEARS ago πŸ˜‰
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    1. Farrah

      Oh man, hahaha. Well, if it makes you feel any better, I likely would’ve done the same thing! ._. I’m definitely not too gifted in the realms of pancake-making! I’m lucky this one didn’t turn into a scramble!

  4. Channing

    You know one of the reasons I never considered going to medical school (apart from having a weak stomach) is because I knew that nurse, doctors, etc. don’t have much of a social life because of having to work all the time, but it’s great that your getting that this weekend! Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚
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    1. Farrah

      hahaha, this is definitely true, although I do think some specialties lend more freedom for having a life than others!

  5. Cassandra @PoweredByBling

    I am right there with you too on the pancake fails. It’s probably why I always make waffles instead. Never been good at judging when to flip pancakes. I have tried these banana pancakes before and love them! I think it’s because they are mostly banana and I’m a banana addict!
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! I’m so sad that I intentionally left my waffle iron at home in California! :[ (It was because I’m moving around so much, and need to live more like a minimalist, but I really miss it!)

  6. Krystal

    These are so simple to make – I love it! I usually resort to banana pancakes when my bananas are too ripe for me to eat them. Usually I ground up some fresh oats and make a banana oatmeal based pancake and top with blueberry syrup – yum! Thanks for sharing this recipe, I will definitely be keeping it in mind next time I make banana pancakes πŸ™‚
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    1. Farrah

      It’s a great alternative to banana bread (which I love, but having other uses for ripe bananas is wonderful too)! :] Blueberry syrup would be wonderful on these! *-*

  7. Lauren Allen

    Banana pancakes sound great to me! Can’t wait to try these out!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks! πŸ˜€ Hope you have a great weekend!

  8. Francesca

    Making me hungry!!! I shouldn’t have skipped breakfast πŸ˜€
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    1. Farrah

      hahaha, I hope you ended up getting a couple good meals in! <3

  9. Annmarie

    I have used chili powder instead of cinnamon before on accident and I have to say it wasn’t that bad! I am also a terrible pancake maker….your second attempt looks delish though! πŸ™‚
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    1. Farrah

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one! πŸ˜› (I’m glad the chili powder didn’t ruin the ones I made either!)

  10. Rachel G

    I was thinking chili powder was a slightly odd pancake ingredient….it might go a little better in latkes, instead. πŸ˜› Pancakes aren’t generally a pretty food, but they are yummy, and topped with raspberries, they’re even better!
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    1. Farrah

      Indeed they would! ._. When I realized what I was done, there was a pretty dramatic, “NOOOOOOO!” My cat came running over to see what was going on and everything, hahaha. πŸ˜›

  11. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    I haven’t tried three ingredient pancakes yet, but I need to!! And it’s okay if they don’t look super pretty, right? It’s the taste that matters!!
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    1. Farrah

      I like the way you think! <3

  12. Alyssa @ Renaissancerunnergirl

    I am SO bad at flipping pancakes, for the longest time I was so discouraged I never tried to make them. Sad times, because very few restaurants had GF pancakes (though that’s slowly changing). Luckily, blogging changed that because I saw so many recipes I was re-inspired to try again πŸ™‚
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    1. Farrah

      Me too! :[[[ Hopefully, it’ll get better with practice though!?

  13. Sonali- The Foodie Physician

    These sound really tasty! Enjoy your well deserved half weekend with friend and happy Doctor’s Day!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Sonali! I’m super excited about it! We’re gonna eat the world (I hope)! πŸ˜€

  14. Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Haha! That sounds like something I would do. I can’t do anything else while I’m cooking or I’ll screw everything up!
    My hubby’s family is from Pittsburgh, but I have not ventured out much further than their house! My hubby loves Primani Brothers.
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    1. Farrah

      hahaha, I should’ve paid more attention, but at least the results weren’t disastrous!

      I’ll have to see if we can swing by there! :] Thanks for the recommendation!

  15. Esther

    Those look really yummy! Way to go on facing your fear and making them!
    I feel it takes the right pan and the right spatula to assist in making great pancakes!
    Only ever been to a hotel in Pitt the night before flying out a few times and of course the airport!
    I have a few friends there so if you are still looking for info let me know πŸ™‚
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Esther!

      We found a sushi buffet, but two of the friends I’m going with can’t eat a lot, so they feel it won’t be worth it. I am partially heartbroken, but hopefully we’ll get to have some good noms anyway! <3

  16. Linda @ TheFitty

    Psh, I love that you mask the pancakes with some berries so it looks good. πŸ˜‰

    Why not try this recipe on a waffle iron? No flipping! I’ve had nightmares with casseys banana pancakes and they turned out to be scarmbled eggs. I can’t even flip regular pancakes without making a messy scramble!

    And…..checking out Tricia’s blog…:)

    PS- HAPPY DOCTORS DAY! I wonder if they’ll serve junk food at the hospital…haha…
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    1. Farrah

      Thank you! <3

      I unfortunately don't have my waffle iron with me here (left it in California ._.), but I will definitely try this out if my friend brought hers back!! *-* Mine turned out to be like scrambled eggs when I tried em' too, haha. :[

      Thank you! :D! I tagged you on instagram for the meal I got to have! πŸ˜› There were chocolate-covered strawberries in the physicians' lounge, but I didn't have access to it! so sad.

  17. Erin

    Awesome! Pancakes are one of my husbands favorites and this is an easy way to make them healthier!
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    1. Farrah

      True that! I need to try making regular pancakes next! πŸ˜€

  18. Rebecca @BeTrulyNourished

    Love pancakes, I’ll have to try these! Also, thanks for having a great link-up! Totally added my recipe from this week πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend
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    1. Farrah

      I hope you like them! πŸ˜€ I adore food, so having compilations of awesome food ideas makes my world more lovely. Hope you have a great weekend as well!

  19. Sarah

    Yum! I make the 2 ingredient pancakes (which usually end up being more because I add oats or coconut flour, vanilla, ect) all the time for the girls and they are so quick and easy! The options are endless.
    I have never been to Pennsylvania but I would google eats for the area or maybe they have a local magazine you can find online like we have 2 here that have the top “Foodie Forty” with places to eat.
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    1. Farrah

      Ooo, I need to try it with coconut flour!! *-*

      I yelped a couple places, so I think we’re gonna go for Thai food for one of the meals. The rest are still up in the air, but I’m sure we’ll find something! πŸ˜€ Hooray for the internet, and thank you for the suggestions! :]

  20. lara

    I have finally mastered the pancake. So many times I’ve either messed up with ingredients or cooked on too high of heat and they just turn out awful. But that’s what toppings are for right πŸ™‚
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! Toppings make everything better! πŸ˜›

  21. Kate @KateMovingForward

    Man, those raspberries look awesome!! I big fat love pancakes! I make them probably twice a month…be sure you are spraying the griddle with a nonstick spray. Or straight melting butter on it Paula Deen style so they flip well. πŸ˜€
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    1. Farrah

      That might be my issue! :\ Maybe I didn’t put enough on the griddle! I will keep trying!

  22. Sara

    Ooh, they look so good! And it even looks like something I could make (maybe), although I am the kind of person that could burn the kitchen down over eggs… well it couldn’t hurt to try! Great recipe!
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    1. Farrah

      Oh noes, haha. Good luck if you do try making it (and I will send anti-kitchen-burning vibes your way)!

  23. Ginger

    That is such an easy recipe! I love it!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Ginger! πŸ˜€ Simple recipes make my life wonderful!

  24. Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    yum!! i make a similar recipe except I add chia seeds to thicken up the batter πŸ™‚
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    1. Farrah

      I’m definitely gonna have to try that! :]

  25. Kathryn @ Dancing to Running

    Who knew that pancakes were so easy to make?!?
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    1. Farrah

      I love how tiny the ingredient list was! πŸ˜›

  26. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    You need to make REAL pancakes with flour πŸ˜‰
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    1. Farrah

      That’ll be my next step! I was too scared to try something so complicated (hah). Baby steps, hahaha. :D!

  27. Heather @ The Nerdy Fox

    I used to make ones similar to this. My kids LOVED them.
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    1. Farrah

      They are rather tasty! :D!

  28. GiGi Eats

    I do this with PUMPKIN all the time, SO FLIPPING GOOD – I can’t even describe it! πŸ˜‰
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    1. Farrah

      Ooo, I definitely need to try it with pumpkin! <3

  29. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    So, my humble opinion is that those 3 ingredient pancakes came out pretty good! I’ve never made pancakes with bananas,eggs and coconut oil before – but I bet flipping them would not be easy!

    1. Farrah

      Aww, thank you, Shashi! <3 I still gotta work on the flippy part! Maybe it'll come with practice!

  30. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    That TJ cookie butter is dangerous! Hope you really enjoy your day off. πŸ™‚
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    1. Farrah

      haha, it really is!

      Thank you! I’m super excited! πŸ˜€ Hope you have a great weekend!

  31. Jess @hellotofit

    I’ve never made 3-ingredient pancakes…I’m so stuck on the “classic” ones with flour, etc. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!
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    1. Farrah

      I sucked at the classic ones, but that’s what I’m gonna graduate myself to trying next!

  32. Emily @SinfulNutrition

    You can’t go wrong with raspberries and more nut butter! πŸ˜€ It took me a while to master 2 ingredient pancakes, but love making them now!
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    1. Farrah

      I think if I keep practicing, I may no longer have to mask the unsightliness underneath a bunch of toppings! πŸ˜€ (Here’s to hoping!)

  33. genevieve @ gratitude & greens

    Mashed bananas are the best! Yay for 3 ingredient pancakes- anything that will bring me closer to a pancake breakfast πŸ˜€ I’ve never been to Pittsburgh, otherwise I would make recommendations!
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    1. Farrah

      hahaha, agreed! πŸ˜€ I miss having em’ for breakfast! (Oatmeal and I go wayyy back though!)

  34. GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth

    Getting pancakes right is so hard! For the longest time I stuck with pancake loaves and muffins. I’ve only recently started attempting regular pancakes again.
    Looks like you did well πŸ˜€
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks!! I cleverly disguised em’ under the berries (which make everything better). I still need to try making a pancake loaf! <3

  35. Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    Chili powder!!! I laughed out loud!! I hope that didn’t ruin your pancakes!! Pancakes are like baking – they really do require some key ingredients. It looks like you made a very yummy pancake thought, I’d probably eat 4-5 no problem πŸ™‚ Love the hemp heart addition too!!
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    1. Farrah

      haha, I actually didn’t notice em’ at all! I’m completely guilty of eyeballing whilst baking, but things have turned out fine thus far!? 😑

  36. Chicago Jogger

    These looks good to me! Everything is tasty with cookie butter too…
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! Cookie butter is glorious!

  37. Ariana

    Yum!! These are a staple in my kitchen – when I’m out and about I like to make some and bring them with me! I add chia seeds to mine and I’ve found that helps to keep them together a bit more and they turn out a bit more pancakey!
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    1. Farrah

      Ooo, I’ll need to try that out! πŸ˜€ Thanks for the tip!

  38. Sandra Laflamme

    Too funny that you added chili powder by mistake although spicy pancakes might actually be good! How do you like cooking with coconut oil. I am thinking about trying some cooking with it.
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    1. Farrah

      I may have to try making spicy pancakes sometime! πŸ˜›

      I like coconut oil a lot! It’s pretty much the only cooking oil I use other than extra virgin olive oil! :]

  39. Vanessa @ VeganFamilyRecipes.com

    3 ingredient pancakes? OMG, you are brilliant! Definitely have to try this out (sub the eggs for something else) and add some hemp hearts. I bought some several weeks ago and have yet to actually use them. Great recipe πŸ™‚
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    1. Farrah

      hehe, thank you! πŸ˜€ I hope you like em’! I’ve never tried subbing out eggs yet, but maybe the flax seed + water combination would work!

  40. jill conyers

    I wish I had time to make pancakes this morning. yum!
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    1. Farrah

      I usually have to do the dessert-for-dinner thing because I value my sleep way too much in the morning! πŸ˜›

  41. Stephanie (@FitMomTraining)

    I am ALL about the hemp seeds! The more, the merrier!
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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, definitely gotta agree with you there! :]

  42. Nickely Challenged

    This looks tasty. Would be able to mKe it with another fruit other than bananas? I have food allergies. Thanks for sharing.
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    1. Farrah

      I’ve never tried it with anything other than bananas, but I thinkk any mashed fruit that’d yield the same consistency would probably work! Maybe try mangoes/peaches? It might need something to kinda bind em’ together a little more–are you allergic to flax seed meal? That could potentially help!

  43. Sean

    I’m so glad that you posted your initial outcome and were honest about it. I’ve always wondered if I was the only person trying some of these recipes and failing! I’m glad to hear that you weren’t discouraged and that they indeed turned out well!

    1. Farrah

      hahaha, you’re definitely not the only one! I’ve had my share of terrible outcomes, especially when pancakes are involved. (At least it still tasted good though…? 😑 )

  44. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    I love pancakes but not really a fan of bananas. So many “healthier” pancake recipes call for banana….can you substitute with something else and get the same effect? Applesauce maybe?

    1. Farrah

      I haven’t tried, but applesauce might(?) work. The consistency might be a little too runny though. Do you like mangoes? I’ve heard that ripe mangoes might work for this!

  45. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy

    The trick with these types of pancakes, as opposed to traditional pancakes, is to cook them low and slow. Otherwise the cook to fast and burn or fall apart when you turn them!

  46. Roshani Khanna

    Oh my gosh this looks so good! You’re killin’ me today, this looks incredible and I love the flavors!!

    1. Farrah

      Thanks! :]

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