November 20, 2019



These cranberry and banana pancakes are a perfect combination of tart and sweet. Serve with coconut syrup and chopped pecans for a delicious breakfast for the holiday season. If you like thin pancakes with crispy golden edges, these are the ones for you! If you prefer yours fluffy, we can make that happen too!

Cranberry Banana Pancakes with  Coconut Syrup
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I feel that it's a little premature to talk about Christmas since we still have yet to celebrate Thanksgiving, but I have to talk about Christmas! It's starting extra early at my house. The hubs loves to gaze at the Christmas tree and puts it up the weekend before Thanksgiving every year. He broke tradition this year and is setting it up as I'm drafting this post...two weekends away from Thanksgiving! The man is OUT OF CONTROL (haa haa)! And he is out of control with the amount of lights he strings on it. The tree alone is going to double our electric bill within the next month. Maybe I'm exaggerating slightly, but you get the idea. He likes LOTTTS of lights.

I tease, but the tree is going to look pretty. I help with decorating, but setting up and stringing ridiculous amount of lights is all on the hubs. Somehow over the years he became the designated Xmas tree putter-upper. Christmastime is his favorite time of the year. The entire task of setting up the tree and his miniature Christmas village is a lot of work, but it also brings him joy.  I let the man have his fun. In the end, everything turns out beautifully. 

Cranberry Banana Pancakes with  Coconut Syrup

As for me, this time of year means I can listen to Michael Buble's Christmas album without judgment. Yay!! It's the best Christmas album EVER!! It also means I can use cranberries with reckless abandon. Cranberries are great in both savory and sweet dishes. And it's awesome in pancakes!  

Now, I like thick, fluffy pancakes as much as the next person. But what I like even more are ones that are flatter with thin crispy edges. These cranberry banana pancakes are thin, with light golden edges. They get their tenderness from buttermilk, tartness from cranberries, and sweetness from ripe bananas.  

Cranberry Banana Pancakes with  Coconut Syrup

For added sweetness and a hint of coconut, top the pancakes with coconut syrup. It is luscious! It's made with sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk (from a can), coconut extract, cornstarch, and a pinch of salt. This stuff is so good, I want to drink it through a straw. If you're not a coconut fan, good old maple syrup is fantastic! I know this for a fact!

To add a bit of texture and nuttiness, serve these pancakes with chopped pecans. You can punch up the coconut flavor by topping with some shredded coconut as well. As a huge coconut fan, I can't imagine that being anything but delicious!

Cranberry Banana Pancakes with  Coconut Syrup

What does buttermilk do in pancakes?
Buttermilk is one of the secret weapon for tender pancakes. The buttermilk in these pancakes helps break down the gluten and prevents the pancakes from being tough.

Is there such a thing as overbeating?
Yes!! It is imperative not to overmix pancake batter. Blend just enough to in incorporate the flour and it's okay to have some tiny lumps.

What makes pancakes thin and have crispy edges?
Thinner batter produces thinner pancakes. Keep it slightly runnier than a regular pancake batter. Using less leavener produces thinner pancakes as well. There is only a small amount of baking soda in this recipe. Lastly, adding a sufficient amount of butter on the skillet helps the edges spread and brown.

If you are a thick and fluffy pancake fan, don't pass these by! A few minor adjustments to this pancake recipe get you what you want. Increase the amount of leavening and hold back a smidge on the amount of buttermilk. Using less butter on the skillet reduces the amount of batter spreading. These tricks will produce thicker, fluffier pancakes.

See you back here next time!!

Here are some breakfasts you're going to love:


Cranberry Banana Pancakes with  Coconut Syrup


2 cups fresh cranberries
6 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1/4 cup water
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 teaspoons salt
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/8 cup buttermilk
6 tablespoons butter, melted and cool slightly
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 rounded teaspoon baking soda
3 large bananas, halved and sliced roughly 1/8" thick
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Additional melted butter for greasing skillet

For the Coconut Syrup:
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup coconut milk (from a can)
1 1/4 scant teaspoon cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1/16 teaspoon salt


Add cranberries, 3 tablespoons sugar, and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan on medium heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer until cranberries begin to pop, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Drain liquid and discard. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, add buttermilk, vanilla, sugar, 3 tablespoons melted butter, and eggs. Whisk to thoroughly to combine. Gently pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture. Whisk just enough to incorporate. It is okay if there are a few small lumps. Do not overmix. Batter should look somewhat thin. 

Preheat a 10-inch or larger non-stick or cast iron skillet on medium heat. Brush a generous amount of butter onto the skillet. Pour 1/2 cup of batter onto the center. It should spread easily. Add some cranberries and banana slices. When batter develops bubbles throughout (about 2-3 minutes), flip over using a thin, large spatula. Cook the second side until golden, about 1-2 minutes.

At anytime, if the batter thickens and pancakes don't spread while you work, add a splash of buttermilk to thin it out. If pancake browns too quickly, reduce heat to medium low. Continue cooking the rest of the pancakes.

For the glaze: Add cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of coconut milk in a small bowl. Whisk smooth and set aside. Add the remaining coconut milk, condensed milk, and salt in small pan on medium heat. Whisk continuously until bubbly. Whisk in the cornstarch slurry. The syrup will thicken slightly. The desired consistency is thick but pourable. Remove from heat. Whisk in coconut extract. 

Serve pancakes with coconut syrup and a sprinkling of chopped pecans.

Makes 7 6-inch pancakes.

Recipe Notes:

  1. To prevent staining, use food safe plastic gloves to drop cranberries onto pancakes. (Optional)
  2. The skillet is sticky from the banana and cranberries. For cleaner looking pancakes, wipe off skillet with a wet paper towel or rinse under hot water between batches of pancakes.
  3. For thick, fluffy pancakes, reduce the buttermilk by 2 tablespoons. Increase baking soda to 1/2 teaspoon and add 1 teaspoon baking powder. Reduce the amount of butter used to grease the skillet.


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  1. Genius flavor idea, my friend!! Once cranberries are in season I try to put them in everything, haha! Plus, banana and coconut are THE BEST!! Pinning!

    1. Thank you so much Katherine!! I'm so glad you like the combo! I hear you—we have to take advantage of cranberry season while it lasts. Thanks for the pin, my friend!!😘

  2. These pancakes do look delicious--and pretty--and so seasonal! My husband ran out of lights decorating outside yesterday. Horrors!

    1. Thank you Inger! They are perfect for the holidays. Your husband must not have been happy about that! I hope he is all set now :)