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Sweet Plantain Pancakes

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These pancakes are probably the best pancakes from all over the world. They are sweet, scrumptious and healthy. The ingredients are the healthiest types we can use. You would never know by the flavor you get. The pancakes end up dense, yet fluffy. Plantains are similar to bananas, yet very different. A banana can be eaten raw, although, as children, my siblings and I would occasionally eat raw plantains, the plantain is better if you cook it. When I say use a soft plantain, please do, it has the most natural sugars still. You do want the plantain to be very ripe, they are easier to work with and carry a sweet taste rather than the sour taste of its unripe alternative. 

Plantain pancakes are made the same way you would make a plain banana pancake, these are so much more flavourful though. They will also soak up the syrup better since they are dense. These plantain pancakes are great for breakfast, but you could make a coconut sauce to top them with and have them as a dessert. One of the great things about plantains is that when you cook them, they become a little sweeter. If you are one of us that love pancakes, then you really need to try these Plantain pancakes, you may never go back to normal pancakes again. These are a wonderful treat if you have guests that stay overnight around the holidays. Your guests will enjoy the treat.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Should I use a yellow or brownish color plantain?

You are better off using a ripe plantain. This means that it should be turning slightly brown to be ripe enough to use.

  • Do I have to use Almond milk?

The flavor that the almond milk provides is one of the flavors that make this dish perfect! You could use regular milk but the flavor will be nowhere near what it should be.

  • Are plantain pancakes good with syrup?

These Plantain pancakes are great with syrup alone or with fruit and whipped topping.

  • Where do I find almond flour?

The almond flour can be found in the same aisle of the market as plain flour. Actually, you may be able to find multiple types of flour in the aisle.

  • Can I substitute the plantains for plantain flour

Not really. Although plantain flour is essentially dried mulled plantains, using plantain flour would produce some else.

Besides plantain chips and fried plantains, this is another lovely recipe you can add to your plantain portfolio. You can have how you like and make it fit into any diet.

Sweet Plantain Pancakes

Sweet Plantain Pancakes Recipe

prep time
15 Mins
cooking time
20 Mins
total time
45 Mins


  • Non-Stick Frying Pan


  • 1 Ripe Plantain (Overripe Preferably)

  • 2 Large eggs

  • 1 cup of almond milk

  • 1 Cup of Self Raising Flour (or Almond Flour)

  • 1 tbsp of baking powder (1 1/2 if using almond flour)

  • 1/2 tbsp baking soda

  • 100ml Honey

  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp ginger powder



Step 1

Peel plantain and mash until all lumps are gone

Step 2

Add eggs, milk and honey to plantain mash and mix until smooth

Step 3

Melt the butter in a microwave or on a hot stove

Step 4

Add Melted butter and mix thoroughly

Step 5

In a clean bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger powder and mix thoroughly

Step 6

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients

Step 7

Coat a non-stick pan with some butter or coconut oil and heat up

Step 8

Take a spoonful of pancake mix and fry on each side, flipping until golden brown

Step 9

Let cool and top with fruit and cream

Step 10

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