Fluffy buttermilk pancakes filled with banana flavor and studded with macadamia nuts, smothered in coconut syrup. Just like you had at that restaurant in Hawaii! These are so easy to make at home. Comes with free palm trees and a beach too.

Banana Macadamia Pancakes from The Food Charlatan

Banana Macadamia Pancakes from The Food Charlatan

So tonight I get a text from my brother: “I let Lincoln (his 8-year-old son) make brownies tonight. He thought 2/3 cup oil meant 2 or 3 cups of oil. Had to triple the recipe. Now we have a lot of brownies.”

Banana Macadamia Pancakes from The Food Charlatan

Why did an overload of brownies have to happen when I’m out of town?? I would so help a brotha out. (Probably next time I make brownies I will “accidentally” add 2 cups of oil. Or 3.)

Banana Macadamia Pancakes from The Food Charlatan

But instead I’m at a hotel a couple hours away from home at a Safeway event, where they are introducing their new brand of Open Nature Ice cream. So I basically will be eating ice cream from 9am onward tomorrow. Don’t feel too bad for me.

Banana Macadamia Pancakes from The Food Charlatan

Bananacadamiapalooza!! Say that 3 times fast. On Tuesday I shared a recipe for the Coconut Syrup that goes on top of these pancakes. I could drink that stuff, for real. But on top of these Banana Macadamia Pancakes?? Fugetaboutit.

Banana Macadamia Pancakes from The Food Charlatan

Banana Macadamia Pancakes from The Food Charlatan

I really loved these with some fresh pineapple on top, which gives it a Pina Colada feel. Or you could even chop some up and put it onto the pancake before flipping. Then it gets all caramelized. Make these for Mom on Sunday!

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Banana Macadamia Pancakes

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 15 Servings
Fluffy buttermilk pancakes filled with banana flavor and studded with macadamia nuts, smothered in coconut syrup. Just like you had at that restaurant in Hawaii! These are so easy to make at home. Comes with free palm trees and a beach too.


  • 1/2 cup salted roasted macadamia nuts, 2 1/2 oz, chopped
  • 1 & 1/2 cups flour, spooned and leveled
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled a bit
  • 1 & 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ripe, or overripe large banana
  • 1 batch Coconut Syrup, click for recipe
  • more bananas, to garnish
  • pineapple, to garnish


  • Chop the macadamia nuts. I used my food processor and pulsed it until there were some fine chunks and some larger ones.
  • Add the macadamias to a large bowl, along with the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together.
  • Melt the butter in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Whisk in the butter.
  • In the bowl that you melted the butter, mash a banana with a fork. It doesn't need to be perfect, some chunks are ok.
  • Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, and add the mashed banana. Stir until JUST barely combined. Embrace the chunk.
  • Heat a large frying pan or griddle over medium heat. Grease well with butter or nonstick spray.
  • Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to form pancakes. Cook for a few minutes, until the top has formed bubbles and they have started to pop.
  • At this point, you can add chopped pineapple to the raw side of the pancake. Make sure you spread it out otherwise the pancake won't cook in the middle.
  • Flip the pancakes and continue to cook until light golden brown.
  • Turn your oven to the warm setting (170 degrees F) and put a cooling rack inside. Keep the pancakes on the rack until ready to serve.
  • Serve with fresh bananas* or fresh pineapple and Coconut Syrup


*If you want you can roast the bananas. Slice them, put them on a greased baking sheet, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar, then broil for a couple minutes. Or torch them, if you have one. Or you could pan fry them in butter and sugar like I did in this post.
Source: inspired by my mother-in-law Kris, adapted from Epicurious


Serving: 1pancake | Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 232mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 156IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Calories: 223
Keyword: banana, macadamia, Pancakes
Did you make this? I'd love to see it!Mention @thefoodcharlatan or tag #thefoodcharlatan!

Banana Macadamia Pancakes from The Food Charlatan

Here is the Coconut Syrup that you MUST eat with these pancakes!

Coconut Syrup from The Food Charlatan


Deep Dish Buttermilk Pancake:

Deep Dish Buttermilk Pancake from TheFoodCharlatan.com


Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole:

Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole


Gingerbread Pancakes with Lemon Syrup:

Gingerbread Pancakes with Lemon Syrup from The Food Charlatan


This one’s an oldie but a goodie. Lemon Blueberry Pancakes:

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes from TheFoodCharlatan.com


Another old recipe that is awesome. Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes:

Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes from TheFoodCharlatan.com

Other pancakes you will love!

Orange Vanilla Pancakes from Crazy for Crust
Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes from Mom on Timeout
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  1. I’ve made this recipe twice. I tweaked it a little bit. I only chopped the bananas. I did not mash them. Instead adding a few drops of banana extract. Also made a simple glaze with powdered sugar,vanilla extract and milk instead of coconut syrup. They are so good. Very flavorful and sweet but not too sweet. Some whipped cream might be a good addition too.

    1. Love the banana extract idea Kevin! Thanks for sharing your tips, I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  2. Where does your brother live? I sure could use a brownie right about now and it sounds like he has a boat load. Um, yeah, I’m not feeling too bad for you. Hells yes to all the ice cream, all day long! Love these pancakes so very much. Pinned.

    1. Oh my gosh, I need to update this. In his haste to fix the oil situation, my nephew forgot to add eggs. CHALK BROWNIES. Yuck. (I ate 3)

  3. Karen, you are making me long for Hawaii this week! First with the syrup then these pancakes. Man I wish I was sitting on the beach right now!! How fun that you got to eat ice cream all day! And I’ve heard that ice cream is goood!!! How cute that your nephew put 2 cups of oil, hehe. Your brother is cool to double the batch. I would call it quits. :)

    1. I know, I should have been posting all these Hawaii recipes in the winter, when people really need a break right! And eating ice cream all day with Open Nature really was a blast, I loved it. That ice cream is LEGIT. And I have to tell you, my brother sent me a text later that Lincoln was so preoccupied with fixing the oil situation that he for got to add the eggs. Ha!!!

  4. I want these for Mother’s Day, even if I have to make them myself. Pinned!

  5. There are certain recipes that make me glad the Mr. can’t have pineapple. MORE FOR ME!

    1. Ha! Amen. Although I ought to be in the same boat as your husband. It’s my favorite fruit but I pay for it every time.

  6. If I can’t go to Hawaii, at least I can eat these yummy pancakes!

    1. That’s what I’m saying Laura! Because people only go to Hawaii for the food, right? :)

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