Bananas as an Excellent Egg Substitute: The Case of Banana Pancakes

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In the realm of culinary substitutions, bananas have emerged as a surprisingly versatile and healthy option, particularly as a substitute for eggs in various recipes. Their natural sweetness, moisture, and binding properties make them an excellent choice for vegans, those with egg allergies, or anyone looking to reduce cholesterol intake from eggs. A classic example of this substitution in action is in the preparation of banana pancakes.

Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes on a green plate with bananas and maple syrup next to a green fork and napkin

Banana Pancakes: A Case Study

In traditional pancake recipes, eggs are used to bind the ingredients and add fluffiness. By mashing bananas and using them as a substitute, not only do the pancakes hold together well, but they also gain a subtle sweetness and rich, moist texture. This makes them particularly popular among those who prefer a naturally sweetened, egg-free alternative.

Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes Recipe


  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional, depending on the sweetness/ripeness of the banana)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk (dairy or plant-based)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet or dark)
  • Additional butter or oil for cooking
  • Maple syrup and sliced bananas for serving
ingredients for chocolate chip banana pancakes
We used store bought bananas but this recipe is <br>even better with dome grown bananas


  1. Mash the Banana: Peel and mash the banana in a large bowl until smooth.
  1. Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar (if using), baking powder, and salt.
  2. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients: Add the milk, melted butter or oil, and vanilla extract to the mashed banana. Mix well. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring until combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  1. Add Chocolate Chips: Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
  1. Preheat the Pan: Heat a non-stick pan or griddle over medium heat. Brush with a little butter or oil.
  1. Cook the Pancakes: Pour about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake onto the hot pan. Cook until bubbles form on the surface, then flip and cook until golden brown on the other side, about 1-2 minutes per side.

Serve Warm: Serve the pancakes warm with maple syrup and additional sliced bananas on top.

*Optional Variations: Feel free to add a pinch of cinnamon to the batter for extra flavor, or substitute the chocolate chips with nuts or blueberries.


  • Ripe Bananas: The riper the banana, the sweeter and more flavorful your pancakes will be.
  • Consistency: If the batter is too thick, add more milk to reach the desired consistency.
  • Cooking Temperature: Keep the temperature at medium or medium-low to avoid burning the pancakes.
  • Storage: Leftover pancakes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days and reheated in a toaster or microwave.
  • Enjoy your Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes as a delightful breakfast or a sweet treat any time of the day!

How much banana should I use to replace one egg?

Generally, half a mashed banana (about 1/4 cup) can replace one egg. However, it’s important to consider the moisture content of the recipe as bananas also add moisture.

Do bananas affect the dish’s flavor when used as an egg substitute?

Yes, bananas do impart a mild banana flavor to the dish. This works well in recipes with a hint of banana, like pancakes, muffins, or certain cakes, and complements the overall flavor.

Can bananas replace eggs in all types of recipes?

Bananas are best suited for replacing eggs in baking recipes such as pancakes, muffins, bread, and cakes. They might not be suitable in recipes where the egg’s primary role is for binding and leavening, like in custards or meringues.

Besides being vegan and allergen-friendly, are there any other benefits of using bananas as an egg substitute?

Yes, bananas are a healthier option as they add fiber, essential vitamins, and minerals. They also help in reducing added sugar content due to their natural sweetness.

Can overripe bananas be used for these substitutions?

Absolutely! Overripe bananas are ideal for baking as they are softer and have a higher sugar content, making them easier to mash and sweeter, which is great for recipes like banana bread and pancakes.

How to grow bananas?

Bananas thrive in warm, tropical climates with consistent temperatures above 50°F and can be grown in our Growing Dome greenhouses. Read our article How to Grow Bananas in a Greenhouse to learn more. Better yet, sign up for our newsletter below to stay up to date on our dome-grown recipes and greenhouse gardening advice.

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Kenzie Jackson Marketing Director
I studied marketing at Eastern Illinois University and have been working as the Marketing Director at Growing Spaces since May 2019. What I love most about my job is getting to tell the stories of our customers in our featured dome articles. It’s all about connecting through storytelling, and it’s pretty cool to see all the different ways people use our greenhouses.

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