Recipe: Banana Flaxjacks!

So, you all know how I love my 1-minute muffin and all it’s permutations, right?

Well, I got thinking about using a banana it to make more of a pancake batter and a little on the sweet side.  The result?

Grain free and gluten free.  Now there are a couple tricks with this recipe, so maybe be drinking a cup of coffee while you prep breakfast.

Serves 1.


  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 egg
  • 26 grams of ground flax meal (about 4 tablespoons, but please weigh)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • cinnamon to taste.  I use about 1 teaspoon!
  • 1 tablespoon of water (optional)

First, a note about flax meal.  I have found there is a difference in flax meal between brands, therefore the water may not be needed.

Bob’s Red Mill brand seems to be a little less absorbent than the brand pictured, so you may not need the water if you use Bob’s Red Mill.

Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium heat while you assemble the ingredients.

Mash the banana really well in a small bowl.  When I say mash it, I mean mash it liquidy – like this.

If your banana is not super ripe, pop it in the microwave for 20 seconds or so and it will soften right up for mashing.

Add in the egg and cinnamon and mix well:

Now add the flax meal and baking powder:

Mix well.

Add the water if you need to make sure you have a loose batter. Now is the point you want to work quickly.  Flax will thicken up as it sits.

Give the pan a quick spray with nonstick spray. Pour the mixture into 3 relatively equal cakes (I seem to have problems with this).  Spread the batter a little to make the cakes thinner so they cook all the way through.

Keep the heat medium so that you cook the cakes throughout without burning them.  You may be tempted to raise the heat.  Don’t do it.  Check the bottom of the cakes with a spatula and flip them when lightly browned on the bottom.  Be gentle!

Cook for another couple minutes on this side until cooked through.

Plate up and enjoy!

These are moist and sweet and very banana tasting.  Top as you like.

Nutritional stats for 3 flaxjacks (the entire batch)
Calories: 245, 14 g of fat, 23 g of carbs, 11 g of fiber, 13 g of protein.

Note, there will be a bit of variation in calories depending on the size of your banana. (no jokes, please).

If you don’t want to bother with making pancakes, just spread the batter into a waffle iron!

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9 thoughts on “Recipe: Banana Flaxjacks!

    1. Lori Post author

      Normally I made the muffin with applesauce in place of the oil people usually use – and it comes out well. I hadn’t thought of adding cranberries!

  1. debby

    Very interesting! I’m wondering what it would be like if you added more moisture and let the flax absorb some of the liquid, like let it set 20 minutes before cooking. Yes on the more spices. That fruitcake I just made had a TON of spices in it and I am convinced that that is partly why it is so dellicious.
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  2. Helen

    Evidently we’ve all got a bunch of banana jokes we need to get out of our systems lol!

    I think I spied some flax meal in my cupboard the other day. I don’t even remember buying it but since it’s there I should give these a try.
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  3. Roz

    ah, ha, ha….its not the size of the banana that counts….it’s how you use it. Sorry, Someone had to say it…may as well be me and my childish humour. Have a great day Lori, thanks for this stellar looking recipe.
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