Banana Pancakes with Coconut Caramel Syrup

Banana Pancakes with Coconut Caramel Syrup | Blogging Over Thyme

I feel like these past two (three?) weeks have been a complete blur!  Or is that just me?

Our weekends have been jam-packed with all sorts of random things recently, hence the shortage of recipe posts….but I’m hoping to have a bit more time to spend in the kitchen these next few weeks. On a side note, thanks for bearing with my occasional disappearances from this place!

Banana Pancakes with Coconut Caramel Syrup | Blogging Over Thyme

But even when I feel like I have no time to cook or create anything, my mind is constantly churning with lists of ingredients or dishes that I want to tackle or make for you guys.  That is really what gets me most excited.

In other words…my brain doesn’t turn off very quickly.  While this isn’t always the best trait in the world (cough-work and career related thoughts-cough)–it has been a blessing in disguise when it comes to this blog.

These banana pancakes with coconut caramel syrup (!) pancakes are a direct result of this.

Banana Pancakes with Coconut Caramel Syrup | Blogging Over Thyme

Confession? I have been obsessed with coconut caramel (or the idea of it…as before the other day, I hadn’t ever made one before) for weeks!  Pouring it onto ice cream, swirling it into homemade chocolate bark, drizzling it onto cupcakes–pretty much name any dessert and I’ve probably, in some form or another, mentally drowsed it in coconut caramel.  Really, it is quite sad.

So, the other day, I finally stopped obsessing and decided to make it in real life.  Logically, my next thought was, “What can I pour coconut caramel on top of?”  Obviously, the answer to that question is everything, but these banana pancakes won hands-down.

At least, for now.  After all, what sounds better than fluffy banana pancakes drizzled with warm coconut caramel syrup?  

Banana Pancakes with Coconut Caramel Syrup | Blogging Over Thyme

While this coconut caramel syrup is not traditional (in the sense that it does not require boiling sugar and water–and slowly adding in butter and coconut milk), this version–made with brown sugar, light coconut milk, and vanilla extract–is incredibly simple to put together and after a bit of experimentation, best resembles the thickness and drip-ability of traditional pancake syrup.


Banana Pancakes with Coconut Caramel Syrup

Yield: 3-4 Servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

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Coconut Caramel Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Banana Pancakes:

  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • sliced banana (garnish)


Prepare Syrup:

  1. Combine brown sugar, coconut milk, and pinch of salt in small saucepan. Whisk together until sugar has mostly dissolved and bring to light boil. Continue to boil for 2-3 minutes until syrup begins to thicken. Remove from heat.
  2. Whisk in vanilla extract. Set aside (reheat for serving). Can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Make Pancakes:

  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium sized bowl.
  2. In separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, mashed banana, egg, and melted butter.
  3. Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and using a spatula, fold and stir together until just combined. Allow batter to sit for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Heat a tab of butter in large non-stick (or cast-iron) skillet over medium heat. Once the butter begins to sizzle, spoon the batter onto the pan--forming 5-6 inch pancakes. Avoid over-crowding the pan.
  5. Once bubbles begin to form on the tops of the pancakes, flip them carefully and continue to cook on other side until lightly brown. Adjust heat if necessary.
  6. Serve immediately with the warm coconut caramel syrup! Garnish with sliced banana.

Banana Pancakes with Coconut Caramel Syrup | Blogging Over Thyme

40 Responses to “Banana Pancakes with Coconut Caramel Syrup”

  1. #
    Tieghan — September 26, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    Isn’t coconut caramel sauce the most awesome thing!!??! I only discovered it back in Feb., but I cannot get enough of it! So good! These pancakes are calling my name! So awesome!

    • Laura replied: — September 26th, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

      Yes!!! I can’t believe it took me this long to make my own version. Thanks Tieghan!

  2. #
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes — September 26, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    That syrup is the bomb!

    • Laura replied: — September 26th, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

      Thanks Paula! :)

  3. #
    Jill @ Inspirations Fine Catering — September 26, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    Wow… these look amazing! I definitely will be trying these!!!

    • Laura replied: — September 26th, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

      Yay! :) Definitely let me know if you do!

  4. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — September 26, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    So happy to have found your blog, Laura! Fabulous recipe…love it. Having gone paleo, I work with coconut milk frequently. I just adore the stuff and would be lost without it being dairy-free now. (Experienced awful dairy allergic reaction this past summer.) Thanks for sharing, girl! Pinning! xo

    • Laura replied: — September 26th, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

      Great idea! I didn’t even think about that–such a great option for those that are on dairy-free diets. This version is definitely more of a syrup (than a thick caramel), but it’s delish! Thanks so much for visiting and so glad that you like what you see :)

  5. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 26, 2013 @ 11:36 am

    I’m totally coming over for breakfast!

    • Laura replied: — September 26th, 2013 @ 10:58 pm

      Please do :)

  6. #
    Sues — September 26, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

    I love everyyyy single thing about these!

    • Laura replied: — September 26th, 2013 @ 10:59 pm

      Yay!! :)

  7. #
    Nora @ Buttercream Fanatic — September 26, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

    Isn’t it sad when life gets in the way of blogging? I’m a big fan of your posts and look forward to them whenever you have a chance to share! I’ll definitely have to check out this coconut caramel sauce one of these days. It sounds incredible.

    • Laura replied: — September 26th, 2013 @ 10:59 pm

      YES, so true. Thank you so much Nora! I always look forward to reading your comments when you stop by and this means so much to me.

  8. #
    Brittany — September 26, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

    I have some overripe bananas I have to use up, and I’ve been searching for pancake recipes – these look fantastic!

    • Laura replied: — September 26th, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

      Great! Definitely let me know if you try these :) Thanks for visiting Brittany!

  9. #
    ashley - baker by nature — September 26, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

    Omg. What the whaaaaaat?! I need these!

    • Laura replied: — September 26th, 2013 @ 11:01 pm

      Hahahah! This made me smile. Thanks Ashley!

  10. #
    Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} — September 26, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

    These look amazing! I have also been obsessed with the idea of coconut caramel lately… hmm, these might be my excuse to finally make it!

    • Laura replied: — September 26th, 2013 @ 11:01 pm

      Yessss! Glad to know I’m not alone 😉 Thanks Erica!

  11. #
    Todd @ HonestlyYUM — September 26, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    Saw these on Pinterest. Your photos are stunning!!

    • Laura replied: — September 26th, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

      Thank you, thank you!! That means so much to me! :)

  12. #
    Mum — September 26, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

    I don’t think I have ever had that combo but it sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe! That sauce sounds yummy and easy to make and I can already taste it on ice cream!

    • Laura replied: — September 26th, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

      Thanks mom!

  13. #
    Sarah | The Sugar Hit — September 26, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

    That coconut caramel syrup sounds amazing. Uh May ZING.

    • Laura replied: — September 26th, 2013 @ 11:03 pm

      I snuck a few more spoonfuls this morning. You know…for quality control purposes. Thanks Sarah! :)

  14. #
    Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens — September 27, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    These are seriously fabulous! I love your method for the coconut caramel syrup! Ummmm … yeah … I can see myself pouring that over pretty much everything! Well, maybe not asparagus … 😀 Phenomenal recipe! Pinning as fast as I can! 😀

  15. #
    Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes — September 27, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

    I had no idea that you could make caramel from coconut milk. But it makes perfect sense, and to use it for bananas! Ooooyyyyy. I think I jsut fainted a little bit! WOW!

  16. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 28, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

    Laura these pancakes are absolutely gorgeous! Pinned! I would love to pour (drink!) that sauce/syrup and put it on everything!

    • Laura replied: — September 28th, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

      Thanks so much Averie. That means a lot! I downed a few spoonfuls on the side… 😉

  17. #
    Honey What's Cooking — September 29, 2013 @ 12:38 am

    ooooh… coconut caramel syrup, that’s really unique and banana pancakes are the best. love that first photo.

  18. #
    Anna @ Garnish with Lemon — September 29, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    These look waaaaaaaay better than what I ate for breakfast this morning. I’ve never had coconut caramel syrup before, but it combines two of my favorite things. How can you go wrong?

    • Laura replied: — October 1st, 2013 @ 9:55 am

      Haha! :) It is such an easy syrup to put together, so so simple. Thanks Anna!

  19. #
    Coty and Mariah — September 30, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

    Great photos! That sauce is screaming make me!

    • Laura replied: — October 1st, 2013 @ 9:56 am

      YES! That is exactly the reaction I was hoping for :)


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