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IHOP Banana Caramel Pancakes

The IHOP Banana Cream Pancakes are one of IHOPS fun and creative pancakes. These are made with their famous pancake batter, banana cream, caramel, and fresh bananas. The banana cream and the caramel are a magical combination that taste heavenly. You won’t be reaching for the bottle of syrup when you enjoy these pancakes they are perfectly sweet. You can now enjoy these pancakes straight from your own kitchen.
pancakes with banana cream and fresh bananas

For me, pancakes always remind me of my father. He loved to make pancakes. I don’t know why, but he always seemed happy when making breakfast. He also used to make him at Montgomery Ward when they used to have fund raisers at work. Department stores were so different in the late 70s and early 80s. My Dad was an assistant manager at the one in Pueblo, Colorado. I remember the candy counter, there, and they also had a cafeteria. You could get a hot cooked meal in their cafeteria. This is where my Dad would help make pancakes whenever there was a fund raiser.

For me, pancakes always evoke memories of childhood and the excitement of having pancakes. Pancakes in my house were a treat. I think most often we had bowls of cold cereal, so when a hot breakfast was made we always enjoyed those much more. My copy cat recipe of the IHOP Banana pancakes is a sweet treat with the creamy banana filling, fresh bananas and caramel sauce. It is my hope you enjoy these on a morning gathered with your family and that you create some of your own special memories.

IHOP Banana Caramel Pancakes

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  • Recipe Type: Breakfast, CopyKat Recipe
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 4
IHOP Banana Caramel Pancakes

Enjoy your own IHOP Banana Pancakes at home with this recipe.


  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 4 serving package of banana pudding, prepare according to package directions
  • 2 bananas sliced (slice 1/4 inch thick)
  • 1/2 cup caramel topping
  • Whipped cream (optional)


Prepare banana pudding according to package directions.

Place first five ingredients into a bowl; add buttermilk, oil and egg. With a spoon mix all ingredients and beat until smooth.

Heat a frying pan or a griddle to 375 degrees. Spray cooking surface with non-stick spray. Pour 4 ounces of batter for each pancake, cook until hot and bubbly one one side, flip and then cook for about another 30 seconds or so and remove from the cooking surface. Place pancakes on a plate until they are ready to be used.

Turning pancakes is made much easier if you spray your pancake turner with a non-stick spray. The turner does not stick to the uncooked dough of pancake when you are turning them. If batter seems to be too thick, add a little more buttermilk and mix well.

To assemble, lay one pancake on a plate, add about 1/4 cup of banana cream and spread on pancake. Place about 4 or 5 banana slices onto banana pudding. Top banana pudding layer with another pancake. Add 4 or 5 slices of banana to the top of the pancake. Drizzle with caramel sauce. Top with whipped cream if desired.

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  • Maria

    Is there a substitute for buttermilk or how to “make” buttermilk perhaps?
    We don’t have that here in my country :(

    • Stephanie

      You can sour milk by adding a little lemon juice and letting it curdle.

    • Bryan Marchant

      1 cup milk
      1 tablespoon lemon juice
      mix and let sit 5 minutes

      • Stephanie

        Thank you for posting how to make buttermilk!

  • TerriL787

    Could you tell me what the difference is in all purpose flour and self-rising flour. And in this recipe, it calls for flour, is this plain flour? Sorry to sound so dumb, but, this has always confused me. Thanks!

    • Stephanie Manley

      Please use all purpose flour. Self Rising flour is great to make biscuits out of, so that would be a better use of self rising flour.

    • Kimmie2013

      self rise flour makes the pancakes cakes swell , like baking a bread it’s really like yeast it makes it expand

      • Stephanie

        Thank you for that great tip.