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Gluten-Free Cardamom Banana Pancakes

Gluten-Free Cardamom Banana Pancakes are filled with aromatic cardamom, caramelized bananas and topped with seasonal mangoes, strawberries and drizzled with a little runny honey.
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Oh yeah! You know you need these! Check out this huge stack of sweet and decadent pancakes. You crave it! Your body wants it! When you slice into this hearty stack of pancakes, you first taste is the caramelized bananas and cardamom, which is like a match made in heaven. These pancakes are so delicious all on their own that you do not even need any of the toppings. However if you add seasonal fruit and a little runny honey, you just can't stop at one pancake. As a matter or fact, 4 pancakes later, for quality assurances purposes only (wink, wink), I had to cut myself off so I could save room for lunch. You could always enjoy the gluten-free cardamom banana pancakes for brunch and a leisurely morning.
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For those of you that have been waking up to green healthy smoothies, this is your answer to your real body cravings but in a healthy way. These delicious gluten-free cardamom banana pancakes are also vegan, dairy free, and processed sugar-free.
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Mothers day is around the corner and how delighted would she be to have this stunning dish served to her in bed with her favorite cuppa?!!! Dad's and Kids, this is your chance to win mom's heart with a mile high stack of gluten-free cardamom banana pancakes.
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My inspiration for this dish was a gift of cardamom from a dear friend from one of her recent travels. Cardamom is sometimes also called Cardamon or Cardamum. It is shaped like a little triangular shape and inside they have the little black aromatic seeds that are going to take many of your dishes to the next level. Cardamom is slightly floral and calming. Cardamom has some of the same properties like ginger such as it helps with digestion and also has anti-inflammatory properties. I used a mortar and pestle to break up the shells and then removed the shells and then ground the little black seeds inside. You do not need to use whole cardamom freshly ground for your Gluten-Free Cardamom Banana Pancakes. You can also use pre-ground cardamom and it is just as nice.
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Many recipes include mashed bananas in pancake recipes. I decided to leave my bananas whole and just sliced them right before adding them to the top of the Gluten-Free Cardamom Banana Pancakes when they were cooking on the griddle. Something amazing happened! The bananas caramalized! The caramalized bananas in this recipe take these pancakes to the next level.
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Gluten-Free Cardamom Banana Pancakes are made with gluten-free flour mix but that is not required, only if you want to keep this recipe gluten-free. Hey all you dad's and kids, you could even use pre-made pancake mix and just add the cardamom and bananas for added flavor and I will not tell a soul. It is our little secret.
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In order to make the Gluten-Free Cardamom Banana Pancakes vegan, I used the ground flax-seed and water to replace the eggs. The recipe for one egg replacement is 1 tablespoon of flax-seed and 3 tablespoons of water, stir and leave set for 3-5 minutes. Flax seed is a great addition and it gives heartiness to these pancakes and also adds a little fiber. Of course, feel free to substitute real eggs for the flax-seed recipe if you do not need to follow a vegan diet.
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Another delicious addition to this recipe is coconut milk. Coconut milk and cardamom together are a match made in heaven. Blissful, I tell you! You can swap out for milk or milk alternatives of choice. A great attribute of this recipe is that it is very forgiving and exchange with whatever you have on hand.
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We are celebrating mango season here in Asia! The Philippine' mangoes are so sweet and juicy. We are also loving the sweet and delicious strawberries. You can top your Gluten-Free Cardamom Banana Pancakes with whatever fruit is in season.
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One thing that I do want to mention is that because this recipe is gluten-free it takes much longer to cook over low-medium heat compared an non-gluten-free recipe. It takes about 2-3 minutes on each side and maybe longer as it depends on your burner. So please be patient as the taste is well worth the wait. You can thank me later.
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Stay tuned as Bam's Kitchen is going to be celebrating breakfast in a BIG way! Have you tried our Blackberry and Lemon Drop Biscuits? Juicy blackberries in a delightful gluten-free, dairy free and egg free biscuit drizzled with sweet and sour lemon glaze.

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Gluten-Free Cardamom Banana Pancakes

By HWC Magazine  , , , , , ,

April 25, 2016

Gluten-Free Cardamom Banana Pancakes are filled with aromatic cardamom, caramelized bananas and topped with seasonal mangoes, strawberries and drizzled with runny honey.

  • Cook: 30 mins


flax seeds - 1 tablespoon ground (or can exchange with one egg)

water - 3 tablespoons (omit is you use an egg instead of flax seeds)

Gluten-free all purpose flour mix - 1 cup (or regular all purpose flour if you do not require gluten-free)

baking powder - 2 teaspoons level

cardamom - 1 teaspoon ground

vanilla - 1 teaspoon

coconut milk - 1 cup (or milk or milk substitute of choice)

honey - 1 tablespoon and extra for topping

banana - 1 whole (remove peel and slice into thin slices just before ready to use)

mango - 1 peeled and cut into small cubes (garnish- optional)

strawberries - 3 medium washed and chopped into small squares (garnish- optional)

margarine - as required: dairy free margarine, butter, oil spray or even coconut oil to grease your griddle or frying pan


1In a small bowl, add ground flax seeds and water. Set aside for 3 minutes until it thickens to a consistency of an egg and stir. (If you want to use 1 egg instead, skip this step and proceed to step 2)

2In a medium bowl, add flax seed and water mixture, gluten-free all purpose flour, baking powder, ground cardamom, vanilla, coconut milk, 1 tablespoon of honey and mix well. Stir well to remove all the lumps from the batter.

3Grease your griddle or frying pan with non-stick agent of choice such as dairy free margarine, oil spray, etc. and heat to a low medium heat.

4Drop about 1/4 cup pancake mix for each pancake and add about 3 slices of banana on top of each pancake while they are on the griddle and slightly press down onto the pancake batter. Cook over low to medium heat for about 2-3 minutes on each side. Theses Gluten-free pancakes need lower heat to allow time for the pancake mix to cook. You will know when they are ready to turn when mostly all the bubbles have popped and also they are golden brown underneath. Gently turn over pancake and cook on the other side, banana side down for another 2-3 minutes.

5Stack the pancakes on top of each other and top with mango, strawberries and a little honey (or maple syrup). Enjoy!

  • Eha

    Oh dear, you temptress! I stopped eating pancakes decades ago but these are SO moreish. LOVE cardamom, love bananas and all the rest also 🙂 ! Most of all love how you have served them in the stack and cut like a cake – this is how it is done in Austria and Hungary and much of the rest of Europe and so reminds me of my childhood! Here we simply have to go !!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Eha, I know I am very naughty… I am glad I could tempt you to try these delicious pancakes. Now wouldn’t that be fun taking a tour of Europe with you, now that is a culinary travel date that we must plan. Wishing you a super day and take care

      • Eha

        Have to save up for that! You show me the new Hong Kong and I’ll take you behind the scenes in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe 🙂 ! Am enjoying the last of our Long Weekend: ANZAC Day: we remember our fallen soldiers.

        • Bams Kitchen

          We will certainly have to save up. I might even have to start featuring healthy dinners in less than 30 minutes that are “dirt cheap to make” on Bam’s Kitchen so we can tour in style… LOL (A special thanks to all the fallen soldiers and families this week to commemorate ANZAC Day)

  • This looks like a fabulous breakfast/brunch! Caramelized banana?! My mouth is watering! Gorgeous photos, Bobbie!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks so much Sandra. Seriously those caramelized bananas are killer good. I hope you are served breakfast in bed by your crew these upcoming weekends and a hot cup of coffee/tea. least we can dream.

  • Love cardamon! In fact I have both the whole pods, and some that has been ground into powder. Anyway, love this dish — can never resist pancakes. And these sure look a lot healthier than the typical pancake! And much more flavorful. Really nice — thanks.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Don’t you just love cardamom?! For me it is very aromatic and gives me a sense of calm. I think they should make cardamom pods into some kind of essential aroma therapy oil but then I would always be hungry. LOL These pancakes are healthy but very decadent so it really is like having your cake and eating it too. I rarely eat anything sweet so for me just the natural pancakes without any honey were perfectly sweet. Take care

  • I so adore pancakes – I could devour this stack all by myself – no lie! And, Bobbi, I adore that you used chunky pieces of banana in these – biting into that and the pancake must be intoxicating! Perfect for mothers day – or heck – anyday!

    • Bams Kitchen

      No worries Shashi your a fit little runner, you could eat a stack of these easily and then go for a quick run and it would even it all out. The little caramelized bananas and the essence of the cardamom are blissful. As you know, I don’t make sweet things or have desserts very often but when the ripe bananas are caramelized they are super sweet and you don’t even need honey or maple syrup to top these. Take Care

  • Oh wow these look SO good! I love the cardamom!

  • Those are delicious looking pancakes. Thank you Bobbi.

  • I love cardamom and these pancakes look fabulous! All those toppings and the honey, plus that caramelized banana! I love it.

  • My daughter introduced me to those pancakes, although, she doesn’t use cardamom. Love it and your photos are as always stunning! Sharing and pinning

  • These pancakes sound wonderful! And they look so great topped with fruit!

  • I swear I randomly began craving cardamom today, and began thinking of what I could make. This is a beautiful recipe for next Saturday morning!

  • Wow, these look glorious! I love cardamon in sweet dishes and these look divine. Beautiful post and pictures 🙂

  • Those pancakes sure look delicious but I cannot find the recipe.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Norma, thanks for the heads up. I am having some huge technical issues with my theme that is no longer supported. I have a ticket into my hosting company and hopefully this will be resolved soon.

  • Boy, I love that bed of soft pancakes for the bright fresh fruit! This just looks so visually appealing and I love being able to enjoy something you crave in a reasonable way. I need to try cooking/baking with cardamon.

  • Hi Bobby, cardamon and carmelized bananas sound heavenly. Love, love this combination. I hardly ever indulge in pancakes but I can make an exception for these. Take carre!

  • I love the taste of cardamom in food and these pancakes just calling my name! Pinned and stumbled!

  • Banana cardamom pancakes?And they are gluten-free too? I am sold Bobbi. Love cardamom like anything, and caramelized bananas are my weakness. Love the fact you added chukny pieces of bananas. YUMMYLICIOUS is the word for these beauties.

  • Oh my gosh those pancakes have my mouth watering! I love cardamom and am always looking for ways to use it! Thank you for sharing such a delicious recipe!

  • Noooo. Mother’s Day in the UK was in March – I guess I’ll be making these for myself then as I definitely can’t wait until next year.

  • Pancake looks amazing. Its a heavenly breakfast to go for the day. Loved all the pictures. making me hungry

  • Such a perfect breakfast treat, Bobbi. Love the bright colors and the unique flavors. As soon as I hear banana, I’m in!
    Love you photos, too 🙂 Sharing everywhere. Have a great day!

  • Love the sound of these panacakes! That’s what my kids always called them. Never have tried the chia seed thing in place of eggs-but I must!

  • I love cardamom…it is one of the most under used spices. These pancakes look so good 🙂

  • This is a healthy breakfast indeed!

  • Looks like a really nice and healthy breakfast to have

  • Love the sound of the banana and cardamom together, a great weekend breakfast.

  • I totally shouldn’t be looking at these before bedtime ‘cos they are making me so hungry now! Yummy!

  • Naina

    This is such an amazing breakfast treat!! Love the combination of cardamom & banana! And mango is always a winner!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Naina. Mangoes are in season now and so sweet, so of course any excuse to sneak them into a recipe…

  • Hi Bobbi,

    Those pancakes looks amazing! I really love the presentation but I bet it tastes even better! I will make them tomorrow for breakfast!

    I don’t have mango at home so I will try to make them with strawberries and bananas. Thank you for this fantastic recipe!


  • Cardamom, coconut milk, and bananas, oh my! Delicious!

  • Delicious! I love cardamom, but never use it. I always have it up there 🙂 Will have to try! I bought some gluten free baking mix the other day but had no idea what to do with it– all my recipes are made with oat flour, almond flour, coconut flour and buckwheat… but I thought it would be nice to have on hand at some point!

  • I don’t have to be gluten-free, it just helps my stomach and I am always looking for a great gluten free pancake recipe! Thanks!

  • Delicious breakfast. . Love the way you pictured. Sweet brkfast for a sweet day

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