Adorable & healthy matcha pancakes stuffed with bananas! They’re a fun treat to make with friends and kids on a slow weekend morning. Enjoy with a cup of coffee or even as mini pancake cereal!
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About these matcha pancake bites
This is my take on the trending mini pancake bites: little froggie matcha pancakes stuffed with bananas and decorated with melted chocolate. :~)
These pancakes are on the healthier side because they’re made with oat flour, adding a good source of fiber to your diet! And although the pancakes are sweetened with brown sugar, you can opt for honey, syrup, or alternative sugar. However, you can totally swap in all-purpose flour & regular sugar if you prefer!
Making these pancakes were a lot of fun and I ate them by myself for breakfast, LOL. But they would TOTALLY be a cute party idea for anyone hosting breakfast or brunch. I can just imagine them as one of the dishes part of a huge spread of food!
I aim to make more pancake art like this, so keep an eye out for future recipes! 🙂
Can you make these vegan?
Yes, you can!
In place of the egg, you can make a chia egg, flax egg, or use JUSTEgg. And for the milk, use any alternative milk.
Lastly, you can replace the chocolate for a vegan brand, like Pascha chocolate. OR, you can try out my easy icing recipe, which is found in my teddy bear cookie recipe.
Can you make these gluten-free?
Yes! For this recipe, I used oat flour, so they already are gluten-free. But you can swap in a 1:1 gluten-free flour or mochiko (sweet glutinous rice flour). But if you don’t have any dietary restrictions or preferences, you can use regular all-purpose flour too.
Tips for cooking and decorating
Keep pancakes in a warm oven
Making the little frog pancake designs can take a while, especially if you’re a beginner! I recommend putting the finished pancakes on a lined sheet tray in a warm oven while you cook the rest of the batter. And after decorating the pancakes, you can return them in the oven for a few minutes to warm them back up.
Decorating with melted chocolate
You can use a piping bag, cookie scribe, or toothpick to add on the details.
First, use the milk chocolate for the eyes and smile. Then, use the pink white chocolate for the blush.
When dying white chocolate, you’ll want to use oil-based food coloring or the chocolate will seize up and become lumpy. However, if you don’t have oil-based food coloring, you can try mixing in a tsp of neutral oil (canola, vegetable) at a time! The chocolate should come back together. Maaagic.
Storing the mini pancakes
Store these matcha pancakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days!
Frog Matcha Banana Pancake Bites
- 2 large bananas, sliced into ½ inch coins
- cooking spray or butter
- 1 cup oat flour, can use all-purpose, whole wheat, or mochiko too! (120g)
- ½ – 1 ½ tbsp matcha powder, adjust to taste
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2-3 tbsp brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup to taste
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- ¾ cup milk of choice (180g)
Decorations for face:
- 1 tbsp milk chocolate, melted
- ½ tbsp white chocolate, melted
- pink oil-based food coloring, see steps
- powdered sugar, maple syrup, honey, or cinnamon
For the matcha pancake batter:
- In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
- Mix in the milk until combined.
- Sift in the dry ingredients. Whisk batter until no dry spots remain. If the batter is too thick, add a splash of milk. If the batter is too thin, sift in a little more flour.
- Fold in sliced bananas until coated in batter.
Cooking the mini pancake bites:
- Heat a large pan on low-medium heat and add cooking spray or butter.
- Add one banana pancake to the pan at a time. Spoon two dollops of batter on the sides of the banana for the frog's eyes. Work with a few banana pancakes at a time.
- Cook pancakes for 2-3 minutes each side, or until golden brown.
- Transfer to a cooling rack and repeat for remaining banana pancakes. You can also keep the finished pancakes on a lined sheet pan in a warm oven.
For the frog faces:
- Use a toothpick or piping bag to draw on the faces with melted milk chocolate.
- Add oil-based pink food coloring to the melted white chocolate. If you don't have oil-based food coloring, then the chocolate will seize/become lumpy. To counter this, stir in a tsp of neutral oil (canola, vegetable) at a time, until it becomes smooth again.
- Add blush with the pink white chocolate.
- Since the pancakes might be a little cold after taking time to decorate them, you can reheat them in the microwave or on a sheet pan in the oven! Bake at 350°F/177°C for 3-5 minutes until warm.
- Add warm pancake bites to a plate. Drizzle with maple syrup or honey, or dust on cinnamon or powdered sugar!
- You can reheat them in the microwave or on a sheet pan in the oven at 350°F/177°C for 3-5 minutes!
- Store frog pancakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.