Hummingbird Pancakes

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Hummingbird pancakes may be the most decadent pancake I’ve ever made!   They are great for brunch but sweet enough to enjoy as a unique dessert.

Hummingbird Pancakes topped with butter

To date I’ve made 3 hummingbird recipes on my blog.   I started my blog in August 2010 and my first Hummingbird Cupcakes recipe appeared September 12, 2010 so they were one of my first posts.   The photos are horrible and I need to make them again but today wasn’t the day.

Since then I have improved.  I made a cake in March 2013 that looks decent and then I had a really fabulous Bundt cake version in January 2017.   I love the flavors of pecans, pineapple, and banana that comes with a hummingbird cake but for Spring Sweets Week I wanted to do something different and unique.

Ingredients for Hummingbird Pancakes

I came up with the idea for these Hummingbird Pancakes and they kind of morphed on their own.  The original idea was to make them with chopped pineapple and mashed banana and then sprinkle toasted pecans on top.   That’s the basic idea but they are so much more.

The pancake is made with crushed pineapple, mashed banana, and Millican Pecan pecan meal.  I subbed in half a cup of the pecan meal in place of the flour and it really gave these pancakes a ton of delicious pecan flavor.

A note of warning about these pancakes.  They are heavy and you have to be patient while cooking them.  When the bubbles appeared on the pancakes I tried flipping them but they weren’t ready.  I had to work my spatula around the outer edges twice before they were ready to flip.

One bite of Hummingbird Pancakes

They do get really brown and beautiful though.   These don’t taste like your everyday pancakes either.   They taste a bit like banana bread, a bit like pancakes, and have little jeweled pieces of pineapple throughout.  I loved the flavor!

You may think I stopped there with these pancakes but I didn’t.  Instead of simply toasting pecans and throwing them on top I decided these pancakes must have praline pecans that I made from Millican Pecan pecan halves.  Pralines are really easy to make and then I had a bunch of them for topping these pancakes and other desserts.

Pecan Pralines

But wait….there’s more!  Because I can be extra I also made homemade pineapple syrup to put on top of these pancakes which put them over the top.  Homemade syrup is super easy to make and I just added pineapple just to my version which was perfection.

Picture it; pancakes filled with pecan flavor, pineapple, and banana, topped off with a pineapple ring, praline pecans, and homemade pineapple syrup.  To say this was the most scrumptious pancake I’ve ever had would be an understatement.

These would be awesome at a Sunday brunch or as a dessert.  Any time where a special breakfast or dessert is on the menu works for these pancakes!

Grab a fork and dig into Hummingbird Pancakes

Pro Tips & Substitutions:

  • While homemade syrup is best you can jazz up store bought syrup by putting it in a pan with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of pineapple just and boil for 2-3 minutes to get that homemade pineapple syrup flavor.
  • If you don’t have pecan meal you can stick pecans in a food processor and process into fine pieces.
  • Fresh pineapple can be substituted but make sure you chop it finely or put it in the food processor before putting into the pancakes.

Hummingbird Pancakes

Yield: serves 4

Pineapple, banana, and pecan pancakes topped with homemade pineapple syrup, praline pecans, and pineapple on top for the most decadent pancake you've ever tasted.

Ingredients

For the pancakes:

  • 1 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. pecan meal
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/3 c. crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 c. milk
  • 1 T. vanilla
  • 3 T. melted butter

For the praline pecans:

  • 2 c. pecan halves
  • 4 T. melted butter
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 T. corn syrup
  • 2 egg whites

For the pineapple syrup:

  • 1/2 c. pineapple juice
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 4 T. butter
  • 1 t. vanilla

Instructions

  1. To make the pancakes combine the flour, pecan meal, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Mix well.
  2. In a large bowl combine the crushed pineapple, brown sugar, banana, and eggs. Mix well.
  3. Add half the flour mixture to the pineapple mixture and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add in the milk, vanilla, and butter and whisk until smooth.
  5. Add the remaining flour mixture and whisk until smooth.
  6. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  7. Pour a quarter cup of batter onto one side of the skillet and spread with a spoon to thin out. Repeat on the opposite side of the skillet.
  8. Cook for 3-4 minutes on the first side then 2 minutes on the other side. Remove from pan and keep hot.
  9. Repeat with remaining batter.
  10. To make the praline pecans preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  11. In a medium bowl combine the butter, brown sugar, sugar, and corn syrup. Add in the pecans and mix well to coat.
  12. Beat the egg whites until frothy then pour over top of the pecan mixture. Toss to coat.
  13. Spread the pecans on to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  14. Bake for 30 minutes.
  15. Remove from oven and stir. Reduce temperature to 275 degrees and cook for 30 more minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  16. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  17. To make the pineapple syrup combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium high heat.
  18. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium low but keep the mixture at a low boil for 5-10 minutes or until it has thickened.
  19. Remove from heat and cool at least 10 minutes before using.
  20. To serve place 2-3 pancakes on each plate.
  21. Sprinkle with a handful of the praline pecans. Then put a few slices of pineapple on top. Finish with a drizzle of pineapple syrup.

Notes

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