Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Peanut Butter Syrup {Chunky Monkey Pancakes!}

These Chunky Monkey Pancakes were first posted back in 2010 (how has it been that long!) and they quickly skyrocketed to our list of all-time most popular recipes.  I haven’t made them in a really long time so when I whipped them up to refresh the photos and update the instructions I even surprised myself about how good they were!  We’ve added some beautiful new photos and a video and I hope if you haven’t tried this one, you’ll put it on your list of things to make!

Have I ever told you guys that I often dream about food? I can’t tell you how many recipes I’ve come up with because I cooked them in a dream and then woke up craving it. Such is the case with these pancakes! I woke up a couple of weeks ago and ran to the kitchen to see if they were as good in real life as they were in my sleep and I have to say- they  even better. If only I had the body I have when sleeping, because I eat all I want and never gain weight when I’m dream-eating. These pancakes are light and fluffy and easy to make. They’re dotted with bits of melted chocolate and chunks of sweet banana. And the best part is the syrup. When I was a kid my friend Jessica introduced me to peanut butter and maple syrup on pancakes. Ever tried it?? It’s amazing. So that’s the inspiration behind the syrup; a sweet and creamy blend of melted peanut butter and maple syrup that takes these pancakes next-level. 

Peanut butter Banana Pancakes

We start by combining your average dry pancake ingredients with your average wet pancake ingredients.  Originally I had you mixing these in separate bowls but now that I’ve made these lots of times, I know it works great to just make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and whisk in the wet. 

pancake dry ingredients

Just don’t overmix.  this batter is quite thick.

Thick Pancake batter in Bowl

Next you’ll add a couple of mashed bananas. I use bananas that aren’t quite banana bread material. I don’t want mushy brown banana chunks in my pancakes, just soft sweet ones. And you don’t need to pulverize them either, leave some chunks in there.

Mashed Banana

And everything is better with a touch of chocolate, right?? Use mini chips, or roughly chop some regular chocolate chips. The smaller bits distribute better in the batter, and tossing them with a bit of flour helps keep them from all sinking to the bottom.

Mini chocolate chips

I think the best part about these pancakes is the syrup. And it only involves 2 ingredients: Creamy peanut butter and pure maple syrup.  

maple syrup in peanut butter

Heat them up together in the microwave and watch the magic happen. Okay, it’s not really magic, it just tastes really really good. Trust me. It will be runny at first but as it sits it thickens quite a bit. If it gets too thick, just warm it up again in the microwave.

peanut butter maple syrup



Spoon the batter out onto a hot buttered skillet to get your beautiful stack of chocolate banana pancakes.

hot buttermilk pancakes

I like to slather on some butter and then pour on that glorious syrup.

Syrup on maple pancakes

This syrup is EVERYTHING.

fluffy buttermilk banana pancakes

The sweet bites of banana aren’t overwhelming; it’s just enough to make the pancakes super soft with mild banana flavor and the little specks of chocolate are perfectly melted.

banana chocolate chip pancakes

When you combine that perfect bite with the peanut butter maple syrup, it’s perfection.

peanut butter banana pancakes

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fluffy buttermilk banana pancakes

Chunky Monkey Pancakes

  • Author: Sara Wells




  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large or extra large egg
  • 2 small-medium ripe bananas
  • 6 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (or regular chips chopped up) mixed with 2 teaspoons flour
  • Cooking Spray or butter for pan


  • 1 cup 100% real maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter


Combine flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl and whisk together. In a separate bowl combine buttermilk, eggs, oil, and vanilla and whisk well. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and mix just until moistened and combined. Place bananas in a bowl and roughly mash with a fork. Fold into batter. Add the chocolate chips that have been tossed with flour and stir.

For syrup, heat peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Add maple syrup and gently whisk to combine. Heat in the microwave for another 30 seconds, whisk, and then set aside.

Heat a nonstick griddle or skillet to medium heat. Coat pan with little butter and then pour on pancake batter. Use1/4 C batter for large pancakes (4-6″) and 2 T for kid-sized ones (2-3″). Wait until bubbles form and edges are set and then flip.

Reheat syrup if necessary and pour over warm pancakes.

28-30 2-3″ pancakes (using 1/8 C batter measure)
14-15 4-6″ pancakes (using 1/4 C batter measure)

Freezer Instructions: Let cooked pancakes cool to room temperature. Place in a single layer in the freezer until frozen and then place pancakes in a ziplock bag or airtight container. Reheat in a microwave or toaster until heated through.


I’ve found the consistency of the pancake batter to change a bit depending on the size and specifics of bananas.  If you find your batter is just too thick to really spread well, just drizzle in a few extra tablespoons of buttermilk or milk until it does.  




  1. I have always eaten pb and syrup on my pancakes since I was a little girl but I have never thought about adding the pb into the syrup! What a great idea! Glad to see there are others out there that eat pb on their pancakes (people always look at me funny when I mention it.) I want pancakes now 🙂

    1. You can add 3 more to your group of peanut butter & syrup on pancake lovers. I am the only one in my family who does not partake in this concoction. A close friend also adds powdered sugar on top of the peanut butter/syrup. 🙂

  2. This looks too delicious for words — definitely gonna try this — perfect breakfast for a cool fall morning or dessert for a cool fall evening! Thanks!

  3. PB Syrup- who would of thought! Ingenious! I think I'm going to owe you a big thanks for this recipe- I'm positive this will make me the Best.Mom.Ever when I make them for my boys tomorrow morning!

  4. Hmmm, I love peanut butter with bananas. I love Peanut butter with chocolate. And really, you can't go wrong banana chocolate chip either. Hello, Saturday morning breakfast. (I even have all the ingredients in the house.)

  5. I have LOVED peanut butter on my pancakes since forever! I never thought to mix the syrup and pb together first…GENIUS! Thanks for the idea!

  6. Ooooh, those look so, so good!! Some girls in my unit at Girls Camp one year introduced me to peanut butter on pancakes with syrup and I haven't looked back since!! Never thought to try combining the PB and syrup into it's own syrup, though. Pretty smart if you ask me!

  7. I have a few things to say to you, Sara:
    1. WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME?! I decided last week I was going to be very careful about the *quality* of the calories I ate, not just the quantity. You have screwed that up with this recipe. Also with your brownie recipe that I caved in and made last night 😉
    2. I find the first paragraph hilarious, but only because I have been around since the beginning of this blog and I am fairly certain there are at least 4 or 5 posts that start out the exact same way LOL
    3. Dream eating is great. No joke, a few years ago while on the first phase of the South Beach diet for two weeks, I would dream of eating sandwiches and cookies. Surprisingly, I wasn't disappointed when I woke up and found it wasn't true. I got to enjoy them, but didn't break my diet plan 😀

  8. My Husband is going to be so excited when I surprise him with this one night. His favorite combination is Peanut Butter, Banana & Chocolate. Thank You for such awesome recipes.

  9. I know other people have had similar experiences, but now I have one to share too! I was just thinking today that I would try to make banana pancakes since I have some leftover bananas (they're banana bread bananas though) and then this is the recipe for today! I just ran out of white flour though, so I'll be trying them with whole wheat flour. My dad is a peanut butter fiend so I've for sure had peanut butter on pancakes, but I've never thought to mix the peanut butter with the syrup! Dinner for tomorrow done… Thanks!

  10. WOW way to go and make me look like a dork for telling my husband that he was NOT NORMAL for slathering his pancakes in PB and then drizzling syrup over them. I may have to keep your post a secret so he doesn't rub it in. My kids are now all addicted to PB and Syrup on their pancakes. I guess I may have to show them the beauty of mixing the two in the microwave. Amazing, just amazing.

  11. Made these tonight for dinner(love breakfast/dessert for dinner:) and it was a huge hit! I love to have fun names like "Chunky Monkey Pancakes" for the food we eat. My son who is obsessed with monkeys was especially happy. Thanks!

  12. Question: I am cheap so I never buy real maple syrup, can I mix the pb with the cheap syrup? 🙂
    BTW:this sounds/looks divine and fattening…but I guess the latter doesn't really matter! 😉

  13. Wow, talk about a sugar coma! I need a nap now! These were super tasty…Though I had to break it up a bit with some fresh peaches, and next time I think I'll add some sausage too, just to cut back on the sugar! 🙂

  14. I made these for breakfast for my little guy this morning and they were a big hit! I loved them too…I have been combining pb and syrup since I was a kid!

  15. Thank you for the idea about the peanut butter maple syrup. It's probably the best thing ever.

    I usually make pancakes for my boys after I go for a run on Sunday morning, and I <3 the pb syrup…. I *need* it after a run, y'know.

  16. Oh my goodness! I'm not sure if there's anyone on this earth who loves peanut butter more than I. I can't wait to try this as soon as my son is done nursing! Another HUGE thank you!

  17. Last night I tried a new recipe for a banana-chocolate chip cake. The recipe didn't call for frosting, just a dusting of powdered sugar, and the cake was pretty mediocre. Then I remembered this post and mixed up some PB syrup to use as a glaze. It was so good! As it cooled it set up nice and shiny — I think it would be perfect for a Bundt cake. I think I might also try adding some powdered sugar to make frosting. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  18. Just wanted to say thank you for this one. My 3-year old loves to bake and this is her specialty. I add pecans (we already live on pb), use stevia vs. sugar and coconut oil instead of canola. Ooooo!!! They're SO good!!

  19. Pancakes are one of my comfort foods anyway and this is seriously a little slice of heaven right here on Earth!!! THANK YOU so much for the idea (although my waist-line doesn't)!!! ; )

  20. I made this last night. My two year old ate THREE! I did make some modifications (just couldn't pull the trigger on all that sugar). I left out the chocolate chips (although my children would have thought they died and went to heaven). I also did 1/2 wheat flour. I also substituted the maple for Wal-mart sugar free syrup (it actually is not too bad).They were great!

  21. I just made these and I'm coo-coo for coco puffs over them. Mine aren't as nice and fluffy as yours but the flavors are awesome. Like dessert. 🙂

  22. Normally I don't like bananas in anything and chocolate chips only in cookies, but I definitely have to make an exception for these! That peanut butter syrup is divine….

  23. My husband and I love these pancakes! They’re so easy and taste way better than the bisquick mix. I haven’t had any bananas handy lately so I’ve just been making them into chocolate chip pancakes–still amazing 🙂 The other day I told my husband I wanted pancakes for breakfast, and he said he’d only eat them if they were being served with peanut butter syrup 🙂

  24. Oh MY! Having just read this, I absolutely have to go out and make it…. Chocolate, bananas, syrup & peanut butter! Sounds like heaven!

  25. But would you be able to tell me how much a cup or half cup is in MLs or spoons? As we don’t measure in cups in the uk 🙁

  26. My husband and I love this recipe. For some odd reason my kids don’t like it though. Maybe it’s the banana in the pancakes, but I’m really not sure. I love it though and can’t get enough of it!

  27. SO GOOD!You ladies never disappoint! 🙂 Im just glad my diabetic husband went to work before these were done, cuz he probably would have finished them off and I don’t even need to look at the carbs and sugar intake to know they are out of this world. lol Now its time to try that freezing technique. 🙂

  28. These are delicious! They are fantastic for a weekend breakfast. I’m sharing them on my blog today. Thanks for the great recipe!

  29. These are SO delicious! The only thing I had to buy was buttermilk & a few bananas. Everything else on the list were staples for me, at least! I remember looking at this recipe a few months ago and was like, eh. But after being sick for 9 days and having almost no appetite, this was just the thing! And, my fiance made them. Double bonus 🙂

  30. These were wonderful! The kids enjoyed them but I loved them! But I have always been a peanut butter and banana sandwich eater, so this was just great! Thanks for a great recipe!!!

  31. I’m pretty sure these were the best pancakes I’ve ever had! And you’re right- the syrup IS the best part! Thanks for another awesome recipe!

  32. I am having overnight guests and am thinking of trying to make this recipe but bake it like a cake. Would I have to change anything in the recipe to make that work? These ‘re our favorite treat breakfast. Thank you!

  33. I found this recipe via Pinterest, and made these this morning. They were wonderful! I didn’t have any buttermilk so I did the lemon juice/milk trick but otherwise kept everything the same! I ate them with Nutella in between one layer and banana-flavored PB in between the second layer and maple syrup over it all. I am re-pinning this and will definitely add this recipe to my repertoire. Thank you!!

  34. I have always loved peanut butter on my pancakes! This is a family favorite recipe. We make them often at our house. Thanks for sharing them again, now I want to make them this weekend.

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