What is your favorite Christmas tradition? You know it’s Christmas morning in our house when the stack of sizzling warm pancakes appears. These Gluten Free Bananas Foster Pecan Pancakes are the ultimate way to celebrate a holiday, a weekend, or just because.
Making a fully loaded stack of pancakes has never been easier. With a few tips and shortcuts, you will be serving up this decadent stack to family and friends.
A Well Stocked Pantry…or Car
My husband and I recently moved back to North Carolina. While most of our belongings went on the moving truck, I loaded my car up with the absolute staples. The best part of these Gluten Free Bananas Foster Pecan Pancakes is that you can use your favorite pancake mix.
When it comes to pantry staples, Josie’s Best is at the top of my list. So much so that Josie’s Best The Pancake was loaded up in my car on the trip to North Carolina so I could make these pancakes. Pancakes are priorities, and essential!
I love Josie’s best because not only does it make creating Gluten Free pancakes easy and perfect for any day of the week, it’s also free of the top 8 allergens. That means in addition to being Gluten Free it’s also Dairy Free, has no eggs, soy, tree nuts, or peanuts.
While these pancakes are easy to make, they just feel like a special occasion. Whenever anything starts with spiced rum, you know you’re in for a treat. Spiced rum is simmered down with water, cinnamon, and brown sugar until it becomes an aromatic syrup. The bananas and pecans are added at the end. Can you think of anything better than a sweet banana hugged in a spiced rum caramel sauce?
Flipping Over Gluten Free Bananas Foster Pecan Pancakes
Heat up your griddle and pour a mimosa, because brunch is about to get taken up a few levels.
- Make your favorite Gluten Free pancakes. You can use a mix such as I did, or you can use your favorite recipe.
- Add your spiced rum, water, a cinnamon stick, and brown sugar to a saucepan over medium heat and allow it to cook for five minutes.
- Slice two bananas and add it to the spiced rum sauce along with a cup of pecans. Let the mixture cook another couple of minutes until it begins to thicken.
- Spoon the glorious mixture over the stack of your pancakes. It really is that easy!
Looking for more pancake inspiration? Make sure you check out my recipe for Gluten Free Turtle Brownie Sundae Pancakes. Now let’s get cooking!
Tips for the Perfect Pancakes
There is nothing like sinking your fork into a mile high stack of pillowy pancakes. Perfectly crisp on the outside and airy inside, they’re a food group unto themselves. Whether you’re making homemade pancakes from scratch or using your favorite Gluten Free mix, here are some top tips to make the best pancakes.
- Don’t Overmix the batter! – It’s better to have a few lumps in your batter than it is to over mix. Overmixing your batter will create a tough and chewy pancake instead of a tender and airy bite.
- Let your batter rest. – After mixing up your pancake batter, allow it to rest for at least ten minutes. This will let it relax, giving you that tender bite.
- Make sure your pan is fully heated – A hot pan or griddle equals happy pancakes. Make sure your griddle or skillet is fully heated. This will give you that golden brown exterior and prevent the pancakes from spreading out and being too thin as the heat helps cause them to puff.
- Don’t scorch your pancakes! – You want a hot pan to cause that puff, but you don’t want your pan or griddle so hot that the exterior of your pancakes burn before the interior has a chance to cook. Maple syrup makes everything better, but not burnt pancakes.
- Grease your griddle or skillet. – Make sure that you use either melted Dairy Free butter or nonstick spray on your pan or griddle before adding your batter. Even if you’re using a nonstick pan, this helps the to easily release.
- Measure your batter. – Use a ladle or squirt bottle to easily and evenly distribute your batter. Cooking consistent sized pancakes at the same time makes it easier to manage.
- Don’t overcrowd your pan or griddle. – It’s better to make your pancakes in batches than it is to try and make too many at one time. Not only does the batter drop the temperature of the hot surface, but you also risk them running together. Plus, they’re easier to flip when they’re more spread out.
- Flip Once – Be careful of over flipping your pancakes. The first side may cook a little longer than the second side and that’s okay. How do you know when to flip your pancakes? Watch for bubbles. You will see bubbles begin to form both on the outside edges of the pancakes and also in the middle. Gently ease your spatula under the cake, and then flip with confidence.
- The first pancake is never perfect. – If your first pancake isn’t Instagram worthy, this isn’t a big deal! Crepes and pancakes have an unwritten rule, the first one might look a little wonky. This is a great way to gauge the heat of your pan or griddle, if you have enough grease, and how long to let your pancakes cook.
Gluten Free Bananas Foster Pecan Pancakes
- large skillet or griddle
- In a saucepan over medium heat, add your spiced rum, water, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Allow to cook for 5 minutes until it starts to thicken.
- Add your sliced bananas and pecans. Cook for 2-3 minutes more.
- Prepare your favorite pancakes. Spoon the sauce over the top of the pancakes.