Banana Chocolate Chip Air Fryer Pancakes are fluffy and made with fresh bananas and studded with chocolate chips.
Enjoy fluffy pancakes with melty chocolate chips and ripe bananas. Great for an easy breakfast during the week or Sunday brunch!
Air Fryer Pancakes Recipe
There’s nothing better than a stack of pancakes on weekend mornings. These Banana Chocolate Chip Air Fryer Pancakes are great because they’re the perfect pancakes for meal prep, large parties, and even breakfast for dinner!
You can make a few batches of these golden pancakes and freeze them for when you’re needing a quick morning breakfast. The air fryer truly is the best way to make pancakes!
You can also use the base of this recipe to create other kinds of fruity pancakes or chocolate chip pancakes. You can even use it as a base for fluffy plain pancakes and then add all of your favorite toppings.
If you love this easy pancake recipe, be sure to try out my Air Fryer Banana Bread next!
Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes Ingredients
With just a few basic ingredients you’ll have some of the best pancakes to serve on pancake day!
Bananas: you want to make sure that you use the ripest bananas because they are sweet and mix the easiest. They should be almost brown!
Large eggs: act as a binding agent, helping to hold the ingredients together and add moisture to helping the pancakes rise.
Vanilla extract: adds a subtle and sweet aromatic note, complementing the overall taste of the pancakes.
Milk: adds moisture to the mixture, resulting in a smoother and pourable consistency.
Butter: adding butter to your pancake mix will help with keeping them soft and fluffy.
All-purpose flour: this is key when making any pancakes. It helps create the texture needed to form the pancake shape and keep the pancake together.
Baking powder: adding baking powder to your pancake mix helps produce air bubbles which lead to light and airy pancakes.
Sugar: sugar adds an additional sweetness to your banana pancake batter and helps with moisture.
Salt: when you add a pinch of salt to your pancake mix, it will bring out the delicious buttery flavors. I don’t recommend using coarse salt because it won’t mix well and you may get a salty chunk while you’re eating. Kosher salt works best in this recipe.
Chocolate chips: you can use any kind of chocolate chips that you’d like in this recipe but since we are using sugar in this recipe and there is additional sweetness coming from your bananas, I recommend using semi-sweet chocolate chips. Plain milk chocolate may make this recipe a little too sweet.
Pancake toppings: banana slices, chocolate chips, peanut butter, whipped cream, and maple syrup.
How do you make crispy pancakes in the air fryer?
You can make fluffy American pancakes in the air fryer in just a few simple steps!
1. Prepare the homemade batter. In a large bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Mash the ripe bananas using a fork. Add in the egg, vanilla, milk, and melted butter and whisk until well combined.
Then whisk in the dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and fold in the chocolate chips at the end.
2. Preheat the air fryer to 350º F.
3. Grease the pancake molds. Spray the pancake molds with cooking oil spray or grease with melted butter.
4. Air fry the pancakes. Pour pancake batter into each mold and place the molds inside the air fryer basket.
Air fry the pancakes for 8 minutes or until they are golden brown on top. Repeat the process for the remaining batter.
5. Serve. For serving, transfer your delicious pancakes to a platter and top with sliced banana, chocolate chips, and lots of maple syrup!
Note: the cooking time might change as you make more batches. Check on your pancakes a few minutes early in the following batches.
If you’ve got a real sweet tooth, you might want to consider drizzling some Powdered Sugar Icing over top!
- Use ripe bananas. The riper the banana, the sweeter your pancakes will be.
- Grease your pans. Be sure to grease either your aluminum pans or molds with cooking spray or butter so that they don’t stick.
- Don’t flip. For this recipe, your pancakes do not need to be flipped halfway through.
- Make them similar. I like to use a ¼ cup to divide my pancake batter so that they’re all one size.
- Keep them warm. If you’re cooking for a big family or in batches, you can place them in a container or in a slightly warm oven. This will keep them warm until you’re ready to eat them!
Can you stack homemade air fryer pancakes in an air fryer?
I don’t recommend stacking the pancakes while they’re cooking in the air fryer because it will cause uneven cooking.
Once they’re out of the air fryer, if you want to stack them on a plate, that is okay. Keep in mind if you stack them once they’re out of the air fryer, they may get a little soggy if they sit in a stack for too long.
Can you air fry pancakes with parchment paper?
I do not recommend using a piece of parchment paper with your banana chocolate chip pancakes in the air fryer.
They will end up in an odd shape, and the pancake texture will be off. Parchment paper may also keep your pancakes from cooking evenly due to the air flow.
What kind of pans can be used in the air fryer?
You can use many different pans in the air fryer. For this recipe, I like to use a small 6-inch cake pan or mold to hold the pancakes in a perfect shape.
Can you freeze this banana chocolate chip pancake recipe?
You can definitely freeze these pancakes. They’re actually one of my favorite frozen breakfast foods because they’re so easy to warm up, and they’re ready to go.
To freeze, I recommend either placing your pancakes on a baking sheet or placing it in the freezer until your pancakes become frozen. Or you can wait until they cool and place them in an airtight container with parchment paper separating each of them.
How do I store my Banana Chocolate Chip Air Fryer Pancakes?
Before storing, be sure to let the pancakes cool completely and then place them in an airtight container. You can place a sheet of parchment paper between each so that it’s easier to reheat later. Store them in the fridge for about three days or the freezer for about three months.
How do I reheat my leftover pancakes?
You can reheat your panckes in a few different ways. I like to reheat them in my air fryer so they stay crispy.
Just preheat your air fryer to around 250 – 300 degrees F, and then place your pancakes in the air fryer basket for just a few minutes. You can also put them in the microwave on a microwave-safe plate, which is a faster option but your pancakes won’t be as crispy, just heat in 20-second increments.
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Banana Chocolate Chip Air Fryer Pancakes
- 1 ½ bananas ripe
- 1 large egg, or 2 small eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tbsps melted butter
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsps baking powder
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- cooking oil spray or more melted butter to grease the pans
- optional toppings: sliced bananas, chocolate chips, and maple syrup
- In a medium bowl, mash ripe the bananas using a fork. Add in the egg, vanilla, milk and melted butter and whisk until well combined. Add in the all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and the chocolate chips at the end. Whisk until well combined.
- Preheat the air fryer at 350º F.
- Spray the pancake molds with cooking oil spray or grease with melted butter.
- Pour around ¼ cup of batter into each mold and place the molds inside the air fryer basket. Air fry the pancakes for 8 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top. Repeat the process for the remaining batter.
- For serving, move the pancakes onto a platter and top with with sliced banana, chocolate chips, and maple syrup.
Nutrition information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.